Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal  

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The compact ToneLab ST Modeling Effects Processor from VOX offers 33 different amp models with a versatile array of cabinets and effects to take your guitar playing to the next level”wherever you go. ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The compact ToneLab ST Modeling Effects Processor from VOX offers 33 different amp models with a versatile array of cabinets and effects to take your guitar playing to the next level”wherever you go. With a real 12AX7 tube and Valvetronix technology, ToneLab ST pedal delivers, pro-level, true-tube sound.

Designed for mobility, the compact ToneLab ST is made for guitarists on the go. The rugged metal body will stand up to life on the road, and the expression pedal carries on the fine tradition of VOX wah pedals.

The Valvetronix ToneLab ST is a shining example of VOX's unique, cutting-edge vacuum tube modeling know-how, delivering a broad range of powerful sounds. From large amp stacks to mini-combo amps and multi-effect pedals, the ToneLab ST boasts a diverse lineup, and can be seen on stage, in the studio, and in the home. The Vox ToneLab ST maintains the sophisticated specifications of the Valvetronix series, while packaging them into a compact unit that allows anyone to easily experience true tube-powered sound. In addition to both amplifier and cabinet models, there is also a wide variety of expertly modeled effects. In a compact, easy-to-use format, ToneLab ST delivers classic vintage sounds, studio-quality and high-gain amps, even newer amp models created by VOX. Effect parameters can be quickly assigned to the expression pedal, ensuring a limitless range of performance power. Sophisticated extras include an auto chromatic tuner, sound management software for your PC, and convenient USB audio interface operations. The Vox ToneLab ST is designed to deliver the ultimate in tonal dexterity to the musician in any situation, from stage to studio and everywhere in between.

True 12AX7 tube circuitry

The Valvetronix series was developed with painstaking attention to detail. The valve circuitry features a real 12AX7 vacuum tube, along with other components, to cleanly mimic the interaction that occurs in a tube amplifier in a way no digital circuit can. This distinguishes the ToneLab ST from other modeling units. This fundamental difference is the basis for the awesome sonic power available in the ToneLab ST.

Sophisticated top-to-bottom modeling technology

Through the years, a handful of guitar amps have provided the inspiration and created the driving force behind the greatest guitar performances in history. ToneLab ST is equipped with 33 spot-on amp simulations, including vintage amps, coveted boutique amps, the latest high-gain amps, and VOX-designed amp models. But the ToneLab ST goes even further, adding 11 classic cabinet configurations that can be mixed and matched with any amp model. That's 363 amp and cabinet combinations available instantly.

Multiple effects add a custom touch

A single ToneLab ST program contains amp, cabinet, pedal, and modulation effect settings”even noise reduction options”providing enormous freedom and versatility for creating your own sounds. There are 50 preset programs for immediate use, covering a broad range of styles and playing styles. The preset programs include 20 song programs, able to instantly reproduce the familiar sounds of those great guitar songs that everyone will recognize. This way, you can enjoy the versatile sounds of the ToneLab ST right away”before you even consider creating your own programs. But when you're ready, the ToneLab ST guitar pedal can hold fifty of your custom edited programs. Together with the preset programs, this gives you a total of 100 programs, available on demand.

One hundred programs, including 20 song presets

The amp, cabinet, and effect settings can be saved into 120 programs locations. There are also 40 preset programs that contain classic settings for each amp model.

Unlimited expressive pedal power

The ToneLab ST provides an expression pedal that lets you control various tone shaping effects and parameters as you play. In addition to volume and wah, you can use the pedal to control real-time effect parameters”amplifier gain, tremolo speed, flanger depth, etc”providing a dramatic leap in expressive potential. The "Quick Assign" function lets you assign any effect parameter on the fly. By specifying the range of control, you can quickly create highly original performance settings.

