Blackstar ID:Core BEAM 2x10-watt 2x3" Bluetooth Combo Amp

20-watt 2x3" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Bluetooth Connectivity and 12 Amp Voices - Black
Blackstar ID:Core BEAM 2x10-watt 2x3
Blackstar ID:Core BEAM 2x10-watt 2x3
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An Ideal Home Amp

The Blackstar ID:Core BEAM portable combo amplifier has everything you need for great guitar tones in a single package, including Bluetooth playback. Now you can jam out with your favorite songs in a simple and easy-to-use product. Not just another one-trick pony, the ID:Core BEAM is packed with six great-sounding amp voicings that will cover any music style. You'll love the big stereo sound from dual power amps and a pair of 3" speakers. Factor in Blackstar's patented ISF tone shaping, built-in effects, and direct recording via USB, and you'll see how the Blackstar ID:Core BEAM is the perfect mobile amp for musicians on the go.

Blackstar ID:Core BEAM Portable Combo Amplifier Features:
  • Portable stereo combo amplifier with Bluetooth playback
  • 6 guitar amp voicings and built-in effects including reverb, delay, and more
  • Dual 10-watt power amps for true stereo sound
  • 2 x 3" speakers
  • Patented ISF tone shaping lets you capture the sound of American amps, British amps, or a blend of both
  • USB connectivity for easy recording directly to your computer and editing sounds

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Blackstar ID:Core BEAM 2x10-Watt Bluetooth Guitar Combo Amp Demo by Sweetwater Sound
Blackstar ID:Core BEAM Combo Amplifier - Sweetwater at Winter NAMM 2015

Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Total Power 20W
Speaker Size 2 x 3"
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
Inputs 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"
Outputs 1 x 1/8"
Height 6.65"
Width 11.46"
Depth 6.53"
Weight 8.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number IDCOREBEAM

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
Based on 5 reviews
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5/5

Hands down the best home recording rig for me

Just before I bought this amp I had to sell my Orange Dark Terror and Mesa Cab since I was in between bands and I needed money to pay some bills. So after I met my financial obligations I had about $300 left. I was looking for a practice amp since I was not playing shows at the moment. I choose the BEAM b/c it sounded amazing, the price and amazing features that you've read or seen in videos. For me the sound was/is amazing without using the software. This is the ultimate home recording rig/practice amp. I was blown away at how good the amps sims sounded and all the features it came with and such a small price tag. As for the other user who returned his BEAM I am not having any of those issues...Mine works amazing with my 2009 Mac Pro running El Capitan. I have used this to record to my MacPro into Garageband and Logic via the BEAMs USB. I recorded in to my iPad mini 4 using the camera connection kit with the apps Garageband and Cubasis. I use the Super Crunch setting for my pop punk rock tones with a touch of reverb. I have also used the bass settings and although I am not a bass player they sound amazing as well. I do not have an acoustic guitar so I have never used those settings. I love the advance features that let you control the stereo spread, and the bluetooth music player. I trust in the BEAM so much that I am currently recording my EP with only the BEAM.
Music background: singer, songwriter of pop punk rock
4.5/5

I have had this amp for about a year.

I haven't tried to plug this thing into a computer, so I cannot comment on that functionality. But I needed a practice amp that could handle guitar work and bass work. I didn't need anything more than just something to run a regular practice routine and this fits the bill. But c'mon man, 300 bucks would buy you a couple of good practice amps. Ah-ha!!! You are correct if you think that, but here is why I am such a fan of this bad boy.I have also been using it as a portable bluetooth speaker for my various mobile devices. In various environments. In small to medium rooms the bass actually is a bit over powering and you will need to adjust your device through an equalizer to really get it dialed in. The bluetooth operates as more of a "Line In" functionality, so the volume and tone knobs do not adjust the volume of this feature. Which make sense if you are using to play along with. I have pushed it outdoors with about 3/4 volume on the device and have been very happy with the results. Just make sure you have access to an AC outlet and off you go. I would put it up against any other portable speaker solution that I have seen.My only gripe is that something this portable really needs a handle or a carrying case. Right now, I just use an old gym bag. I think the versatility of this device well worth the price tag, and I have very satisfied with this purchase.
4.5/5

Blackstar ID:Core BEAM

Had this amplifier for less than a week - I have not tried computer connection yet or all the permutations on the amp itself so I intend to revisit for an updated review in the future.The sound from this little beauty is truly astonishing - enable Modulation and Delays and the Stereo sound picture becomes almost 3D - very interesting! As most of my work revolves around home studio work I'm looking forward to using it seriously.By the way, Blackstar, I'd still appreciate a handle of some kind for toting it around - please!I'm mostly a guitarist but have recently taken up the Bass. Both Bass amp sections are very good but do experiment. A Precision sounds cool through "Acoustic Guitar." Very woody and I added a tad of Chorus and even (dare I say it) some room reverb.........
Music background: In music business since 1967
3/5

I returned it

This is a great sounding unit and worth the price. I returned mine because I have an iMac and to get the 1,000's of users tone, you have to download MS Silverlight to save or download tones, and Silverlight always crashed. I spent hours on forums and trying to get it to work. The guitar tones are very good, the rock tones are better. The acoustic tones were very nice with the full range speakers. I really would have like to get some of the tones on the Blackstar videos, but it was not to be. The Bluetooth music player is great. I played some lossless audio tracks through it and found it be excellent. I would have loved to have kept this unit. Maybe, the Android app works better. The Sweetwater video demo had this unit sorted out well and the demo-er had downloaded some great tones. In future reviews, it would be nice to know the app and ease on app use.
1/5

Cannot pair with iPad 4

Cannot pair with iPad 4

Sweetwater Advice

Blackstar ID:Core BEAM

The acoustic 2 voice projected warm and woody tones from my bridgeplate pickup-equipped dread. Dialing in different flavors ranging from tape delay to chorus to spring reverb was right there at my fingertips, and when done playing, I had a nice-sounding desktop stereo to wirelessly stream Katy Perry (for my daughter)....
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