Adding to the ID brand, the Blackstar ID15 combo is part of a groundbreaking range of amplifiers featuring unique control and tone shaping possibilities. Doing their best not to decrease from the feature set seen on larger ID series amps, Blackstar have kept the majority of features the same.
Power Amp Valve Modelling - "True Valve Power"
One of the most notable and unique features of the Blackstar ID15 is the valve modelling technology that is on-board, dubbed "True Valve Power". This opens up six different types of valve, including immensely popular models seen in top of the range and boutique amplifiers, which when activated delivers the same power output as that valve and offers all of the characteristics (dynamics, sag etc.) which you would expect from that particular valve. The on-board valve models are: KT88, EL84, 6L6, 6V6, KT66 and EL34.
128 Programmable Presets
Allowing you to create and store your favourite sounds, the preset functionality of the Blackstar ID15 is hugely effective when performing live or practising. You can assign all of the amp controls plus the on-board effect settings into a preset that can be recalled for later use. Free software is also provided to edit and store patches when connected to a computer. The on-board effects are of extremely high quality and offer delay, modulation and reverb.
Sitting at the left hand side of the front panel you have the "Voice" control. This lets you choose one of six channels, offering a huge range of tones. The channels on offer are: Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1 and OD 2. Obviously, this gives you a lot of opportunity to create individual and professional tones perfect for the music you're working on. Gain and volume controls let you match levels and get just the right amount of both while the EQ section offers bass, treble and the ISF control seen on other Blackstar amps. ISF stands for "Infinite Shape Feature" and lets you shape the whole sound of your amp. When at 0 the sound is similar to that of typical American amps, percussive and tight, while all the way up this dial gives you the warm and crunchy tone heard on many British amps. Giving the Blackstar ID15 the ability to sound like a huge range of amps and also blend between them, ISF is an extremely notable feature that can be used very effectively.
Manufacturer Blackstar Model ID:15 TVP Guitar Combo Amplifier Type of Amp Combo Wattage 15 Watt Amp Technology "True Valve Power" Modelling Technology Controls Voice Gain Level Volume Level EQ: Bass, Middle and ISF TVP Effects: Modulation, Delay and Reverb: Type and Level Master: Volume Effects 4 x modulations 4 x delays 4 x reverbs Studio Features Speaker emulated output Connectivity USB MP3/Line Input Unique Features 128 user storable patches Built-in tuner GUI software for deep editing, practice and sharing Voice - select from 6 classic channels
I guess it's not cheap compared to some other small modelling amps... but for the satisfaction levels it provides I think it's great value for money. You buy cheap, you buy twice I guess! I cant see me needing to upgrade for a long time! Very very happy customer!
So I ordered an ID 15 and a few weeks later I was getting stuck into it. For a 15 watt amp it’s loud, not been past 2 on the volume at home yet, and really strong in the bass department. The effects cover most of what you could need with tasteful control. .
When you find a great setup you can save it to PC, and use the computer to edit patches and download user and artist patches from the online community. The software was glitchy at first, but upgrades have been made and they have really improved it, though the tuner is still pretty hopeless.
Every time I use the amp I find it’s even better than I thought, the overdriven voices are strong and chunky, the cleans are big and warm, best of all the crunch tones are genuinely crunchy, responding to attack. The valve models really give you variety; you don’t have to settle for one amp.
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