I bought the Blackstar ID:CORE Stereo 40 V2 amplifier for my guitar: it seems to be good … but may be some more information is needed. Note that sometimes Blackstar have special offers giving you free delivery and a free guitar cable (e.g. “Black Star ID Core 40 Combo per chitarra amplificatore stereo cavo per chitarra KEEPDRUM gc-001 004 6 m gratis“)
Within the box there was only a two pages starter manual and a card with a code related to the free activation of a possible useful SW, the PreSonus Studio One.
I think that reading only that very few starter instructions, it is nearly impossible to use the amplifier properly, even only activate the effects and especially use its advanced features!! At a first trial, it could be that you think that the amplifier even does not work properly … In fact, note that when the amplifier is switched on, it has by default the Manual led lit, that should mean that it is in Manual mode, so the sound should reflect the current physical position of the knobs: on the contrary my amplifier seems to be in Patch mode and to let the sound reflect the current physical position of the knobs you have to unlit that led!!! So, when you switch it on and it has the Manual led lit, I have to unlit it to let the overdrive effects (crunch, super crunch, OD1, OD2) works setting the proper Voice knob: till now I could not understand if that behavior is “normal” or not … and I am still waiting for an answer from the Blackstar forum.
If you have that amplifier, first you have to go to the Blackstar site and download the full user manual: without it is nearly impossible to use it, especially some advanced features!! Unfortunately there is only in English and other few languages (not Italian) …
However, even after reading that full manual, you can still have some doubts that possibly could be solved reading some answers from the Blackstar forum that can help you to understand some behaviors that possibly may seems quite “strange”. For example from there you can realize that “You need to register a level on the Gain pot in order to achieve output. By design, the voicings will only register output once there is a small level of gain applied. Simply increasing the Volume parameter will not result in output immediately“.
Then you have to download the Blackstar INSIDER (currently v1.8.1) SW that allows you also to possibly apply the firmware update of your amplifier.
To download the Studio One (Blackstar edition) SW, you have to register yourself in the Presonus site, and then register as a new SW or extension product using the activation code available on the card you found in the box of your Blackstar amplifier.
At that point, in the My Products section, you will have the Studio One 3 Prime OEM that can be downloaded together with manuals, video and more …
Clicking on that available product, you can download the version you need: from that page you can realize that you have till 5 possible activations!
On that page you can find also a lot of other resources you can download and a learning section full of tutorials!! 😉
- ID:CORE V2 Guitar Amps (Owner manual)
- Blackstar INSIDER (v1.8.1)
- Blackstar forum (even though it seems to be not to get many answers from the product makers)
- Studio One – Blackstar edition (Extra Downloads & Learn)
- Support line by email
Finally here you can find a Presonus Studio One 4 review video: