Blackstar ID:Core V3 Stereo 20 Combo
Overview by GAK
If you need more low-end kick than the ID:Core V3 10 and don’t need the additional weight offered by the 40, the 20 is the one we’d recommend as it has a solid balance of portability and bass response. Just like its siblings, the 20 features an impressive Super Wide Stereo sound and six inspiring voice modes to choose from.
New and Improved
The ID:Core V3 is an enhanced version of Blackstar’s best-selling V2 series of high-quality portable guitar amps. In addition to a refined look and an ergonomic moulded handle for easier transport, the ID:Core V3 boasts an overall improved sound thanks to its lower noise hardware. When used with the compact PB-1 powerbank, you can free yourself from the shackles of mains power and take your ID:Core V3 anywhere, making it a suitable amp for busking. The 40 is compatible with the FS-18 and FS-11 footswitches if you need hands-free control of the effects.
Super Wide Stereo
One of the stand-out features of the ID: Core V3 range is the lush stereo width provided by the dual speaker configuration. Combined with the upgraded “Super Wide” studio-quality effects (simultaneous Mod, Delay and Reverb with four variations of each one), the ID: Core V3 is capable of deep and expansive tones. Using the tap tempo button, you have the ability to sync up the effects to your music. The ID: Core V3 can double as a brilliant speaker for general use (listening to music, connecting to your TV) as it has a Line In and full-range, linear speakers.
From Crisp Funk to Brutal Metal
You have six voices to choose from (Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1 and OD 2), giving you an arsenal of huge tones that can then be sculpted with Blackstar’s patented ISF control. This allows you to continuously shift from an American-style EQ response (pronounced treble and bass) to a British-style one (warmer mid-range). Once you’ve dialled-in a sound that you like, you can then store it in up to 12 patch slots to recall later. There’s a Manual mode if you prefer a classic approach to tweaking your amp.
Powerful Software Capability
The ID:Core V3 features USB connectivity, allowing you to take its capabilities to the next level. Once connected, the ID:Core V3 is transformed into a 4-channel USB audio interface with low-latency recording and the ability to re-amp unprocessed signals. When recording via USB, you can take advantage of Blackstar’s advanced Cab Rig Lite software, which accurately reproduces the feel of a real mic’d up cab. You can fine-tune the emulated relationship between the mic and speaker as well as edit the cab, mic and room environment. Live streaming your tone has never been easier, with a specialised TRRS 3.5mm in/out that allows you to stream to and from a compatible device.
The Architect software gives you precise control of the ID:Core V3 and lets you back-up your patches. There’s a thriving community you can share your favourite sounds with, as well as try new ones out.
A Tough Companion
The ID:Core V3 range is housed in a robust gig-and-tour ready package that’ll be able to withstand all the knocks and bumps that come with regular use. If you’re looking for an affordable amp that can cover basically any genre, give you a tonne of powerful software options and sound amazing - the ID:Core V3 range is a top choice.
Overview by Blackstar
The best-sounding, most-popular entry-level amps in the world, upgraded for the way you play today Incredible tone and immersive Super Wide Stereo sound will inspire your playing. Guitarist-friendly controls combine with the power of programmability for an amazingly versatile tonal range from pristine clean to high gain. Live streaming to your smartphone is easy using a common TRRS cable and built-in USB connectivity allows you to easily record directly to your computer. Our free Architect software gives you access to our state-of-the-art Cab Rig Lite advanced cabinet simulator, along with deep editing and patch management.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, when you play we want you to have the best possible playing experience. That’s why the same R&D team responsible for our professional amps also designed these. Unique innovations and connectivity give guitarists the best possible sound from the first time they plug in.
- - Guitarist-friendly controls combined with the power of programmability for an amazingly versatile tonal range from pristine clean to high gain.
- - These amps use full range, linear speakers, so they’re perfect for gaming audio or watching movies. ID:CORE V3 is an amp you can use every day.
- - Live streaming made easy using a TRRS 3.5mm cable for input/output live streaming to a compatible device (i.e. iPhone, Android phone).
- - Cab Rig Lite is our next-generation Cab Simulator, with user-configurable controls for elements such as cabinet, mic and room environment.
- - 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.
- - Patented ISF control allows you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network.
- - Advance controls using panel shortcuts, including Effect Speed / Time and audio levels.
- - Hold down the Reverb button to engage the tuner. The effects LEDs show if you’re sharp, flat or in tune and the 6 Voices represent each of your 6 strings.
- - Re-voiced and enhanced studio quality effects create beautiful sonic textures in stunning Super Wide Stereo.
- - PB-1 Power Bank compatible so you can use your ID:CORE V3 anywhere, perfect for busking or on the go.
- - 4-channel USB audio makes low-latency recording and professional re-amping simple, turning your amp into an audio interface.
- - Architect software for deep editing and patch sharing.
- - Small in size, but delivers huge tones from a cool-looking compact amp.
- - There’s a unique recessed handle on the rear for easy carrying.
- Clean Warm: Full-bodied, dynamic clean with a looser bass and glassy highs
- Clean Bright: ‘Boutique’, with tighter bass and chiming mids and highs; breaks up when pushed hard
- Crunch: Classic clean break-up to ballsy mid-gain crunch with a looser bass response
- Super Crunch: Higher gain, fatter crunch with a tighter bottom-end
- OD 1: ‘Hot-rodded’ Master Volume overdrive with medium power amp damping
- OD 2: Mid boosted, articulate hot-rod overdrive
- Modulation: Phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Envelope, Tremolo
- Delay: Linear, Analogue, Tape, Multi
- Reverb: Room, Hall, Spring, Plate
- Power: 20W (2x10W Super Wide Stereo)
- Voices: 6 Voices; Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD1, OD2
- EQ: Patented ISF (Infinite Shape Feature)
- Effects: Delay x 4 Modulation x 4 Reverb x 4 with Tap Tempo
- Patch Locations: 12 Patches
- Cab Rig Speaker Simulator and Headphone Output
- Line In / Streaming
- Speaker: 2 x Blackstar 5”
No upgrades available
Good, affordable practice amp with a nice array of features you wouldn’t necessarily expect to have on an amp of that price. The ‘live stream’ feature is particularly cool. Have yet to properly play with that feature yet but so far so good. The tones you can get out of it aren’t majorly spectacular but for the price, are good too. Nice, little compact practice amp.