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Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp

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The Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp lets you choose from 32 classic amps, 23 legendary speaker cabinets, and 16 killer effects models. Store you...Click To Read More About This Product

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A killer tone toolbox for bass.

The Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp lets you choose from 32 classic amps, 23 legendary speaker cabinets, and 16 killer effects models. Store your own presets in 125 memory locations. Full MIDI connectivity, plus it has Behringer's exclusive auto wah and rotary effects. Contains presets by such bass notables as Alphonso Johnson, Ken Taylor, and Hellmut Hattler.

Other features include stereo headphone output with adjustable volume, super-precise and adjustable autochromatic tuner, presence and sweepable shift/shape control, studio-quality noise reduction, and sweepable 24dB Butterworth frequency crossover. The Behringer V-AMP will become your best friend in the studio and at the gig.

FEATURES
32 authentic virtual amp models can be combined with any of the 23 speaker cabinet simulations
Noise gate, compressor, wah-wah, modulation effects, delay, and reverb
125 memory locations, divided into 25 banks of 5 presets each
Facilitates direct recording without an extra amp
Adjustable autochromatic tuner
Stereo headphone output with adjustable volume
Extremely low-noise instrument input ensures maximum instrument signal integrity
Stereo 1/4" line outputs controlled by master volume for live use as guitar preamp
Comprehensive MIDI in, out/thru
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BehringerBass V-AMP Modeling Preamp
 
3.9

(based on 51 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bass V-Amp

I have used the V-Amp2 for my guitar for 6 years or more and I love it, so i got the Bass V-amp cause I neede some effects for the bass and it didnt...Read complete review

I have used the V-Amp2 for my guitar for 6 years or more and I love it, so i got the Bass V-amp cause I neede some effects for the bass and it didnt dissapiont it is GREAT! I have used every thing from Line Six to Zoom and these V-amps are right in the mix I love the tones and the price you cant beat them I do wish they did have a bracket to mount to a stand like the pods but its not hard to build. I say if you need some effects its the best. But if you dont know how to set it up with yor amp or board to get rid of the electronic soun ask for help! That goes with any digital effects unit, you will have the same problem if your out put signals are not set right. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING BEFORE YOU BASH SOMETHING!!!
I aslo own ZOOM pedals, Line Six, Digitech, Boss, etc....

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Not For Me

I didn't buy this unit; it was given to me by a guitar player that I used to play with. I began using this unit after reseting to the default settings per the...Read complete review

I didn't buy this unit; it was given to me by a guitar player that I used to play with. I began using this unit after reseting to the default settings per the manual. I used some of the presets as they sounded pretty decent, except for the kind of "digital" sound that it produced. For my style of playing, this kind of unit is too much. I'm kind of a minimalist, keeping the bass line as simple as possible while still filling the pocket; this essentially puts everything else out front while supporting the song. I think there is too much stuff in here for this approach because there are too many things to tempt a player that are completely unnecessary for a working bassist. Plus, it gets confusing and iritating searching through these hundreds of presets to get a sound that you want.I do mainly studio work now, and this unit is far too noisy for quality recording. I have played live with it using default settings from the factory, and the sound guy liked it well enough for that. If you are laying something down for reference in a home studio setting, it may be ok; not for a paying client. Also, I found it difficult to get "the" sound out of this unit, but got good sound from it. I found it difficult to save presets that I did like well enough to keep. Evaluate your style before you buy a novelty item like this. For me, I like as little between the bass and the speakers as possible, and that is why I initially liked this unit. However, this particular unit gave way too much color, and colored tone is what I was trying to avoid in the first place. I'm better off now having a small rack of a Tech21 Sansamp RBI, Korg rack tuner, and BBE Maxcom compressor. Other effects that my client's want are added at the studio by the engineer.All in all, this thing is fun to play around with. If you like effects and pedals and stuff like that, get a footboard to attach to the MIDI jack to make life a little easier on yourself. Like any gear, PLAY BEFORE YOU BUY! It seems cool, but once the novelty wears off, you may not like what you get.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bass V-Amp

By Dan Cochran

from U.S.A.

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

I have used the V-Amp2 for my guitar for 6 years or more and I love it, so i got the Bass V-amp cause I neede some effects for the bass and it didnt dissapiont it is GREAT! I have used every thing from Line Six to Zoom and these V-amps are right in the mix I love the tones and the price you cant beat them I do wish they did have a bracket to mount to a stand like the pods but its not hard to build. I say if you need some effects its the best. But if you dont know how to set it up with yor amp or board to get rid of the electronic soun ask for help! That goes with any digital effects unit, you will have the same problem if your out put signals are not set right. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING BEFORE YOU BASH SOMETHING!!!
I aslo own ZOOM pedals, Line Six, Digitech, Boss, etc....

