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A 30W programmable combo with flexibility to spare.

The ID:30 is a 30W amp which boasts many of the same unique features and functionality as the larger ID models but in a compact combo format making it perfect for home recording and practising.

ID: Series Amps
Blackstar's ID: Series represents a truly groundbreaking achievement, combining unique innovations, an intuitive, traditional control set and the versatility of programmability. In the five years since its launch, Blackstar has been helping lead the way in the innovation of guitar amplification. The ID: Series represents the culmination of more than seven years technical research and development. The unique controls allow you to custom design your own sound, store it and then have the confidence that the amp will perform in a live environment.

Blackstar's True Valve Power offers six distinctly different power valve responses - EL84, 6V6, EL34, KT66, 6L6, KT88. When engaged, it delivers the response, dynamics, sag and break-up characteristics of a valve amp and uniquely delivers the same acoustic power output as an equivalent valve power amp. This means that for the first time ever, in an affordable series of amplifiers, these products deliver live without compromise - True Valve Power means loud as valve.

The Voice control has six different channels - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2. When used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control you can get the exact tone you're thinking of. The effects section delivers studio quality modulation, delay and reverb effects simultaneously that you can store with your sound. Deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the supplied Blackstar GUI software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via our online community. The USB connector also allows you to record your amp directly to your computer. An emulated output, MP3/line input and midi footswitching functionality complete the package.

By using the unique Voice control, patented ISF and patent-applied-for True Valve Power, these amplifiers allow unparalleled flexibility and ease of use, enabling you to in effect, design the sound in your head and deliver it live as loud as valve. Individuality is power.

FEATURES
  • True Valve Power offers six distinctly different power valve responses - EL84, 6V6, EL34, KT66, 6L6, KT88
  • EL84 - Bell like full bodied Class A with lots of compression
  • 6V6 - Crisp Class A with high compression and tight mids
  • EL34 - Classic British Class A/B crunch with full bodied soft break up
  • KT66 - Rich and warm vintage British hot biased Class A/B
  • 6L6 - Tight dynamic Class A/B with extended highs and lows
  • KT88 - Tight, bold and dynamic Class A/B with strong low end
  • EQ with patented ISF: The patented ISF control works with the Bass and Treble controls to give you access to infinite new sound possibilities from the USA to the UK and everywhere in-between, allowing you to infinitely adjust the response of the tone control network between any of the traditional voicings
  • Voices: The unique Voice control has six different channels - Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, OD 2, which when used together with Blackstar's patented ISF control, you can get the exact tone you're thinking of.
  • GUI Software: GUI for deep editing and storing of patches is simple using the supplied Blackstar GUI software. Patches can be shared, uploaded and downloaded via our online community. The USB connector also allows you to record your amp directly to your computer or to re-amp guitar tracks. The audio section allows you to play along to your MP3s, plus you can loop and time stretch sections for phrase training.
  • Multi effects: The effects section delivers studio-quality modulation, delay and reverb effects (four each, based on classic and boutique effects) simultaneously that you can store with your sound.
  • 128 user storable sounds: There are 12 patches which are accessible from the front of the amp.
  • Manual mode: The sound you hear will reflect the current physical position of the knobs so you can find the sound you are looking for and then store it for future use.
  • USB connectivity: Plug the amp in to a mac or PC with the USB connection and you'll be able to edit patches, record and re-amp audio and much more via the GUI.
  • Speaker emulated output: This amp has a fully specified speaker emulated output which further enhances the studio credentials and allows any guitarist to get amazing valve tone straight to tape or disk, or through headphones.
  • Built-in tuner: Allows you to tune your guitar through the amp, with LEDs that indicate if the note that is being played is in tune, sharp or flat.

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BlackstarID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (8)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Amp Really Rocks

This is the first amp that has really blown me away and I have 12 amps including 2 blackstar tube amps (a 100w Venue series head and a combo 60 stage 2x12) and an...Read complete review

This is the first amp that has really blown me away and I have 12 amps including 2 blackstar tube amps (a 100w Venue series head and a combo 60 stage 2x12) and an EVH 5150 III. It brings out the individual sounds of my 26 guitars and their hot rodded pickups better than any other amp I have. The problem is I like it seaux much, I had to order another more powerful version - so just finished ordering a new Blackstar ID:260TVP 2x12" 2x60-Watt Programmable Stereo Combo! This Blackstar series blows away the Line 6 Spyders and and thier new amplifi 150 as well as the PV Vypyrs big time!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad for what it is

