Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 20 V2

Electric Guitar Modelling Combo

  • Super wide stereo sound
  • Equipped with 2 x 5" speakers
  • Power: 20 W
  • Channels: Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2
  • Controls: Gain, Volume, ISF, Effect Level & Tap Tempo
  • 6 Amplifier sounds
  • 12 Vintage effects in super wide stereo
  • Up to 6 sounds can be stored
  • EQ section with patented ISF feature
  • USB audio interface for professional recording
  • Instrument input
  • AUX input
  • USB input (for recording)
  • Line out with speaker simulation
  • Dimensions: 375 x 292 x 185 mm
  • Weight: 5.2 kg
  • Includes free PreSonus Studio One Prime Blackstar recording software & free Blackstar INSIDER software for sound and playback management
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  • Blues
  • Blues Line
  • Hazey
  • Hazey Line
  • Indie
  • Indie Line
  • Metal
  • Metal Line
  • Progressive
  • Progressive Line
  • Rock
  • Rockabilly
  • Rockabilly Line
  • Rock Line
  • Stoner
  • Stoner Line
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Further information

Power 20 W
Speaker 2x 5"
Channels 6
Reverb No
Effects Prozessor Yes
External FX Loop No
Line Input Yes
Recording Output Yes
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker No
Headphone Output Yes
Footswitch Connector Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 5,2 kg

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Blackstar ID Core V2 20W Combo

11.01.2017
Just amazing guitar amp. If you are a bedroom player, this is perfect for you. It is cheap, but you get the best bang for the buck. It has a lot of cool effects (12 to be exact) which sound damn good. Also, what i like about this amp is that it doesn't try to sound like something else. Even though it is a modelling amp, it sounds like itself. But if you want to jam along with a drummer, you might want to get something bigger, but for bedroom it's perfect.

Pros: Great sound for a fairly cheap price.
You can do reamping by connecting the amp via USB cable to a PC or Mac.
It comes with Presonus One Daw, which is pretty cool.

No cons.
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Bernd182, 30.05.2017
The Blackstar ID: Core 20 V2 is a small, handy modeling training exercise. It offers six different fundamentals: two in the Clean, Crunch, and OD (Overdrive) plus twelve effects.

The essential features

The sound setting on the amp is limited to gain, volume and EQ (ISF). Blackstar's ISF control makes it possible to gradually overlap the overall sound between "American" (brighter, finer) and "British" (wood) characteristics. The actual tuning of the sounds can only be accomplished with the aid of a computer and the Blackstar Insider software. The amp is connected to the computer via a USB cable (not supplied). You have to register for the software. Then a triangle control is available. You can name the developed sounds and place them in a library.
The ID: Core 20 has six manually tunable sounds. However, a sound, such as the? Clean Warm? Basic sound, only on this location (memory location 1) will be stored on the amp. Two Different? Clean Warm? Sounds (on memory 1 and the other on memory 2) are not possible. This is incomprehensible in the digital age.
The effect section has the three sections REV (Reverb), DLY (Delay) and MOD (Modulation) in four versions (type) and the level control.


sound

The amp sounds quite large, especially along with the impressive wide-stereo effects. In clean and crunch dynamic play is very possible. The sounds sound fresh and useful for practicing. The slightly synthetic taste of modeling is limited, but it can be noticed if you have a real amp in your ear or with it.
For sensitive music instruments, the fundamental noise in the high frequency spectrum can be a co-criterion. For me it is just at the border. Cleanbright and Supercrunch are therefore useless for me, because they lay once again a shuffle noise on it. The noise finds its way unfortunately also over the headphone / Emulated output. The headphone output is much too quiet (tested with various headphones and InEars).
The ID: Core 20 V2 can keep up well for not too loud sessions without drums and with acoustic instruments. In addition to this, he comes to his own limits by design. If the volume control is above 12 o'clock, it sounds tormented. Here we already speak of a loudness, which the house roommates mitassall.

I had the opportunity to compare the ID: Core with a Vox VT20X directly. The Vox is slightly larger, sounds thinner, more dynamic, overall a bit more synthetic. The Vox rushes, but much less. Both amps are rated at 20 watts, the Vox can be slightly louder than the Blackstar. The Vox has more features, it also costs a lot more.

Blackstar ID: Core 20 V2
plus points

Small, handy
easy to handle
Good and big sounds (see restrictions)
Beautiful, impressive stereo effects
ISF controller
Very cheap price

minuses

High ground noise
Clear noise in Clean Bright, Super Crunch
Noise on headphones / emulated out
Quiet headphone level
Storage space is not freely assignable

Conclusion
Despite all the negatives, I kept the amp. Because the overall package of handy, dynamic sounds and price convinced me. I can live with his weaknesses.
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