Review of the Peavey Vypyr 30
03-29-2011 09:48 AM
Overall I really happy with the Vypyr. I think for $200 you can't go wrong. I bought this amp so I wouldn't have to haul my rack and amp to play at church. It gives me the sound I need and the ability to adjust presets on the fly. Example a couple of weeks ago we did a song called Glorious Day by Casting Crowns that I need a tremolo effect on one part of the song. Just added the tremolo effect adjusted the sweep speed to an existing preset saved it and I was done. I think in time Peavey will make improvements to the amp and it will only get better. One day would like to get the tube version of this amp.
I think Peavey has done a great job with the layout of this amp. The order of the effects, amp models and rack effects are in the order you would expect them. You have so many amp models to choose from it really gives you the option for so many sounds and just add the effects you need. One big plus for me is the ability to have four effects in the sound chain with a floor pedal effect, rack effect and then the delay and/or reverb. I do wish they had added an effects loop to add my rockman 12 band eq to really tone in the overall sound.
I have to say the effects are better than I excepted for a $200 amp. Some are not great but I do like most. The amp models are great especially on the clean models. You add a chorus, delay or reverb to the twin, deluxe and classic models and they just sparkle. The overdrive amp models are pretty good. I like the JSX, 6505 and really like the Marshall Rectifier. I am an old tune amp guy and I have an older Peavey Bandit amp with the Transtube technology and it sounds pretty close to that great tube sound. Th Vypyr is real close to the Bandit sound which makes us old tube guys happy.
I have only had my Vypyr since December of 2010 and have had no issues with it. Did a lot research before buying it was a little worried about people having issues with them freezing up on them. I play in church and have used this amp with no issues so far.
I think at first it might be a little scary on how to use/program the effects/amps presets on how you want them. I own some racks full of preamps and effects so this was not new to me. I think the setup is great and the interface to me is easy to use. Peavey does offer two pedal options for the Vypyr but for now I just use a Digitech RP1 midi pedal to change between the 12 presets you can have.
I have had no issues with my Vypyr so far but I have owned nothing but Peavey amps over the last thirty years and only had to have them service one thing and they did a great job on the repair as well as the communication.
Peavey Vypyr 30 Review
11-13-2010 03:25 PM
The amp would get a solid 10 if it did not have the mentioned gain problem. If you get the Sanperra 2 foot controller the amp goes from good to amazing.
The interface may confuse some, but for someone like me who grew up in a computer environment it all make sense. The What You See Is What You Get Interface is easy to maneuver around if you are someone who isn't attached to the simplistic 2 channel interface.
It would be a perfect 10 if it didn't have one small flaw. The amp was about a 5 on the Sound Quality until I removed the Peavey Blue Marvel and put in a Tone Tubby 40/40 speaker, it opened up the amp so much. The small flaw is on the distortion mainly. The flaw is in Peavey's modeling technique, the modeling system takes your guitar signal and ignores the output strength from the guitar pickups. This means that even if you have high output pickups you wont get any change in gain and this annoys me. I have some high output pickups in my guitar and was noticing I cant get lots of crunch from the Plexi model even if I crank the gain. This is caused by the ignoring of the guitar signal strength in the modeling equations. Other than that the amp is amazing, the cleans are awesome, the Peavey XXX clean plus a chorus can give you awesome Metallica cleans. The distortion is also awesome, as mentioned before it lacks some gain so to get a punchy palm mute sound I have to put a Tube Screamer model in front. Other than that it is good. The only effects I have problems with are the Octaver and the Reverser. The Octaver tracks horribly, and the Reverser is kind of useless to me. I would have preferred an Acoustic Simulator in place or something like that. All the other effects are pretty well done though.
I have had it freeze up only once or twice and I haven't updated the firmware yet.
Using this amp is a breeze if you get how the inteface works. The manual is helpful and informative.
I have never had to deal with them yet.
03-17-2010 12:00 AM
01-13-2010 12:00 AM
This amp is VERY loud it is as loud as my Laney LC30II all valve amp. Wish the amp had a USB out for direct recording like the 75w (but no biggie) and an fx loop would have been nice but having said that there's enough high quality effects on here to make my pedals redundant.
I was on the pursuit for something i could play at bedroom volumes and gig and looked at both the Digi Design Eleven Rack and Axe FX as well as power reduction methods such as Power Scaling before deciding on the Vypyr.
