The Vox ToneLab Amp Modeler is a great modeler with superb effects and an inuitive interface. 12AX7/ECC83 tube in the power section for tube drive. Space-saving desktop unit. 16 amp models range from ... Read More
The Vox ToneLab Amp Modeler is a great modeler with superb effects and an inuitive interface. 12AX7/ECC83 tube in the power section for tube drive. Space-saving desktop unit. 16 amp models range from old vintage collector's classics to the new super high-tech marvels. 10 cabinet models add even more sound options. 22 stellar modeled effects rival dedicated units. 96 available programs. The Tonelab boasts features not found in the Valvetronix amp series, like separate speaker cab modeling that produces an uncanny spacial sense even when using the line out. Includes MIDI I/O for transferring programs and editing, S/PDIF jack for direct-to-digital interfacing, and headphone out. Comes with dedicated editor software for in-depth editing. And Tonelab works with the optional Valvetronix footcontroller to open up further performance possibilities.
VOX Valve Reactor circuit delivers true tube sound
The power amp section on the ToneLab range features patented VOX Valve Reactor circuitry that was introduced in Valvetronix amplifiers. This unique technology enables ToneLab to provide the sound, feel and dynamic range that, until now, were only possible with all-tube amplifiers. The Valve Reactor circuit uses a 12AX7/ECC83 dual triode vacuum tube, a virtual output transformer and a dummy speaker circuit that simulates impedance changes of a real speaker. In other words, though the output power (level) is low, it has the same power amp circuit as an actual full-tube amp, and faithfully reproduces the response of the power amp circuits of the original amp that is being modeled. It reconfigures itself so that its characteristics are the same as the amp it's modeling (class A, class AB, negative feedback circuit, etc.) This means that all of the nuances of the original amp model including sound, feel, distortion and presence are reproduced.
Sophisticated modeling technology
Starting with VOX's own AC30, the 16 types of historic amp sounds in ToneLab range from hard-to-obtain vintage amps to costly high-end amps. From clean sounds to extreme high-gain distortion, these models cover a wide range of tonal possibilities. Cabinet modeling reproduces the acoustical character of 10 different types of cabinet shapes and speaker types. Even when you use the line output for direct recording, ToneLab delivers a superb sense of spatial realism and depth.
22 amazing built-in effects
Each one of the 22 effects in ToneLab is a carefully crafted model of one of a variety of sought-after classic and popular effects. These are organized into categories of Drive, Modulation, Delay, and Reverb, and deliver quality that rivals standalone units. From standard effects such as compressor, overdrive, chorus, and tremolo, to effects like rotary speaker, acoustic simulator, tape echo, and auto wah, this single unit is all you need to create a rich variety of effect sounds.
96 different programs
A combination of amps, cabinets, and effects can be set up as one of 96 programs, so you can recall all your favorite settings instantly. The 48 preset programs cover a wide range of sounds, and let you start experiencing ToneLab's amazing sound right away.
All the right ins and outs
Perfect for recording and live performance, ToneLab includes everything you need for killer guitar sound. The LINE/AMP switch lets you send the ideal signal to any connected device, so you can enjoy the ToneLab's real tube sound whether it is connected directly to a mixer or MTR for direct line recording or to another amp for live performance on stag. The headphone out is just what you need for late-night practicing. Of course, ToneLab's digital output is indispensable for recording in a digital environment.
Heavy-duty looks and intuitive knob-based operation
The design of both ToneLab and ToneLab SE complements its superior features, with heavy-duty metal construction and control knobs that make operation easy and intuitive. Program names, parameter values, and original values are displayed in the LCD screen, which is backlit for excellent visibility. Valve icons show the number and model of the power tubes used in the original amp being modeled.
Dedicated editor software for even more detailed editing
Dedicated editor software for ToneLab is provided, and also can be downloaded from Vox's website. This software enables you to tweak sounds far beyond the front panel. parameters. The software also lets you manage an unlimited number of programs.
You can use an optional VC-4 footcontroller for ToneLab to switch programs, control the volume or effect parameters, switch effects on/off, set the delay time, or access the tuner”a great convenience for live performances.
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I have been playing for quite some time, and have owned at one time or another just about everything that is out there. I went specifically to Guitar Center to purchase a new sound. I must have spent several hours playing on different ones, One of the clerks, said what sound are you trying to get? When I explained to him what I was looking for, he said you have to try this Vox. As soon as I plugged in to it, and began selecting different amps I knew this was something different. I feel in love with it and bought it, couldn't wait to get it home and try it out on my Fender Deluxe, and my Gibson SG. This was a marriage made in heaven. I played and still play until my fingertips bleed. Great tone and sound!!!!
Sometime back, I was advised by some friends to try the Vox Tonelab Amp Modeler since they new that I was very much into the tube distortion sounds. I have to admit that I was a little hesitant because I had been using the ADA MP-2 and the Rocktron Intellifex and was under the impression that the only way to get great tones was to go with rack systems. I also thought that since the Tonelab was under $300.00, it was not going to be able to give me the sounds that I needed. That was until one day when a friend lent me his Tonelab to use at a live gig, since my ADA MP-2 was in the shop. I plugged it into my Fender Deluxe Amp and Fender Strat and was blown away. I was so impressed by the sounds that it produced that I went out and bought one the next day. Since then I have sold all of my racks and now use the Tonelab exclusively for all of my live performances. It is the easiest amp modeler that I have ever used. The knobs and buttons make it easy to work with and the instruction manual is pretty self explanatory. I play in a band which includes rythym and blues, funk, rock, pop, jazz and everything else in between and I have to use equipment that is very versatile. The Tonelab makes it easy to go through all the different sounds which include amp models and effects needed for all of these types of music. With the Tonelab, I can change go from a super clean sound to a Heavy distortion with no problem. I highly recommend the Tonelab to everyone who is still under the impression that the rack systems are the only way to go. I love the ADA racks but they are quite heavy and pricey. I now have a lightweight, inexpensive amp modeler that competes in sounds with the high priced racks.
I have been toying with this fun blue box for a while now and I love it. Great tones. One of the stock presets gets a perfect fat SRV sound with my strat. You wont be sorry buying it.
I've had the Vox Tonelab for close to 2 years now and I'm still quite happy with it when comparing it to other Amp Modelers on the market. As far as capturing the tones of vintage amps, it really nails the Vox AC15 and AC30 which, to me at least, makes it a definite keeper. The Tonelab also responds beautifully to picking dynamics and rolling off your volume, much like a real tube amp. At first, the high-gain modern amps seemed a little harsh to me, but reducing the VR Gain that sends your signal through the tube seems to help clean the high gain sounds up considerably and the Tonelab really can produce some monster tones when set correctly. Most of the FX sound good, but editing is somewhat limited, generally you have 3 controls for an effect(you can go a little deeper with the edit software); I'd like to see more control over the Reverb's Decay Time and the ability to get true 100% wet mixes. It would also be nice if you could bypass the Amp section completely and just use the FX. Still the best and most convincing Amp modeler available and really quite inexpensive for what you're getting.