Behringer V-AMP2 User`s manual

Behringer V-AMP2 User`s manual
V-AMP
Version 1.2
September 2002
ENGLISH
User’s Manual
V-AMP 2
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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alerts you to the presence of
uninsulated dangerous voltage inside
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Retain Instructions:
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All warnings on the appliance and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
Follow instructions:
All operation and user instructions should be followed.
Water and Moisture:
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wet basement, or near a swimming pool etc.).
Ventilation:
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For example, the appliance should not be situated on a bed, sofa, rug, or similar surface that may block the
ventilation openings, or placed in a built-in installation, such as a bookcase or cabinet that may impede the
flow of air through the ventilation openings.
Heat:
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appliances (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Power Source:
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upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords and plugs, convenience receptacles and the point
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Servicing:
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instructions. All other servicing should be referred to qualified service personnel.
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FOREWORD
Dear Customer,
Welcome to the community of BEHRINGER users and thank you for the trust you have shown us in buying
the V-AMP 2.
It gives me particular pleasure to write this to you because, after months of hard work, our engineers have
achieved a highly ambitious goal: to improve on what is already an excellent virtual guitar amp whose highly
developed sound and remarkable array of functions offers you maximum flexibility and performance. Naturally,
the task of developing our new V-AMP 2 was a great responsibility. At all times the focus was on you, the
discerning user and musician. Meeting these demands meant a lot of effort and late nights for us—and a lot
of fun, too. A development project of this kind always brings a lot of different people together. That makes it
all the better when everyone involved is proud of the result.
Giving you a share in our enjoyment is our philosophy. That‘s because you are the most important member
of our team. It is your competent proposals for new products that have helped to shape our company and
make it a success. In return we can guarantee you uncompromising quality, excellent sound and technical
features at very reasonable price. All of this enables you to let loose your creativity, without the price getting
in the way.
We’re often asked how we manage to produce equipment of this quality at such incredibly low prices. The
answer is very simple: you make it possible! A large number of satisfied customers means high production
volume. High production volume means that we can get better purchasing terms for components, etc. And
isn’t it only fair to pass on these benefits to you? After all, your success is our success too!
I would like to thank all of those who have made the V-AMP 2 possible. They have all made their personal
contributions, starting with the designers and including the many other employees in our company (many
thanks to Volker, Thomas, Jan and Oliver).
Friends, it was worth it!
Thank you,
Uli Behringer
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V-AMP 2
V-AMP
Virtual guitar amplifier with tube simulation and digital multi-effects processor
V-AMP
V Authentic virtual guitar preamp with 32 amp and 15 speaker simulation models
V Dedicated selectors for amp models, speaker cabinets and digital effects
V Transparent user interface with direct display of all essential settings
V 32 simulations of popular guitar amps, ranging from clean to crunch to tube distortion sounds
V 15 speaker simulations directly selectable and freely combinable with any amp model
V 24-bit high-resolution stereo multi-effects processor with first-class algorithms like chorus, flanging,
phasing, rotary, auto-wah, echo, delay, compressor and various effects combinations
V Additional effects parameters now directly accessible on the unit
V New preamp bypass function allows use as a stereo effects unit without amp model
V 125 presets, including 50 original artist presets, organized in 25 banks for easy editing
V Dedicated reverb control adds 1 of 9 stereo reverb types to any amp, speaker or effects setting
V Separate wah-wah effect can be controlled manually or via MIDI and is available in addition to any other
effects combination
V Effective 3-band EQ with amp model dependent characteristics
V New presence control adjusts a high-frequency filter, simulating the negative feedback of tube amps
V Extremely low-noise—S/N ratio now 90 dB
V Adjustable stereo aux input for line-level signals (CD, drum box, sound card, MIDI backing etc.)
V Stereo line output with virtual speaker simulation for recording and live applications
V Five new, practical configuration modes for various studio and live applications, some with additional
global 3-band EQ
V Master volume control and stereo headphones output
V Extensive MIDI implementation allows complete real-time remote control and automation, data transfer
and access to additional parameters
V Built-in auto-chromatic tuner
V Tap-tempo function allows real-time adjustment of effects speed parameter
V Professional noise reduction system on board
V Gig bag and dual footswitch for preset selection and tuner control included
V The V-AMP is protected by US patents No. D444,169 and D444,493
V Manufactured under ISO9000 certified management system
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION .....................................................................................................................6
1.1 The new functions of the V-AMP 2 ..................................................................................................
1.2 Before you begin .............................................................................................................................
1.2.1 Serial number .......................................................................................................................
1.3 Control elements .............................................................................................................................
1.3.1 User interface .......................................................................................................................
1.3.2 Connections on the V-AMP 2 side panel ...............................................................................
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2. EXAMPLES OF USE/CONFIGURATIONS .......................................................................... 10
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
Selecting CONFIGURATION modes ............................................................................................... 11
Standard set-up with guitar, footswitch and external playback ........................................................ 11
Recording ..................................................................................................................................... 12
Live set-up with an external guitar amp .......................................................................................... 12
Live set-up with P.A. system and your own monitor amp on stage ................................................. 13
3. V-AMP 2 PRESETS ............................................................................................................... 13
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
Calling up presets .........................................................................................................................
Editing presets ..............................................................................................................................
Storing presets ..............................................................................................................................
Discarding an edited preset/recovering a factory-programmed preset .............................................
Restoring all factory-programmed presets .....................................................................................
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4. AMP/SPEAKER SIMULATION .............................................................................................. 15
4.1 Amp descriptions .......................................................................................................................... 15
4.2 Speaker descriptions ..................................................................................................................... 17
5. EFFECTS PROCESSOR ...................................................................................................... 18
5.1 Effect descriptions ........................................................................................................................
Reverb and delay algorithms .........................................................................................................
Modulation effects .........................................................................................................................
Combinations of effect algorithms (multi-effects programs) ............................................................
Special effects ..............................................................................................................................
5.2 The separate reverb effect .............................................................................................................
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6. TUNER .................................................................................................................................. 20
6.1 Tuning your guitar ......................................................................................................................... 20
6.2 Setting reference pitch “A” ............................................................................................................. 21
7. INSTALLATION ..................................................................................................................... 21
7.1 Audio connections ........................................................................................................................ 21
7.2 MIDI connections .......................................................................................................................... 22
7.2.1 Sending/receiving MIDI-Sysex data ..................................................................................... 22
8. APPENDIX ............................................................................................................................. 23
8.1 MIDI implementation ..................................................................................................................... 23
8.2 Default cabinets/amp models ........................................................................................................ 24
9. SPECIFICATIONS ................................................................................................................. 25
10.WARRANTY ........................................................................................................................... 26
CAUTION!
Please note that high loudness levels may cause permanent damage to your hearing. Turn the
VOLUME control down all the way before switching on the equipment. Be sure to keep the
volume at an appropriate level.
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V-AMP 2
1. INTRODUCTION
Congratulations! The V-AMP 2 you have purchased is the revised version of the V-AMP—a state-of-the-art
virtual guitar amplifier that has set new standards. Our ultimate aim in developing it was to create the authentic
sound of classic amplifiers by means of “physical modeling” and to combine this with the latest DSP effects.
The V-AMP 2 has a number of decisive advantages over its predecessor, the V-AMP: the number of amp
simulations has been doubled, there are now five globally adjustable operating modes, and you can also use
this device purely as an effects unit thanks to its innovative preamp bypass.
Once again we took up the challenge of creating a device that would still be talked about for years to come. The
V-AMP 2 is an all-purpose device that offers 32 authentic amplifier sounds—and, in fact, even special speaker
sounds—without causing you any transport problems! In addition, it has all the versatility of sound provided by
state-of-the-art multi-effects processor technology. In short: the V-AMP 2 gives you a sound tool that has
everything on a musician’s wish-list today.
