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The awesome Blackstar Silverline Series combines raw tube-driven goodness with extensive flexibility for sublime performance.

Sweet, sweet Silverline

The British amp manufacturer leads the way once again with the release of the awesome new Blackstar Silverline Series. Created by the same innovative design team behind Blackstar’s legendary valve amps, the Silverline Series is a harmonious marriage of everything that we’ve come to expect from the Northampton massive.

What makes Silverline special?

Boasting an intuitive control set like a traditional amp, the Silverline Series is also blessed with the versatility of programmability. Therefore, you can custom design your own sound, store it for later, and then recall it during a gig, safe in the knowledge that your performance partner will respond flawlessly.

Response control

The Response control utilises Blackstar’s patented True Valve Power technology, which offers a range of amplifiers with six distinctly different power valve responses – EL84, 6V6, EL34, KT66, 6L6, KT88. As you’d expect, when engaged you get that lovely dynamic response that characterises a valve amp, delivering ‘The Spirit of Valve’ without compromise.

Response Description

KT88: Tight, bold and dynamic Class A/B with strong low-end
6L6: Tight dynamic Class A/B with extended highs and lows
KT66: Rich and warm, vintage British ‘hot biased’ Class A/B
EL34: Classic British Class A/B crunch full-bodied soft break-up
6V6: Crisp Class A with high compression and tight mids
EL84: Bell-like full-bodied Class A with lots of compression

The flexibility of the Response control is matched by the amps ability to truly sing. Blackstar’s R&D team work tirelessly to adapt and improve on their previous offerings, and the Silverline Series benefits considerably from their efforts. One such area covers the perceived volume of a valve amp when compared to a solid-state model with equivalent nominal power output rating. Blackstar’s patented True Valve Power (TVP) technology allows for the marriage of the tonal & distortion characteristics, as well as the perceived sound pressure levels, of a valve power amplifier when used in conjunction with a guitar type loudspeaker enclosure.

Rather than exploring the relationship of valve power amp and loudspeaker as separate entities, Blackstar instead turned their focus toward a complete, integrated system. By doing this they exploit certain characteristics of the amp/loudspeaker interaction such as changes in impedance and the subsequent dynamic response. By mimicking the response of a valve amp and loudspeaker with utmost precision, the result is a solid-state amplifier that performs and sounds unlike any other.

Not only that but thanks to the highly flexible system of controls at your disposal, you can recreate a vast range of combinations including numerous valve power amplifier topologies, output valve types, loudspeaker types, and cabinet types – each capable of faultless reproduction of the intended target system.

Blackstar make it clear that their TVP technology doesn’t just tweak a single generic processing algorithm from which all other modes are generated. Each Response selection is carefully developed, built, tested, listened to, and characterised singularly to achieve sonic perfection.

Voice Control

The Voice control has six different channels – Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2. When used together with Blackstar’s patented ISF control you can achieve the sound in your head. The Voice control changes the preamp voicing, ranging from ultra clean to extremely overdriven and each Voice is based on a classic Blackstar valve amp channel.

Voice Descriptions

Clean Warm: Very clean, dynamic
Clean Bright: ‘Boutique’, will break up when pushed hard
Crunch: Classic medium gain overdrive
Super Crunch: More gain and punch than Crunch
OD 1: ‘Hot-rodded’ Master Volume overdrive with medium power amp damping
OD 2: Mid boosted hot-rod overdrive

Effects Galore

The effects section delivers studio quality modulation, delay and reverb effects simultaneously that you can store with your sound. Deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the supplied Blackstar INSIDER software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via the online community.

Up to three studio quality effects can be switched on at any time – Modulation, Delay and Reverb. The Blackstar team are all musicians themselves and have years of gigging and recording experience. So, when they embarked on the journey to add digital effects to a guitar amp, they wanted to develop them so that they had none of the harshness of some digital products and instead provide the warmth and musicality of vintage effects pedals which players love.

The Blackstar designers acquired some of the most revered valve and vintage effects pedals and set to work distilling the ingredients that make these old designs so special. Each of the effects has been designed by technical reference to vintage effects equipment and then hours of honing ‘by ear’ to provide effects that are both natural sounding and inspirational to the player.

The USB connector also allows you to record your amp directly to your computer and reamp a pre-recorded D.I. signal.

