Professional Guitar Amp Modeling and Multi-Effects Processor with 24-Bit/96 kHz Digital Output and ULTRA-G Cabinet Simulation
- 32 authentic simulations of most popular guitar amplifiers freely combinable with 15 awesome speaker cabinet simulations
- Stereo multi-effects including chorus, flanging, phasing, rotary, auto-wah, echo, delay, compressor and various effects combinations
- 125 memory locations including 50 original artist presets
- Intuitive user interface with direct display of all essential settings
- Additional effect parameters directly accessible on the unit; Tap-tempo function allows real-time adjustment of effects speed parameter
- Dedicated reverb control adds 1 of 9 available stereo reverb types to any amp, speaker or effects setting
- Additional authentic cabinet simulation designed by Juergen Rath
- Presence control adjusts a High-frequency filter, simulating the negative feedback of tube amps
- Adjustable auto-chromatic tuner
- 15 rear panel connectors allow comprehensive routing and suit virtually every conceivable application
- Pre DSP send/return for dry recording and wet monitoring
- Stereo ¼” Line outputs controlled by master volume for live use as guitar preamp
- Balanced stereo XLR DI out with ground lift and switchable ULTRA-G cabinet simulation
- Post DSP stereo inserts for connection of external effects
- BNC wordclock input for external sample rate synchronization up to 96 kHz
- AES/EBU and S/PDIF connectors allow usage as an all-purpose A/D converter with 24-bit/96 kHz digital output
- MIDI implementation includes program changes, control changes and SysEx, allowing complete MIDI automation through our free Windows editor software downloadable at www.behringer.com
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
- Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany
Any Classic You Like
The V-AMP PRO's 32 amp models are organized into four groups: CLEAN, BLUES, METAL and ROCK. Just twist the dedicated dial to plug into unbelievably authentic simulations of the greatest British and American tube amps from the 1950s to today. You even get models of uncommon—yet renowned—boutique tube amps! When you select an amp model, a speaker cabinet model is automatically selected. But if you'd prefer a different model, just go to EDIT>CABINETS, then use the BANK UP/DOWN buttons to navigate through all 15 options.
Just like on an actual guitar amp, you've got a three-band EQ, GAIN, REVERB, VOLUME and MASTER VOLUME dials. By holding the TAP button, the TREBLE dial becomes a PRESENCE control. This enables the adjustment of a high-frequency filter that can add or remove a "shimmer" from the V-AMP PRO's tone.
Top Tone—In Full EffectThe V-AMP PRO gives you flanger, chorus, compression, delay and 12 other beautiful digital effects to apply to your sound. Adjust the effect's level in the mix via the EFFECTS dial. To adjust effect parameters, you can rhythmically press the TAP button to alter delay times or LFO speeds, or hold down the TAP button and twist the EFFECTS knob to access e.g. feedback or depth. By using a MIDI pedal, such as the BEHRINGER FCB1010, you can access an additional Wah Wah effect. You can adjust the filter characteristic by entering EDIT mode, selecting the DRIVE menu and turning the EFFECTS knob while holding the TAP button.
Presenting the PresetsAll of these elements have been combined into 125 different presets divided into 25 banks, accessible through the BANK UP/ BANK DOWN buttons. Within each bank, you can press buttons A through E to explore its different presets. You can also create and save your own presets. Start by selecting a preset, then making any changes you wish: amp, EQ, effect, etc. The preset LED will begin to flash, indicating that the V-AMP PRO is ready to save your settings. To do this, hold the preset button down for about two seconds. Once the LED stops flashing, you have saved the modified preset. On top of all this, the V-AMP PRO also features a built-in tuner and noise gate. In essence, it's a Swiss Army Knife for the home recording enthusiast or gigging guitarist who can't seem to settle on one amp.
Stunning in the Studio
The V-AMP PRO features several configurations that make it an invaluable asset in the studio. Access the configuration menu by pressing the B and D buttons at the same time. Then use BANK UP and BANK DOWN to select a configuration.
When using headphones, the V-AMP PRO will switch into Studio Mode 1 (S1). This stereo mode works well for both monitoring and recording with effects, amp and speaker modeling. It doesn't apply the additional three-band EQ to the signal, but most recording programs—like energyXT2.5— have their own EQ. In Studio Mode 2 (S2), the V-AMP PRO sends a signal with amp and speaker simulation, but only the right output has effects. You can either record both left and right outputs to separate tracks, or record the "dry" left output while monitoring the right output.
