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Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal  

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    Searing amp sounds and ear-scorching effects in one unit.

    The Behringer X V-AMP Guitar Effects Processor features models of celebrated guitar amps, cabs, and effects combined with a multimode expression pedal. A special acoustic simulation and an amp bypass function are also included. The expression pedal offers either realtime control of effects or wah/volume function. The 24-bit high-resolution stereo multi-effects processor includes 4 models of each chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, rotary speaker, and pitch bend effect. Amp and cabinet simulation, compressor, noise gate, EQ, modulation effects, delay, and reverb can be used simultaneously in any combination. One 1/4" in, 2 - 1/4" TRS outs. Behringer includes a power supply with the X V-AMP.

    Features

    • Models of coveted guitar amps, cabs, and effects
    • Realtime expression-wah/volume pedal
    • 24-bit stereo multi-effects processor
    • 4 models of each chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, rotary speaker, and pitch bend effect
    • Compressor
    • Noise gate
    • EQ
    • Modulation effects
    • Delay
    • Reverb
    • Effects can be used simultaneously in any combination
    • One 1/4" in, 2 - 1/4" TRS outs

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    BehringerX V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
     
    4.2

    (based on 110 reviews)

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      (65)

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    You get more than you pay for.

    I purchased one of these back in 2006 and Bang, it's October 2012.

    I purchased it originally because I was a gigging live musician, and I wanted to check out...Read complete review

    I purchased one of these back in 2006 and Bang, it's October 2012.

    I purchased it originally because I was a gigging live musician, and I wanted to check out 'modelers' for home and hobby and i didn't want to spend a lot for something I didn't expect to use more than novelty.

    Took me a few days to not so much figure out how to use it (which takes maybe 20-30 minutes if you learn slow) but to get a real 'feel' for it.

    Once you get a 'feel' for it, you can set up usable patches and yes, do light gigging with it, why not? Just treat it like an on off switch and NOT a stomp box, it will last you a good long time.

    What I do is I run it last in line like a stomp box. I run a guitar to a tube screamer (any boost will work), to a wah pedal, to the V-amp (ALWAYS LAST IN LINE) to whatever amp I am playing for the night.

    The reason I use the external wah is because I don't wan't to step on the V-amp any more than needed, it's not nearly as sturdy as a dedicated wah and the way most of us will use a wah, the Behringer is best off to the side if you don't want to replace it next year.

    What I find useful for for me, is on my practice amps (or when running through a PA) for adding reverb and delay and making the practice amps much louder and bigger. And for the better amps (sounds great through a big Fender Twin to keep the volume down but make it sound big in a small room) a splash of delay is perfect.

    Set up a few amp models for clean and crunchy, splashes of reverb and delay... sometimes I use the harmony feature.. seems to be a Whammy pedal clone to some degree, but mostly I am going for clean boosts, high gains and ambiance. I've never really screwed with any of the modulation stuff, nor have I ever used the modulation/expression pedal.. that's just me.. I need dependable and usable gain and ambiance patches that will give me good enough tones and decent FX. For the price, if this got stolen, I'd get another, no questions asked. That's why I take it to lower end gigs in the first place.. and it is perfectly suited for the task

    No one is ever going to steal it and over the years, I have spent exponentially more on exponentially less when it comes to usable FX.

    Awkwardly enough,I've burned through high quality rack gear that didn't serve me as well.

    --

    Listen to everyone.. there is a 'slight' delay between patches. This isn't 'Pro Grade' kit. This didn't turn out to be the issue I figured it would be in general, still I wish there wasn't a delay between patches and it's the one thing (and a big thing for some folks) I would tell anyone who might be thinking about getting one.. if you want to switch between chorus and flange and reverbs and delays all in one song over and over, DON'T GET THIS. If you want one or two changes a song, you can set this up to make it work well enough (seriously, I use it professionally, the delay between patches is manageable for what I do)

    --

    ---

    Look, it's very inexpensive. And it is effective. For the price it can't be beat.

    This is a budget device, it is built like one, but with tweaking, it sounds like anything you want.

    In front of a small practice amp, it will make it louder and add good usable reverb and delay.

    Hot Rod Devilles, Blues Jr's (I have a frontman 15R that I modded and fit a 10" in and through that it sounds totally killer.. huge), I've used it on all of them before.. I will again.

    Could the sounds and construction be better? Not at this price. This isn't a toy.

    Anyone who says it sounds like crud simply didn't give it the love it may of took to get it setup right (amp or PA, these are great usable tones).

    Anyone who says it sounds as good as high end stuff, hasn't played high end stuff.

    Anyone who is looking for respectable fx and amp/distortion options and is tight on cash, this is your unit. I'm glad to see they are still selling them.... if/when this one finally goes, I'll be getting another. At this price they are disposable.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK but with some flaws

    It has basically one distortion sound and the amp models just change the parameters and EQ on it. It's actually a pretty good sound ... I just wanted more flexibility. It's not like...Read complete review

    It has basically one distortion sound and the amp models just change the parameters and EQ on it. It's actually a pretty good sound ... I just wanted more flexibility. It's not like you can't adjust for different styles but everything with distortion has kind of the same underlying tone to it.

