For what it was designed to do, it is a great value for the price. Although it has some good effects, this is mainly an amp emulator, not an effects box. If you want the sound of a lot of different amps for little cash, this will do the job. If you are looking for distortion box sounds (the only distortion pedal it emulates is a fuzz box) or for serious gigging gear, get something else.
Where Obtained: Ebay
Unit comes with a footswitch and AC power adapter. It can be controlled from a PC with MIDI cables (purchased separately) using a program that can be downloaded from the Behringer web site. You can also download presets from the website.
Unit emulates 32 amps and 15 speaker cabinets. It also has some effects (phase shifter, chorus, etc. and lots of reverb choices) and tuner. Output is stereo.
Presets are arranged in 25 banks of 5. The footswitch allows switching only between the presets in the current bank. If you want to switch banks, you have to use the button on the controller. Footswitch also allows switching to tuner mode by pressing both switches at once.
Features I wish it had: A way to switch banks on the footswitch, an expression pedal and a USB port instead of that clunky MIDI interface.
The sound quality is excellent for the price. The reverb emulation is especially nice. I have used this for both recording and live playing with excellent results. It is probably not the best thing for hardcore metal, though. Even the most distorted sounds are not that edgy (probably because it does not emulate any distortion boxes). There is a bit of switch latency, but not enough to bother me - it depends on how you use it.
Unit is very easy to use, both using the buttons on the top of the unit and with a PC. You have more options when using the PC than on the unit, so I prefer to use the PC interface. One issue though: If you program it at home on your PC and then mess with the buttons much while playing somewhere else, you will lose what you had done in the program at home and not be able to get it back because you don't have all of the options available on the unit itself. I only change the volume settings away from the PC.
The footswitch is made of metal and pretty durable, but the main unit is plastic and not very strong. If you drop it, you broke it! If you want to use one of these things for serious gigging, pay the extra for the rack-mounted model. Also, the unit began to lose it's settings after a while and I replaced the backup battery (supposed to last 10 years), but it did not fix the problem. At least one other person had this problem also. At current price of $99. it is probably worth it even if it quits saving its sounds after a few years and you just throw it out and get another one. Then again, if you use it mostly at home and always keep it plugged in, it won't matter anyway.
POD snobs and valve amp purists can go get a life. For what you pay for, a Vamp is about as good as it gets. Face it - if you use modelling you are either price or convenience sensitive and this wins on both counts.
Price: $290.00 AUD (new)
Where Obtained: Some shop in Sydney
Everything you could ask for in a modelling amp, bar a pitch shifter.
I wish it had an on/off switch.
For the price sound quality is high. Very high. Remember that a modeller is never going to replace an amp for 'that' sound, but if you are looking for a few good, distinct sounds (eg clean blues, dirty blues, chorused jazz) then you will be rewarded. Eg I have a tele copy with average pickups, but a saturated metal sound was obtainable with little trouble.
I use this in 3 different ways:
1. Recording into PC - full monty.
2. Effects unit into guitar amp - amp/cab disabled.
3. Effects unit direct for bass - amp/cab disabled.
As long as you tinker a bit, especially with the noise gates and cabinet models, you have a close to zero chance of getting a bad tone.
The dials are dead easy to use, and the lighting system makes for easy changes in bad light. Getting to the amp settings involves a bit of mucking around, but this shouldn't be required on stage anyway.
I recommend downloading the software from the website as it enables you to get an extra effect and dump the factory settings somewhere else.
Plastic, plastic, plastic.
This needs to be fitted securely to an amp or mikestand or it will die on stage. It occupies a nice shelf in my home studio and will last forever, or until my kids start playing guitar.
Overall, I'm really happy with it for recording, it gives great results and it's so easy to use. I can't believe how cheap it is, excellent VFM.
Live, I'll just stick to my 3 channel Marshall, but I'm just old fashioned.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $140.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This unit is a marvel for the money. The sounds are excellent for recording and if you can't find it here, you haven't really looked. The two things that I'd improve are an on/off switch and an acoustic simulator. Hey for the price you can't complain. There are really good basic sounds and the adjustable perameters give endless control. When I listen to the recorded sound I really can't fault it.
I use various guitars with this thing, 2 SG's and a tele and all sound good. I even use the clean settings to record my bass and it even works for that.
Recorded sound quality is really good. I tried the pod when I bought this and sound quality wise, I didn't see the point spending twice the money.
The unit comes with a whole load of presets which can be user defined. It seems easy enough to change and add your own sounds. It's more a question of putting a bunch of useable sounds in the same bank. The bluesy presets are my favourites. There is free software available to edit and download other sounds very easily. Needs a midi cable but hey, it's 2003!!!
As a live performance unit, I'm not so sure. It's a little difficult to reproduce the headphone/recording sound through an amp. It sounds better through my bass amp than my Marshall guitar amp. Maybe it just needs a neutral power amp but I can't get it to really work live.
