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  • 4 all-new plus 28 improved amp models multiplied by 15 speaker cabinet simulations give you a total of 480 virtual combos
  • USB audio interface included, featuring stereo I/O, optical S/PDIF out, direct monitoring and separate control for phones out
  • No-latency guitar-to-PC recording - edit and monitor your sound on your V-AMP 3 and record straight to your PC
  • Studio quality multi-effects including reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, rotary, auto-wah, echo, delay, compressor and various effects combinations
  • 125 memory locations pre-arranged for many popular styles and embedded in the acclaimed intuitive V-AMP user interface
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  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.1 x 3.1 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002BXLZ7Q
  • Item model number: V-AMP3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,193 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Next-Generation Virtual Guitar Amplifier with USB Audio Interface and energyXT2.5 Recording Software

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If a lack of money and floor space is all that's been standing between you and a home recording studio full of wicked vintage guitar amps and effects pedals, get ready to love the V-AMP 3. This red rocker comes loaded with 32 amp models, 15 speaker cabinet models and 16 classic effects. But that's only the beginning--you also get the UCA222 USB audio interface and free energyXT2.5 Compact software. In short, the V-AMP3 gives you the power to start recording a molten magnum opus in no time!

This red rocker comes loaded with 32 amp models, 15 speaker cabinet models and 16 classic effects. Click to enlarge.

Stereo 1/4-inch line out and auxiliary input with volume control.

Includes XT Software's energyXT for recording right out of the box.

View control diagram. Click to enlarge.

Turn Your Home Into a Hit Factory--In Seconds!
Hook the V-AMP3 up to your computer using the included 1/4" TRS-to-RCA cable and UCA222 USB interface. Connect V-AMP3 Phones output with the stereo line inputs of UCA222, and switch its direct monitoring function on. Then connect the UCA222 USB cable to your computer. You can monitor the signal with the UCA222's headphone jack. (This is also a great way to jam along with the MP3's on your computer). From there, the amazing energyXT2.5 DAW (digital audio workstation) makes it easy to manipulate your audio and MIDI files, turning song ideas into stunning CD or web-ready recordings. energyXT2.5 includes its own multi-FX processor, built-in synthesizers and a drum machine, both of which can be accessed by any controller keyboard, such as the UMA25S or UMX series, or programmed in step-write mode.

Any Classic You Like
The V-AMP 3's 32 amp models are organized into four groups: CLEAN, BLUES, METAL and ROCK. Just twist the dedicated dial to plug into unbelievably authentic simulations of the greatest British and American tube amps from the 1950s to today. You even get models of uncommon--yet renowned--boutique tube amps! When you select an amp model, a speaker cabinet model is automatically selected. But if you'd prefer a different model, just go to EDIT>CABINETS, then use the BANK UP/DOWN buttons to navigate through all 15 options.

Just like on an actual guitar amp, you've got a three-band EQ, GAIN, REVERB, VOLUME and MASTER VOLUME dials. By holding the TAP button, the TREBLE dial becomes a PRESENCE control. This enables the adjustment of a high-frequency filter that can add or remove a "shimmer" from the V-AMP 3's tone.

Top Tone--In Full Effect
The V-AMP 3 gives you flanger, chorus, compression, delay and 12 other beautiful digital effects to apply to your sound. Adjust the effect's level in the mix via the EFFECTS dial. To adjust effect parameters, you can rhythmically press the TAP button to alter delay times or LFO speeds, or hold down the TAP button and twist the EFFECTS knob to access e.g. feedback or depth. By using a MIDI pedal, such as the BEHRINGER FCB1010, you can access an additional Wah Wah effect. You can adjust the filter characteristic by entering EDIT mode, selecting the DRIVE menu and turning the EFFECTS knob while holding the TAP button.

Presenting the Presets
All of these elements have been combined into 125 different presets divided into 25 banks, accessible through the BANK UP/ BANK DOWN buttons. Within each bank, you can press buttons A through E to explore its different presets. You can also create and save your own presets. Start by selecting a preset, then making any changes you wish: amp, EQ, effect, etc. The preset LED will begin to flash, indicating that the V-AMP 3 is ready to save your settings. To do this, hold the preset button down for about two seconds. Once the LED stops flashing, you have saved the modified preset. On top of all this, the V-AMP 3 also features a built-in tuner and noise gate. In essence, it's a Swiss Army Knife for the home recording enthusiast or gigging guitarist who can't seem to settle on one amp.

Stunning in the Studio
The V-AMP 3 features several configurations that make it an invaluable asset in the studio. Access the configuration menu by pressing the B and D buttons at the same time. Then use BANK UP and BANK DOWN to select a configuration.

When using headphones, the V-AMP 3 will switch into Studio Mode 1 (S1). This stereo mode works well for both monitoring and recording with effects, amp and speaker modeling. It doesn't apply the additional three-band EQ to the signal, but most recording programs--like energyXT2.5--have their own EQ. In Studio Mode 2 (S2), the V-AMP 3 sends a signal with amp and speaker simulation, but only the right output has effects. You can either record both left and right outputs to separate tracks, or record the "dry" left output while monitoring the right output.

Stellar on Stage
The V-AMP 3 has three live configurations. When performing live with this device, you can either run it to an amp on stage, run directly to the mixing board, or both. Live Mode 1 is the best choice for running the outputs directly to the mixer, because it applies amp and speaker simulation, effects and an additional 3-band EQ.

Use Live Mode 2 to run the V-AMP 3 into the effects return inputs of 2 different guitar amps. This configuration does not feature speaker simulation, allowing the amplifier's natural speaker sound to go unaltered. In this scenario, the amps would be mic'd on stage to get the sound to the house speakers, and having a dedicated monitor would be less important. In Live Mode 3, you can send the left output to an amp's effects return for onstage volume, while the right output sends signal to the main mixer for inclusion in the main house mix. Also note that you can press the TAP key while turning the GAIN knob to adjust the input sensitivity to match the output of your guitar's pickups. If the CLIP LED lights, the input's sensitivity should be reduced.