    You have to use two hands to work it. Kind of inconvenient when holding a guitar. I find myself picking it up off the floor a lot.

    I don't have huge feet but I find the up and down pedals to be too close together to get my feet on them.

    Patch changes are too slow for live use.

    The expression pedal came out of the box completely useless but after doing a calibration it worked. But it is not awesome.

    The noise gate seems to work pretty well and it has some decent sounds and effects for the money. But I would probably be happier with a more expensive unit. But then I would have to pay a lot more money.

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    5.0

    lots of bang for the buck

    By gambitguyx

    from Hedgesville WV

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      I ordered an X V-amp LX1-X multieffects pedal. I was able to sample the 100 preset effects straight out of the box without referring to the owner's manual. The 4-page manual that comes with it is inadequate for such a complex unit---all the pushbuttons have multiple functions. But a comprehensive 15-page manual is available for free download at behringer.com, and this makes things much clearer. The tremelo, phaser, reverb, and pitchbend effects are very good. I was able to get the wah-wah pedal working after a lot of trial-and-error button pushing...it doesn't have the clarity and expressiveness of a dedicated wah-wah pedal, but it's not bad for a multieffects pedal. You get way more than 100 preset sounds, because many of the presets allow you to select from a variety of amp simulations, some clean and many very dirty. Modelled amp simulations include a Vox AC-30, a Roland JC-120, several Marshalls, several vintage Fenders, a Mesa Boogie, and others. A lot of the high-distortion effects sound pretty much the same, but still you get a wide variety of effects (I'm using a small practice amp. A bigger amp might bring out the character of each sound better), so you can probably find the sound you're looking for without bothering to do your own edits. A miked acoustic guitar is modelled as well.

      The change in sound when switching to a new preset happened more or less instantaneously in my unit. Perhaps Behringer has remedied the several-second delay that some reviewers have complained about. Still, it's gonna take a minute or so to switch from preset 01 to preset 99. I don't play professionally, but I like to show off new songs I've learned to friends and relatives. To use in live performance, you should probably select about 5 of your favorite effects combinations, edit them as you wish, and store them in preset locations 01 through 05, so you don't have to scroll very far to get a new sound. Then you can switch from clean rhythm to screaming lead quickly. Edited presets are saved even after the power is turned off.

      I was pleased with the unit's construction. The heavy plastic case, jacks, pushbuttons, knobs, and expression pedal all feel solid and durable. After several weeks of use, I haven't experienced a single malfunction or glitch, so I expect this unit to be trouble-free for a long time. MF has a great extended warranty available, so this is probably a good precaution to ensure your pedal will give you a lot of service. The unit comes with an AC adapter so you don't have to worry about buying batteries.

      I like to crank up the gain on my amp, and many of the pedal's presets have the expression pedal adjust gain as well---so you get a doubly- distorted sound with a lot of high frequencies that can be damaging to your ears. If you're going to do the same, you should probably get some good sets of earplugs to save your hearing.

      I loaned my pedal to my son-in-law, who's a better guitarist than I and has better equipment, and he loves it---he plans to get one for himself. Or maybe we will jointly get a different multieffects pedal so we can trade them back and forth (I've got my eye on a Digitech RP90-V01 and a DeltaLab DGFX1---they both have expression pedals).

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      5.0

      Awesome Sound

      By gospmonk

      from Apple Valley, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        Amazing sounds out of a small package!

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        OK but with some flaws

        By JT

        from Salt Lake city, UT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

              It has basically one distortion sound and the amp models just change the parameters and EQ on it. It's actually a pretty good sound ... I just wanted more flexibility. It's not like you can't adjust for different styles but everything with distortion has kind of the same underlying tone to it.

              You have to use two hands to work it. Kind of inconvenient when holding a guitar. I find myself picking it up off the floor a lot.

              I don't have huge feet but I find the up and down pedals to be too close together to get my feet on them.

              Patch changes are too slow for live use.

              The expression pedal came out of the box completely useless but after doing a calibration it worked. But it is not awesome.

              The noise gate seems to work pretty well and it has some decent sounds and effects for the money. But I would probably be happier with a more expensive unit. But then I would have to pay a lot more money.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Novice Dream

              By Megadaren

              from Celina, Ohio

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • A Must Have

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Delay Mania

              Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

              A novice dream.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              You get more than you pay for.

              By Chas Holman

              from Portland, Or

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                    I purchased one of these back in 2006 and Bang, it's October 2012.

                    I purchased it originally because I was a gigging live musician, and I wanted to check out 'modelers' for home and hobby and i didn't want to spend a lot for something I didn't expect to use more than novelty.

                    Took me a few days to not so much figure out how to use it (which takes maybe 20-30 minutes if you learn slow) but to get a real 'feel' for it.

                    Once you get a 'feel' for it, you can set up usable patches and yes, do light gigging with it, why not? Just treat it like an on off switch and NOT a stomp box, it will last you a good long time.

