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Gear Discussion => Amplifiers => Topic started by: Mick on April 12, 2015, 06:59:46 PM

Title: Blackstar ID: Core 40
Post by: Mick on April 12, 2015, 06:59:46 PM
Picked a Blackstar ID: Core 40 (http://fave.co/2jql9FE) up a few days ago, and must say I'm very impressed.  Apart from the noise gate on OD1 and OD2 which damps a bit to much for my liking, even when set to low via the insider software,  I had to turn it off.  Anyone else had this noise gate problem? 

Got more usable tones out of this thing than I ever have out of my THR10, which now will remain a iPod dock. lol..   
 
Title: Re: Blackstar ID: Core 40
Post by: SpartanMusic on April 18, 2015, 01:15:15 PM
I actually got the ID Core 20 about a month ago. And yes I think the noise gate is a bit too aggressive, cuts off way too soon. Sometimes when just softly picking the string it doesn't do anything... Didn't know it came with a noise gate at first so thought it was faulty. I should turn it off but not experimented with the software yet. Hope to do some recordings soon.

But yeah apart from that, sounds great! Had a 50w Laney before and this ID core sounds much better. The effects sound pretty good too. Really did improve my tone by quite a bit.
Title: Re: Blackstar ID: Core 40
Post by: Mick on April 18, 2015, 03:32:49 PM
Hi Mark. Yep you should try the Insider software, it gives you some extra controls for the amp, plus some other cool stuff.  Some of the downloadable patches are excellent too.  :tup:



Title: Re: Blackstar ID: Core 40
Post by: SpartanMusic on April 18, 2015, 06:43:05 PM
Yeah I'll definitely try it. Not used to connecting my amp to my laptop haha. I actually bought the USB cable to connect them a few days ago as mine didn't come with one.
Title: Re: Blackstar ID: Core 40
Post by: Mick on April 18, 2015, 06:48:49 PM

I actually bought the USB cable to connect them a few days ago as mine didn't come with one.


Mine didn't either, I just assumed it was an optional extra.  fortunately I had one. ;)
Title: Re: Blackstar ID: Core 40
Post by: Hinfrance on April 20, 2015, 12:11:02 PM
Mick, are you trying to make me buy one to replace my Mustang 3 V1?

They do look like a lot of fun . . .
Title: Re: Blackstar ID: Core 40
Post by: Mick on April 20, 2015, 04:41:42 PM
Mick, are you trying to make me buy one to replace my Mustang 3 V1?

They do look like a lot of fun . . .

H,  I think you should try one out, and see for yourself.  8)

What I love is the sounds you can get out of this thing at any volume, even sounds great through my headphones.  Haven't had a chance to see how it handles pedals yet though, not that you really need any.  Also doubles up as a useful interface with the USB connectivity, so you can record through your favourite DAW.