Behringer Bass V-Amp Pro
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Behringer Bass V-Amp Pro

Bass V-Amp Pro, Bass Amp Simulator from Behringer in the V-Amp series.

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MGR/John - UK 01/30/2004

Behringer Bass V-Amp Pro : MGR/John - UK's user review

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Bought for £159 from GuitarAmpKeyboard - www.gak.co.uk

I was drawn to this unit because of the features and the price. The Bass V-Amp Pro is the 19" rackmount version of the Bass V-Amp (note - the footpedal is not included as with the Bass V-Amp). It's finished in a nice brushed metal with a central LCD display for displaying patch numbers and signal/clip indicators. This display also houses the in-built Chromatic tuner.

The unit is based around digital amp modelling - simulating the tone and sound as if you were to play your bass through Ampeg/Trace Elliot/Marshall amps etc. This is done by selecting preset "models" made up of head units and cabinets. There are also 16 on-board digital effects from reverb to delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, wah wah etc. These are switchable and can be combined with the amp simulation.

All the controls for modifying the presets are on the front of the unit - making this easy to edit. If you plug the unit into your PC (via the rear mounted MIDI port), you can download free software from the Behringer website to modify/create presets from your PC. You can also download presets from the internet and upload them onto the unit.

Sounds produced are very impressive. The amp modelling, while not out of this world, is excellent, giving much tone variation to even the most limited of bass guitars (I know this, I had a Squier precision!).

The on-board effects are excellent too - crystal clear with not an ounce of noise.

On the rear of the unit are all number of inputs/outputs - MIDI in/out/thru, XLR in/out, Pre/Post preamp send and returns (for external effects and processors). Everyting you'll need.

Can't say there's anything I don't like. Perhaps the lack of a footpedal but at this price - can't really complain about that!

The unit seems solid and well built. All of the controls have a solid feel to them and all input/outputs seem well screwed on. No complaints here.

In short, this is a well built and very useful tool. If you can't afford a new bass and you're disappointed with the one you've got, buy one of these. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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