BEHRINGER is a company with its roots in professional recording studio technology. For many years now
we have been successful in developing products for studio and live use. These include microphones and
19" devices of all kinds (compressors, enhancers, noise gates, tube processors, headphone amplifiers,
digital effects devices, DI boxes, etc.), monitor and P.A. speakers and professional live and recording mixers.
Our entire technical know-how has gone into your V-AMP 2.
Flexibility is the name of the game in the music business. A guitarist today has to be able not only to offer a
wide range of sounds, but also to adapt at short notice to different environments—home recording, studio,
live gigs. For that very reason, enormous amplifier stacks have become a thing of the past. The V-AMP 2
offers you the maximum number of features in such a compact form that you can set up and pack up in
seconds and you can master it with ease.
The V-AMP 2 will still be state-of-the-art years from now because we have equipped it with an EPROM that
can be replaced without the slightest difficulty. This means that we can keep on working on new algorithms,
taking your ideas and suggestions into account. We will then make these software updates available to you
free of charge on the Internet, thus ensuring that the V-AMP 2 remains state-of-the-art in the future too.
But enough of this talk. Nothing we say will convince you as readily as what you hear and feel when you test
your V-AMP 2 for the first time. Then you will experience a new generation of virtual guitar amplifiers with
some amazing features:
V Knock-out sound options that will blow away any conventional guitar amp.
V Perfect tube sound emulation without the typical tube amp drawbacks (short lifespan, heat generation,
mechanical sensitivity).
V Latest DSP technology, giving you a wide range of classic and modern effects sounds.
V Rugged, indestructible build, allowing you to use the V-AMP 2 in the toughest conditions on the road.
1.1 The new functions of the V-AMP 2
The V-AMP 2 was designed to be an evolutionary improvement on our popular virtual guitar amp, the V-AMP.
Alongside the popular features of its predecessor, the V-AMP 2 offers many new features which will make
this unit an indispensable part of your equipment:
V 16 additional amp sounds—in total, 32 authentic virtual amplification models plus preamp bypass available.
V 5 basic configurations can be selected for different studio and live situations (see chapter 2).
V PRESENCE control can now be set for each amp.
V An additional effects parameter can now be set directly on the device (see chapter 5).
V Globally adjustable 3-band EQ can be set as required in the live modes to match the V-AMP 2 sounds
with different amps/combos.
V Total preset compatibility for existing V-AMP sounds.
V Editor software available free of charge at www.behringer.com/V-AMP 2.
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1.2
Before you begin
Your V-AMP 2 was carefully packed before it left the factory to protect it from damage in transit. If there are
signs of damage on the packaging, we recommend that you immediately examine the device itself for further
signs of damage.
In case of damage, do NOT return this device to us, but immediately notify your dealer and the
transport company, as any entitlement to damages may otherwise be lost.
A power supply unit which meets the necessary safety requirements is enclosed for connecting the V-AMP 2
to the mains. When the V-AMP 2 is connected to the mains via the power supply unit it is automatically
switched on.
Never connect the V-AMP 2 to a power supply unit that is already plugged into the mains!
Always connect the V-AMP 2 to the power suply unit first and then plug it into the mains.
The MIDI connections (IN, OUT/THRU) are for standard DIN connectors. Data is transferred at zero potential via
an optocoupler. Please read chapter 7 “INSTALLATION” for further information.
1.2.1 Serial number
The V-AMP 2’s serial number is located on the rear side. In order to qualify for extended warranty entitlement,
please return the completed warranty card to us within 14 days of purchase, or simply register on-line
(www.behringer.com).
1.3 Control elements
1.3.1 User interface
Fig. 1.1: Control elements on the user interface
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The MASTER control determines the overall volume of the V-AMP 2.
Apart from the AUX LEVEL control
this is the only “conventional” control on the V-AMP 2.
All the other controls are encoder-type rotary controls.
2
The VOLUME control is for the volume of the selected preset.
3
The BASS control in the EQ section is for raising or lowering the low-frequency range.
4
The MID control is for raising or lowering the mid-range frequencies.
5
TREBLE controls the high-frequency range of the activated preset.
If the TAP key
is down, theTREBLE control changes to a PRESENCE control. This enables
you to boost/cut a high-frequency filter tuned to whatever amp model is active, thus simulating
the frequency-sensitive coupling of tube amps.
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The GAIN control determines the distortion level.
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The AMPS control is for selecting one of 32 different amplifier simulation models. The control is
surrounded by a ring of 16 LEDs. Each LED corresponds to two types of amplifier. The first 16
simulations can be selected by turning the AMPS control (marked on the housing in: white).
To select the simulation models 17 - 32 (marked on the housing in: gray), press down the TAP key
while making your selection by turning the AMPS control.
The LED “17 - 32” in the bottom left-hand corner of the DISPLAY indicates that one of the
simulation models 17 - 32 has been selected.
In adddition you can activate a PREAMP BYPASS by pressing the key combination TAP and TUNER.
If PREAMP BYPASS has been selected, none of the LEDs on the AMPS control lights up.
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These five keys are for selecting a preset (A - E) within one bank.
In EDIT mode (activated by simultaneously pressing the arrow keys described in
the function printed directly above them:
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) the keys perform
A: Accesses the MIDI functions. Use the arrow keys to set the MIDI channels for transmitting and
receiving (1 through 16).
If you use key A in EDIT mode to select the MIDI function and then press the TAP key, the MIDI OUT
jack is set to act as a MIDI THRU (the LED of the TAP key lights up). In this case, the V-AMP 2 does
not send its own MIDI information, but passes on the signal received at the MIDI IN jack. If the LED
of the TAP key does not light up, the jack operates as standard MIDI out connector.
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B: Selects the DRIVE function. This noticably raises distortion and volume. Use the arrow keys to
switch DRIVE on and off. The DRIVE function is wired before the GAIN control.
While editing the DRIVE function, you can also activate and adjust the wah-wah effect by
turning the EFFECTS control. The LEDs surrounding the EFFECTS control indicate the position
of the pedal. If none of the LEDs lights up, the wah-wah is bypassed.
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C: This key activates the CABINETS mode. Use the arrow keys to select the type of speaker or
combination of speakers you want. You can also switch off the speaker simuilation completely (“-”).
For further details, please refer to chapter 4.2 “Speaker descriptions”.
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D: Use this key to select the REVERB function. The arrow keys can be used to select one of nine
different types of reverb in addition to the multi-effects processor. For further details see chapter 5.2.
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E: Here you can activate the NOISE GATE function. Use the arrow keys to adjust the noise reduction level.
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CONFIGURATION: If you press the B and D keys simultaneously in Play mode, you can select
the V-AMP 2’s general operating modes allowing adjustments to different studio and live
situations (see chapter 2).
If an effect has been selected via
its part of the overall sound can be set using this EFFECTS
control. If you select the “Compressor” effect, you can use the EFFECTS control to adjust the
compression intensity. If you turn the control to the left until all the LEDs are off, the effect is disabled.
This is known as an effect bypass.
By pressing the TAP key you can set a second effects parameter using the EFFECTS control
(see tab. 5.1).
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This control is for selecting an effect or a combination of effects. This encoder-type rotary control is also
surrounded by a ring of 16 LEDs. Each LED corresponds to one specific effects preset.
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Using the REVERB control, you can add the reverb content of your choice to your overall sound. By
turning it to the left until all the LEDs are off, you deactivate the reverb. To fade out the original signal,
turn the control to the right until only the last LED lights up.
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The LED rings around the VOLUME, BASS, MID, TREBLE, GAIN, EFFECTS and REVERB controls
each have nine LEDs. On each ring either one LED or two neighboring LEDs will light up at a
time, indicating a total of 17 different positions.
The TAP button performs five functions:
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“Tap”: Tap the rhythm of a piece of music on the TAP button and the selected effect automatically
adapts to the tempo of the piece of music.
