Blackstar INSIDER Release Notes

IMPORTANT NOTE: when updating to the latest version of firmware always connect the amplifier to a main USB port (usually found on the on the rear of your desktop PC or Mac). Never use a front mounted USB port, USB hub or a USB extension cable.

Before upgrading any amplifier we suggest you always back up your patches from your amplifier memory to your local INSIDER patch library, stored on your computer’s hard drive. This is achieved by connecting your amplifier to INSIDER via USB and right-clicking your amplifier patch within the INSIDER workspace and selecting ‘IMPORT PATCH TO LIBRARY’. You can back up all patches in one action by multi-selecting all patches: left-click the first patch, then hold the SHIFT key on your keyboard whilst left-clicking the last patch.

    PREVIOUS RELEASES

INSIDER Updates

  • Bug fix for activating a patch from the Local Library – thanks to our community for identifying this bug!

INSIDER Updates

  • Various bug fixes and support for new products
  • Added user-controllable settings for ID:Core High Power FS-13 2-button footswitch
  • Updated ‘What’s This?’ user support content; right-click INSIDER controls for helpful tips and support information

ID:Core 10/20/40 V2

ID:Core High Power - 100 & 150

  • New v1.3.0 firmware:
    • Now with 4-channel USB audio with updated audio modes and easy Reamping
    • Record stereo emulated, preamp out and clean guitar DI USB audio streams simultaneously
    • Updated Clean Voicing for improved handling of high output pickups
    • Added user-controllable settings for FS-13 2-button footswitch
    • Increased level of effects when Super Wide Stereo setting is off to match level when on

ID:Series

  • New v1.5.3 firmware for all models:
    • Improved noise performance, with new INSIDER option to fully disable noise reduction feature on Crunch and Super Crunch Voices
    • Fixed bug in delay time on mono models

INSIDER Updates

  • ID:Core High Power connectivity
  • New FS-12 Footcontroller window for ID:Core High Power
  • Fixed bug regarding some effect rates/tempos and pot laws
  • Fixed bug in comparing some patches using the INSIDER Compare feature
  • Fixed bug stopping patches from being loaded with no amp connected
  • Fixed bug which stopped some effects patches being loaded
  • Fixed localisation bug for users with custom date/time formats
  • Various other improvements

ID:Core High Power Updates

  • ID:Core High Power FS-12 Footcontroller Compatibility

INSIDER Updates

  • ID:Core High Power connectivity
  • New FS-12 Footcontroller window for ID:Core High Power
  • Fixed bug regarding some effect rates/tempos and pot laws
  • Fixed bug in comparing some patches using the INSIDER Compare feature
  • Fixed bug stopping patches from being loaded with no amp connected
  • Fixed bug which stopped some effects patches being loaded
  • Fixed localisation bug for users with custom date/time formats
  • Various other improvements

ID:CORE Updates

  • ID:Core firmware v1.2.1
  • Firmware release for ID:Core 40 Head
  • Voicing improvements to ID:Core Stereo 20 and ID:Core Stereo 40
  • Addition of ID:Core BEAM Advanced Features to all ID:Core models
    • Independent music playback volume control
    • USB recording level control
    • See ID:Core product handbook for full details - Download Here

INSIDER Updates

  • Support for ID:Core 40 Head
  • Support for Mac OS® X 10.11 El Capitan

INSIDER Updates

  • ID:Core BEAM connectivity
  • ID:Core BEAM control features
  • v1.1.1 ID:Core BEAM firmware

ID:Core Updates

  • ID:Core Firmware v1.1.2
  • Noise Gate and Super Wide Stereo settings persist through power cycle
  • Fixed patch compare
  • Fixed sound change coming out of Tuner Mode
  • Various other improvements

INSIDER Updates

  • Fixes to effects patch saving
  • Fixes to recognizing recently downloaded patches