Excellent audio integration with your computer

ToneLab ST is a complete ASIO-compatible USB audio interface. With a single USB connection, the ToneLab ST will conveniently interface with your computer Digital Audio Workstation or sequencing software. ToneLab ST delivers the signal to your computer digitally, with no degradation in sound, for flawless recordings. Librarian software (Windows/Mac) for managing ToneLab ST programs will be available as a free download and allows the easy exchange of data between users.

Versatile support functions

An auto-chromatic tuner featuring great visibility is built right in. Mute and bypass functions allow you to tune unnoticed while on stage. The ToneLab ST's powerful Amp/Line switch lets you instantly apply the appropriate compensation for a guitar amp, power amp or direct recording connection, so you can take full advantage of its full sonic potential in any situation. There's also an AUX IN jack so you can play along with the sound of your favorite band in nearly any format. Compact in size, the on-the-go ToneLab ST effects pedal is big on features and huge on tone.

Features
  • True-tube Valvetronix power
  • 12AX7 triode vacuum tube in power amp circuit for undeniable tube tone
  • 33 amp models from classic vintage models and high-end boutique amps to modern high-gain designs and beyond
  • Mix and match 11 cabinet models with 33 amp models for complete flexibility
  • 25 versatile effects
  • Independent editing sections for amps and effects for direct visual editing
  • Simple ASIO-compatible USB audio connection to your computer
  • Download the free Librarian software and manage programs on your computer, share presets with friends or online with the VOX Tone Room
  • Twenty "Song" presets provide spot-on recreations of instantly recognized rock guitar classics
  • 50 factory/50 user presets
  • Amp/Line switch
  • Aux. In for jamming along to CDs, MP3s, etc.
  • Expression pedal can be assigned to nearly any effect parameter for realtime control
  • Stereo output creates depth and ambience, plus a realistic sense of acoustic space
Specifications
  • Amp models: 33
    Cabinet models: 11
    Effect models: 11 pedal types, 11 Mod/Delay types, 3 Reverb types
    Noise reduction: 1
    Programs: 100 (50 preset, 50 user)
    Audio input: INPUT jack, AUX IN jack
    Audio output: OUTPUT/PHONES jack (stereo/mono dual use), LEVEL knob, AMP/LINE switch
    USB: USB connector (Type B)
    Tuner: Detection range: A0“E6, Calibration: A=438“445 Hz
    Other: DC12V connector, STANDBY switch
    Signal processing: A/D conversion 24-bit, D/A conversion 24-bit, Sampling Frequency 44.1kHz
    Power supply: 12V DC
    Power consumption: 540mA(12V)
    Dimensions: 10-3/5" W x 2-3/4" H x 7-1/10" H
    Weight: 4 lb.
    Included items: AC adapter (DC12V)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 64 reviews)

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    (15)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great and worthy pedal.

OK, the first rule of multi-effects pedals is this: It takes time to dial in the right sound.

If you can't or won't spend a fair amount of time tweaking the...Read complete review

OK, the first rule of multi-effects pedals is this: It takes time to dial in the right sound.

If you can't or won't spend a fair amount of time tweaking the settings, you won't get good sound out of any multi-effects pedal. This one is no different. I was "unthrilled" at first, but I knew it would take time to get it where I wanted it. So I pressed on, and I was rewarded with great sound!

This unit is very impressive. Let me say first that the tube does actually work and performs it's role. The 12AX7 tube in the unit is not used as a preamp tube like it would be in most other amps. Instead, it is used as part of a power amp circuit. The tube is used to simulate the "sag" and compression of a cranked tube power amp. It does so wonderfully. It also helps smooth out the sound of the digital modeling by adding that random tube response that we all know and love.

The Tonelab ST has 33 amps and 11 cabinets. When you read the manual, you will notice that they never use any brand names (except for Vox) when they describe the amp or cabinet simulations. You can look on the internet for charts people have compiled to tell you exactly which amps and cabinets are being modeled. I found those charts to be essential in dialing in the right sound. The amp and cabinet models are flawless, and without the charts, you're just turning knobs until you hit the right settings. Waste of time. Look up the charts and use them.