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“Presence”: Holding down the TAP button, you can use the TREBLE control to change the
PRESENCE setting of the amp simulation model you’ve selected.
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“2nd parameter”: You also can access the second effects parameter set by the EFFECTS control by
holding down the TAP button (see tab. 5.1).
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“Amp models 17 - 32”: Keep the TAP button pressed down and select an amp model using the AMPS
control.
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“MIDI Thru”: The MIDI OUT jack can be set to act as MIDI THRU (see
A).
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The TUNER button is for switching on the tuner. In addition, this button can also be used to leave the
EDIT mode.
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Use the two arrow keys to select a different bank (BANK DOWN and BANK UP). You can skip banks
by holding each of the keys down. To activate the EDIT mode, press both keys simultaneously. If you
press one of the keys A - E (
) in that mode, the arrow keys can be used for setting parameters.
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The DISPLAY shows you what preset bank you have selected and gives you information on parameter
changes when you are editing. In TUNER mode the DISPLAY shows the pitch of the instrument connected
to the unit. If the amplifier simulations 17 - 32 have been selected, the LED in the bottom left-hand corner
of the DISPLAY lights up.
1.3.2 Connections on the V-AMP 2 side panel
Fig. 1.2: Connections on the V-AMP 2 side panel
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Connect the stereo jack plug of your FS112V footswitch to the FOOTSWITCH socket. This will enable
you to recall the presets from one bank. To switch on the tuner, hold down the DOWN button on the
footswitch for more than two seconds. You can also switch the tuner off again using the same button.
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The V-AMP 2 has MIDI inputs and outputs to which you can connect a MIDI foot pedal, e.g. the
BEHRINGER MIDI FOOT CONTROLLER FCB1010 or a PC. The MIDI out jack is configured as MIDI
OUT but can be set to act as a MIDI THRU jack (see
A).
In order to operate your V-AMP 2 with the PC editor V-AMP design, the MIDI Thru function
needs to be disabled.
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Connect the enclosed power supply unit via the AC IN socket.
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The balanced LINE OUT 1/4" sockets provide the audio signal from the V-AMP 2 in stereo, for example,
for recording purposes.
You can connect the LINE OUT outputs with balanced or unbalanced jack plugs. The left line
output of the V-AMP 2 can be used to route the audio signal to a guitar amp with a mono input.
Please note that the signal from the multi-effects processor will then not be available in stereo either.
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The AUX LEVEL control is used for determining the volume of the signal received at the AUX IN input.
21
The AUX IN jack socket enables you to feed in additional stereo signals on the V-AMP 2 and play with
a drum computer or play-back, for example.
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The PHONES jack allows you to monitor the V-AMP 2 audio signal with standard headphones.
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When you connect your headphones, the V-AMP 2 automatically activates studio mode 1 (S1).
If the current preset or setting does not have a cabinet model, the V-AMP 2 will also select a
default speaker simulation automatically, as soon as you plug in your headphones. The standard
cabinet simulations are shown in tab. 8.2. However, you can intentionally change or deactivate
the simulation when using headphones by selecting “-” in the CABINETS mode.
The INPUT socket is the V-AMP 2’s 1/4" jack socket for your guitar. Please use a standard 1/4" mono
jack cable.
2. EXAMPLES OF USE/CONFIGURATIONS
To adapt the V-AMP 2 best to different studio and live situations, you have a choice of five modes
(CONFIGURATION). Regardless of the settings on the unit itself, these modes determine from where the
V-AMP 2’s output signal is taken. And the left and right output signals can be used differently at the same
time, too. One look at the following table will clearly show that you can optionally take the signal with or
without speaker simulation or sound control at the V-AMP 2 output. The effects signal at the output does not
necessarily have to be present on both sides either:
Operating mode
Studio 1 (S1)
Studio 2 (S2)
Function
LINE OUT L
LINE OUT R
Stereo operation with selected
effects and speaker simulations.
Left
(dry signal, only
compressor plus
auto-wah).
Right
(with modulation,
delay and
reverb effects).
Applications
V V-AMP 2 as practice amp, e.g. with headphones.
V Recording situation: (V-AMP 2 is connected to stereo
line channel on the mixing console).
V Recording situation: with the left channel connected to the
recording device. The right channel is used for monitoring
only (with effect). Advantage: while recording, you don't
have to specify the effect used during the mix-down, but
can still monitor wet signals.
Live 1 (L1)
Stereo operation
+ additional 3-band EQ
(adjustable in
CONFIGURATION mode).
V V-AMP 2 connected to a guitar amp with stereo input. The
additional EQ (BASS, MID & TREBLE controls) allows you
to match the sound to the amplifier used. The additional
EQ does not affect the settings of your presets.
Live 2 (L2)
Stereo operation
+ additional 3-band EQ,
but without cabinet simulation.
V Here, too, the V-AMP 2 can be connected to a guitar amp
with a stereo input. The additional EQ (BASS, MID &
TREBLE controls) allows you to match the sound to the
amplifier used. However, since no cabinet simulation is
enabled, the speaker sound is determined by the combo/
cabinet used.
Live 3 (L3)
Left
+ additional
3-band EQ with
modulation, delay
and reverb
effects, but without
cabinet simulation.
Right
with cabinet and
modulation, delay
and reverb effects,
but without
additional
3-band EQ.
V V-AMP 2 as a stage amp, with the left output connected
to a line input on the monitor amp. The additional EQ
(BASS, MID & TREBLE controls) allows you to match the
sound optimally to the monitor amp. The right channel (DI
Out) is connected to the mixing console or stage box and
is used for the FOH mix.
Tab. 2.1: V-AMP 2 modes with examples of use
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In modes L1, L2 and L3, the additional 3-band EQ is set with the BASS, MID and TREBLE
controls. As this EQ works globally, it has no effect on the settings of these three controls from
the preset programming.
If you plug in your headphones, the V-AMP 2 automatically selects S1 mode.
2.1 Selecting CONFIGURATION modes
Your V-AMP 2 left the factory set in Studio 1 (S1) mode. To change modes, you have to switch to
CONFIGURATION mode. To do this, press buttons B and D simultaneously. You can switch from one mode
to another by means of the arrow keys. To leave this mode, press TUNER.
2.2 Standard set-up with guitar, footswitch and external playback
For practising purposes set your V-AMP 2 up as shown in fig. 2.1, for example. You can of course also plug in
a drum computer instead of a playback source, such as a tape deck. For silent practising plug your headphones
into the PHONES jack. Use the FS112V footswitch supplied with the V-AMP 2 to switch from one bank to
another or to activate the tuner.
Fig. 2.1: Standard set-up
For this application please select CONFIGURATION mode S1!
The V-AMP 2 is of course also ideally suited for recording your guitar parts for posterity, either on tape or
digitally. The advantage of the V-AMP 2 in recording situations is obvious: it makes you ultra-flexible, because
you can simply take the virtual amp with you into the studio control room without having to take along any
speakers. This gives you complete control of the sound on your V-AMP 2 at all times. If you feel the sound on
the mixer needs to be changed, you can discuss it with the sound engineer at once and together you can set
the sound so that it is perfectly suited to the recording. In other words, no more hassle of trekking back and
forward between the recording and control rooms.
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2.3 Recording
A widely used recording application is to make a “dry” recording of the output signal while monitoring the
signal with effects (“wet”). The advantage here is that you don’t have to make a final decision on what effect
to use during mix-down. For this purpose connect the left output of the V-AMP 2 to the recording device, and
use the right output for monitoring.
If you have a MIDI foot controller, you can use it to control preset, bank and amp model changes. It’s also
convenient for switching the tuner on and off.
Fig. 2.2: Recording situation
For this application please select CONFIGURATION mode S2!