I am a guitarist who has been playing for 25 years in gigging cover bands. I don't play just in my room so I know what it takes for an amp to work on...Read complete review

I am a guitarist who has been playing for 25 years in gigging cover bands. I don't play just in my room so I know what it takes for an amp to work on stage. My main gigging amp is a 1970s Marshall JMP 50 but I'm always on the lookout for something smaller that packs a punch to bring to cramped stage gigs. About a year ago I tried the Blackstar HT5 Combo for about a week. I was NOT impressed. They can call it tube all they want but it is solid state and it plays like a solid state. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but for me, it just didn't cut it. Very sterile sounding. Still, I want to like Blackstar so I am giving the ID30 combo a run. First impressions out of the box: I hated it but after playing around with it for many hours it is starting to grow on me. The biggest problems with it are the effects stink. They are useless. Second, there is no mid control on the amp itself and that really limits the usefulness. You can dial in mids using the tap button in combination with another knob but I haven't been able to make it work. Luckily, the ISF is more or less a mid tweaking knob, so it'll do the trick. The positives: It really does respond well for a solid state amp. Very, very dynamic. It takes pedals, especially overdrive pedals, like a real tube amp. I've been A/Bing it next to my Marshall on a 4x12 cab with Greenbacks to try and mimic the sound and believe it or not, I can get pretty close. Not the same, but on stage with full band nobody would know the difference besides me. It really does have tube response. Also, it is PLENTY loud enough to gig with. Back to the sound. If you put this amp on super crunch and the EL34 setting it sounds EXACTLY like the HT5. Whatever Blackstar is doing to get that sound is in this amp. What makes the ID30 better is it responds to playing better, no. 1, and no.2 the ability to switch output tube emulations. KT88s and 6V6 in particular sound awesome. As does the crunch and OD1 setting. If you play any classic rock or hair metal from the 80s, this amp will get you there easily. My advice is this: If you are thinking about buying the HT5, get this instead. You get the same sound plus a whole lot more.

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1.0

No way!!!

By Janjuko

from Montclair,ca

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Portable

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Weak

Best Uses

    Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

    This thing is horrible!! In comparison to its competition even a line 6 spider is better than this. It sounds bad, its hard to use, there are too many features that don't do anything and did i mention it sounds bad? Hard to use and bad tone = bad amp. Dont buy this. Get a spider or peavey

     
    5.0

    What an amp!

    By Curmudgeon

    from Terre Haute, IN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

      I was skeptical about the power tube modeling. After all, how many solid state amps have been touted at "tube-like"? Well, this one delivers. In spades. The ISF feature lets you fine-tune the tube sound and you can get several tube models that are virtually dead-on. It's plenty loud for most applications, and the built in effects could conceivably eliminate some spaces on your pedalboard. I've been experimenting with this for over a week now and have barely scratched the surface of its capabilities.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome amp!

      By Schecter Dude

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

        This is absolutely an amazing amp. The variety of tones is endless. What distinguishes the Blackstar ID Series from other modeling amps is its tube emulator feature, which, to my ear, sounds dead-on. I love the ID 30 and would recommend it to anyone--great for blues, rock, and metal. The ID 30 is very user-friendly; dialing up new tones is easy.

        The price is perfect. Great value. And LOUD! Perfect for practice or a home studio (you'd probably want the ID 60 for gigging).

        The only con (for some, not me) is that there is no effects loop. There might be one on the 60-watt model--I don't know--but there isn't one for the 30. This might bother some people, but for me the pro's far outweigh this shortcoming.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Amp!

        By Quincy

        from Shreveport, LA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

        I was very interested in this amp for a long time, and I should have gotten one sooner! Man oh man do I love this amp! Very easy to use and it sounds great! It's loud and it's light weight, easy to cart around...Blackstar really came up with a winner! Now I'm gonna buy the foot control pedal for it! Oh, and Musicians Friend as usual got the amp here fast, I just can't say enough good stuff about Musicians Friend and their great service!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        very happy

        By roadkill

        from nw north dakota

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Old School Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • None That Matter

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Jamming with friends
        • Performances

        Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

        im rilly happy with this amp and its where old school meets technology.and easy to program and understand. I'm a old country rocker and thought all new stuff was like a hot pocket, this amp is a 5 star meal. excellent job blackstar.