Extensive Connectivity

An emulated output, MP3/line input and MIDI switching complete the package. By using the unique Voice control, the patented ISF and patented True Valve Power technology via the Response control, along with the class high-performance SHARC® DSP – the state-of-the-art Silverline Series amplifiers allow unparalleled flexibility and ease of use, enabling you to in effect, design the sound in your head and deliver it live, time after time.

Blackstar’s Silverline Series is perfect for any situation and an absolute dream to perform with.

I grew up around valve amps, playing and designing them from an early age. Since then
I’ve developed amps in all technologies. For me, amp design has always been about
applying elegant engineering solutions to enhance the creative experience of musicians.
In this way these amps represent the culmination of my life’s work.

Bruce Keir, founding member of Blackstar and former Technical Director

Models

1. Silverline Standard

Key Features

  • 20W programmable combo
  • True Valve Power technology with 6 selectable power amp responses
  • Manual mode
  • Voice select between 6 distinct channels, from ultra clean to extremely overdriven
  • EQ with patented ISF
  • 128 user storable patches
  • USB connectivity – easily edit and record
  • INSIDER software for deep editing, practice and patch sharing
  • Multi effects – 4 x modulations, 4 x delays, 4 x reverbs
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Built-in tuner
  • Multi-function footswitch (supplied separately)
  • Revolutionary tone
  • 1 x 10-inch Celestion VT-Junior speaker

2. Silverline Special

Key features

  • 50W programmable combo
  • True Valve Power technology with 6 selectable power amp responses
  • Manual mode
  • Voice select between 6 distinct channels, from ultra clean to extremely overdriven
  • EQ with patented ISF
  • 128 user storable patches
  • USB connectivity – easily edit and record
  • INSIDER software for deep editing, practice and patch sharing
  • Multi effects – 4 x modulations, 4 x delays, 4 x reverb
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Built-in tuner
  • Multi-function footswitch (supplied separately)
  • Revolutionary tone
  • 1 x 12-inch Celestion V-Type Speaker

3. Silverline Deluxe

Key features

  • 100W programmable combo
  • True Valve Power technology with 6 selectable power amp responses
  • Manual mode
  • Voice select between 6 distinct channels, from ultra clean to extremely overdriven
  • EQ with patented ISF
  • 128 user storable patches
  • USB connectivity – easily edit and record
  • INSIDER software for deep editing, practice and patch sharing
  • Multi effects – 4 x modulations, 4 x delays, 4 x reverbs
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Built-in tuner
  • Multi-function footswitch (supplied separately)
  • MIDI switching
  • Effects Loop functionality via INSIDER
  • Revolutionary tone
  • 1 x 12-inch Celestion V-Type speaker

4. Silverline Stereo Deluxe

Key features

  • 100W + 100W programmable combo
  • True Valve Power technology with 6 selectable power amp responses
  • Manual mode
  • Voice select between 6 distinct channels, from ultra clean to extremely overdriven
  • EQ with patented ISF
  • 128 user storable patches
  • USB connectivity – easily edit and record
  • INSIDER software for deep editing, practice and patch sharing
  • Multi effects – 4 x modulations, 4 x delays, 4 x reverbs
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Built-in tuner
  • Multi-function footswitch (supplied separately)
  • MIDI switching
  • Effects Loop functionality via INSIDER
  • Revolutionary tone
  • 2 x 12-inch Celestion V-Type speakers

5. Silverline Deluxe Head

Key features

  • 100W programmable combo
  • True Valve Power technology with 6 selectable power amp responses
  • Manual mode
  • Voice select between 6 distinct channels, from ultra clean to extremely overdriven
  • EQ with patented ISF
  • 128 user storable patches
  • USB connectivity – easily edit and record
  • INSIDER software for deep editing, practice and patch sharing
  • Multi effects – 4 x modulations, 4 x delays, 4 x reverbs
  • Speaker emulated output
  • Built-in tuner
  • Multi-function footswitch (supplied separately)
  • MIDI switching
  • Effects Loop functionality via INSIDER
  • Revolutionary tone

6. Silverline 212 Speaker Cabinet

Key features

  • 2 x 12-inch Celestion V-Type speakers
  • 1 x 4ohm mono, 1x16ohm mono and 2x8ohm stereo speaker inputs