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Blackstar ID:CORE V3: A Masterclass in Evolutionary Amp Design

Blackstar ID:CORE V3: A Masterclass in Evolutionary Amp Design

We don't mince our words when it comes to Blackstar Amps, we love them!

The Blackstar Amps ID:CORE series guitar amplifiers punch well above their weight by delivering class-leading features, award-winning design, and sound quality that is second-to-none. Surely, they can't be improved, can they?

Blackstar seemed to think so, and they didn't hold back in making their exemplary amp range even better. The latest incarnation comes in the form of the ID:CORE V3 10, 20, and 40 models, which take things up several notches.

>> Check out the Blackstar ID:CORE V3 40 over at Dawsons Music & Sound <<

Here's a brief overview of the 'need-to-knows':

  • Developed by Blackstar's professional amplifier R&D team
  • Tonal range goes from pristine clean to furious high gain
  • User-friendly controls enable you to create powerful tones
  • Patented ISF feature allows you to adjust the response
  • TRRS 3.5mm in/out makes live streaming a breeze
  • Next-generation Cab Rig Lite Cab Simulator and Architect Software
  • Re-voiced delay, reverb and modulation effects in Super Wide Stereo

Modern Features for the Modern Player

Today's guitarists don't simply want an amp that looks and sounds awesome, the ability to interface with laptops, phones, and tablets is a must - connectivity is key. Blackstar Amps are well versed in the world of bleeding-edge technology, as we have seen in the previous ID:CORE models as well as their Silverline, Sonnet, and Unity series; their patented-ISF (Infinite Shape Feature), superb voicing technology, recording-ready features plus USB connectivity, and so much more.

The ID:CORE V3 series boasts a TRRS 3.5mm connection for easy input/output live streaming to a compatible device (i.e. iPhone, Android phone, etc.). Whether you're capturing ideas, performing a livestream, or jamming online with others you can do it with ease with exquisite tone.

Cab Rig Lite

A welcome upgrade for the ID:CORE V3 is the user-configurable 'Cab Rig Lite' next-gen Emulated Output. 'Why is this so good?' you might ask.

Cab Rig is Blackstar's next-generation DSP speaker simulator that reproduces the sound and feel of a mic’d up guitar cab in incredible detail. Cab Rig’s new advanced algorithm can simulate a speaker cabinet and room with effectively zero latency, no phase mismatch and much more flexibility than an IR snapshot. Deep-dive using the accompanying software to capture the incredible tones via USB / XLR out or headphones.

Cab Rig Lite software enables you to fine-tune the simulated relationship between mic and speaker delivered through the Blackstar ID Core V3's direct USB recording output. Unlike ‘snapshot’ IRs these responses are customisable by the player.

For those who want greater flexibility in terms of home recording you can easily control elements such as cabinet and room environment, not to mention the extensive tone-shaping features you would expect from the ID:CORE series, giving you the kind of feature set normally found on gear bearing a considerably heftier price tag. 

Architect Software

The all-new Blackstar Architect software is the interface for controlling and customising many of the advanced features of upcoming Blackstar products, including Cab Rig. Architect is available for both PC and Mac, has been developed from the ground up to be compatible with the latest and future operating systems, including Mac OS Catalina and Big Sur.

Explore features such as a searchable patch library, and the ability to backup, archive and upload entire setlists of patches to your product. When the inevitable sonic writer's block strikes, Architect has a new randomise feature for both amp tones and effects, providing inspiration and a great starting point for new musical ideas.

>> Check out the Blackstar ID:CORE V3 40 over at Dawsons Music & Sound <<