I've only had it a week and have been playing it with my Peavey Wolfgang. Managed to do a blind test with my friend who owns a Mesa Boogie Express and asked him to guess my new amp (gave him the 2 fender cleans and the 2 Mesa sounds), i cranked the amps volume to 2.5 im my garage and his guess was that i had bought a Mesa Stiletto.
The one thing this amp has over Line 6 Vettas and other modelling gear three times it's price is that it sounds organic, the cleans sparkle and the heavy tones are authentic with lots of bite. The amp also responds well to individual guitars and changes in tone and volume pots.
01-02-2010 12:00 AM
As for the other effects, a whole bunch were quite useless - like reverse odd sounding flanges. But they were fine. The autowah wasn't as good as others I have played.
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11-20-2009 12:00 AM
I would not hesitate to buy another one, and may look at the tube60 version in the future, or if they release a Mk2 Vypyr!
I pretty much love it, it would be better with the footswitch.
I hate the headphone out personally, but others seem to think it's fine.
I compared it to Vox VT amps, and Line6 and found it superior, for me.
I wish it had a switch for the cab sim on the record/headphone jack.
I find a new tone with this everyday, and actually liked it more since owning it a while. The reverse usually happens when the novelty of something wears off.
Covers pretty much everything from sparkling clean to meltdown distortion.
It could use an effects loop particularly to add an eq after the distortion, but the tonestack is very effective on it's own.
One nice thing would be to disable the built in cabinet sim on the line out, because there are better ways to add a cab in the computer, and the cabinet emulation is not good on the vypyr headphone jack. That's not why I bought the amp and would prefer to mic it anyhow.
It's been plenty loud, but is still easy to get a good low volume sound.
It sounds just fine with that guitar, would prefer a better one, but the amp doesn't sound fake or bad at all with it.
Haven't noticed much noise unless you run the pedals full blast into a high gain model. The onboard noise gate does a good job, and hasn't got in the way for me.
The amp has excellent mid to high gain distortion, and good clean sounds.
It is however easier to dial in hard rock tones than others, and more of the models cater toward this.
It's just a little harder to get good clean sounds, and some amps might do better at that. They are good, just not as outstanding as the dirty sounds.
This amp is the best modeling amp, and more so for the price. It really reacts well to your playing and has nice tube sag feel. Not real 1 dimensional like some amps in this field.
I know others have had crashes or even defective ones.
I emailed them a question about the post gain knob (it does affect tone)
and they got right back to me.
I wouldn't worry about getting help if there were a problem with it!
09-17-2009 12:00 AM
if it were gone I'd never miss it
The controls are way to fussy for me. i read the manual, i have been able to navigate the protocals and I bought the pedal to faciltate ease and still it is way to cumbersome. i like an amp that I can navigate on the fly during a live performance and not have to think to do so.
Having said that it is a great little amp for the price and would be fine for alot of players that aren't looking for as much diversity as I apparently am.
08-13-2009 12:00 AM
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I have been playing for 15 years or so. I play mostly rock, blues, funk, hard rock, and pop styles. I don't have a lot of experience playing high end tube amps (never had the money for that), but I listen to a lot of music and know the sounds that I like.
For $200, this amp is really amazing. It has nice effects that are very usable, and the amp models are very, very good. For what you get I think the amp is worth 3 or 4 times the price (don't tell Peavey that - I will probably want to buy another one!)
I've had this amp only about a week and a half (so take my review for what it's worth), but I have played it a LOT during that time. I've spent a lot of time dialing in the sounds I want and experimenting with how to control it from my foot pedals.
Speaking of foot pedals, I want to make a couple notes regarding that:
The amp has 12 presets that can be accessed from the front panel, and that can be tweaked and saved by the user. However, the buttons are fairly small, I think that unless you are never doing anything besides playing for fun in your bedroom, you will need some kind of foot-switch. Even just to change from clean to overdrive is really not possible on the fly without some kind of foot-switch. Maybe that goes without saying.
Anyway, no foot-switch is included with this amp, so you have to purchase something if you don't already have something that will work. There are a few options here:
*Peavey sells the Sanpera I and II footswitches that go for $99 and $199 respectively and extend the capabilities of the amp a bit (allows for use of wah feature, pitch shift, etc.). The Sanpera II also gives you an additional 400 user presets.
