The Blackstar V3 ID:Core Stereo 20 Digital 2 x 10W Modeling Combo Amplifier is a 2 x 10W two-channel entry-level combo guitar amplifier with twelve wide/stereo effects, six enhanced Voice channels, and a TRRS 3.5mm stereo aux-in / line-out jack for live streaming with compatible devices. It can be used for a variety of applications such as practicing, recording at home, live streaming, rehearsing with a band, recording in the studio, or busking live on the street.
The ID:Core combo amplifier features two controls that allow you to design your own sound. First, a Voice control lets you switch among six overall voicings. Go between Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, Overdrive 1, and Overdrive 2 voicings, depending on the music you want to play. The amp also offers an ISF control, which is a staple feature on high-end Blackstar amplifiers. By using the Voice control together with the ISF, you can easily dial in a variety of sounds, giving you the ability to bring the sounds you hear in your head to life.
This is a stereo amplifier housed in a relatively compact housing, so you'll have the ability to select among 12 wide stereo effects as well. You can store these effects settings with your sound.
While the amp features a broad array of hardware controls, you can also edit your sound much more comprehensively using Blackstar's deep editor software, which replaces the Insider app that came with the previous iteration of this series. A USB connector lets you to edit your tones with this software, and also facilitates the ability to record from your amp directly to your computer. With the built-in footswitch jack, the amp supports remote control over select functions by means of a separately available footswitch.
Another upgrade over the previous iteration of this amplifier is a user-configurable Cab Rig output, which updates the emulated speaker output to give you a more realistic sound, allowing user-configurable controls for cabinet and room environments. Indeed, the Cab Rig software that corresponds to this output allows for similar controls to what you'd find on a high-end standalone cab-simulator product.
The Voice control has six different channels, and when used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control, you can get the exact tone you're thinking of
- Clean Warm: Classic 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
- OD 2: Mid-boosted overdrive