The Pedals section does a good job, too. The Octaver is great, as is the Boutique and Fuzz. I've messed around with all the rest and like them too, I just don't use them. The Acoustic simulator can be very convincing, and the Vox Wah really does whine and growl like it should.

The Effects section is well done. The effects quality is top-notch, but I dinged the unit 1 star because of a lack of flexibility. You can't have a fully adjustable chorus and delay at the same time, which is something that I find essential on my clean sounds. I can get close to what I want without actually nailing it. Combining those two effects on one setting was a bad call on Vox' part. The rest of the effects are really good, though. The Filtron does a great job of duck-quacking, and the Rotary speaker sim sounds good. I don't care too much for the Pitch Shifter though. It is slightly unstable and has a little tuning problem to my ears. All in all, well done though.

The Reverb section is genius! There are only 3 types of reverb, but they work quite nicely. You simply twist the knob to set the level of the reverb and you're done. The spring reverb sounds like a real spring reverb from an amp, and the room and hall reverbs are high quality. Here's a HINT: If you need a reverb that "gets out of the way" fast, use spring. It has less density and won't cloud your signal if you play fast through it. This is good for live use where each place you play sounds different. It would be a pain to adjust the reverb level for every patch every time you play a different place, so just use the spring reverb and it will sound good everywhere.

I run my Tonelab into the Effects Return on the back of my amp. This bypasses my amp's pre-amp and EQ, and just hits the power section. Stops my amp from coloring the sound on it's own. This way the Tonelab does all the tone-shaping.

The unit is well built. Nice thick steel case, durable switches. The expression pedal is solid and peeking under it reveals good steel construction. I think the unit will last a long time.

To sum up: Take your time. Make sure you have decent strings on your guitar. Read the manual. It's not hard to program. Once you program it one time, the rest is just the same thing over and over. The Vox Tonelab ST will reward you with great tones if you are willing to spend the time. Remember, those factory presets are what "other people" think is supposed to sound good. You probably think something else would sound better. Work at it and make beautiful music!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst pedal I have ever played

Was really excited to get this pedal. Saw one review on YouTube and thought it would be nice. Plugged it in and couldn't believe the poor sound quality. Maybe it was a bad...Read complete review

Was really excited to get this pedal. Saw one review on YouTube and thought it would be nice. Plugged it in and couldn't believe the poor sound quality. Maybe it was a bad pedal. Simply stated I had a Digitech RP150 that blew this away. I almost sold my Vox Big Ben and I am so glad I didn't. Put it back in box and shipped back to MF. Either this was the worst pedal ever build or it was defective.

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5.0

Yes

By Floyd

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

Just what I ordered

 
5.0

Tone!!!!!

By Rick

from San Jose, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

awesome box. I can't wait to record with it! Rich, deep sound. Wish I could select patches via midi.

 
5.0

Galactic Roots - Pompeii Stadium

By Galactic Roots

from Whittier, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    For the price it went for, it was a steal.

     
    4.0

    Great Value!

    By Jake

    from Minnesota

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      This is a pretty decent sounding, versatile pedal. Good range of effects and features. The bypass is somewhat idiosyncratic, requiring pushing both up/down bank switches at the same time. A third switch that does this would have been much nicer. The supplied presets are a good sampling of what the box can do, but tweaking them will be necessary in general. Tones are pretty good, with flexible amp and cab selections. Effects are also good. As a "Deal of the Day" this was an exceptional value. A good "all in one" box for someone just getting started or who wants a small pedal footprint.

       
      5.0

      Excellent! Small learning curve, but great sounds.