2.4 Live set-up with an external guitar amp
When you’re playing on stage it’s extremely important that you are able to hear your guitar properly. It’s an
advantage to use a guitar amp with a line input, like the BEHRINGER BLUE DEVIL GX112. Apart from that,
the amp used should provide enough power to reproduce the V-AMP 2’s sound potential to the full.
Fig. 2.3: Live set-up with external guitar amplifier
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For this application please select mode L1 or L2 under CONFIGURATION, depending on whether
you want to have the external amp with or without cabinet simulation! Thus, you can also
optimize the sound on the amp with TREBLE, MID and BASS of the global 3-band EQ.
2.5 Live set-up with P.A. system and your own monitor amp on stage
This application is intended to give you your own guitar signal on stage so that you can have complete control
of intentionally produced feedback, for example. The monitor amp is controlled via LINE OUT L including
additional 3-band EQ and effects, but no cabinet simulation. LINE OUT R feeds the DI signal to the P.A.
mixer. Here, the effects and cabinet simulation can be used without the 3-band monitoring EQ.
Fig. 2.4: Live set-up with P.A. system and on-stage monitor amp
For this application please select CONFIGURATION mode L3! You can adjust the sound on the
left channel for your stage amp independently using the global 3-band EQ.
3. V-AMP 2 PRESETS
The V-AMP 2 has 125 overwritable presets divided into 25 banks. In other words, there are five presets
available per bank. Each preset consists of a maximum of five “ingredients”:
V amp simulation (including GAIN, EQ and VOLUME settings),
V cabinet model (complementing the respective amp’s sound),
V pre-amp effects, such as noise gate, compressor, auto wah & wah-wah,
V post-amp multi-effects, such as delay and modulation effects and
V reverb/room simulations.
An overview of all the presets on the V-AMP 2 is enclosed with this manual.
3.1 Calling up presets
When the unit is switched on it automatically loads the preset used last. In the following example, the last
preset selected was preset D in Bank 25:
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Fig. 3.1: Calling up presets
In this case, by pressing button A, B, C or E you can immediately call up another preset of the same bank. The
two arrow keys (BANK UP und BANK DOWN) enable you to switch banks. The display on the V-AMP 2
always shows which bank has been selected. When you switch banks, the preset has to be called up by
pressing one of the buttons A - E. An LED lights up to show you which preset in the respective bank has been
activated.
3.2 Editing presets
Editing presets is fast and simple with the V-AMP 2. The best way is to call up a preset you like and then start
editing it. Select any amp model by means of the AMPS encoder. The LED on the preset button flashes (e.g.
D) and signals that you have made a change.
Now change the settings of the VOLUME, BASS, MID, TREBLE and GAIN controls as you like. If you select
an effect, you can adjust its part in the overall sound using the EFFECTS control. You then switch to EDIT
mode by pressing the arrow keys simultaneously. If you use buttons B - E to activate the DRIVE, CABINETS,
REVERB and NOISE GATE functions respectively and then edit using the arrow keys, the value of the
respective parameter is shown in the display. To leave EDIT mode, briefly press the TUNER button.
If you hold the TAP button down while using the TREBLE control, you can raise or lower an additional higherfrequency filter (PRESENCE). This simulates the frequency-sensitive coupling of tube amps.
Apart from compressor and auto wah, all the multi-effects have a speed-based parameter.
Assuming you want to set the effect you’ve selected to the tempo of your playback: just tap the
TAP button twice in time to the music and the effect tempo will match the tempo of your piece.
3.3 Storing presets
To store your edited preset, hold down the preset button required for approx. 2 seconds for the preset to be
overwritten (the corresponding LED lights up throughout).
You do not necessarily have to store your edited preset in place of the original preset selected.
If you choose a different storage position, select the preset bank you want using the arrow
keys (BANK UP and BANK DOWN). You can then store your changes by holding down the
preset button for approx. two seconds. For example, you can edit a preset originally stored in
bank five, position D, and then store it in bank six, position A.
3.4 Discarding an edited preset/recovering a factory-programmed preset
If you have edited a preset and find that you don’t like the edited version, you can, of course, discard it. Let’s
assume you’ve selected and then edited preset C (the corresponding LED has lit up), but you would now like
to return to the configuration stored previously. Simply select another preset. The next time you call up the
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preset the temporary edited version is discarded. However, after editing you can also hold down the two arrow
keys until “Pr” appears in the display, which brings back the factory preset that was originally stored there.
However you then have to save it again by holding down the corresponding preset button for approx. two
seconds.
3.5 Restoring all factory-programmed presets
All factory-programmed presets can be restored in the following way: Hold down buttons D and E
and then switch on the V-AMP 2. “CL” appears in the display. Now release the two buttons and press the two
arrow keys simultaneously. This erases all the edited presets you have stored and restores the factoryprogrammed presets.
4. AMP/SPEAKER SIMULATION
The very heart of your V-AMP 2 is its amp/speaker simulation. The 32 simulation models can make work in a
home recording studio very much easier because it isn’t necessary to mike up the guitar amp. The V-AMP 2
makes it child’s play for you to choose one of the legendary guitar amps, be it for Brit Pop, Blues, Heavy Metal
or whatever. In addition, you can tailor the sound of the respective amp to suit your ideas and then connect it
virtually to one of 15 speaker simulations (cabinets). And on top of all that, you can even choose digital effect
and reverb types for your virtual amp. See chapter 3 “V-AMP 2 PRESETS” for more details.
When you switch on the V-AMP 2 it automatically loads the last preset selected. The LED ring around the
AMPS control shows what amp has been selected. The corresponding LED lights up. To select another amp
simply turn the control. Use the VOLUME, BASS, MID, TREBLE and GAIN controls to modify the basic
sound of the amp. Hold down the TAP button and turn the TREBLE control to raise or lower an additional
high-frequency PRESENCE filter (see
).
As a rule, you will want to select an amp first, then a cabinet and finally an effect. See chapter 3 for how to
store your modifications. To give you a better overview of the extensive range of amp simulations on the
V-AMP 2, we have compiled the following descriptions of the different types of amp.
When you select an amp simulation, an appropriate speaker simulation is activated automatically
(see tab. 8.2 in the appendix). Otherwise the authenticity of the sound could be affected by an
unsuitable cabinet—especially if you are using headphones. Naturally you can combine the
amp simulations with other cabinets according to taste.
4.1 Amp descriptions
AMERICAN BLUES: This virtual amp is modelled on the Fender Bassman 4 x 10 Combo. Originally designed
as a bass amp it soon became a standard amp of blues legends such as Steve Ray Vaughan or Billy Gibbons
due to its characteristic distortion. As you would expect, it packs a solid punch in the bass range, but is still
flexible enough in the mid and treble ranges.
AND DELUXE: A synthesis of a 1960 Fender Blackface Deluxe and a 50s Fender Bassman. The result is a
crystal-clear sound that still simlates the edge of the vintage amps. The V-AMP 2 sound control gives you
even greater scope than the EQ controls on the originals.
MODERN CLASS A: This amp is characterized by its slight distortion and sounds almost like hi-fi. It is
modelled on the Matchless Chieftain, a very expensive, hand-made amp.
CUSTOM CLASS A: The model for this simulation was the Budda Twinmaster. This Class-A amp was
renowned for its warm sound combined with irresistible tube distortion. Although the original amp did not
have a mid control, we have given the V-AMP 2 the capability of suiting the mid range to your taste.
TWEED COMBO: This was Jeff Beck’s favorite when he recorded the albums Blow by Blow and Wired.
This amp was not actually designed for heavy distortion, but due to its low power it is ideal for uncompromising
overdrive sound.
