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For some years now, Vox have led the way in floor based Multi FX that emulate a number of different amps, give you cabinet simulation and effects - all in one easy to operate unit. The Vox Tonelab EX is the latest offering in their Valvetronix series, and it has been geared particularly towards live use by the addition of features which allow you to set it up either as a floorboard modelling unit - switching between different amp and cab models; or as a virtual pedal board in stomp box mode where you can assign 6 different effects to be available as and when you need them.
The Tonelab EX features Vox Valvetronix technology to increase the realism of the modelled amp sounds. Tonelab EX responds dynamically to your playing, like a tube amplifier would, adding another dimension to your live sound.
Here's what Vox say about the Tonelab EX
VOX Valvetronix products are renowned for their realistic amp sounds. The Valve Reactor circuitry uses a real 12AX7 vacuum tube to create that true-tube tone. With new performance elements added especially for live use, the ToneLab EX is the latest VOX multi-effect pedal to inherit the sound of the Valvetronix series. Expanding on the powerful Valvetronix amp and cabinet models you're already familiar with, the ToneLab EX now provides 11 stand-alone distortion pedals. These distortion pedals can be used in place of one of the amp head models, providing a truly diverse range of tones to cover many musical styles. Following the cabinet models, the ToneLab EX features a full complement of spatial-type effects such as modulation, reverb, and delay allowing you to complete your guitar sound without requiring any other equipment. A full-sized VOX expression pedal ensures stability while performing. The intuitive Stomp Box mode places six effects on a virtual pedal-board at your feet, with real stomp-box control! The ToneLab EX is the perfect live-performance solution for any guitarist's multi-effect needs.
Tube-driven Valve Reactor circuitry
The ToneLab EX carries on the most important benefit of the Valvetronix line: true-tube sound produced by a real 12AX7 triode vacuum tube. VOX created the Valve Reactor to satisfy our belief that the sonic tonal character of tubes can be obtained only by using real vacuum tubes. This unique VOX addition draws a clear distinction between the ToneLab EX and the modeling products from other manufacturers, and generates an overwhelmingly powerful sound unobtainable from other multi-effect units.
Sophisticated amp & cabinet modeling technology
Throughout history, there have been numerous amps that have inspired guitarists in every era and have been the motivating power behind countless classic performances. The ToneLab EX provides 33 distinct amp models that include such vintage amps, sought-after boutique amps, today's high-gain amps, as well as new amp models developed by VOX. The 11 cabinet models perfectly reproduce the depth, response, and resonances of various combo amps and extension cabinets. By mixing and matching amps and cabinets, the ToneLab EX provides some 363 exciting combinations!
Stand-Alone drive pedals
ToneLab EX provides a rich array of front-end, pedal-type effects such as overdrive, distortion, and fuzz. In addition to covering classic models, the ToneLab EX accurately captures today's cutting-edge units as well. These pedal models can be placed in front of the vacuum tube stage in place of the amp models. You can use the GAIN, TREBLE, MIDDLE, and BASS control knobs for detailed control of the parameters, allowing complex, pedal-centric sound editing.
Effects are an indispensible part of creating any guitar sound. In addition to the 11 stand-alone pedal model effects we discussed above, the ToneLab EX provides 34 additional effects (that a total of 45 different types!). These include numerous effects that are often in demand by today's guitarist, such as the VOX wah effect, an array of classic effect pedals, and studio-quality rack effects. All effects can be intuitively controlled using the knobs, ensuring that even beginners will be able to create the sound they want. Four types of delay (including Tap Tempo) and three types of reverb are provided, with a unique knob that allows simultaneous selection of the effect type and adjustment of the mix amount. In addition, noise reduction is also provided, eliminating the hiss that can be a problem with high-gain amp setups.
200 ready-to-play programs, including 50 Song Presets
100 Preset Programs are provided for immediate use. Each one skilfully combines the right amp/pedal model, cabinet model, and multiple effects to accurately portray a particular musical style and performance technique. The professional sound team at VOX has created 100 of these Preset Programs. Included in this group are the 50 Song Preset programs. These Song Presets provide spot-on recreations of the guitar sound used to define a classic guitar track - familiar songs that everyone knows. By using the Song Presets, even guitarists who are unfamiliar with multi-effect units will be able to enjoy the ToneLab EX's versatile sound right away. In addition, you can store 100 User Programs containing the customized settings you've edited and saved yourself. Together with the preset programs, the ToneLab EX delivers a total of 200 instantly accessible programs.
Rugged and road-ready, with a full-size VOX expression pedal
Featuring a durable metal chassis, the ToneLab EX also offers a full-size expression pedal. Providing realtime control of the wah and volume effects that are such vital elements of a live performance, this pedal can also be used to control the parameters of a variety of effects. The popular Quick Assign function borrowed from earlier ToneLab pedals is also provided. The parameter you're currently editing can be instantly assigned to the pedal, so it's easy to change the function of the expression pedal whenever you want.
