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Behringer V-Ampire LX112

V-Ampire LX112, Modelling Combo Guitar Amp from Behringer in the V-Ampire series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 10 reviews )
 9 reviews90 %
 1 user review10 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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MGR/Rick "Star Wars" LaForce10/14/2003

MGR/Rick "Star Wars" LaForce's review"Behringer V-Ampire (LX-1)"

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
Purchased the V-Ampire from Music Unlimited in San Leandro, CA. I know it's doubtful that anyone from the old neighborhood is reading this, but in case you are and haven't been to MU in awhile, it's no longer "Music Unreasonable". They actually sell stuff for the same price as GC or Musician's Friend now. Price paid: $299.00

(I reviewed Behringer's V-Amp Pro on other sites and the V-Ampire is identical to it except for being a complete combo amp instead of just the modeler, so I'm excerpting a lot of what I've already written)

As far as modeling and signal processing goes, this is about as easy as it gets. For the dyed-in-the-wool knob twiddlers, this is probably a bad thing. Relatively speaking, you have very little control over what goes on here in terms of parameter tweaking. There's more than enough where the tone-shaping controls are concerned, but not with the effects/cab sims. For time-based effects you can adjust the tempo of delays and the speed for chorus/flange/phase/rotary, along with the dry/wet ratio, but that's about it. You cannot combine effects at will (although I understand with the downloadable software you have much more flexibility), you can't select where they appear in the chain, and you have no control over parameters like pre-delay or early reflections or any number of other factors like you would in a dedicated effects processor. Likewise, with the cabinet sims, you cannot determine mike placement or miked/direct levels.

This is NOT a criticism of this unit. In fact it is one of things I most appreciate about it. I'm one of those people seriously afflicted with a condition known as, "Option Anxiety". Being faced with too many options for tone modification will usually cause me to put my guitar down and go find something else to do with my time. "Let's see, maybe if I roll off some low end, boost the mids and highs, then add a taste of flange with some delay, I'll get that sound I'm after. But wait, maybe I need more low end, and what if I flange the distortion rather than distorting the flange and go with echo rather than delay, then maybe add just a touch of pitch shift . . ." I HATE TRYING TO DIAL IN GUITAR TONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just want to plug 'n' play and with the V-Ampire, I can.

I really have no complaints about the V-Ampire, but there are a few common complaints about Behringer. Mostly it has to do with their documentation. They have this nasty habit of making things sound much more difficult than they really are. I don't know if it's a translation problem or what, but the manuals definitely have the ability to confuse. Another thing about the documentation is it's never complete. The manuals make reference to sections and inserts that don't exist in the owner's manual. A quick trip to www.behringer.com will solve that because it's all there to be downloaded.

One final common complaint regarding Behringer modelers, and this isn't a problem for me, has to do with patch changes. There is a noticeable lag or pause between some patches. I believe this has to do with the processor speed and horsepower and so is inherent in the design. A lot of manufacturers have overcome this, and perhaps Behringer will too (I understand they're pretty good when it comes to upgrades). The lag or pause is evident when changing between patches that use different amp models. When switching between those that use the same amp sim (even with everything else being completely different), there is no perceptible lag time.

Weighing everything against what the purchase price is, I'd have to say that the build quality of all Behringer gear is pretty darned impressive. Cosmetically, the V-Ampire is easy on my eye. It's got kind of an updated blackface vibe going on (with a lot more buttons and LEDs, of course). A close examination will show where the cost cuts were. The hardware is not as heavy duty as you'll find on more expensive amps. The cabinet, while apparently sturdy, is not as chunky as you'll find elsewhere and the grill cloth on my V-Ampire is a little 'wrinkly' and looks like it could tear more easily than some. All things considered, though I think this is as good a quality as you can expect for the money (and probably better than a lot of alternatives in this price range).

WARNING! I'm gonna let out some shaft and turn the 'RANT' knob up to '11', so if any of you are sensitive to the 100% subjective, unadulterated opinions of others then hit your browsers 'back' button now . . .


Let's talk about amp modeling in general. In my opinion, the biggest error you can commit when checking ANY of this stuff out is using your eyes to read the amp list instead of your ears to hear what sounds are coming out of the machine. I'll use an example from one of the V-Ampire's presets:

6B-"Eddie's Tapping". If you plug in and access this preset, are you gonna hear 'Eruption' coming back out at you? Nope. Why? It's obvious isn't it? A) You don't have Eddie's fingers. B) You don't have Ted Templeman's ears. C) You don't have Donn Landee's engineering chops. Furthermore, even if the Tone Fairy somehow magically whisked you away to the actual recording sessions for VH's first album, and Eddie handed his guitar off to you, without changing a single thing in his setup, you wouldn't sound any more like him than a dump truck being dropped off the Empire State Building. I'm not being an A-hole, because I'm including myself here. VH is a better guitar player with his asscheeks than I'll ever be with all ten fingers (and toes for that matter), it's just a fact that one man's meat can be another man's poison and it's always the player that makes the biggest difference.