SMALL COMBO: This model is based on the 1960 Tweed Champ. The main attraction of this amp simulation
is when the DRIVE function is used a lot. Although this amp was actually designed for beginners on the
guitar, it soon became a favorite amp of many guitar afficionados. The reason for that was that it produced an
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amazingly distorted sound even at low volume. The Tweed Champ had a volume control, but no EQ control. If
you want to get the most authentic sound out of this amp, keep the sound control on the V-AMP 2 in the midrange.
CLASSIC CLEAN: Back in the 80s, the Roland JC-120 was the preferred sound of Buzzy Feiten (guitarist
with the Dave Weckl Band). The unique quality of this transistor amp’s sound is the way its brilliance cuts
through any mix. It is ideal for the New Wave sound of the 80s that is making a come-back today. The JC-120
was also popular among Fender Rhodes pianists, by the way.
BLACK TWIN: This simulation was modeled on a Fender Blackface Twin from the year 1965. In the 60s this
amp was used by jazz, country and even rock guitarists. What was unique about it was that it was exceptionally
loud and was therefore mainly used for live performances. The secret of the Blackface Twin was that although
you could play it extremely loud, the distortion remained relatively low.
BRITISH BLUES: Modeled on the JTM 45, the first Marshall amp ever. This, by the way, was Eric Clapton’s
favorite amp when he was with Cream. The JTM 45 was the forerunner of many of Marshall’s later amps with
their distinctive, powerful sound. Extreme gain settings produce a highly compressed and really “dirty” sounding
distortion. Combined with a 2 x 12" speaker simulation it produces impressive Bluesbreaker sounds.
AND CUSTOM: This simulation is based on a 1965 Marshall JTM 45 Bluesbreaker but has more flexibility of
sound control. Turn the GAIN control to the left and this simulation sounds like a Marshall; turn it to the right
and it is more reminiscent of the Budda.
BRITISH CLASS A: This simulation is modeled on the Vox AC 30. This amp was originally designed in the
60s when guitarists wanted amps with enhanced brilliance, a feature that Vox successfully implemented by
means of “revolutionary” bass and treble controls. Brian May and U2’s The Edge are probably the bestknown users of this sound.
NON TOP BOOST: This is a Vox AC 30 as used by Bryan Adams in the recording studio. Unlike the wellknown AC 30 with treble boost, the former amp version did not have this feature. This simulation copies the
original amp’s “normal” channel.
BRITISH CLASSIC: Based on a 1959 Marshall Plexi 100 Watt, this amp is ideal for producing clean sounds.
It was used by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.
CLASSIC 50 W: This is also a Plexi, but we have extensively widened its sound range. The sound controls
on the original Marshall Plexi 50 Watt hardly had any effect on the sound if distortion was high.
BRITISH HI GAIN: Compare this model with a Marshall JCM 800. Although the original was renowned
mainly for its distorted sounds, this amp also sounds very good with low gain settings. It’s good at reproducing
Steve Ray Vaughan’s and Michael Landau’s sounds. In distortion mode it sounds like Gary Moore in his early
days, but it’s also good for heavy metal.
BRITISH CLASS A 15 W: Another Vox model, based on the first channel of an AC 15 from 1960. Unlike the
AC 30 this amp had only one 12" speaker, instead of two, and produced a warmer sound. Tip: to make this
simulation sound as authentically as possible, leave the BASS and MID controls in mid-travel position and
vary the TREBLE control only.
RECTIFIED HI GAIN: This model is based on a 1994 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Trem-O-Verb featuring a
modern, high-gain sound that also comes over well in a band context. The tone control is post-gain, which
allows you to tailor distorted sounds to great effect. This amp is perfect for heavy metal, but also for Steve
Lukather sounds. The best-known user of this amp is Dream Theater‘s guitarist John Petrucci.
RECTIFIED HEAD: This simulation is modeled on a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier top. Unlike the
Trem-O-Verb, this amp produces a more modern high-gain sound. The tone control is most effective at high
gain settings.
MODERN HI GAIN: Here, too, the tone control is post-gain, allowing the extremely distorted sound to cut
through the mix. The MODERN HI GAIN sound is ideal for playing Grunge, but is also used by guitarists such
as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai, among others, have popularized
the Soldano sound. If you’re playing a Gibson Les Paul, MODERN HI GAIN sounds best when you turn down
the volume control on the guitar a little.
SAVAGE BEAST: Engl is well-known for amps that can make themselves heard. The Savage 120 in particular
has built up a large following among guitarists. For some time now Ritchie Blackmore has been an major
endorser of this German company, and Randy Hanson, the best Hendrix since Jimi, also swears by this amp.
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The unique feature of the Savage is its extreme power and is therefore highly popular with heavy metal guitarists.
Silent Force/Sinner guitarist Alex Beyrodt has been an enthusiastic Engl user for years. An amp for making
yourself heard!
FUZZ BOX: This sound is not actually based on any one amp, but on a particular fuzz box. Jimi Hendrix was
one of the first guitarists to recognize the potential in this legendary broadband transistor distortion. The
humming distortion sound of the FUZZ BOX has returned to popularity with Alternative Rock and Grunge.
CUSTOM HI GAIN: This sound goes back to a 1969 50-watt Marshall Plexi modified by Jose Arrendondo.
Arrendondo was none other than Eddie Van Halen’s guitar technician. The unique features of this amp are its
fine mid-range sounds and its ability to produce the ultimate in gain without making the sound muddy. Warning:
highly addictive!
ULTIMATE V-AMP: From clean to brutal hi-gain, the Brute covers the entire range. The ULTIMATE V-AMP
is basically a souped-up rectifier amp.
ULTIMATE PLUS: Those who find the ULTIMATE V-AMP too tame will find enough gain here to overdose on.
DRIVE V-AMP: This simulation is based on a more modern high-gain lead amp producing a soft but precise
sound with plenty of drive, making it ideal for lead guitar work. The DRIVE V-AMP is modeled on the Mesa
Boogie Mark III.
CALIFORNIA DRIVE: Based on the Mesa Boogie Mark II c this is purely a simulation of its drive channel—
definitely the right choice for Santana songs.
CRUNCH V-AMP: This amp is ideal for modern blues or jazz. Its sound is not too subtle, but not in-your-face
either—it’s crunchy, that’s all.
CUSTOM DRIVE: This simulates the Dumble Overdrive Special—an amp that was at the top of many guitarists’
wish-list but beyond their financial means. Dumble amps are hand-made and can be custom-built for the
individual guitarist. What we’ve done here is to simulate the drive channel of one of these rare Dumble amps.
CLEAN V-AMP: Here we have managed to simulate the sound of a Roland JC-120 and comined it with our
BRIT CLASSIC model. The result is the brilliance of a transistor amp which, however, features the cutting
power of a Marshall Plexi. Turn the GAIN control clockwise and the Marshall comes in.
CALIFORNIA CLEAN: This model is based on the clean channel of the Mesa Boogie Mark II c. It sounds a
little like a Fender, but has more of a punch in the mid-range.
TUBE PREAMP: Sound engineers were quick to recognize the appeal of tubes. They used tube amps to add
warmth to all kinds of sounds. This amp model is not only for refining guitar sounds. Try putting a vocal track
through the V-AMP 2 and give it the finishing touch with TUBE PREAMP.
CUSTOM CLEAN: This simulation is of the clean channel on our Dumble amp.
PREAMP BYPASS: In this setting, no amp simulation is selected. This makes it possible, for example, to
play through an external guitar preamp and only to use the effects or the speaker simulation on the V-AMP 2.
To activate the PREAMP BYPASS press TAP and TUNER.
Fender™, Vox™, Marshall™, Mesa Boogie™, Gibson™, Soldano™, Matchless™, Dumble™, Budda™, Tweed™, Engl™, Roland™ and
the names of musicians and groups are registered trademarks belonging to the respective owners and are in no way associated with
BEHRINGER.