*The amp will respond to MIDI signals, so you can also use a MIDI footswitch, however, the functionality from a regular MIDI footswitch is limited (at the time of this writing). You can check out the forum (link listed above) for more info about that. There seems to be some indication that Peavey will release further MIDI information in the future. There is some discussion on the forums about using a Behringer FCB1010 with the Vypyr. Since my GT-6 will send some MIDI signals, I've been able to use that to control the Vypyr, and I'm pretty satisfied with that. The biggest limitation I'm running into there is that I can only access the 12 presets on the Vypyr (I wish I could use more presets).
The bottom line is that I highly recommend this amp, and even more so when I consider the price. The amp models sound very organic IMHO... other amp modelling products I have tried either sounded kind of "digital", or seemed to have a strange, unnatural quality, or sounded "fuzzy". I am really, really happy with the sound on this one. I use the stomp boxes and effects from my GT-6 in front of it and it sounds great with them as well.
I have generally found that I outgrow my guitar gear after a while and start looking for something else. I really can see myself using this indefinitely, though. If I do outgrow it, I think it will be about wanting a different way to control it, and not about needing a better sound. If at some point Peavey comes out with a successor to this product with some upgraded features maybe I will want to switch to that.
As you can see from my review above, this amp is not perfect, however, I am giving it a "10" overall, because I just haven't seen anything close for the money. Even if you left out the effects and all you got were a few of the best amp models, it would be worth 2-3 times the price.
The amp models are great (more on that later), the effects are really good too, and for the most part the effects that are offered should cover most people's needs. The EQ is set up so that it acts like the actual EQ on whatever amp model you have selected. Sometimes I wish this wasn't the case because on some amps the EQ gives you less control than others, however, I can see why Peavey took this approach.
My only slight complaint when it comes to the features is that I am not crazy about the way the tuner behaves on this amp. I will be using an external tuner.
It's hard to buy a guitar amp for $200 that has even one usable sound. This amp has 24 amp models, and I would say that almost all of them are very usable, and some of them are really, really great. I have a Boss GT-6, which, as a guitar processor is a couple generations old now, but I have to say that the amp models on the Vypyr are way better than those on my GT-6.
When I purchased this amp, I was really looking for an amp that had a good clean sound and one good distorted/overdriven sound. I wasn't looking for a modelling amp -- I was going to buy a low wattage tube amp like the little Blackstar model, or Blackheart, or the little Epiphone tube amp that I could put behind my GT-6. When I played through this, though, heard what it sounded like, and compared it to anything close in price range, I was sold.
One other note on the sound, and maybe some experienced players will expect this... when I have the volume on my guitar (I have a Carvin CT3) turned up all the way the amp models are too hot--it's hard to dial back the distortion level when I want something less than totally cranked. This is probably by design - most people will appreciate being able to to control the amount of drive from the volume knob on their guitars, however, I prefer to set everything up ahead of time and control it from my feet. I use the GT-6 in front of the amp and limit the volume there, so it has not been a problem.
You'll see that there have been some reliability issues. Not everyone has had a problem, but some people have. The overall concensus, though is that Peavey is very good about taking care of the customer when there is a problem.
I have had a couple issues where the amp froze up on me and I had to turn it off and back on again. It generally has happened when I was really working on tweaking the settings... not during general playing. Also, some of the knobs don't always seem to work exactly right, but I haven't had a serious problem yet.
Again, I think you have to consider the price here... for $200 you can buy a backup if there is a problem. I'm leaving this category as no opinion for now because I haven't had a serious problem.
05-16-2009 12:00 AM
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and can find a logical use for all of them.
The stock speaker is fine and works quite well with this amp.
I'd like to see a speaker out on this. It would also be nice to be able to toggle between the clean and dirty side of the amp models with the Sanpera-II pedal (which I have and consider it to be essential to unlock the tremendous potential of this amp.
All that being said, This amp is a wonder and is a blast even without the controller.
The 6505 amp model on the green (still quite crunchy) gain at half way is divine!!!. Every model on this amp is excellent. I also like the Dual Rec model. I have trouble picking out a fav model on this amp... They're all that good. I have many many tube amps and ss amps and I have also been a huge fan of modelling for years. I've never been a fan of modelling amps (save my Vox Valvetronix 120 watt blue grille stereo head but consider the price) and have heavily praised Line6s computer based modelling and pedals (XT Live is the BOMB).
