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Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 100

Guitar Amp With DSP Modelling & USB Interface
Published March 2017
By Paul White

Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 100

This affordable studio- and stage-friendly amp boasts extra-wide stereo effects, a looper, and direct-to-DAW USB recording.

Blackstar are now well established as manufacturers of both valve amps and digital modelling amps. This latest series falls into the latter category, but what sets it apart is the combination of affordable pricing, low weight (12.5kg), built-in looper and range of ‘Super Wide Stereo’ effects. While Blackstar have incorporated their Super Wide Stereo technology into earlier amplifiers, this is the first time it has appeared at an entry-level price in an amp powerful enough for live performance. Both 100W and 150W models are available, each of which has dual 10-inch speakers in a closed-back cabinet.


Both models sport a looper and direct-to-DAW USB recording via a speaker-emulated output. They can accept stereo line inputs via mini-jack, for playing backing tracks that might benefit from the stereo-width enhancement, and there’s also a reamping mode to allow previously recorded guitar parts to be processed via the amp....

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Published March 2017