The V-AMP PRO features myriad routing options. It has a balanced XLR DI out with ground lift and switchable ULTRA-G cabinet simulation, post-DSP stereo inserts for connection o external effects, BNC wordclock input for externals sample rate synchronization up to 96 kHz. There are also AES/EBU and S/PDIF connectors so you can use the V-AMP PRO as an all-purpose audio-to-digital converter with 24-bit/96 kHz digital output.
Stellar on Stage
The V-AMP PRO has three live configurations. When performing live with this device, you can either run it to an amp on stage, run directly to the mixing board, or both. Live Mode 1 is the best choice for running the outputs directly to the mixer, because it applies amp and speaker simulation, effects and an additional 3-band EQ.
Use Live Mode 2 to run the V-AMP PRO into the effects return inputs of 2 different guitar amps. This configuration does not feature speaker simulation, allowing the amplifier's natural speaker sound to go unaltered. In this scenario, the amps would be mic'd on stage to get the sound to the house speakers, and having a dedicated monitor would be less important. In Live Mode 3, you can send the left output to an amp's eff ects return for onstage volume, while the right output sends signal to the main mixer for inclusion in the main house mix. Also note that you can press the TAP key while turning the GAIN knob to adjust the input sensitivity to match the output of your guitar's pickups. If the CLIP LED lights, the input's sensitivity should be reduced.
Veni, MIDI, Vici
The V-AMP PRO comes fully equipped to fit right into a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) setup. It can be controlled in real time from a computer, or via a MIDI foot controller during a live performance. Its MIDI connectors are international-standard 5-pin DIN connectors. You will need dedicated MIDI cables (not included).
The MIDI IN jack receives MIDI controller data. It can be adjusted in EDIT mode by pressing the A button and then using the arrow keys. MIDI OUT/THRU sends data to a computer. You can transmit both preset data and parameter changes. Some people even use the V-AMP as a remote control for parameters of their DAW or VST instruments, which is more handy than using the mouse alone. If set to MIDI THRU, the V-AMP 2 does not send its own MIDI information, but passes on the signal received at the MIDI IN connector.
So Much Sound, So Little HassleIt's hard enough finding another virtual guitar amplifier with this much versatility, let alone one as economical as the V-AMP PRO. This rack-mountable wonder will leave you reeling in your own creativity, with cash to spare for other gear you'll need along the way to becoming a sonic titan both live and in your home studio.
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SOUND ON SOUND (UK) January 2004
The same good range of clean and dirty amp sounds as their forebears, the same strong effects, and the same great user interface.
Created for both live and recording applications, the V-AMP series combines guitar amp modeling, speaker modeling and effects, enabling a fully produced DI’d guitar sound to be achieved on stage or in the studio. V-AMP PRO’s sounds are strong, very playable, and even the clean and slightly dirty sounds are very plausible. The amp models interpret playing dynamics reasonably well, so you can get a lot of tonal change by winding down the guitar’s volume or playing less aggressively, and there’s a good impression of low-end power, even at fairly low volumes. I like the way the V-AMP PRO cuts through a mix without sounding gritty, and the effects are solid and dependable…So, if you need an easy, cost-effective way to record lots of different guitar styles with a better-than-average degree of feel and tonal authenticity, you need look no further.
Pros: These PRO updates represent excellent value and are simply bristling with I/O options.
Total Guitar (UK)
V-AMP PRO wins coveted Total Guitar Best Buy Award...
Words by Rob Tribe
As It Says On The Box, The V-AMP Goes Pro!
For the most part, patches called things like “Dry Riff Clean”, “Heavy Funk” or “Rhythm Crunch” were just that. But with all types of processors we like to get stuck into the ones that try to emulate famous tones. And it’s not too hard to guess who the V-AMP PRO is trying to be. “Every Breath U T” is the perfect copy of Andy Summers’ dreamy mix of clean and echo, Sultans O’ Swing has to be heard to be believed, and Eddie’s tapping is just a license to widdle.
The V-AMP PRO isn’t just for recording, if you bought the (V-AMP desktop modeler), using it as part of a stage set-up would be easy. However, it is in the studio that the V-AMP seems most at home. So if you’re into recording your music, the V-AMP’s selection of 32 different amplifiers, plus different cabinets and effects make it a great solution to any sterile tones you may have been getting down on track. And at £212 it’s a pretty good bargain too.
For: Great value for money; fits easily into racks; well thought out and designed Against: Nothing we can think of