Somewhat flimsy plastic box and no weight so life on the road would limit lifespan I'm sure
This unit is a real nice piece of equipment. Many Amp models...tones...settings. Easy to use. Comes with a nice carrybag , power supply , and footswitch.
If you spend sometime with this unit, you can emulate just about any style you need too. Also, the on-board tuner is great.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $139.95 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
This modeler rocks...and any tone in between. It has 32 amp models. 15 speaker models. The usual effects: delay, phaser, chorus, rotary speaker, echo, compressor, 9 different reverbs, some combination effects. Also, easy to get to knobs: gain, bass, mid, treble, presence, master, volume. Guitar input, headphones in, aux in, aux level knob, line out left & right. Ac. powered with supplied power pack. I WISH IT had an on off switch though! You can hook it stereo if desired through proper channels...
I've used my strats through it...Ibanez..Homebuilts,..etc. You can experiment with any and all of the settings to find just what you need tonewise. Sounds great. I've played Hymns to Heavey through it niceley. Some cool jazz tones can be aquired also. Can be somewhat noisey, as with most effects, but you have to experiment with positioning of the unit I found.
You can program and save your settings...plus there are a bunch of user presets. Spend time with it. Get to know it. You will be pleased.
Made of High impact plastic...don't stand on it.The footswitch is well made metal though.
I think its a great unit. It has been way under rated by everyone! It has way more to offer than the POD or any other floorboard multi effects proccesor. I would definatly buy it again if it were stolen. It could be a little better. It would be awesome if it had a recording device like the digitech multi effects floorboard so you can hear what you sound like and even make more presets based on the ones you already have.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $145.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend .com
The light up controls are very helpful on the dark stages and in bright lights! The plug in for the ac adapter is kinda wierd but it works so no complaints! I wish it had more space to store stuff cuz its only got 125 presets you can edit but the various combinations of amps and effects are endless!
I play an american standard strat with a 10w crate bass amp(getting a guitar amp soon but it still sounds good!)
the unit mostly is directed toward heavy metal to light pop and rock and anywhere in between. It can be used for anything though! it even has some good uses in country and bluegrass! I like it better than the POD for only one reason! it is just flat out easy to use! no brains needed! It can get a little noisy but thats just with my strat so i dont know how it reacts with other guitars! all the effects are good! Its got a really cool tap button which allows you to set the speed you want for all the effects like tremlo and wah wah ect....
IT IS SO EASY TO USE!!!!!! no brainer here man! The POD is much harder than this! You can plug it up to the computer and dowload more stuff but i think it has plenty! one other reasoni got the V-amp2 over the POD was because i heard from others that the web site had more to offer as far as more effects and stuff to download than did the POD!
I think it will last a while! The only thing im concerned about is dropping it! The thing is encased with plastic and not metl like the POD so that gives the POD a little edge for people who need extreaml heavy duty!!!! But i think it will hold up fine.
This is my first venture into amp modeling and multi effects and I'm a happy camper.
I haven't tried POD, as it's a lot more expensive and I'm currently on a budget. But I doubt whether it sounds good enough to justify the price difference. (I'd be really, really astounded if it did)
I can now have professional sounds at appropriate rawk'n'roll volumes, without disturbing the neighbours. I can record them without disturbing the neighbours and I can further shape the tone of my amp for live use.
All of this for less than 200 bucks? I'd be very silly to complain no?
Thank you Behringer!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $190.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Piens
32 amp models. 15 speaker models. The usual effects: delay, phaser, chorus, rotary speaker, echo, compressor, 9 different reverbs, some combi effects. The usual knobs: gain, bass, mid, treble, presence, master, volume. Guitar input, headphones in, aux in, aux level knob, line out left & right, mains connector.
The amp models sound nothing short of amazing for this kind of money. Some are a little noisy through the input of my Laney TF200, but through some headphones the sound is just fan-tas-tic! The Rectified Hi-Gain with some reverb and a combi of chorus/delay gives me that thick chunky sound Eddie Van Halen has on the Balance album (Amsterdam, Don't Tell Me). Even through a normal Stratty guitar like a Yamaha Pacifica 604W.
The Fender inspired amps (Champ, Deluxe, Bassman) sound wonderful too and give that fat, singing bluessound very well. Clean them up and add some short delay or echo and you've got your rockabilly / country sounds taken care of.
The first time I plugged it in, I played it for three hours straight and forgot about lunch altogether. Highly addictive!
Fairly easy to use. If you're familiar with amps and stompboxes (like most of us are) it should be no problem. And the presets are a good place to start tweaking.
Can't really comment yet as I haven't had it for that long. It's plastic, so you wouldn't wanna trash it about, but it seems rather sturdy.