Another thing is, unless you own or have owned a 60's Plexi, do you REALLY know what one sounds like? And the boutique stuff? Forget about it. I've been in a LOT of music stores over the last 30 years and I've never even seen a picture of a Dumble Overdrive let alone heard one. I wouldn't know one if it fell on my head. My point is, just disregard what kind of amps the manufacturer says they're modeling. Just play the damn thing and if it sounds good to you and you can get some use out of the tones, then it doesn't matter if it's supposed to be a Budda Twinmaster, a vintage Fender Bassman, or a Pennsyltucky Sooper Dooper Quadruple Rectal-fire.

Originally, I bought the V-Amp Pro and got it exclusively for going direct to a mixer then to a digital recorder (just like a ton of other stuff from BOSS, Digitech, Yamaha, Korg, etc. etc.). After hearing how good it sounded, I ended up returning it for the V-Ampire since they're identical except for the fact that the V-Ampire is a complete combo amp. After getting that home and hearing how good IT sounded, I went back and bought a Behringer B412S stereo cabinet (all my 4X12s are mono). My guitars are either Les Pauls, or LP-inspired guitars by Gibson, Heritage and Hamer, although I ocassionally play an Ibanez S-Type WRM520S, and they all sound good with the V-Ampire. For me, the V-Ampire has some quality sounds built into it. I've gotten some very satisfying clean and crunch tones out of it. There are some fat, sparkly, warm and dimensional clean sounds available, and some of the dirtier tones are surprisingly articulate, fairly responsive, and slightly more tube-like than transistor-like. The effects, though not breathtaking, work very well with the other components. But again, if you're used to dedicated, high-end effects processors with a lot of parameter control, this could be disappointing for you. The unit has been for the most part, noise-free and the gate works very well.

And finally on the 'My Amp Can Kick Your Amp's Ass' nonsense that goes on in chat rooms, bulletin boards, and review websites. To quote Brother Rodney, "Can't we all just get along?" Where modeling technology is concerned, I think objectively it's safe to say that there's nothing out there as real as the 'real thing' and probably not as good if one were being honest. I mean think about it for a minute. If Behringer, Line 6, Johnson, and the rest of the modeling manufacturers made amps that were superior tone generators, then Marshall, Boogie, Fender and everyone else would be trying to emulate their sound instead of the other way around. I know from first hand experience that there's nothing like being on stage in front of a stack of amps and driving them to the point where the tubes nearly liquify, but I also know the practical considerations of home recording and small club gigs, and this to me is where modeling technology can take a real bite out of the big boy's collective asses.

Over the last 30 years I have played mostly Melodic Rock, Hard Rock, Old-School Progressive Rock and Old-School Metal and done it through Marshall, Hi-Watt, Orange, Fender, Peavey, L7, and Mesa/Boogie (at a time when they could have been considered 'boutique'). The V-Ampire has been compatible with a lot of the music I'm into and has proven to be a very useful tool for recording which is what I bought it for primarily. Behringer's line of modelers invites the inevitable comparison to Line 6 and rightfully so. Nothing against Line 6, but their stuff usually costs two or three times as much as Behringer's and there's no way you could convince me that Line 6 is worth the price difference for essentially identical pieces of equipment. But if you like Line 6, then that's alright with me and we can still be friends.

Is the V-Ampire as good as having a stable of real (vs. virtual)amplifiers? No. Are the effects as good as anything from T.C. Electronics, Lexicon, or Eventide? No. Are you really gonna get a Dumble Overdrive for $299 instead of $12,000? F*ck NO.

Are you gonna get a hell of a lot of bang for your buck? Yeah, you are.

Even though this is far, far away from the ultimate tone generator (as is every other SINGLE piece of gear on earth, in my opinion), based on that old Value-to-Dollar Ratio, I gotta give this little combo a 10 on the 5-scale.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Cgaybeul08/14/2012

Cgaybeul's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good value for money"

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor, ...)? Power delivered?
transistor 2x60W stereo or mono 1x100W

What connection?
There's everything you need! 3'5 input jack for an mp3 or a PC with volume control input, headphone output on the front, midi interface, speaker outputs, input to output effects loop ...

What are the settings, the effects? ...
This is the same, there what to do with the simultaneous amp, cab, reverb and effects palette, it's pretty full for a wide range of sounds.

UTILIZATION

The configuration is simple?
After careful reading of the manual is fairly simple although not very intuitive for all possible "hidden".

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
I find the manual very clear and quite synthetic not spend hours looking for what you want.

Do you get a good sound easy?
For me yes, starting presets quo'n approaching it seeks it's pretty easy. If not from scratch but it's less obvious in the long run there is!

SOUNDS

Will it fit your style of music?
Yes, I think it fits quite a distinct style of music that sounds are too often for my taste metal ...

What types of sounds you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat", ....)?
A little difficult to get clear sounds, there's distortion sounds for something to have fun.

With what (s) guitar (s) do you play?
SG guitar Custom77

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
Large distortion and fuzz are not bad, too presets with electronic effects sound great I think.

OVERALL OPINION

To my taste it's a good amp for the price (paid 140 euro for Cygnus new!).
Than enough to repeat it.

The only reason that will make my change of gear is the weight of a combo, 22kg down over 3 floors each repeat I will spend on a head + for firms that do take the head.
Jack Shnor03/19/2012

Jack Shnor's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
I will not dwell on a description that has already been the subject of X com.
but the V-Amp I'm looking at is equipped with a HP Jensen JCH 12/70 8homs
everything else is really just the same.

UTILIZATION

RAS

SOUNDS

2 Strat, an Aria pro2, an Epiphone Korina Explorer, a gibson LP ... it adapts to any guitar without problems. all steel ... jazz new orleans except where it is preferable to have a banjo!

OVERALL OPINION

years .. uh! 2004 or by that?
it is a clean amp, without major defects, which can play at home or in repets; in concert ... all is well outside, it will be "transplanted" on the table, but everything is provided for ca ...
to purchase once for having a front plate, after you can buy a light amp for the show ...
it reminds me a Strato (the Swiss Army Knife necessary) is the lespaul for benefits (the rolls).
Bizzy Jey10/09/2006

Bizzy Jey's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
- Amp transistor numriques effects.
- 2x 60 Watts, HP Bugera 12 "Vintage
- Lots of connectors (one midi output) ... great

UTILIZATION

- Lots of buttons, it's cool, and complete all ... but if you must find him! Necessary for a few hours are tame, more to find your sound.
- No need for manual if we already know the effects ... when it comes out very well alone.

SOUNDS

- This amp is super versatile, rock to blues through pop, ... no problem! ;)
- I play it with Stagg (Not great stuff) but gives still a very good sound. I'll invest in an ESP EC-50 for an even more pleasant!
- With numerous presets, its effects and amp simulations, we get the sound that we want. There are clear sounds Vox or Fender style, and style distos Marshall or Mesa.

OVERALL OPINION

- I use it for a few months and I am more than satisfied.
- This amp provides a relative qualitprix unbeatable.
- A perfect little plant gas you'll love ...
- I would do this choice biensur ... The must-transistor amplifiers modeling and for a very cheap (about 300 TTC).
ugo705/19/2006

ugo7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
A transistor amplifier
60 and 120 watts stereo with enclosure extension
footswitch, output and XLR output jack to the left and right speakers, and full of koi trick!
Standard settings 32 amp + sim + simulation of baffles 16 + effects + noise gate + 25x5 memory locations

UTILIZATION

The configuration is a bit o compliké beginners but reading the instructions is much too fast to cope
For sound it is relatively easy to have a proper condition to choose a simulation of the amp and have the appropriate speaker (if one is not really much démerder approached her we need k)
The manual is sufficient ke even a bit long and indigestible, but he s IS NECESSARY

SOUNDS

This amp has not match any style of music because it is super versatile. I personally rather play the old rock and old hard rock through blues and it suits me well especially when it is associated with BG412V (4x12 Behringer)
J uses this amp with a Lag Roxanne RX100 and is quite to the extent that I can benefit from the potential and versatility of the guitar.
Sounds very good clean sound Lorski I put the pickup selector on the grave: for this type of sound amplifiers American blues and classic super clean people! For c overdrive is very good also a condition to choose the right amp like the Brit high gain, high gain custom or modern high gain! In large ki conserne the savage beast distos seems the best partner of a delay or eco: the sound is super powerful and accurate. Otherwise I use the board noise gate when the amp is a high volume to otherwise gafe Feedback (4x12 200W with this unforgiving ears !!!!!!)
The only problem with this amp it gives k c is too low (it can be just the scratch) and that it lacks a bit of momentum (punch koi)

OVERALL OPINION

J uses this amp for 6 months and I am very satisfied
What I like most ke c is its versatility, accuracy and smoothness of sound, and ke the many effects: all that can do all the trips kon a clean sound from the small to the large distortion! (Even if it will replace never any lights)
The value for money is incredible because for 269 euros you get a much better sound quality pa ke bad for a transistor amp (entry level) known brand or style marshall ibanez ke j ai have tried
With the experience I would do this election recess eyes closed!
naykang05/04/2006

naykang's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
For specifications, see above.