4.2 Speaker descriptions
The sound of any guitar combo depends largely on the type and combination of speakers used. In the past 50
years there has been widespread experimentation to find out what type of speaker is best suited to any one
specific guitar sound and in what way the sound is modified when a certain speaker is combined with others.
When you select an amp simulation, an appropriate speaker simulation is activated automatically
(see tab. 8.2 in the appendix). Otherwise the authenticity of the sound could be affected by an
unsuitable cabinet—especially if you are using headphones. Naturally you can combine the
amp simulations with other cabinets according to taste.
The character of a loudspeaker is a combination of its power rating, impedance, sound pressure and size, as
well as the material it is made of. 8", 10" and 12" speakers have established themselves as the best sizes for
electric guitar amplification. The following list shows the speaker cabinets on the V-AMP 2:
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Cabinets
BYPASS (NO SPEAKER-SIMULATION)
1 x 8" VINTAGE TWEED
4 x 10" VINTAGE BASS
4 x 10" V-AMP CUSTOM
1 x 12" MID COMBO
1 x 12" BLACKFACE
1 x 12" BRIT '60
1 x 12" DELUXE '52
2 x 12" TWIN COMBO
2 x 12" US CLASS A
2 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
2 x 12" BRIT '67
4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
4 x 12" STANDARD '78
4 x 12" OFF AXIS
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
Tab. 4.1: Cabinets on the V-AMP 2
5. EFFECTS PROCESSOR
A special feature of your V-AMP 2 is its built-in multi-effects processor module offering 16 different presets of
first-class effects such as chorus, flanger, delay, and auto-wah as well as various combinations of effects.
The MIDI function also allows you to use an additional wah-wah effect which can be controlled best using a
MIDI Foot Controller with an expression pedal, such as our BEHRINGER FCB1010. See tab. 8.1 for an
overview of all MIDI data transmitted and received by the V-AMP 2.
The standard operating mode of the multi-effects processor is stereo, so you can use stereo
effects for recording purposes via the LINE OUT or play in stereo using a second amplifier.
Effect No.
The effects on the V-AMP 2 can be modified in three parameters: by turning the EFFECTS control, by turning
the EFFECTS control and holding down the TAP button and by pressing the TAP button alone in time to the
music. The following table shows the effect parameters for the V-AMP 2:
Effect
EFFECTS
control
EFFECTS
control with
TAP key down
TAP key
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
ECHO
DELAY
PING PONG
PHASER/DELAY
FLANGER/DELAY 1
FLANGER/DELAY 2
CHORUS/DELAY 1
CHORUS/DELAY 2
CHORUS/COMPRESSOR
COMPRESSOR
AUTO WAH
PHASER
CHORUS
FLANGER
TREMOLO
ROTARY
Mix
Mix
Mix
Delay Mix
Delay Mix
Delay Mix
Delay Mix
Delay Mix
Sense
Sense
Depth
Mix
Mix
Mix
Mix
Mix
Feedback
Feedback
Feedback
Mod. Mix
Mod. Mix
Mod. Mix
Mod. Mix
Mod. Mix
Mod. Mix
Attack
Speed
Feedback
Depth
Feedback
Depth
Delay Time
Delay Time
Delay Time
Delay Time
Delay Time
Delay Time
Delay Time
Delay Time
Modulation Speed
Modulation Speed
Modulation Speed
Modulation Speed
Modulation Speed
Modulation Speed
Tab. 5.1: V-AMP 2 effects
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To match speed-based effects to the tempo of the music, please press the TAP button twice in
time to the music.
5.1 Effect descriptions
The following section contains short descriptions of the effects that can be produced using the multi-effects
processor in your V-AMP 2.
Reverb and delay algorithms
REVERB: Reverb is still the most important effect for mixing or live performance. That’s why we at BEHRINGER
make a point of giving you as many as nine different reverb programs so that you can use the most suitable
reverb program for any situation. The reverb effect can be added separately to all the other effects (see
chapter 5.2).
ECHO: Echo is like the stereo delay effect in that it is a delayed repetition of the input signal, apart from the fact
that the high-frequency content of the repeated signals steadily decreases. This simulates a tape delay used
in the pre-digital era, producing a “vintage sound”. In addition, the reflections are routed in turns to the left and
right channels, creating a quasi-stereo effect.
DELAY: This algorithm delays the input signal, with different tempo settings producing interesting delay
effects. U2’s The Edge has impressivley demonstrated the potential of this effect.
PING PONG: A delay effect that changes position on the stereo channels.
Modulation effects
PHASER: The principle behind the phaser is that a second, phase-shifted signal is added to the audio signal.
This makes the sound richer and, above all, livlier. This effect is popular among guitarists and keyboard
players alike, but was also used extensively in the 70s with other instruments, such as electric pianos.
Depending on how you set it, the V-AMP 2 phaser can be used to produce slightly modulating or strongly
alienating effects.
FLANGER: This effect is self-explanatory. Originally the flanger effect was produced by running two synchronized
tape recorders at the same time. The same signals (e.g. a guitar solo) were recorded on both machines.
Putting a finger on the left reel of one of the machines caused it and the speed of the playback to slow. The
resulting delay produced phase shifts of the signals.
CHORUS: This effect adds a slightly modulated off-key element to the original signal, thus creating a pleasant
floating effect through variations in pitch.
Combinations of effect algorithms (multi-effects programs)
PHASER & DELAY: Phaser and delay combined.
FLANGER & DELAY: Here the input signal is delayed and processed with a pronounced wave-like effect. It
is particularly effective for highlighting single notes, but can also be used to make solos more interesting.
CHORUS & DELAY: This algorithm combines signal delay with the popular chorus effect.
CHORUS & COMP: Incredible sustain effects can be produced with the compressor. This is especially
useful for sustaining individual guitar notes. Combined with chorus, it can make the audio signal extremely
dense.
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Special effects
COMPRESSOR: A compressor limits the dynamic range of the audio material, thus producing audible and
creative sound effects. Pronounced use of the compressor (using the EFFECTS control) allows you to
compress the overall dynamic range of the material.
AUTO-WAH: The legendary wah-wah effect owes its fame mainly to Jimi Hendrix. Describing it is certainly
more difficult than simply listening to Hendrix using it on Voodoo Chile. In American funk music of the 70s you
can hear auto-wah effects used in a variety of applications. The auto-wah alters its filter frequency automatically
depending on the signal’s magnitude, rather than being controlled by the position of a pedal.
TREMOLO: Simulates the classic Fender Tremolo. It has returned to popularity with trip-hop.
ROTARY: This is the quintessential simulation of the classic organ effect normally produced by speakers
rotating at slow or fast speed in an extremely heavy speaker cabinet. This effect uses the physical principle of
the Doppler effect to modulate the sound.
NOISE GATE: Noise gates are used to remove or reduce noise or other interference. Guitar signals in particular
are very sensitive to interference. Not only do guitarists often use high-gain settings but guitar
pick-ups can amplify unwanted interference. This can be painfully apparent during breaks in the music. And
how does a noise gate work? It simply mutes the signal during breaks, eliminating any interference at the
same time.
5.2 The separate reverb effect
Reverb No.
The reverb effect from your V-AMP 2 is independent of the multi-effects processor and can be added to the mix
signal at any time. To edit the REVERB function, press button D in EDIT mode (pressing the two arrow keys
simultaneously) and use the two arrow keys to select one of the nine different reverb types available:
Reverb Type
Quality
1
2
3
4
Tiny Room
Small Room
Medium Room
Large Room
Classic room simulation featuring various
room sizes from bathroom to cathedral.
5
Ultra Room
Special effect transforming guitar signals
into heavenly pad sounds.
6
7
8
9
Small Spring
Medium Spring
Short Ambience
Long Ambience
Simulations of typical spring reverbs.
Simulates the early reflections of a
reverbless room.
