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The Behringer V-Amp

Once you have been playing the guitar for a while you may decide that you would like to record some of your music. this may be to create a song or simply record a backing track to jam along with. This is where problems can begin for guitarists.

Being that your amplifier colours the overall sound of your tone, not to mention any effects pedals you have before your amp, you need to somehow include these into your recording. It is true that in some cases you could just plug in your guitar straight to a line in port but this really would not suffice without some kind of amplification.

There are a couple of ways of achieving a good recording sound. One is to place a microphone in front of your amp and plug into a microphone port on your PC or recording device. Whilst this method, if done correctly, can produce extremely professional results, it is very difficult to achieve a good sound. This is mainly die to the quality of the microphone and where the microphone is placed in relation to your amplifier.

The second way is to use something similar to the V-amp. This is a virtual amplifier. What it does is attempts to recreate the sound of many types of amplifiers and you can simply plug it into to you recording device. Into the other end you then plug in your guitar and away you go. It is possible to utilise your existing effects although you may find it unneccesary as there are a number of guitar effects built into the V amp. This makes this device a very portable recording studio as you can go anywhere and plug in headphones and jam all day!

V-Amp

The V-amp is also a very cost affective solution it generally retails at around £75 and you can pick up a bargain off of eBay. The sounds you can dial up are pretty reasonably good and if you spend some time tweaking the effects you can get a good recording sound.

The V-Amp comes with a foot switch so you could even use this live. It stores many patches and the foot-switch easily flicks between them. There are midi  connections which allow to to utilise a bit of software that is free to download. This allows to to tweak effects on your PC screen which makes editing a lot easier.

So, do I use the V-Amp? Unfortunately not. The effects are OK, not great and everything sounds very digital. If I had more time I could possibly tweak this more. The main issue I do not like with devices like this is that the sound it through standard speakers and it really takes something away from the sound of an amp.  This V-amp is very similar to Line 6’s POD. Line 6 I think has the upper hand when it comes to the quality of the effects although this is reflected in the price.

If you are looking for an easy way to get your guitaring recorded then this is a great start. If you are trying to recreate your valve amplifier sound with this unit then I would think again.

One Response to “The Behringer V-Amp”

  1. Steve Says:

    This multi effect pedal can produce some great sounds, and competes well with the Line 6 pod. I would like to see Behringer expand into some more complex floor pedal boards.

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