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Mediocre

By Sir Lefty Dookerton

from Oregon

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

Well, I have a Hot Rodded America Fender P Bass, and I wanted something that would give it a little more tone shaping (its passive electronics). I also do home recording, so this thing looked pretty good. I got it and I am disappointed. Reason why:-Hums (I have to turn down the treble on the unit to stop this)-Effects are weak (the sub octave only works on the E and A string, and only the first five or so frets)-Most of the Amp models sound the same-Made out of plastic (doesn't feel strong at all)So, I would say its not really worth it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not For Me

By Josh The Bassist

from Greensboro, NC

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

I didn't buy this unit; it was given to me by a guitar player that I used to play with. I began using this unit after reseting to the default settings per the manual. I used some of the presets as they sounded pretty decent, except for the kind of "digital" sound that it produced. For my style of playing, this kind of unit is too much. I'm kind of a minimalist, keeping the bass line as simple as possible while still filling the pocket; this essentially puts everything else out front while supporting the song. I think there is too much stuff in here for this approach because there are too many things to tempt a player that are completely unnecessary for a working bassist. Plus, it gets confusing and iritating searching through these hundreds of presets to get a sound that you want.I do mainly studio work now, and this unit is far too noisy for quality recording. I have played live with it using default settings from the factory, and the sound guy liked it well enough for that. If you are laying something down for reference in a home studio setting, it may be ok; not for a paying client. Also, I found it difficult to get "the" sound out of this unit, but got good sound from it. I found it difficult to save presets that I did like well enough to keep. Evaluate your style before you buy a novelty item like this. For me, I like as little between the bass and the speakers as possible, and that is why I initially liked this unit. However, this particular unit gave way too much color, and colored tone is what I was trying to avoid in the first place. I'm better off now having a small rack of a Tech21 Sansamp RBI, Korg rack tuner, and BBE Maxcom compressor. Other effects that my client's want are added at the studio by the engineer.All in all, this thing is fun to play around with. If you like effects and pedals and stuff like that, get a footboard to attach to the MIDI jack to make life a little easier on yourself. Like any gear, PLAY BEFORE YOU BUY! It seems cool, but once the novelty wears off, you may not like what you get.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

you can't use the thing on stage!

By Ryan-5Ru4v

from montgomery, Al.

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

sure it has different effects and amp models out the wazoo, but what good is that if you can't effectively control them on stage? the included foot switch is an "up/down" switch. YOU CAN'T BYPASS THE THING! moreover, the effects are not all that great, many of them simply repeat, or are too bland to be heard, even at the full level.also, the controls are overly simplified, you cannot adjust the individual levels on each effect or amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

As Advertised

By Chooch-FcPKD

from New York

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

This product is everything that it is advertised to be and more if you know how to use it! First of all, there is more to the art of playing bass than plugging your instrument into an amplifier and expecting the unit to create magic without making some adjustments! This unit has enough features to be creative and make some nice sounds if you have the ability to be creative with it. I do agree that most of the presets are useless. But that's precisely what they are, presets! They were done by other musicians who probably didn't spend a great deal of time creating them! I purchased mine mainly for recording and achieve nothing but professional sounding results. Any amplification system available is only going to perform as well as the user is capable of operating it! This is a great unit for the money. But don't purchase it if you're looking for a plug-in and play device!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Improvements CAN be done!

By BSX013

from Portland OR

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

I bought this thinking that I would be able to dial in that sound I wanted from my bass guitar. The hum is REALLY bad especially if you're recording (why I don't even use this on any tracks!)Effects aren't bad but don't shine through at all.You have to tweak with it a LOT to get what you want.Each time I boot mine up I ALWAYS lose a patch I saved, even if I saved via MIDI.This cheap Line 6 rip-off should be replaced with a REAL Line 6 abled product that can handle your bass guitar needs honestly.This should be sold for 20 bucks in my opinion, unless you want to mess around with it. Don't use it for studio recording applications, you will regret the time you have to take to re-record your work!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

handy, but a headache...