Veni, MIDI, Vici
The V-AMP 3 comes fully equipped to fit right into a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) setup. It can be controlled in real time from a computer, or via a MIDI foot controller during a live performance. Its MIDI connectors are international-standard 5-pin DIN connectors. You will need dedicated MIDI cables (not included).

The MIDI IN jack receives MIDI controller data. It can be adjusted in EDIT mode by pressing the A button and then using the arrow keys. MIDI OUT/THRU sends data to a computer. You can transmit both preset data and parameter changes. Some people even use the V-AMP as a remote control for parameters of their DAW or VST instruments, which is more handy than using the mouse alone. If set to MIDI THRU, the V-AMP 3 does not send its own MIDI information, but passes on the signal received at the MIDI IN connector.

What's in the Box
Behringer V-AMP3, Power Cable, User's Manual

Customer Reviews

Best bang for the buck.
Wes Reppeto
As I had a great digital recording interface already, I tossed the included USB one aside.
Clam Canoe
I am still shocked at how great sounding this thing is and how much use I get out of it.
Franklin J. Rabon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Franklin J. Rabon on December 16, 2010
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I am still shocked at how great sounding this thing is and how much use I get out of it. I haven't had a single issue with it, other than the fact that its kind of ugly and isn't as cool looking as a Marshall Half stack or Fender Twin.

First thing you will want to do when you buy this amp is do a google search for behringer v amp 3, find the official behringer page for this and dowload and print out the full manual for this thing. The included manual in the box is pretty bad. The full manual goes into MUCH more detail. A slight, but easily remedied annoyance.

Secondly, It's kinda ugly. I don't know why the decided it needed to be in the shape of a guitar, it kinda lends to a kitschy feel that is aided by the red plastic (I guess they were trying to make it kinda look like a Line 6 POD?)

Thirdly, the interface takes a little getting used to, and isn't super convenient if you decide you want a different sound while playing in a club with it. Hard to fault it here though, as with the number of options you have, I don't really know how it could be easy to come up with something new in a dimly lit club. There is an easy solution, just limit yourself to the presets you created at home while onstage.

Now that those relatively minor negatives are out of the way, lets get to the positives.

1) Tone for days! My best friend plays a '63 Fender Strat through a '65 Twin, a vintage Marshall Plexi, a Fender Vibroverb (actually its two numbers away in the serial number from SRV's Vibroverb) and several other super legit amps. We go back and forth writing songs and after I got this he kept remarking on how good my tone was, I told him he was in for a surprise when he actually came over.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By UnexplodedCow on November 18, 2011
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The V-amp3, put simply, is very good (not just for the money).

I've spent nearly a year playing with it, and this processor offers very good value and performance, not just for the money, but overall.

The soundcard itself is small, and USB powered. Windows 7 will automatically install drivers, which work just fine, although the Behringer ones seem to offer a little better functionality.

I have not used the included recording software, and can't comment on it.

The V-amp3 itself is mostly what I use, and nearly on a daily basis. The EQ has a broad enough control to work with bright and dark sounding electric guitars. I have not used this with acoustics.

The compressor is sensitive and, when set low, is a nice touch, with a similar response to a Boss unit. It can be set way too high, however, making for some overly compressed sounds, and a bit of noise.

Distortions: this unit simply shines with good ones. Some sound a bit digital, but most are very good, and compared to a POD or Korg AX1000G (which I've used for years) this thing has a more natural, analog sound.

Reverb: light reverb on this unit is good, but takes on a "small room" sound too quickly, and can affect the tone at higher levels. It's best to leave this on low. The echoes and delays, however, are much better and transparent, leaving a nicely resonant echo sound. Teamed with a little reverb, it makes for a very good slap-back echo. Tap tempo can also make a huge difference here.

The built-in tuner is quite handy, and can mute the sound (unless the program volume knob is turned up).

The unit runs a touch warm toward the power connector, but is vented.
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Pardon my long review here, but it details the long and winding road that led me to buy a V-Amp.

I've been playing heavy stuff for the better part of 20 years. From Testament and Pantera heavy chunky stuff, to brutal death metal, to my current project which could be classified as modern melodic doom metal (Saturnus, early Katatonia, Betray My Secrets, Cryptal Darkness, My Dying Bride, etc)

I've always been on the quest for better amazing heavy but defined (and not cookie-cutter) tone. I'm super ultra particular about sound and tones in general. Definitely very much a techie and a gear guy.

While in recording school in 1995 I was very lucky to come across a guy desperation-selling a truly one-of-a-kind custom shop neck-thru ESP with an EMG 81 in bridge only, and the original hardshell ESP case, both for $600. It had volume, tone, and the one EMG. It also had a Floyd Rose - I detest floating tremolos - so I had it "blocked" so it didn't move. A straight-up metal guitar with reverse headstock, and my first EMG 81. This was really my first true extreme metal guitar. My main guitar before the ESP was a prototype S-series Ibanez which was actually made for Satriani that I found for cheap, used at a local music store.

Anyway. Soon after getting the ESP, I began experimenting with low tuning - down to B and lower with thick strings. At the time I had an enormous heavy rack full of equipment to "almost" achieve the sound I was looking for. I had an expensive tube preamp (ADA MP1) running into two or three other units in the 9-space - very heavy - rack. One notable was a 31-band EQ which almost allowed me to shape the tone into what I was looking for. Almost. From the MP1 and EQ I went into a 300W Crown power amp, into a full-range PA cabinet. Sounds crazy, right?
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