Tab. 5.2: The different types of reverb effects on the V-AMP 2
6. TUNER
Press the TUNER button to activate the built-in tuner.
6.1 Tuning your guitar
The chromatic tuner automatically recognizes the frequencies of all the standard guitar notes. For the
A-string this means a frequency of 220 Hz. When you plug your guitar into the V-AMP 2 and play an open
string, the tuner will recognize and display the note. Since the tuner uses an auto-chromatic scale, it can also
recognize semi-tones, which are shown with a “b” in the display.
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It may happen, however, that a note is displayed as “A” but is actually slightly out of tune. This is shown by at
least one of the four LEDs at the foot of the display lighting up. In certain cases even two of the LEDs may light
up, which indicates that the pitch of the note played lies between the pitches represented by the two LEDs.
When the circular tuner LED in the middle lights up, this means the note played is in tune.
6.2
Setting reference pitch “A”
To give you maximum freedom for tuning your guitar, you can change the preset reference pitch “A”. For the
sake of clarity, let’s look at this in more detail.
The so-called concert pitch “A” has been raised steadily over time. For example, the tuning forks used by
Bach, Händel or Mozart were 415, 420 or 421 Hz (oscillations per second). Today’s orchestras tune to “A” at
444 Hz, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra lead the field with their own concert pitch “A” at 447 Hz.
The reference “A” on your V-AMP 2 has been factory-programmed at 440 Hz. If you are going to play with a
big orchestra tuning their instruments to a reference pitch of 444 Hz, you will need a function that allows you
to change your reference pitch. To activate this function, switch on the tuner by pressing the TUNER button
and switch to EDIT mode by pressing the two arrow keys simultaneously. The display will show “40”, which
means 440 Hz. Use the arrow keys to raise or lower the reference pitch by up to 15 Hz. The display always
shows the last two digits as the first digit is always 4. For example, if you start with a reference pitch of
440 Hz and press the right-hand arrow three times, the display will read 43, i.e. 443 Hz. To quit EDIT mode,
press either the TUNER or the TAP button. Any changes will be stored automatically. The tones for the other
strings on your guitar will automatically be adjusted to the new reference pitch.
7. INSTALLATION
7.1 Audio connections
The input of your BEHRINGER V-AMP 2 is a mono 1/4" jack. The Line Out, Aux In and headphones outputs
are stereo 1/4" jacks. The Line Out outputs work with both balanced and unbalanced connections.
Fig. 7.1: Comparison of different plug types
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Fig. 7.2: Wiring of a stereo headphones 1/4" plug
7.2 MIDI connections
The MIDI standard (Musical Instruments Digital Interface) was developed in the early 80s to enable different
makes of electronic instruments to communicate with each other. Over the years the range of MIDI applications
has constantly expanded, and today it is standard practice to network entire recording studios using the MIDI
standard.
The heart of such a network is a computer with sequencer software that controls not only all the keyboards
but also effects and other peripheral devices. In such a studio set-up you can control the V-AMP 2 in real time
from a computer. For live performances in particular you can also use a MIDI Foot Controller to control both
effect parameters and preset changes on your V-AMP 2.
The MIDI connectors on the side panel of the V-AMP 2 are international-standard 5-pin DIN jacks. To connect
your V-AMP 2 to other MIDI equipment you will need dedicated MIDI cables. They are commercially available
in various standard lengths.
MIDI IN: receives MIDI controller data. The receiving channel can be adjusted in EDIT mode by pressing the
A button and then using the arrow keys.
MIDI OUT/THRU: MIDI OUT is for sending data to a computer or any other devices. You can transmit both
preset data and parameter changes. If set to MIDI THRU, the V-AMP 2 does not send its own MIDI
information, but passes on the signal received at the MIDI IN jack.
7.2.1 Sending/receiving MIDI-Sysex data
The V-AMP 2 can receive system-exclusive data from other MIDI devices provided that the MIDI function
(button A) has been activated in EDIT mode. However, this means that all presets on the V-AMP 2 will be
overwritten automatically. You can also transmit MIDI data from your V-AMP 2 to other devices (total dump)
by switching to EDIT mode and pressing the MIDI button until the display reads “d”. The total dump function
can be useful for transferring all the stored data from your V-AMP 2 to a MIDI sequencer and storing it there.
To send individual presets to other devices: switch to EDIT mode by pressing both arrow keys on the transmitting
unit simultaneously, activate the MIDI function and briefly tap the MIDI button. The preset data are first filed in
the temporary buffer and can be stored in the preset position of your choice using the store function.
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8. APPENDIX
8.1
MIDI implementation
MIDI Implementation Chart
Function
Midi Channel
Mode
Note Number
Velocity
After Touch
Pitch Bender
Control Change
1
7
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
Transmitted
1-16
N
N
N
N
N
N (request only)
N (request only)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y (skipped on request)
Y (skipped on request)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N (request only)
Y
Y
N (request only)
N (request only)
N (request only)
Y
Y
N (request only)
Y
Y
N (request only)
Y
Y
Y
Y
N (request only)
Received
1-16
N
N
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Remarks
Wah Pedal
Volume Pedal
Amp Gain (0-127)
Amp Treble (0-127)
Amp Mid (0-127)
Amp Bass (0-127)
Amp Vol (0-127)
Presence (0-127)
Reverb Mix (0-127) *2
Amp Type (0-32) with default cabinet *3
Fx Type (0-15) with defaults *1
Fx off/on (0/127)
Reverb Send off/on (0/127)
Cabinet Type (0-15) *5
Reverb Type (0-8) *4
Noise Gate Level (0-15)
Drive off/on (0/127)
Wah off/position (0/1-127)
pre Effect Type (0-2) *6
pre Effect Par 1 *6
pre Effect Par 2 *6
pre Effect Par 3 *6
pre Effect Par 4 *6
Delay Type (0-2) *7
Delay Time hi (0-117) *8
Delay Time lo (0-127) *8
Delay Spread (0-127)
Delay Feedback (0-127)
Delay Mix (0-127) *9
post Fx Mode (0-6) *10
post Fx Par 1 *10
post Fx Par 2 *10
post Fx Par 3 *10
post Fx Mix (0-127) *11
Assign Effects Control (0-15) *1
61
N (request only)
Y
Amp Type (0-32) w/o cabinet change *3
64
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
Program Change
System Exclusive
System Common
System Real Time
Running Status
N
N
N (request only)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y (0-124)
Y
N
N
Y (2s Timeout)
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y (0-124,127)
Y
N
N
Y
Tap (Value > 63)
Request Controls (Value = 80)
Set Pos (0-15), Set Character (32-127)
Tuner Bypass Volume (0-127)
Tuner Center Frequency (25-55)
Configuration (0-4=S1,S2,L1,L2,L3)
Live EQ Treble (0-127)
Live EQ Mid (0-127)
Live EQ Bass (0-127)
127=Tuner
see SysEx Documentation
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Tab. 8.1: MIDI implementation
8. APPENDIX
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8.2 Default cabinets/amp models
1st level name
#
default cabinet simulation
2nd level name
#
default cabinet simulation
AMERICAN BLUES
2 4 x 10" VINTAGE BASS
AND DELUXE
2 4 x 10" VINTAGE BASS
MODERN CLASS A
9 2 x 12" US CLASS A
CUSTOM CLASS A
9 2 x 12" US CLASS A
TWEED COMBO
1 1 x 8" VINTAGE TWEED
SMALL COMBO
1 1 x 8" VINTAGE TWEED
CLASSIC CLEAN
8 2 x 12" TWIN COMBO
BLACK TWIN
8 2 x 12" TWIN COMBO
BRIT. BLUES
12 4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
AND CUSTOM
12 4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
BRIT. CLASS A
11 2 x 12" BRIT. '67
NON TOP BOOST
11 2 x 12" BRIT. '67
BRIT. CLASSIC
12 4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
CLASSIC 50 W
13 4 x 12" STANDARD '78
BRIT. HI GAIN
12 4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
BRIT. CLASS A 15 W
6 1 x 12" BRIT. '60
RECTIFIED HI GAIN 15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
RECTIFIED HEAD
15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
MODERN HI GAIN
15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
SAVAGE BEAST
13 4 x 12" STANDARD '78
FUZZ BOX
14 4 x 12" OFF AXIS
CUSTOM HI GAIN
15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
ULTIMATE V-AMP
15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
ULTIMATE PLUS
15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
DRIVE V-AMP
15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
CALIF. DRIVE
4 1 x 12" MID COMBO
CRUNCH V-AMP
15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
CUSTOM DRIVE
5 1 x 12" BLACKFACE
CLEAN V-AMP
15 4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
CALIF. CLEAN
4 1 x 12" MID COMBO
CUSTOM CLEAN
5 1 x 12" BLACKFACE
TUBE PREAMP
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no cab simulation for use on vocals
Tab. 8.2: Default cabinets/amp models
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8. APPENDIX
V-AMP 2
9. SPECIFICATIONS
AUDIO INPUTS
Guitar input
Input impedance
Aux inputs
Input impedance
1/4" mono phone jack, unbalanced
approx. 1 MΩ
1/4" stereo connector, balanced
approx. 50 kΩ
AUDIO OUTPUTS
Line outputs
Output impedance
S/N ratio
Headphones
1/4" stereo connector, balanced
approx. 2 kΩ
90 dB @ preamp bypass
1/4" stereo phone jack
MIDI INTERFACE
Type
5-pos. DIN jacks IN / OUT
DIGITAL PROCESSING
Converters
Sampling rate
DSP
Delay time
24-Bit Delta-Sigma, 64/128 oversampling
31.250 kHz
100 Mips
max. 1,933 ms
DISPLAY
Type
2-digit numeric LED
POWER SUPPLY
Power consumption
13 W
DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Weight
approx. 2 1/2" (63 mm) x 9 1/4" (236 mm) x 7 1/8" (180 mm)
approx. 1.2 kg
BEHRINGER constantly strives to maintain the highest quality standards. Modifications may be made, if necessary, without prior
notice. The specifications and appearance of the equipment may therefore differ from those listed or illustrated.