By jason p.

from HOUSTON, TX

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

I got the behringer two years ago. it has amazing sounds for the price. This is a great unit to get you by until you can afford something of higher quality...My major complaint is the quality of this product...you will end up doing WAY more repairs than a consumer should have to do. I would say I am VERY careful with my equipment, this Behringer stuff is just cheaply made. One of the knobs fell off with-in the first month, so I had to glue that back on.Then the internal battery went out causing the device to reset itself everytime I unplugged it.Now the input jack is going out causing it to cut out while I am playing.Good sounds, but I am learning the hard way that you get what you pay for...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A few short-comings, but still a valuable buy.

By Mike Barber-I7aP-

from Columbia, MO

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

The "Auto Wah" and "P-Funk'n" wah-wah settings are weak, but the other effects are good. Tone controls are great, absolutely love them, and having the built-in compressor/limiter makes this product worth the price. I am disappointed that Behringer doesn't have a Mac version of their "V-AMP Design" software (how short-sighted of them). However, a freeware app called "SysEx Librarian" should prove to be useful. Despite its short comings, I still recommend the Bass V-Amp -- especially at the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Pro Version is Better

By MegaDave-21uC7

from Houston, Tx

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

I know what i said below. But I will say , GET THE PRO VERSION. you can downoad presets on to it. I even saw one for Slayer. Here what I did to it to make it sound good.Go to Bank 17-EHave Gain=Max, Treble=high, Pressence=Max, Mid=Max, Tone=Max, Bass=High, Deep Bass=Zero, Effects=Zero, Volume=Low, (Use the amp this amp is connected to to raise volume, it sounds more liquidy if you have this amp's volume low) Compressor=Max, Attack=Max, and make sure you use British 70's Modern High Gain Amp Model for best sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the money!

By Jason-oxklE

from South

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

I bought this to use for silent practice. It fits the bill nicely. I am able to get some great sounds out of it. All of the amp simulations are pretty good. Some of the effects aren't that great, but I am not an effects person. I found most of the presets to be useless, but have been happilly overwriting them with my own. I got a midi cable and hooked this up to my PC as another reviewer suggested. It makes editing presets a lot easier, plus it appears you can back up your entire library on your computer.Construcion seems OK. I wish there was a power switch. It also would be nice if the cables all came out of one side. If you leave stuff plugged in it quickly becomes a tangled mess.I tried the Bass POD first, but settled on this because it was so much cheaper. I am very happy with it. It even works good with my guitar! Bottom line: if you are a bass player that wants to practice quietly, or does any home recording, you should consider the V-Amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Underated

By Gramps77

from Lockport NY

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

Having owned both the pro rack version and now the portable unit, I've got to tell you it's well worth the money. Forget all the Behringer haters and so called music experts, as long as you accept it for what it will and won't do, you quickly realize it's well worth the money. As with all Behringer products some are very good for live playing out, and ALL the products are excellent for smll apartment studios.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for going direct!

By Jay-V7HGY

from Omaha, NE

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

This thing replaced my all-tube head and speaker cabinets! I was a bit skeptical at first, but we really were looking to reduce the stage volume and clean up our sound. We went to in-ear monitors, shielded the drums and the next step was that we were getting too much bass in the vocal mics. The Bass V-amp fits perfectly! I use a TRS to XLR cable and plug directly into the stage snake (yes, the V-amp has a built in direct box). The V-amp sits on the stage where a pedal board would. I don't use the foot switch; when I want to change something, I just reach down and do it (which is rarely, anyway).The sound out of this thing is incredible, especially for the price. You would never know there wasn't a real amp by listening to the sound comming from the PA mains or the in-ear monitors. The amp models are incredible: lively, interesting and responsive. My favorite is the SVT, it sounds just like a vintage SVT head! (or rather, it sounds just like a recording of a vintage SVT, which is just the right sound to go direct to the PA)I don't use the effects much, but they sound great and are laid out easily. The "ultrabass" effect is much better than my MXR bass octave pedal, it tracks better and goes lower. The chorus isn't noisy like my Boss bass chorus and the compression dosn't distort too much like my Digitech bass squeeze.There's a little buttonolgy to overcome, but it's pretty easy after about a half hour with the manual.Ignor the price, this is a top notch processor/modeler that can be used in any professional stage or live situation! It has truly transformed the way I think about bass amplification!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing value

By Great Gatsby

from Brooklyn, NY

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

Have had this a day so far, and I'm impressed! The effects are just okay, but the modeling, tuner, and aux-in features are great. It's a little hard to figure out how to edit adjust settings and edit properly if not hooked up to your computer. If hooked up though, it's terrific! The software (available at their website) is easy to use and full of features. Also, this seems to be a well made product and comes with a heavy pedal and sturdy case.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing is hot.

