My first impression of this combo is that it's a great piece of gear. I went straight into manual mode and found it was very easy to get a sound that pleased me, and, over the next many hours, I found it was impossible to put the guitar down. I was worried that it might be too loud for home use but that is not the case. Obviously I have not yet tried it at full volume yet, and I haven't tried using the software or frankly doing anything other than tweaking and playing. So far I am very pleased with this purchase.
A dyed-in-the wool and lifetime user of valve amps, I ain't gonna tell you the ID 30 sounds as good as a valve amplifier, cos it does not! Nor will I say it sounds similar! What I will say is that this is a great amp and probably the best solid state amp I ever played through. Not only do valves sound different to transistors, but they react differently to your playing as well. There is simply no comparison between the two. No solid state amp can produce the rich harmonic overtones of a good valve amp, so don't fool yourself. The solid state amp is made for a certain type of player, one who either can't afford a valve amp, or one who doesn't need the crystal clear headroom, chime or colourful harmonics but instead just wants to make some noise. I never liked so-called modelling amps in the past, but the Blackstar team have really hit on something new in the ID series of amps. The huge variety of control offered in the amp is phenomenal, a half dozen different valve types which amazingly come as close to valve tone as anything can today, the ISF control works so well too. USA tones to the left, British tones to the right, or both if you want to mix them! Great modulation, reverb and delay effects that are actually useable give you more than enough raw materials to get your perfect sound. There's a cool external pedal, line in for mp3 backing tracks, emulated speaker out to a studio mixing desk and so much more. You can save your newly created tones to your computer's hard drive, share them online, download more. This amp is a bloody adventure in audio, so good and so versatile that you might never give a valve amp a second thought after using it for a while. This is a whole different ballpark from valves, not better, not the same, but different, and 'in some ways' you might say better! If you want the best solid state amp with real volume, power and infinite tone, you found it! A tough and reliable performer that won't let you down, no fragile valves to blow on you, no back-breaking ton-weight to cart around, just a sensible sized package for easy use in the bedroom, studio or stage. With decent 30 watt valve amps costing around a grand, this sub 300 quid beastie is a no-brainer. The best solid state amp around, defos!
Don't buy into the tube amp myth - Solid State is the way forward (e.g. not having to replace costly valves). Try one these out, louder than you'll need due the TRUE VALVE POWER setting (110+db) and famed for being near indestructible. Options & more options, particularly due to choice of valves choices available to simulate (presence & resonance settings also available via recent firmware updates) and decent 12" speaker with complete frequency range including base side of things.
To my tastes the clean bright and crunch settings are stars off the show, options wise. In short I can't recommend this enough. On the law of diminishing returns this is the sweet spot.
Bought mine from Richtone in Sheffield, I like the Vox Vt amps and needed another amp to save me lugging the Vox up and down stairs. So glad I chose the Blackstar, it takes a bit of fiddling but once you get your head round it the 1D30 is a really good amp. The presets are ok but just playing around with the manual settings and the different valves and effects keeps me playing for hours. If you think sounds and not amps you will be ok.
Its not just coincidence that Blackstar are taking over the world. Their tone is superb. Mine is for home and volume wise the 15 is more than enough but the bigger speaker in the 30 is sublime and well worth the extra cash. Effects are really good and l have 70+ different settings stored on my computer. What more could you want
Has to be tried to be believed just how good this amp is. There is not a non valve amp that comes even close to the ID:Series.
Bought (ID:30TVP) for my son as he has just formed his first band and needed a new amp that he could practice with acceptable volumes (and sound) at home and be able to compete with the other instruments. Also portability was an important consideration. Software editing was extremely desirable
Considered - LIne 6, Vox, Roland, Peavey Vypyr and the new soon to be released ID:Core 40 (20+20)
Expensive it might seem at first but the ID:30TVP amp is packed full of sounds with spot on quality. My personal favourite valve is EL34 across all voicing. My son is too busy experimenting yet to settle for just the one. Just press the TVP button, select your valve, then away you go into a world of infinite sounds. And I mean absolute infinite sounds. Not badly imitated amp sounds or rockstar settings but your very own proper 'valve' characteristics and spot on effects which add rather than take away from the sheer enjoyment of using this amp
See Blackstar for full details of tech spec but the ID:30TVP delivers so so much more than any other 30w modelling amp on the market. My son is thrilled and I have my eyes on the 260TVP (will have to sell my LINE6 212 first, though).
In short, if you're looking to buy a new amp you just have to put the ID:Series on the short list.
Go try one - any one! You'll be so glad you did. Sorry VOX, LIne 6, Peavey, Fender et al - The ID is a game changer and Blackstar have left you way behind. Well worth every extra penny and some.
Blackstar amps are stereotyped as 'metal' or 'rock' amps. With this amp, it is simply not true.
This amps has 6 voices, ranging from 2 clean tones, (bright and warm), 2 crunch tones and 2 overdriven tones. This is a huge range, and then the 6 different valve settings help you to get the perfect sounds, exactly as you want them- no compromise. The usual settings are there- bass, mid and then there is the ISF. This is brilliant- you can go from classy British tones to old school American tones with only turning this knob.
Also, the installed effects are about as good as they get for an amp at £500, let alone sub-£300. Four different types of reverb, delay and modulation mean a versatile range of effects, and no limitations to just a single reverb, delay or mod. Another button means you can set the tempo of the delay and modulation.
Also, the 16 pre-installed voices are great, but even better is the fact that you can override 1 pre- installed voice with your own tone which you want to save. This means no more fiddling with everything to get that 'perfect' tone from yesterday- one button has it all. The USB cable means that you can save as many tones as you could imagine onto your laptop. Also, the USB means you can attach your laptop to the free insider software, with different effects, and a forum means you can share your effects and use other people's ones too.
This amp is very versatile, but for it excels around the crunch to the mid-distortion range. Not to say the others are bad, just these are the best.