I own a Yamaha DG-Stomp (used live for gigging), a Zoom GM-200 (paper weight), Korg Pandora PX4 (practice) and a host of others. What I needed was something that would give me the compression that bass guitars need when recording. I also wanted a bass multi effect.
There is nothing else on the market that has bass and guitar effects in a single easy to use unit that sounds good.
If this were lost, broken or stolen, I would replace it with the Bass V-amp Pro.
Try it, you'll like it.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $229.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Baily Brothers Music
This has the normal controls: Master, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Gain - Amp Selector, Effects Selector, Effects Level, Bank Select, Tap Tempo and a few others.
It also comes with a foot switch that will let you change patches in a bank, but not banks.
This is only AC powered.
I can't think of anything that I would add to this, except maybe the ability to change banks from the foot controller and MAYBE a tap tempo.
I use this primarily in my home recording studio. I use no amps, but I do use professional grade studio reference monitors.
I use multiple guitars and bass guitars with this unit. Some are single coiled, some are humbuckers - sounds great with all.
I play jazz, rock and recently a little death metal just for fun. I have been able to get most every tone that I need from this piece.
Previously, I have had to swap out multiple floor based multi-effects, rack mount effects and other table top effects in order to get "my sound" to come across on my recordings. Using the Bass-Vamp, I can virtually do all that without having to swap out cables.
I haven't encountered any noise... I am content.
This Bass V-amp is programmable, but there are some knobs that offer "deep editing." I would much rather just connect the software via MIDI in order to make modifications to any patches that I may need to altar.
Very easy to get a great sound.
The Bass V-amp could be used for stage playing... if you rack mounted it into a drawer. I don't think table top units should ever be used in a live situation unless there is no other way around it.
For gigging purposes... Behringer does offer the Bass V-Amp Pro - for $200. This rack mount unit offers balanced and unbalanced outs as well. Very cool.