ID:Series Updates

  • Super Wide Stereo now available on ID:260TVP live sound See demonstration video here
  • Super Wide Stereo now available on all ID:Series models for recording/playback via the Emulated Output and USB Audio

INSIDER Updates

  • Super Wide Stereo On/Off user-controllable via INSIDER and MIDI (CC #70)
  • Record ID:Series and ID:Core over USB using an iOS device and an Apple Camera Connection Kit/Lightning to USB Camera Adapter See demonstration video here
  • Further recording improvements including an increased USB output level on all models, and a speaker mute option for ID:Core via INSIDER for use when recording or monitoring via USB
  • Various bug fixes, including Noise Gate control of ID:Core via INSIDER

ID:Core Updates

  • ID:CORE Firmware v1.0.2
  • Patch loading fixes
  • Foot controller fixes

INSIDER Updates

  • New USB connection code for Mac® OSX®
  • Fixed crash bug when closing INSIDER on Mac® OSX®
  • Renewed support for Mac® OSX® 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)
  • Added features to help identify common faults

ID:Core Series

  • INSIDER support for connection to the NEW ID:Core Series amplifiers
  • Latest v1.0.0 firmware included

ID:Series Updates

  • USB Audio improvements, including low-latency recording with generic ASIO drivers
  • USB Audio extended to 44.1k sample rate in addition to the original 48k
  • Extended TAP ‘shift’ functionality for ID:15TVP and ID:30TVP - hold the TAP switch and change the Bass, Treble and ISF controls to gain access to Resonance, Presence and Middle parameters respectively
  • Effects loop controllable via MIDI (Control Change #69). Effects loop should be activated within INSIDER; see the latest handbooks
  • Save patch command via MIDI set to CC#119
  • Line In can now be used without a cable in the instrument input to bypass the master muting
  • Tuner improvements
  • Line out level and USB out level increased
  • Voicing improvements to the ID:15TVP and ID:30TVP
  • Preamp improvements

INSIDER Updates

  • Multi-select and sync patches
  • Save Layout on Exit fixes for PC
  • USB audio device improvements for Mac
  • Further support for latest operating systems
  • Compatibility fixes for Mac® OS X® 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • Compatibility fixes for Windows® 8.1®
  • USB Connection fixes
  • New logos
  • Assorted bug fixes
  • Automatic check for updates
  • Effects loop functionality (line input = effects return emulated output = effects send)
  • USB audio enhancements
  • Chopper effects added to tremolo
  • Expanded audio routing option
  • Artist patches available
  • General bug fixes
  • Includes v1.2.5.1 features

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to refresh your usb properties as per the following page if you are running Windows: Refresh USB Audio Settings

  • Upload your own patches to the Blackstar Online Community
  • Includes v1.2.5.0 features

The amp will need a factory reset at power up to activate the noise gate feature. Please refer to the user manual for instructions on performing a factory reset. NOTE: factory resetting your amp will overwrite all user-saved patches. Please save any patches from the amp to Blackstar INSIDER before performing the factory reset.

  • Noise gate added to OD channels. This has 3 settings. Off, Low and High and by default it is set to Low
  • New voicing added
  • Tuner

The amp will need a factory reset at power up to activate the noise gate feature. Please refer to the user manual for instructions on performing a factory reset. NOTE: factory resetting your amp will overwrite all user-saved patches. Please save any patches from the amp to Blackstar INSIDER before performing the factory reset.

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insider@blackstaramps.com

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Blackstar's Insider software includes everything you'll need to download, install and run the programme. If you run into difficulty with the Insider software, here's what you should do:

  1. Check the FAQ page. If you've hit a stumbling block you probably won't be the first. You'll find solutions to most common issues here.
  2. Download the handbook and read through it. All functionality is described and explained here
  3. Check the system requirements against your PC or Mac. You'll need a computer that's capable of running the software.
  4. If you've not solved the problem by now, use our contact form to contact our software support team.

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