This Peavey is the first modelling amp that I'm completely happy with the tone. Just to die for. Does it nail the sounds of the modelled amps? Well I'm not qualified to comment on the high gain side of the dial but I can say I Love them. Now for the classic amp side I'd say no it doesn't. Don't get me wrong here this amp is big time sound bliss. If I use the Twin model and play that clean sparkly yet good bass thump it is not in the same league as my 1969 Fender Bassman at 4 on its vol with a Strat or Tele or through my 1972 Twin Reverb But it is excellent in its own right no doubt. The Plexi model isn't remotely close in my mind but it has a Fabulous clean sound. THE SOUND OF THIS AMP IS ASTOUNDING THOUGH!!
Since having this 30 I've been 100% happy with the sounds. I did pay the extra $20.00 for the two year replacement policy this along with the Peavey 5 year coverage seems goo to me. (I rarely stay with an amp for two years anyway. I keep them but usually move on to the next big thing in the consumer level amp craze of the day).
03-07-2009 12:00 AM
If the vypyr was stolen or lost i wouldnt buy it again.
I love the amount of effects but i wish they were more simple to set up, i hate the problems it has and the fact that it doesnt remeber its last setting after switching on.
I bought it over a line 6 spider 3 and a marshall mg30dfx because of the features.
I love the fact that you can select classic amps through the stompbox.
Its got 11 rack effects and stompbox modes which are each editable.
I had brilliant fun playing with this amp when I first got it, i was on it for hours trying out all the feutures.
I wish however the amp would stop going to its preset every time you switch it on because you have to change it each time.
The vypyrs fine for this.
The amp is very loud, if you turn the volume up about 1mm it will go from almost silence to very loud.
It is very hard to get the volume correct although if you turn the gain down it sorts it out.
The clean channel sounds very distorted on a lot of the stompboxes.
I had to send the amp back to gear4music because whenever you turned it on only a few lights came on and no sound, you would have to switch the amp on at least 7 times and it was just getting worse.
Glad I bought it with the warranty.
03-03-2009 12:00 AM
Wish it had a speaker output in the back though.. Thinking of building my own connector output jack with two metal clips to clip onto the speaker leads, then plug in a 4X12 cab. Even though nothing would be soldered to the amp it might void the warranty. Metal clips may not be a reliable connection either. Oh well
I recorded each amp model this morning onto my PC so that I could study them. They totally sound like walls of amps! Amazing stuff packed into this combo.
02-22-2009 12:00 AM
02-07-2009 12:00 AM
I would really recommend trying it against other modeling amps like line 6's spider series and hear for yourself. This amp is awesome.
This amp is 30 watts, 24 amp models (each model has a clean and dirty channel, aux input for cd/mp3 players, 11 stompbox effects, 11 post studio effects, master volume, a 30 second looper (can only access this with the sanpera I or II pedal sold seperately) and one 12 inch custom voiced speaker. It's worth noting that the distortions are analogue peavey transtube technology. I'd rate this higher than 8 if the looper could be used without the footswitch and if there was an extension speaker output. Otherwise, nice ammount of features for the price. ($199.00 plus tax)
Honestly, I haven't messed with the Krank, Mesa, or Diezle but I love the Marshall plexi. The clean sounds on these are not entirely clean (like real marshalls) but plush tones with some reverb. The dirty channels are great for ac/dc, aerosmith type riffing and add one of the distortion stompboxes and you get nice boosts full of sustain. Just the ticket for solos.
I could go on about all the different effects but I'll tell you my faves are the distortions, the chorus, and of the "post" effects, I love the octaver. The global reverb and delay are fantastic too.
Overall, I find it amazing how many sounds they crammed into this little box. I test drove this amp against a 30 watt line 6 spider III, which was the same price. The line 6 had great sounds in it, but not as many which made this a no brainer choice for me. (and I love my pod 2.0 and pod xt)
Funny thing is, I bought this amp as a little practice amp but am seriously considering using it in an all cover band just because of how versitile it is. I'll need to get the sanpera II pedal for the gig and plan on getting one soon.
I've only had this amp for 4 days, but based on past experience with Peavey, I already trust it.
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Now then...I will not degrade this amps score with this but you should know. I bought the 30 watt and loved it. Then a week later they got in the 75 watt with the USB port. Peavey has a disk that comes with these amps and it has a software called Revaler with all kinds of ways to mess with your amp...cool right? NO!! it cost $299 for to activate you a lisence to run the software.....LAME!!! So I took back the 75 watt and got back my 30 watt. Why spend the extra money on something that might be a bit louder that you will never use on stage anyway? The Peavey VYPYR is a sweet little amp with lots of power and great sounds.