Intuitive, dual-mode panel places great tone at your feet
In the Program Select mode, the pedal switches are used to call up the correct bank and select a program. The ToneLab EX also provides a "Stomp-Box mode," in which the effects assigned to the current program are individually assigned to the foot switches, so that each effect can be turned on and off individually as you play. This mode is perfect for when you are using the same effects throughout a song, but might only need the delay on during the solo. Simply stomp the delay on, without the need to create two separate programs. This second mode conveniently transforms the ToneLab EX into a virtual pedal-board. The high-quality sound of each individual effect rivals that of stand-alone processors, while still providing the enormous convenience of carrying all of these comprehensive amp models and premium effects as a single unit.
Self-contained, with built-in stereo monitor speakers
In a first for a ToneLab effects unit, VOX has included miniature stereo speakers allowing you to conveniently listen to your sound without having to connect a guitar amp or headphones. This is extremely convenient for last minute backstage editing, programming in private, or just being able to audition your sounds. Each speaker has its own 0.3 Watt amplifier.
The ToneLab EX features a Normal/Strobe chromatic tuner using a newly designed and easy-to-read LED display that's highly visible - even on a dark stage! Compared to previous ToneLab models, the ToneLab EX offers more LEDs, allowing more precise tuning. In addition to the Normal tuning mode, there's also a Strobe mode that makes it fun to tune while watching the flowing LED illumination. Mute and bypass features are also provided, ensuring smooth tuning when you're on stage.
Versatile Ins and Outs
The output jacks provide an Amp/Line output switch to provide optimal sound through any amp or system. For recording, connection to a power amp, or when connecting directly to a mixing console, set the switch to the Line position and enjoy using the Total Equalizer feature to shape the final tone of your sound through the connected system. When connecting the ToneLab EX directly to a guitar amplifier, set this switch to Amp, and select either VOX (For VOX amps), F (for a mostly clean, open back American combo amp), or M (when using a typical British amp with a separate head and a sealed cabinet). This ensures that you'll be able to maximize the ToneLab EX's sonic potential in any situation. An AUX IN jack allows you to connect an external audio source such as your CD/MP3 player so that you can jam along with the sound of your favourite bands. As you can see, the ToneLab EX is designed to support the guitarist in many ways!
USB computer audio interface
The ToneLab EX contains an ASIO-compatible USB audio interface that is ideal for use with any computer. You can use it with your DAW software to easily record audio tracks. Librarian software for managing ToneLab EX programs is also provided, and this also allows easy transfer of data between users. Plus, you can build up different libraries of programs for different gigs or musical styles! The Librarian software is available as a free download from the VOX website; both Windows and Mac are supported.
- Highly acclaimed VOX Valvetronix technology provides spot-on amp/effect modeling
- Powerful Valve Reactor circuit features a real 12AX7 vacuum tube for true-tube tone
- 200 Ready-to-use and instantly available Programs, all professionally programmed
- 100 User Programs (25 Banks; Four programs per bank)
- 100 Preset Programs (25 Banks; Four programs per bank)
- Includes 50 Song Presets that recreate the guitar sound used on well-known songs
- 33 Expertly voiced amp models cover rare, vintage, boutique, and coveted amps, plus much more
- 11 Cabinet models perfectly mimic the original's depth and tone; mix and match with any amp model
- 45 Premium quality effects; use up to nine at once (including noise reduction and expression pedal)
- 11 Stand-alone distortion pedals (use in place of an amp model)
- 15 Pedal effects (divided between Pedal 1 & Pedal 2)
- 11 Modulation effects
- 4 Delay types including Tap Tempo delay
- 3 Reverb types
- 1 Noise reduction effect
- Normal/Strobe chromatic tuner with high-visibility LED display; easy to see on stage
- Stereo monitor speakers allow backstage tweaking, editing and rehearsing - no additional gear required!
- Full size VOX expression pedal provides stable pedal control during live performances.
- Intuitive panel design places the amp head and stomp-box effects at your feet for comfortable control
- Completely independent editing sections for the amp and effects allows for simple editing
- Amp/Line output switch provides optimal sound through any amp or system:
- Amp Mode has settings for connecting directly to a VOX, F, or M guitar amplifier
- Line Mode provides a three-band Total Equalizer to control the tone
- AUX IN is provided for jamming along to your favourite tunes via CD, MP3, etc.
- USB port provides a single-cable audio connection to your computer's digital recording software
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 29 January 2014
I would always say excellent, however this is the first time Andertons have let me down, selling me a faulty product. However, the service to resolve the issue was perfect as always.
Steve | Purchase date: 31 January 2012
This is quite a daunting piece of kit, and I'm still getting to grips with it. There is so much on this that it will take hours to master it. Some of the preset sounds (there are 200 to choose from) are almost indistiguishable from the original. Some presets are very strange and I will probably never use them. Remembering where they are in the machine's memory will be difficult, and I am compiling a list of individual sounds. Creating my own patches for songs is the next move.
Richard Pawlyszyn | Purchase date: 23 March 2011
I am so pleased with the Vox Tonelab EX. The sounds that you can create are incredible and whats more the Tonelab EX is so easy to use. The built in tuner is a great feature. Overall the build quality is great and the variety of sounds both modern and vintage rich sounds make you want to play even more.
I would recommend the Vox Tonelab EX to anyone.
Thank you Vox and thank you Andertons!!!