Summer NAMM 2012: Blackstar Amplification Expands ID: Series

Published 11 years ago on July 13, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Blackstar Amplification has expanded their groundbreaking ID:Series of programmable guitar amplifiers with the addition of the15W ID:15TVP Combo an 30W ID:30TVP Combo. Designed by the same teamresponsible for the acclaimed Blackstar tube amps, this series ofaffordable amps represents the culmination of over seven years oftechnical research and development to redefine what guitarists canexpect from amps of this price point. Each amp in the Series has acontrol set like a traditional amp, coupled with versatileprogrammability and USB connectivity. In addition, new proprietaryTrue Valve Power (TVP) technology ensures that the amps willdeliver in a live environment at the same performance level as atube amp.

Blackstar's patent-applied-for True Valve Power mode exactlyreproduces six distinct power tube responses - EL84, 6V6, EL34,KT66, 6L6, KT88. When engaged, it delivers the response, dynamics,sag and break up characteristics of a tube amp and uniquelydelivers the same power output as an equivalent tube power amp.This means that for the first time ever in an affordableprogrammable series, guitarists will have an amp that can deliverlive, with the same loudness and feel as a tube amp.

The Voice control offers a selection of six channels - CleanWarm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD1, OD2. When usedtogether with Blackstar's patented ISF (Infinite Shape Feature)control and the True Valve Power mode, these amplifiers allowunparalleled flexibility in enabling players to design 'the soundin your head.'

The effects section delivers studio quality modulation, delayand reverb effects that can be used simultaneously and stored withuser sounds.

Deep editing and storing of up to 128 patches can be easily doneusing the supplied Blackstar GUI software and USB connector.Patches can then be shared and uploaded/downloaded via the onlinecommunity. The USB connector also allows for direct recording to acomputer, or re-amping guitar tracks. A speaker emulated output,MP3/line input and MIDI footswitching (60W and 100W) complete thepackage.

The full ID: Series of programmable guitar amplifiers nowincludes the following models:
ID:15TVP - 15W programmable combo 
ID:30TVP - 30W programmable combo 
ID:60TVP - 60W programmable combo
ID:260TVP - stereo 2 x 60W programmable combowith 2x12" speakers
ID:60TVP-H - 60W programmable head
ID:100TVP - 100W programmable head
ID:412A - 4 x 12 angled cabinet
ID:412B - 4 x 12 straight cabinet

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