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Chris.angel 08/21/2003

Behringer V-Amp Pro : Chris.angel's user review

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In the following, I will refer regularly to the V-Amp 2, which I also owned. This is more of a comparative view on the evolution of V-Amp Pro a notice to the specific V-Amp Pro.

Overall, the V-Amp Pro is a rack version of the V-Amp 2. Read my opinion on the subject for more info: same amps and speakers, same effects, same processor, same sounds, etc..

There are however some important differences:
- It's a rack. I am not telling you anything, but it is already not negligible (for some of us).
- It has two digital outputs: 1 S / PDIF and AES 1 / BUI. Since this machine is designed specifically to (home) studio and most modern sound cards are equipped with such an entry, it will record without external parasite.
- It has two effects loops: a Pre-DSP mono (which can be used as a second entry) and post-DSP stereo.
- It has, among other things, a balanced XLR stereo output (history to really Pro).
- An integrated 220V. Finished, the transformer ADDITIONAL!
- Pedal 2-button disappeared.
- At the same time, Behringer has revised its publisher. It is now (more) compatible with W2k and XP.

UTILIZATION

Besides the fact that the control panel is positioned vertically instead of horizontally, there is absolutely no change in the V-Amp 2. So rebelotte, I refer you to my opinion about this machine. In summary,
- Access to the second parameter is really not easy. There must be a button to change these settings (presence, another 16 amps, the second control effects ...). We must be able to play with one hand, change the settings of the other and hear directly and changes the sound. It would have been better to not having to press a button once to access these parameters (without having to keep this button pressed), and push a second time to find the basic settings!
- To access additional settings, you must only use the editor. They are not available on the same machines. Too bad for those who do not have a PC (and therefore also for the damage 'Macciens' - to date).
- The transition between patches require a certain time ... rather negligible lorqu'on keep the same amp simulations and HP, less Lorqui they also change.

SOUND QUALITY

Nothing has really changed there either. The patches seem identical to the V-Amp 2. The processor is the same and the internal sampling frequency as well (31 KHz QLQ thing, but in my humble opinion, is no more since neither the guitar nor the HP amps do not know how to reproduce frequencies above 16 KHz).

Standard (V-Amp mode S1 or S2 connected to a mixing console), I found that was poor in égalisage medium-high and too rich bass - medium-low. I had to correct the EQ at my console to get a better overall sound (frequency point of view).

Besides, the Son and the patches of the V-Amp Pro are high quality, flexible and efficient. I note, however, still a lack of sustain compared to a real amp (tube).

I have not tested the digital outputs. I could tell you about it soon.

OVERALL OPINION

Considering that the gear can be described as 'Pro' because it is available in rack or balanced XLR connections, so this version of the V-Amp Pro is really.

For cons, I regret that Behringer is not used this makeover to improve interactivity! Thus, it would have been more 'Pro' to add buttons to directly access the second parameter, especially since they are not so high for her and there is space on the front!

It is true that the quality / price ratio is amazing, the price is almost ridiculously low and that the sounds are very good. But for the notoriety that this machine could be argued, I really preferred to pay (a little) more for the sound of the V-Amp in a really user-friendly machine.

In short, it is inherently a really great amp emulator, quality and sound quality. But to deserve the epithet 'Pro', it should have benefited, in my opinion, some other improvements.

PS A little reflection, you take the V-Amp Pro and you add the MIDI board. You are not so far from the Boss GT-6, a view prices! And look at the characteristics of the latter ...