      By Joe

      from San Francisco CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        Wonderful product, can be used as a direct interface for recording, just plug and play.
        Small learning curve in figuring out assignments of sounds, but no complaints, manual is thorough,
        could be my damaged comprehension skills.....sounds are amazing, especially for the price.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good amp modelling , fx not great

        By steve123

        from Halifax, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Amp Modelling
        • Stereo

        Cons

        • Preset Patches Are Poor

        Best Uses

        • Direct Input

        Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        This pedal has excellent amp and cabinet modelling. I purchased this pedal because I wanted a simplified direct input setup; omitting a real guitar amplifier.
        The quality of the effects vary considerably. I found the spring reverb to be of good quality as well the overdriven tube (tube screamer). The main thing to note with this pedal is that it requires a lot of tweaking and staring at the manual to figure out how to adjust different parameters; it is not user friendly to program. On the other hand it is nice that it is highly adjustable and that many parameters can be assigned to the expression pedal such as delay times, reverb, etc.
        For me this pedal functions perfectly as a direct in to a 'jamhub' so that the group can play at anytime of day without having to quiet down.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A killer tone machine... period

        By FREDRICK FAZZIO

        from Hawley, PA

        Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        This thing just plain rocks!!! The quality sounds that come out of this thing are just fantastic. Far more real sounding, not just colored up with digital etc... Real tones and sounds that you can use. If you plan to gig with this be ready to get your patches in sync with your set list order, the program changes are sequential. ( To go from # 23 to #57 you have to press the up button x # of times. If you use the USB interface from the VOX unit to a PC, then you can change instantly to whatever patch you want, small thing and not really a problem for me.) Metal construction. Awsome song presets too. Some of the songs I already play / played in a band, and the song presets are very well done. Was playing a vintage GSP21 Legend for a long time, bought this to replace it, and i absolutely love it. EZ interface and top notch sound quality amke this an absolute baragin. Go out now and buy this unit, you wont be disappointed....

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Purchase I Have Ever Made

        By Dean Junkans

        from Minneapolis, Minnesota

        Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        I have owned the Vox ToneLab ST for about 2 years and it has not let me down yet. First off, lets go over the features. This thing has literally every guitar effect you could ever need. Chorus, flanger, delay, reverb, phaser, octave, uni-vibe, if you can name it, this has it. Some of my favorite features are the built in tuner that works flawlessly, and the built in adjustable noise reducer (works great for higher volumes). The only thing that could be a little better is the wah pedal, but if you don't have a separate one this one still works fine. I usually use the pedal as a volume pedal. As far as construction, this is the best built pedal I have ever had. I have carried this thing all over the place, dropped it, even spilled drinks on it, and it still works the same as it did on day one. Now, for the actually sound of the pedal itself, AMAZING. I have played this pedal out of a small solid state Marshall before, and it sounded like I was playing out of a vintage plexi at 3/4 volume. You can get a light acoustic sound out of this, or a screaming metal tone and anywhere in between. I have been able to almost perfectly replicate the tones of Angus Young, Slash, EVH, and many other guitarists without even touching the nobs on my amp. And the best part is that you can save all of these settings and switch back and forth whenever you want. I have used this through several different amps and it sounds great no matter what. I have even plugged this directly into a PA system and it worked great. This pedal is well worth the money if you are looking into multi effects pedals. I would honestly pay $400 for this if that was the price. It is just that good. GET THIS PEDAL.

         
        4.0

        Good for the money

        By Thomas Debies

        from Pittsburgh PA

        Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        This unit is a well constructed piece of hardware that is best suited for home use by a hobbyist. It does an excellent job of modeling many classic amps and speakers. The unit provides four impedance options, line (headphones)and interfacing to Vox, Fender and Marshall amps. Remember it acts like a pre-amp and if feed incorrectly into the pre-amp section of your amplifier it can "suck" the tone out of the amp. It produces excellent tone and responds dynamically to the nuances of pick/finger attack. It also responds to the volume and tone controls of the guitar like a "real" amplifier. The unit also provides a number of classic effects that are a reasonable simulation of the real pedals. In all it packs a lot versatility and quality for the price. That said I would not use the unit for stage/live performances for the following reasons. First, it allows 100 programs to be stored. They have only a number assigned that is viewed in a small red display. If you don't remember what number "29" is or can't see it in the dark on stage you are in trouble. It should have a much larger display allowing descriptive titles. Second, it has only two switches for switching between programs. They are difficult to use in real time. Again bad for use on stage. Third, the expression pedal is small and right next to the volume knob on the unit. Recipe for trouble. Fourth, the effects have limited control over the parameters. So if you are a true tone fiend you will not give up your pedal board for this unit. However, that said if you are a jazz, blues, country or classic rock home hobbyist this unit gives some righteous classic tones for $200. If you want better you will have to pay more and get a physically larger unit with more flexibility. You get what you pay for. If you want it all shell out $600 for a POD. VOX did good for the money.

