VOX Valvetronix products are renowned for their realistic amp sounds, and the ToneLab EX Guitar Multi-Effects pedal is no exception. Valve Reactor circuitry uses a real 12AX7 vacuum tube to create tru... Read More
VOX Valvetronix products are renowned for their realistic amp sounds, and the ToneLab EX Guitar Multi-Effects pedal is no exception. Valve Reactor circuitry uses a real 12AX7 vacuum tube to create true tube tone and response. With new performance elements added especially for use in a live setting, 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, the ToneLab EX provides 11 standalone distortion pedals that can be used in place of one of the amp head models, giving you 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 any other equipment. A full-sized VOX expression pedal ensures stability while performing, and the intuitive Stomp Box mode places six effects on a virtual pedal board at your feet, with real stompbox control!
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 their 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!
33 Amp Models (Three variations of each):
CleanCali CleanUS BluesUS 2x12VOX AC15VOX AC30UK RockUK MetalUS Hi-GainUS MetalBoutique Metal
11 Cabinet Models:
Tweed 1x8Tweed 1x12Tweed 4x10Black 2x10Black 2x12VOX AC15VOX AC30VOX AD120VTXUK H30 4x12UK T75 4x12US V30 4x12
Standalone 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 modes 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.
11 Standalone Pedal Models:
Tone DriveBrit LeadFat DistMetal DistRock PlanetTube DXBig FuzzVOX Tone BenderOcta FuzzTechno FuzzCrusher
Effects are an indispensible part of creating any guitar sound. In addition to the 11 standalone pedal model effects discussed above, the ToneLab EX provides 34 additional effects (for 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.
Pedal 1 Models (4 types):
CompVOX V847 WahToneEnergizerPedal 2 Models (11 types):
VOX 845 WahBRN OctaveAcousticRing ModU-VibeClassic+Tube ODBlue DriverGold DriveOrg DistGermanium Fuzz
Modulation/Delay Models (11 types):
CE ChorusMulti ChorusFlangerOrg PhaserTwin TremVibratoG4 RotarySlow AttackPitchFiltronTalking Mod
Delay Models (4 types):
Analog DelayTape EchoSDD-DelayMulti-Delay (with tap tempo)Reverb Models (3 types):
SpringRoomHallNoise Reduction (1 type)
200 ready-to-play programs including 50 Song Presets
100 Preset Programs are provided for immediate use. Each one skillfully 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 favorite 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.
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I have had this unit for a while now. I play an American Tele and Strat through a Hot Rod Deluxe and my problem is the feed back. On my heavier overdrives if I bring my amp above 2, which on a hot rod is really loud, my overdrives just really feedback through my amp. I think it is because this unit is tube powered going through a tube amp. And one more thing about the tube power, you have to turn that baby on right after you set it up for a gig otherwise half way through the 1st set you find yourself getting really loud with out touching a thing. And finally the power supply is a really short cord and pretty thin. On the plus side, it is very versitile, user friendly, compact, and does provide nice sounds when your not feeding back
I purchased my TLEX from GC about 6 months ago, after much research. I am happy to say that this unit exceeded my expectations. It took me a couple of days with the manual to get a good grasp on functions, but once you get it down, the unit is quite easy to use, and making custom patches is a breeze. I use it for live gigging, ran straight through the PA, and couldn't be happier with the sounds I get. I set up a bank with clean, distortion and a boosted distortion sound for leads, the possibilities are endless! With a small amount of time you can get basically any sound you can think of, and some you would never think of. Alot of folks complain about the built in speakers, but I find them useful for tweaking sounds at home(basically what I think they were put in there for). This thing is built like a tank, no problems so far, and I enjoy not lugging around a heavy amp anymore!!!
At first i loved this pedal but after a year i found it to be more frustrating than useful. I loved the tube tone and the distortions are fantastic. The effects like delay and reverb are extremely convenient. But with my set up, (PA system and Gibson Les paul studio with duncan pickups) the clean settings became muddy instead of clear and sparkly. I tried everything to change the sound in the PA but the pedal only allows for so much tweaking. Overall i found it great for metal and rock because of the low end growl but for light tele distortion and bright fender cleans, this pedal falls short. I'm done with effect processors and I'm starting my own pedal board. Get this pedal if you can switch from the distortion of the tonelab to your amps clean channel. Since im not using an amp this pedal just isn't for me. Have fun. Also a tube pedal through a tube amp can turn it into a muddy mess.
I've had boss GT10,ME25 and ME70, and to me the EX is the best out of the three it's very easy to use and the clean tones are awesome you really cant go wrong with it, now my Fender 212r sounds almost as good as my Fender hot rod deluxe.. again I like it..
This is the best investment I have made in my rig in a long time, especially for the price of $189 (I bought it used at GC). I bought this intending to use it for small club gigs where hauling around a full pedal board and amp would be too tedious, but it turns out this pedal is tons of fun to play around with at home and even do bigger shows! Most of the effects can come in handy in a real performance situation, unlike other similar processors on the market and they are comparable to stand-alone stomp boxes in tonal diversity and accuracy. The expression pedal is also a really nice feature to adjust parameters like delay feedback or reverb and volume. I love the stomp box mode because it allows me to use an effect for a part of a song without the need for two separate patches. Simply click the effect on or off within the same patch. The thing that really sets this pedal ahead of the rest for me is the accuracy of the amp and cabinet models. I own an AC30 and Hot Rod Deville and both those models sound incredibly close to the real thing. The tube really adds another dimension to your tone if you are playing through a digital amp or P.A. The metal chassis seems durable after 4 shows and the weight of it holds it down when I use a coiled cable. The speakers are not very good unless you are going for a clean tone without too much in the low end, but certainly not a deal breaker with all the other great features.