The Blackstar ID Core line of combos have been incredibly popular as practice amps for those that need all of their tones out of one small amp. Now it is getting even smaller with the ID Core 40H head which is an amazing practice and recording tool for places where space and volume can be an issue.
Digital Amp Modelling
Known for their high quality digital modelling the Blackstar ID Core line don't offer a million different options but the few models it does have are second to none in terms of quality. With a choice of Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD1 and OD2 channels you can go from crystal cleans at high volumes all the way up crushing high gain sounds at a moment's notice.
One of the coolest parts about any Blackstar amplifier is the ISF feature. With a single knob you can adjust any of the modes we listed before to sound American, British or any point in between. On the American end you get a lot tighter low end more aggressive overall tone where on the British is a bit tame in comparison
In The Room
Due to it using modelling technology there are a couple of different ways you can wire up the ID Core 40H and one of the most popular ways will be through a guitar cabinet in the room. Standard guitar cabinets come in many different shapes and sizes and as long as it can handle 40w of power you are ready to rock.
The benefit of using this method is that you don't need any other powered gear and it can take full advantage of the amplifiers power amp meaning you can get a lot of volume from a very small space. The downside is that it is very hard to keep it quiet when using it like this.
Cabs are not your only connectivity option however as built in to the head you have a speaker emulated output that can be run to headphones, powered speakers or even you recording system. This means you can practice and record at home with great quality sound even in the middle of the night without your neighbours ever having to know.
Here's what Blackstar say about the ID Core 40H
ID:Core represents the culmination years of technical Research and Development. These amps have an intuitive control set like a traditional amp, but have the versatility of programmability. The unique controls allow you, the guitarist, to custom design your own sound.
The Voice control has six different settings - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2. When used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control you can get the exact tone you're thinking of.
The effects section delivers studio quality Super Wide Stereo modulation, delay and reverb effects simultaneously that you can store with your sound.
Deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the Blackstar INSIDER software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via the online community. The USB connector also allows you to record from your amp directly to your computer.
An emulated output and MP3/line input complete the package.
By using the unique Voice control and the patented ISF, ID:Core Series amplifiers allow unparalleled flexibility and ease of use, enabling you to design the sound in your head and deliver it at home, in the studio or in rehearsal.
- Product Range: ID: Core
- Model: ID: Core Stereo 40H
- Technology Type: Digital
- Wattage: 40
- Inputs: Guitar Input, MP3/Line Input, USB Input
- Controls: Voice Control, Gain, Volume, EQ (ISF), Effects Controls, Manual, Tap Tempo
- Channels: 6 - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2
- Weight: 2.5KG
- Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 320 x 160 x 185 (mm)
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