        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great and worthy pedal.

        By John Todd

        from USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

          OK, the first rule of multi-effects pedals is this: It takes time to dial in the right sound.

          If you can't or won't spend a fair amount of time tweaking the settings, you won't get good sound out of any multi-effects pedal. This one is no different. I was "unthrilled" at first, but I knew it would take time to get it where I wanted it. So I pressed on, and I was rewarded with great sound!

          This unit is very impressive. Let me say first that the tube does actually work and performs it's role. The 12AX7 tube in the unit is not used as a preamp tube like it would be in most other amps. Instead, it is used as part of a power amp circuit. The tube is used to simulate the "sag" and compression of a cranked tube power amp. It does so wonderfully. It also helps smooth out the sound of the digital modeling by adding that random tube response that we all know and love.

          The Tonelab ST has 33 amps and 11 cabinets. When you read the manual, you will notice that they never use any brand names (except for Vox) when they describe the amp or cabinet simulations. You can look on the internet for charts people have compiled to tell you exactly which amps and cabinets are being modeled. I found those charts to be essential in dialing in the right sound. The amp and cabinet models are flawless, and without the charts, you're just turning knobs until you hit the right settings. Waste of time. Look up the charts and use them.

          The Pedals section does a good job, too. The Octaver is great, as is the Boutique and Fuzz. I've messed around with all the rest and like them too, I just don't use them. The Acoustic simulator can be very convincing, and the Vox Wah really does whine and growl like it should.

          The Effects section is well done. The effects quality is top-notch, but I dinged the unit 1 star because of a lack of flexibility. You can't have a fully adjustable chorus and delay at the same time, which is something that I find essential on my clean sounds. I can get close to what I want without actually nailing it. Combining those two effects on one setting was a bad call on Vox' part. The rest of the effects are really good, though. The Filtron does a great job of duck-quacking, and the Rotary speaker sim sounds good. I don't care too much for the Pitch Shifter though. It is slightly unstable and has a little tuning problem to my ears. All in all, well done though.

          The Reverb section is genius! There are only 3 types of reverb, but they work quite nicely. You simply twist the knob to set the level of the reverb and you're done. The spring reverb sounds like a real spring reverb from an amp, and the room and hall reverbs are high quality. Here's a HINT: If you need a reverb that "gets out of the way" fast, use spring. It has less density and won't cloud your signal if you play fast through it. This is good for live use where each place you play sounds different. It would be a pain to adjust the reverb level for every patch every time you play a different place, so just use the spring reverb and it will sound good everywhere.

          I run my Tonelab into the Effects Return on the back of my amp. This bypasses my amp's pre-amp and EQ, and just hits the power section. Stops my amp from coloring the sound on it's own. This way the Tonelab does all the tone-shaping.

          The unit is well built. Nice thick steel case, durable switches. The expression pedal is solid and peeking under it reveals good steel construction. I think the unit will last a long time.

          To sum up: Take your time. Make sure you have decent strings on your guitar. Read the manual. It's not hard to program. Once you program it one time, the rest is just the same thing over and over. The Vox Tonelab ST will reward you with great tones if you are willing to spend the time. Remember, those factory presets are what "other people" think is supposed to sound good. You probably think something else would sound better. Work at it and make beautiful music!

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