UTILIZATION

The configuration is a bit complicated but hey, nothing insurmountable (no worse than most multi-effects).
The sound comes quickly enough, just turn the button (in the right direction:-D .
The manual is not great, better on the download site behringer.
Most of the presets are really zero is better to change its sauce.

SOUNDS

This amp should trs's my (my) style (s), makes it well suited all styles: jazz, blues, rock, reggae or heavy metal that spot ... I play with a cheap guitar trs (I dare not even say the name ...), so there some weaknesses in the sound, but comes from my "scoop". The multi effects is pretty pathetic against (I prefer those zoom gfx-707, it is to say), but hey, it's really the gadget for me.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few months, I start to find really good sound. the only problem is the latency when changing preset ...
I try the lamp, transistor modeling in line 6 (spider 2). I find that in modeling, he is doing rather well, not better, not worse than the line 6. Of course, not a substitute for "real" amp (marshall, vox, mesa ...), but for the price, it chipotte not seen a ton of possibilities of this amp (live and studio).
Darkantor08/19/2005

Darkantor's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
Transistor amplifier, 70watts 100 watts in mono and coupled with another speaker.
At the rear: two analogue outputs, 2 outputs speakers, Stereo from 1, 1 guitar input, 1 headphone, and 1 output 1Between first DSP, 2 XLR outputs, 2 outputs numriques.
At the front: 1 win, 1 volume, 3 band equalizer 1, a reverb, a master gnral.
Clbres 32 amp simulations, 16 effect can not be combined.
When you see the very first time the amp has is impressive!

UTILIZATION

I will not hide it took me a while before finding the sound that suited me because there were really too many effects and I put way too much. It can be lost at beginners but just force yourself to read the manual (quite complte) to quickly get some banging sounds good. The only BMOL is that it loses a few times but then, no problem! Oh yeah, for recording, IDAL is the tool with all the rear output.

SOUNDS

This amp totally silent in my budget (I also like the Board 2nd amp) and in terms of sound, suitable compltement what I play. I can go from rock n 'roll, blues, punk, hard rock, mtal, nomtal no worries! There is such a range of sounds that all styles have their place. We must try all sounds to Russia to find a good match for you. But since it's a combo, even if it was a scratch base, the lack numrique covers much! I play an Ibanez RG370DX top and the bass is HUGE! The acute problem and come out without the big advantage is the noise gate Intgr ... Then a! You can put the super strong and his hands off the strings, there will be no noise and no wind. Trs is enjoyable especially when you play resumes! ;) Well I must say also that I torque my V-AMPIRE with 15watts Peavy Blazer 158, which gives me bs bass and treble in the top! It's a pleasant trs that does not attack the ears. Thank you ... the numrique Sure, will never replace a lamp while a mesa boogie! But let's say that a is not the same price.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for the month of January 2005 and I am satisfied! What many like me will like is the diversity of sounds that are close to the real amps trs lamps. At least for a small budget, buy the amp without any hsitation. Forcment be found in his account. I would do this despite the rticences IMMEDIATE choices that can be produced by buying a behringer.
spartiates03/11/2005

spartiates's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
Amp modlisation.
60W.
Possde between a jack and headphone front qur. Possde also outputs noon to register on a PC. Possibility of adding a collection outdoor cabinet.
Rglages multiple (It's actually a V-amp in a combo) and Intgr effects (delay, flanger, tremolo, wha-wha ,...)

UTILIZATION

Configuration request to spend time on it but once we found the sound, it is not du.Des configurations are already pre-program and you can have group sounds like the Red Hot ( Under the bridge), AC / DC or ZZ Top and SRV.
The manual is clear enough but not too dtail the possibility to rev the engine that are tense.

