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11/24/2010

Guitar modeling amps with USB Connectivity

Sure, you have a fancy modeling amplifier with some preset slots, and you learnt to mess around with the settings. You love your amp, and the tones you already discovered on it are just lovely. But what if some time in the future you get tired of pressing that green button for 3 three seconds until it turns red, while you hold that awkward kneeling position...? What if you get tired of bending your back to read those tiny letters above the knobs? What if you feel like editing and managing your presets on a more user-friendly fashion? Perhaps on your computer, using your mouse and keyboard... You could even organize them by categories, store them on different folders, create a database of your tones!
On the other hand, what if you feel like getting your tones, your jams or even some song ideas recorded on your pc? Share them over the web, edit them on some multitrack editor, add drums and some piano to the sketch... But you wished you didn't have to mess around too much with cables, microphones and "unnecesary" additional gadgets...
Well, it is possible. All this with one same amp, and nothing else. All you need is a USB port on the amp, to send sound from the amp to the PC, and to exchange the preset data between you amp and your PC!!
I've searched through the web, but nobody seems to have gathered the already-several amplifiers with USB port in one list. Tadaa, I decided to create that list ;). Maybe nobody thought about doing it before because guitar amps with USB ports are a relatively modern concept, and people don't seem to have realised yet the array of possibilities it opens up. So, here goes a list of guitar amplifiers with USB connectivity, along with the most important technical features of each one.
There is also other way to gain usb connectivity on an amp: through the included pedal when it has itself a USB port (for instance, the FBV Express Mk II that you can buy with a Line 6 Vetta II amplifier). However, discussing these cases was excluded from this article, mainly for two reasons. First, it is redundant since even the guitar amps that don't have optional footswitches with USB connectivity may be connected to a "non-related" multi-fx pedal that can serve as the amp-to-pc "USB bridge" (like a Boss GT8 multi fx pedal). Second, using a pedal to connect the amp to the pc might keep the preset management possibilities, but sacrifices the option to send the guitar amp sound directly to the computer (at least without YET ANOTHER interface of some sort). So we're sticking to amplifiers that have a usb port by themselves. ;)


AER AcoustiCube
(No image on Amazon)
Solid State
Watts: 120
Cabinet: 1x8'' + tweeter
USB:
Presets: 100


Fender G-DEC 3 Fifteen
Fender G-DEC 3.0 Fifteen Electric Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 15
Cabinet: 1x8''
Channels: 1
USB: configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC
Presets: 100 factory + user
Others: Phrase sampler with SD card slot for preset and audio storage; export function



Fender G-DEC 3 Thirty
Fender G-DEC 3.0 Thirty Electric Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 30
Cabinet: 1x10''
Channels: 1
USB: configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC
Presets: 100 factory + user
Others: Phrase sampler with SD card slot for preset and audio storage; export function



Fender Mustang I
Fender Mustang I Electric Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 20
Cabinet: 1x8''
Channels: 1
USB: configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC
Presets: 24 slots (8 banks with 3 slots each)



Fender Mustang II
Fender Mustang II Electric Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 40
Cabinet: 1x12''
Channels: 1
USB: configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC
Presets: 24 slots (8 banks with 3 slots each)



Crate Profiler5
(No image on Amazon)
Solid State
Watts: 5
Cabinet: 2x4''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 11 amp profiles
Others: may be powered by batteries


DJ Tech YBM Solo
(No image on Amazon)
Solid State
Watts: 10/20
Cabinet: 1x5'' + 2x1''
USB:  configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC, control PC parameters with amp knobs
Presets: ?


Hughes & Kettner Coreblade
(No image on Amazon)
Tube/valve
Watts: 100
Cabinet: (head)
Presets: 128
USB: configure/import/export presets



Ibiza guitar amp
(No image on Amazon)
Solid State
Watts: 100W
Cabinet: 1x10''
USB: send audio via USB to the amplifier
Other: 2 instrument inputs



Peavey Vypyr 60
Peavey VYPYR Tube 60 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp Black
Tube/Valve
Watts: 60
Cabinet: 1x12''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 12 (400 with the Sanpera optional footswitch)
Others: Onboard Looper; MIDI IN



Peavey Vypyr 75
Peavey VYPYR75 Vypyr 75 Watt Combo Amp
Solid State
Watts: 75
Cabinet: 1x12''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 12 (400 with the Sanpera optional footswitch)
Others: Onboard Looper; MIDI IN



Peavey Vypyr 100
Peavey Vypyr 100 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp Black
Solid State
Watts: 100
Cabinet: 2x12''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 12 (400 with the Sanpera optional footswitch)
Others: Onboard Looper; MIDI IN



Peavey Vypyr 120 (Head or Combo)
Peavey Vypyr Tube 120H 120W Guitar Amp Head Black

Peavey VYPYR Tube 120 120W 2x12 Guitar Tube Amp
Tube/Valve
Watts: 120
Cabinet: 2x12''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 12 (400 with the Sanpera optional footswitch)
Others: Onboard Looper; MIDI IN

2 comments:

  1. Cool but the mustangs 3-5 also have USB out.

    Fr3dd13

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  2. Yes they do. I'll be adding those to the list shortly (the article was written before the III to V mustangs were released).

    Thanks for the heads up ;)

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