Blackstar has been really pushing the envelope when it comes to affordable state of the art amps. Blackstar ID: Core 10 V2 is by far one of the most versatile budget amps you can get your hands on, but also among the best sounding ones.
The control cluster of the Blackstar ID: Core 10 V2 can be a bit overwhelming. You have six different channels to work with, including various types of overdrive and fuzz. On top of that, you have reverb, delay and a full range of modulation effects to chose from. All of that is then shaped by a gain knob, volume knob, and Blackstar’s trademark ISF single-band EQ. The idea here is that you can layer the tone with various presets, allowing you to dial in a rather complex sound for your guitar.
This is a versatile modeling amp. It delivers 10 Watts of power divided into two sections, 5 Watts each. Blackstar also delivers this model with a hefty software suite. In other words, upload and download various patches to the amp, and pretty much play with the tone in any way you want to. The connection between the amp and your computer is established using an USB 2.0 port. There are numerous models on the market that offer similar capabilities, but you will rarely find a package such as this one in this price range.
When you get a budget practice amp, you usually don’t expect it to sound extraordinary. Thanks to their stereo technology, ID: Core 10 V2 offers enough output as well as quality to deliver a tone that hits far out of its price range. In all seriousness, this thing sounds good. Going through various voices and effects, you will find that some are better than the other. However, once you add the software side of the package, you get one highly flexible platform for practice and recording.
Modeling amps are still being developed, but Blackstar ID: Core 10 V2 perfectly represents just how far this technology has evolved. It is the Swiss army knife of guitar practice sessions and home recording studios. The value you get for the money doesn’t really get better than this. It is one of the cheapest amps of this type on the market.