SOUNDS

I chose this amp for its versatility and I do not regret it. I can play both small funky riffs through many of Jimi Hendrix and tapper of a large snapping sessions although the Zakk Wylde.
I use only one guitar, Ibanez SZ 520 QM but I have already connected over a stratovolcano and sounds pretty good.
The sound is that of a modlisation amp is versatile to say but not as beautiful as a lamp.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it since September 2004 and I had no trouble with.
What struck me most is the most versatile but also being able to register on a computer.
Before buying it, I tried a Line 6 Spider II and I did not extraordinary compared to Tuva Behringer.
I bought it under conditions particulires (budget restraint, not Dfine Musical style) and have APRS evolve and have found my style, I would tend to light at all typical Hard Rock. This amp is also a good opportunity to play without taking the head of the sound that you want to have because the model all or almost.
matz12/18/2003

matz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
Amp modlisation
32 authentic dampli MODELS, 15 speaker simulations, 16 multi-effects algorithms such as noise gate, compressor, wah-wah, modulation, delay, reverb, etc..
Use 100-watt mono or 2 x 50 Watt Stereo with speaker supplmentaire
125 memory locations rpart in 25 banks of 5 presets
Intuitive rotary controls with LED ddies
Routing combined with comprehensive 15 rear panel connectors over MIDI In, Out / Thru allows any application imaginable
Implementations for MIDI program changes, changes in Controller and SysEx for automation via MIDI complte thanks to the software edition of Windows Free
Stereo XLR direct output with Ground Lift symtriques simulation and speaker supplmentaire dbrayable ULTRA-G
Dpart and return to pre-DSP lenregistrement lcoute with no effect and effects
Between instrument noise level extremely low for a total intgrit guitar signal
Auxiliary input for signals strorglable online (CD, soundcard, monitoring, etc.).. Can be reconfigured to power headphones for in-ear monitoring
Stereo headphone output with volume corrects frquences adjustable
Automatic tuning and adjustable super prcis
Ebnisterie extremely robust Designed for life on the road

THE TOTALLY!!

UTILIZATION

The BTE is simple to handle. No problems at this level! The manual is pretty clear but we can do without.

SOUNDS

This amp should all styles of music. One can easily find the sound that suits us.
The amp an incredible dynamic. I had a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe all-tube, I found in it.
I play with an Epiphone LP and a Start and whenever j'obtient a different sound.
I will not judge her because that's just my Hot Rod REFERENCE as I might say something stupid. All I can say is that I m'clate with. I even had to tap dance with my guitar!
The clean sounds are terrible and beautiful distos.
NB: this is still not an amp tubes! but approaches it very trs

OVERALL OPINION

I use it full time now for 3 months and I am glad trs. I play RPET with no problem. I do my exercises in my room and I record also (registration must disable the virtual simulation models as this may distos). I turned first to the Line 6 spider II but not all the possibilities that one, I quickly abandoned that choice ... and now I'm falling crazy Behringer products. I'm sure I made the right choice. I bought it at Thomann (www.thomann.de) price beating all concurrency. A footswitch is included but the Behringer FCB1010 pdalier twelve o'clock is recommended to enjoy the back of the amp. For myself I bought the box because the Behringer BG412H concerts coming big step. All me back € 750!
When I saw the quality of the products has stupfait me ... It's solid! I exprience with the referrer that choice and I certainly recommend all musicians beginners.
François6211/10/2003

François62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Behringer V-Ampire LX112
Amp-modeling (32 amps, 16 HP simulation, 16 effects ,...)-
-100 Watts (2 * 50W output Stro)
-About almost everything: XLR, Midi, HP Output, FX Loop, Output Stro, Prampli, Headset ,...)
Rglages them: 1 Master volume, Volume 1, a Gain, Bass 1, 1 Middle, Trebble 1 (the classic ...), what a knob select the amp simulation, a wheel for effects, a button for the tuner Intgr ...
-Footswitch provided that can switch from one preset to another bank.

UTILIZATION

Configuration: rgler can not read the book and get a good sound but for an optimized config, we read the book (ten pages) and can be easily rgler all!
Only small black dot: the footswitch does not switch from one bank to another preset (this can be corrected with the MIDI pdalier optional)
Otherwise use trs simple.

SOUNDS

All possible sounds, light or the trs trs saturated!
APRS is not the quality of the lamps but has a great sound reproduction all volumes and an infinite palette of sounds.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a week, I can not get enough of it!
I can make any sound with it. J'apprcie can register directly into my sound card (all rotten but good) and does not look bad (I use Cool Edit Pro 2.0), we can Tlcharger presets on V- Amp.com (for those who seek his veulentpas or can not find one that satisfies them), you can play with headphones (IDAL in the apartment).
Ngatifs two points:
-Weight (it is quite heavy I think)
-The failure to change the preset bank footswitch.
But hey these are really minimal default and if you are looking for a versatile amp and use all the volumes with the same throw you made it!