                    What I do is I run it last in line like a stomp box. I run a guitar to a tube screamer (any boost will work), to a wah pedal, to the V-amp (ALWAYS LAST IN LINE) to whatever amp I am playing for the night.

                    The reason I use the external wah is because I don't wan't to step on the V-amp any more than needed, it's not nearly as sturdy as a dedicated wah and the way most of us will use a wah, the Behringer is best off to the side if you don't want to replace it next year.

                    What I find useful for for me, is on my practice amps (or when running through a PA) for adding reverb and delay and making the practice amps much louder and bigger. And for the better amps (sounds great through a big Fender Twin to keep the volume down but make it sound big in a small room) a splash of delay is perfect.

                    Set up a few amp models for clean and crunchy, splashes of reverb and delay... sometimes I use the harmony feature.. seems to be a Whammy pedal clone to some degree, but mostly I am going for clean boosts, high gains and ambiance. I've never really screwed with any of the modulation stuff, nor have I ever used the modulation/expression pedal.. that's just me.. I need dependable and usable gain and ambiance patches that will give me good enough tones and decent FX. For the price, if this got stolen, I'd get another, no questions asked. That's why I take it to lower end gigs in the first place.. and it is perfectly suited for the task

                    No one is ever going to steal it and over the years, I have spent exponentially more on exponentially less when it comes to usable FX.

                    Awkwardly enough,I've burned through high quality rack gear that didn't serve me as well.

                    --

                    Listen to everyone.. there is a 'slight' delay between patches. This isn't 'Pro Grade' kit. This didn't turn out to be the issue I figured it would be in general, still I wish there wasn't a delay between patches and it's the one thing (and a big thing for some folks) I would tell anyone who might be thinking about getting one.. if you want to switch between chorus and flange and reverbs and delays all in one song over and over, DON'T GET THIS. If you want one or two changes a song, you can set this up to make it work well enough (seriously, I use it professionally, the delay between patches is manageable for what I do)

                    --

                    ---

                    Look, it's very inexpensive. And it is effective. For the price it can't be beat.

                    This is a budget device, it is built like one, but with tweaking, it sounds like anything you want.

                    In front of a small practice amp, it will make it louder and add good usable reverb and delay.

                    Hot Rod Devilles, Blues Jr's (I have a frontman 15R that I modded and fit a 10" in and through that it sounds totally killer.. huge), I've used it on all of them before.. I will again.

                    Could the sounds and construction be better? Not at this price. This isn't a toy.

                    Anyone who says it sounds like crud simply didn't give it the love it may of took to get it setup right (amp or PA, these are great usable tones).

                    Anyone who says it sounds as good as high end stuff, hasn't played high end stuff.

                    Anyone who is looking for respectable fx and amp/distortion options and is tight on cash, this is your unit. I'm glad to see they are still selling them.... if/when this one finally goes, I'll be getting another. At this price they are disposable.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good unit for the price

                    Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                    I think the delay and the wah is pretty cheesy. I like the modulation effects but you can only use one at a time. I like the "Classic Clean" model, the rest are pretty weak.
                    This is a good pedal for beginners, you'll learn what the different effects sound like but you'll eventually want more out of your multieffects.
                    You can't use 2 modulation effects at once. You're better off buying single purpose effects pedals (stompboxes),
                    It's sturdy
                    It's a good buy.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    fun and at a great price

                    Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                    overall for the active musician this is a nice piece to add to your quiver of effects
                    this is a great little machine, and for the price you can't go wrong, i use mine mostly for creativity, i have but don't recommend gigging with it (even though it does work) i'm just afraid of someone stomping on it to hard (you know how it is in that moment when everything is blocked out except the music, seems that you forget the price of the machine) so if you want something at a great price thats a lot of fun that you can slap the headphones on go nuts, this is what you want.
                    great value

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                    5.0

                    Awesome pedal, especially for its price

                    By TJ Howie

                    from Florida

                    Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                    Great pedal, many choices of effects, compact, pretty easy to use, the wah/ volume pedal could be better but it's still great dont get me wrong.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Surprisingly high-quality tone, just don't stomp on it.

                    By Uncle Sean

                    from El Paso, TX

                    Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                    This is an excellent effects unit for any casual musician or even a somewhat working musician such as myself. I'm happy rehearsing and gigging with it, and I know I can count on it to deliver the effects and textures I need.
                    While this unit doesn't have the sheer numbers of the V-Amp or V-Amp Pro, it still contains the most useful models and effects. Especially nice is the Tube Screamer, which I'm using in the FX loop of my Windsor. The delays and flangers also work really well, and the pitch bend/harmonizer isn't bad either.
                    The sound quality is really good, and it works really well in my FX loop. However, there's a noticeable lag (maybe half a second or a bit more) when changing patches. The wah is very sensitive within a small range of the pedal and doesn't do much outside that range, but that might be because I'm feeding it such a hot signal. Also, although the case is sturdy plastic, it's still plastic. I step gingerly just in case.
                    You're getting an insane amount of processing power and rocking tones.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Review

                    By 93guitarguy

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Behringer X V-Amp Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

                    not a bad pedal. i had one for a little over a year and it finely went out. effects sounded great and it had a great clean sound

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