9. SPECIFICATIONS
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V-AMP 2
10. WARRANTY
§ 1 WARRANTY CARD/ONLINE REGISTRATION
To be protected by the extended warranty, the buyer must
complete and return the enclosed warranty card within 14 days
of the date of purchase to BEHRINGER Spezielle Studiotechnik
GmbH, in accordance with the conditions stipulated in § 3. Failure
to return the card in due time (date as per postmark) will void any
extended warranty claims. Based on the conditions herein, the
buyer may also choose to use the online registration option via
the Internet (www.behringer.com or www.behringer.de).
§ 2 WARRANTY
1. BEHRINGER (BEHRINGER Spezielle Studiotechnik GmbH
including all BEHRINGER subsidiaries listed on the enclosed page,
except BEHRINGER Japan) warrants the mechanical and
electronic components of this product to be free of defects in
material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year* from the
original date of purchase, in accordance with the warranty
regulations described below. If the product shows any defects
within the specified warranty period that are not excluded from
this warranty as described under § 3 and 4, BEHRINGER shall, at
its discretion, either replace or repair the product using suitable
new or reconditioned parts. In the case that other parts are used
which constitute an improvement, BEHRINGER may, at its
discretion, charge the customer for the additional cost of these
parts.
2. If the warranty claim proves to be justified, the product will be
returned to the user freight prepaid.
3. Warranty claims other than those indicated above are expressly
excluded.
§ 3 RETURN AUTHORIZATION NUMBER
1. To obtain warranty service, the buyer (or his authorized dealer)
must call BEHRINGER (see enclosed list) during normal business
hours BEFORE returning the product. All inquiries must be
accompanied by a description of the problem. BEHRINGER will
then issue a return authorization number.
2. Subsequently, the product must be returned in its original
shipping carton, together with the return authorization number to
the address indicated by BEHRINGER.
3. Shipments without freight prepaid will not be accepted.
§ 4 WARRANTY REGULATIONS
1. Warranty services will be furnished only if the product is
accompanied by a copy of the original retail dealer’s invoice.
Any product deemed eligible for repair or replacement by
BEHRINGER under the terms of this warranty will be repaired or
replaced within 30 days of receipt of the product at BEHRINGER.
2. If the product needs to be modified or adapted in order to
comply with applicable technical or safety standards on a national
or local level, in any country which is not the country for which
the product was originally developed and manufactured, this
modification/adaptation shall not be considered a defect in
materials or workmanship. The warranty does not cover any
such modification/adaptation, irrespective of whether it was
carried out properly or not. Under the terms of this warranty,
BEHRINGER shall not be held responsible for any cost resulting
from such a modification/adaptation.
3. Free inspections and maintenance/repair work are expressly
excluded from this warranty, in particular, if caused by improper
handling of the product by the user. This also applies to defects
caused by normal wear and tear, in particular, of faders,
potentiometers, keys/buttons and similar parts.
4. Damages/defects caused by the following conditions are not
covered by this warranty:
V improper handling, neglect or failure to operate the unit in
compliance with the instructions given in BEHRINGER user
or service manuals.
V connection or operation of the unit in any way that does not
comply with the technical or safety regulations applicable in
the country where the product is used.
V damages/defects caused by force majeure or any other
condition that is beyond the control of BEHRINGER.
5. Any repair or opening of the unit carried out by unauthorized
personnel (user included) will void the warranty.
6. If an inspection of the product by BEHRINGER shows that the
defect in question is not covered by the warranty, the inspection
costs are payable by the customer.
7. Products which do not meet the terms of this warranty will be
repaired exclusively at the buyer’s expense. BEHRINGER will
inform the buyer of any such circumstance. If the buyer fails to
submit a written repair order within 6 weeks after notification,
BEHRINGER will return the unit C.O.D. with a separate invoice
for freight and packing. Such costs will also be invoiced
separately when the buyer has sent in a written repair order.
§ 5 WARRANTY TRANSFERABILITY
This warranty is extended exclusively to the original buyer
(customer of retail dealer) and is not transferable to anyone
who may subsequently purchase this product. No other person
(retail dealer, etc.) shall be entitled to give any warranty promise
on behalf of BEHRINGER.
§ 6 CLAIM FOR DAMAGES
Failure of BEHRINGER to provide proper warranty service shall
not entitle the buyer to claim (consequential) damages. In no
event shall the liability of BEHRINGER exceed the invoiced value
of the product.
§ 7 OTHER WARRANTY RIGHTS AND NATIONAL LAW
1. This warranty does not exclude or limit the buyer’s statutory
rights provided by national law, in particular, any such rights
against the seller that arise from a legally effective purchase
contract.
2. The warranty regulations mentioned herein are applicable
unless they constitute an infringement of national warranty law.
* Customers in the European Union please contact BEHRINGER
Germany Support for further details.
The information contained in this manual is subject to change without notice. No part of this manual may be reproduced or
transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording of any kind, for any
purpose, without the express written permission of BEHRINGER Spezielle Studiotechnik GmbH.
All the registered trademarks, names of musicians and groups are the property of their respective owners
and are in no way associated with BEHRINGER.
BEHRINGER, V-AMP and BLUE DEVIL are registered trademarks. BEHRINGER Instrument Amplification is a Division of BEHRINGER.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. © 2002 BEHRINGER Spezielle Studiotechnik GmbH.
BEHRINGER Spezielle Studiotechnik GmbH, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Str. 36-38, 47877 Willich-Münchheide II, Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 21 54 / 92 06-0, Fax +49 (0) 21 54 / 92 06-30
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