By Joemuzik

from NYC

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

This thing is pretty right for the money. You heard the rave reviews. The presets are pretty stock, but they give you a clue of how to create your own. One downside to the unit is that you have to over-write a preset in order to create your own custom effect. Also, you only get to use one effect at a time, no layering of effects. If you can deal with that, awesome. The key selling point that put this machine over the top for me was that I was able to process my fender rhodes through this box. It gave me that crisp rhodes sound that I'd been trying to create for months. It's multi-functional beyond just bass. Try pre-amping whatever instruments you may play and see what you come up with.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Is Hard Core!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

The best mix of preamps and effects I have seen for the price. The Rotating speaker simulation is right on. The synth mode is astounding and suprizingly acurate. There are a few problems with it recognizing the octave/ sometimes it produces a sub-octave by accident in the high range. The synth itself craps out about the end of the third octave. overall I love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice For The Price

By redrick2030

from Baltimore, MD

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

Let me start off by saying that I also own a Line 6 POD(guitar version), that I've had for about 4-5 years, and have used for both bass and guitar in home and commercial studio recording, and love it (I've tried and do not like the bass POD at all). I think the amp sounds and effects (for bass only) in this unit are better than the bass version of the POD. Behringer did skimp on a few things. First, this thing is so light and made of plastic, that it can't be as durable as a POD. Secondly, the output is nowhere near as hot (volume wise) as the POD. There is no on and off switch, not a big deal, I switch off the power strip when it's not in use; but how much trouble or additional cost would there have been to add one ? The standout amp models for me are the 70's Marshall Major,and the Ampeg B15. Effects wise, the auto wah can produce a nice replication of Geezer Butler's "Basically" solo, and the intro riff to "NIB". The synth effect, though a little one dimensional, is kind of cool, again think Sabbath, this time "Who Are You" from Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath, or Rush "Hemispheres". The guitar amps are not very usefull, and why would you want o use an amp, save for the Leslie with a keyboard(especially the Fender Twin); you generally want to go direct, guitar amps color the sound too much(they are for guitars, PAs are for keys!). I didn't really need this thing, but it's a nice supplement for a few things my POD can't do, and the auxilliary input for a CD player or iPOD is a nice extra for personal practicing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not too bad

By Bassplayer0003

from NY

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

It does have a few problems sometimes. No sound will come out on some patches. Then after switching around they come back again. Other than that, it does have some nice features. You can set the outputs for stereo, recording or live. You get alot of stuff and a nice foot pedal with it. There's also a midi editor that helps to get some decent sound out of it easier than using the controls on the box. For the price, it's not a bad deal.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ricky loves bass

By ricky on the bass

from long island NY

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Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

I want it to use it with my 7 string bass.my band at that moment was just piano bass and drums.I was doing some guitar intros with my bass on the balads and leave the piano to play bass and chords which was fantastic with the guitar amps and efxs .the problem was going back to the bass tone that felt like an eternity with that 2-3 second delay setting change.Then there was the coloring of my bass tone.I like the way my bass sounds strait to the amp but with this procesor it was getting thin.after that I opted to use a tube guitar amp and efx pedals and a pedal switch to swap between bass and guitar amp instantly.now I use it with my electroacoustic guitar with te mike simulation which make it sound incredible trough the PA
it got plenty of features but you have to read the whole users manual and have it handy anytime you want to do some heavy tweaking
for its price is ok.I haven't had any problem with this one.I also have the V-amp 2 and that one has had a problem for the last 5 years.the tuner-exit button went loco.it doesn't go to the tuner it takes me to comfiguration.once you want to get out of configuration or edit it would not get out. changes your configuration and you have go back again because you loose any of the editing you done at that moment.what I do now is to edit or change my configuration and just unplug it and plug it again to exit.

 
4.0

Ok....

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

This is a rather poor product. There is no "On/Off" switch. The Processor takes a second or two to switch channels. But worst of all, the distorted tones suck. They are thin and weak. If you are going for a Meshuggah style tone, this won't get you there. With several guitar tracks on a recording it's not too shabby, but it should sound good alone. And doesn't...

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst Ever

By Gumsmouge

from El Paso,TX

Comments about Behringer Bass V-AMP Modeling Preamp:

This thing is built poorly, along with the rest of the Berhinger line. The effects don't have depth, it doesn't have any sustain, and no bottom end. The distortion isn't worth anything. The power cord input wears down after plugging it in 10 times. But its not worth the money.

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