        (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not bad for what it is

        By jdog

        from Minnesota

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

          I am a guitarist who has been playing for 25 years in gigging cover bands. I don't play just in my room so I know what it takes for an amp to work on stage. My main gigging amp is a 1970s Marshall JMP 50 but I'm always on the lookout for something smaller that packs a punch to bring to cramped stage gigs. About a year ago I tried the Blackstar HT5 Combo for about a week. I was NOT impressed. They can call it tube all they want but it is solid state and it plays like a solid state. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but for me, it just didn't cut it. Very sterile sounding. Still, I want to like Blackstar so I am giving the ID30 combo a run. First impressions out of the box: I hated it but after playing around with it for many hours it is starting to grow on me. The biggest problems with it are the effects stink. They are useless. Second, there is no mid control on the amp itself and that really limits the usefulness. You can dial in mids using the tap button in combination with another knob but I haven't been able to make it work. Luckily, the ISF is more or less a mid tweaking knob, so it'll do the trick. The positives: It really does respond well for a solid state amp. Very, very dynamic. It takes pedals, especially overdrive pedals, like a real tube amp. I've been A/Bing it next to my Marshall on a 4x12 cab with Greenbacks to try and mimic the sound and believe it or not, I can get pretty close. Not the same, but on stage with full band nobody would know the difference besides me. It really does have tube response. Also, it is PLENTY loud enough to gig with. Back to the sound. If you put this amp on super crunch and the EL34 setting it sounds EXACTLY like the HT5. Whatever Blackstar is doing to get that sound is in this amp. What makes the ID30 better is it responds to playing better, no. 1, and no.2 the ability to switch output tube emulations. KT88s and 6V6 in particular sound awesome. As does the crunch and OD1 setting. If you play any classic rock or hair metal from the 80s, this amp will get you there easily. My advice is this: If you are thinking about buying the HT5, get this instead. You get the same sound plus a whole lot more.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding and I am an old rocker

          By Peter Lucibelli

          from New Haven CT.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • The Best Model Amp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

            Okay, I am as of this writng 51, an old rocker, singer/songwriter and LOVE tube amps. I own Marshalls, Traynor, Peavey, Line 6. I have owned Vox, Mesa Boogie and a few others. Okay for this amp not being a tube amp, I am blown away by how amazing it sounds. The 30 watt is powerful and stays right with my band, fantastic becuase it is so light that my old back does not need to haul heavy stuff. The sound is so totally amazing that you really can cover any style of music and it does not sound like a model amp at all. Not to mention that you can select the tube types and it really does come so very close to the real deal that I now leave behind the heavier amps. I say this becuase I have many tube amps and A and B them. I am very impressed with this amp and though I will not get rid of my tube amps, this has been finding it's way to my gigs more than the tube brothers. BEST model amp out there, it really smokes them all.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Sound at a Great Price

            By Coasterman

            from Midwest

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

              I have had a Fender Mustang 3 amp for 2 years but felt the sounds except for the Fender cleans were lacking depth. I read the reviews about this amp and thought I would give it a try. The TVP settings are awesome along with most effects. The 30 watt version I have is LOUD. I have a Strat, Tele and Les Paul and they all seem to work with this amp quite well. The USB interface also works well with Blackstar's online patches. The chorus is probably the weakest part of its' effects but to me that isn't a deal breaker. Great job Blackstar!

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best digital amp yet!

              By CNY Scott

              from Syracuse, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Isf Feature
              • Light weight
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Software Buggy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

              A very versatile amp. The latest firmware update has made this amp sound better. This amp is as loud as a 30 watt tube amp, but much lighter in weight! A midrange knob would have been appreciated, but it can be accessed through the software. This amp blows away my old Fender Mustang 3 for quality of sound, especially at lower volume levels. The ISF feature alone, separates Blackstar from the competition!

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This Amp Really Rocks

              By phat68tony

              from NW Louisiana

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Great Sounds
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Surprisingly loud

              Cons

              • A Bit Of A Learning Curve
              • Not As Bad As Line 6 Tho
              • Not As Bad As Pv Vypyr

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Blackstar ID:30 1x12 30W Programmable Guitar Combo Amp with Effects:

              This is the first amp that has really blown me away and I have 12 amps including 2 blackstar tube amps (a 100w Venue series head and a combo 60 stage 2x12) and an EVH 5150 III. It brings out the individual sounds of my 26 guitars and their hot rodded pickups better than any other amp I have. The problem is I like it seaux much, I had to order another more powerful version - so just finished ordering a new Blackstar ID:260TVP 2x12" 2x60-Watt Programmable Stereo Combo! This Blackstar series blows away the Line 6 Spyders and and thier new amplifi 150 as well as the PV Vypyrs big time!

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