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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 42 reviews )
 25 reviews60 %
 12 reviews29 %
 4 reviews10 %
Value For Money : Excellent
yoTrakkz12/11/2011

yoTrakkz's review"midi hook up!"

Vox Tonelab
This is a digital amp modeler. This thing cannot, unfortunately, be updated through a Mac or PC, however a MIDI controller can be purchased to control it more efficiently. This unit is not rackable. It has MIDI connections as well as a 1/4" input and output, and comes with a power adapter, though I'm not sure off the top of my head what voltage it is. This thing models a wide variety of amplifiers, mostly of the tube variety but with a few solid-state thrown in for good measure.


UTILIZATION

Setting up the sounds on this amp modeler couldn't be much easier. I think that is one of the obvious strengths of these machines. Dial up amp type, punch in volume and gain and EQ settings, and then you are pretty much good to go. I think this would be better used for direct line-in recording, as opposed to through an amplifier. The manual will explain how to run everything pretty well, I don't think anybody will be left confused as to how to work it.


SOUND QUALITY

I don't think that there is much difference in quality between guitars with this guy. This is mainly because I don't think it sounds very good in particular. Of course, it's better than most affordable plug-in amp modelers, and it's better than the average outboard amp modeler also. But I've always felt that those machines were lacking. I would only recommend this for those who, for whatever reason, can only record direct.


OVERALL OPINION

I like the ease with which one can find a tone that they like, and I also like a few of the amp imitations as they aren't too bad. But for the most part, this hasn't done anything to shake my stubborn anti-digital amp stance. Only the insanely expensive plugins have really worked for me, and even then, they were only impressive when recorded with other MIDI or digital instruments. If this is what you plan on doing, try it before you buy it, because I'm not sure it's the best way to go.
mooseherman03/24/2010

mooseherman's review

Vox Tonelab
This is a digital amp modeler. I don't think that it can be edited through a Mac or a PC. It's also not MIDI-controllable. The device isn't rackable, the knobs are all on top. It's a completely digital technology. there are basic 1/4" connections.

UTILIZATION

These digital amp modelers have gotten easier and easier to use over the years, and this one isn't really an exception. It's pretty easy to find the tone you're looking for, as they are all pretty easily labeled. Even if you're not a hundred percent sure, it's easy to surf through all of the tones pretty quickly. Using the effects isn't too hard either, it seems like there is an intimidating number of knobs but closer inspection reveals that they are all pretty basic. The manual will explain everything to anyone who doesn't fully grasp what the modeler is capable of doing.

SOUND QUALITY

I have a bit of a problem with these types of machines, but I'm not sure that my views are shared. I'd heard that this was a good amp modeler for clean tones. When I tried it, I hated it. I realized that most people who say that are probably looking for a supremely clean sound, and not a hint of dirt or overdrive. I like to get at least a little bit of those things from my clean tones, as I play R&B and blues. I was disappointed with this modeler for that reason, there wasn't an acceptable compromise for the clean tones. They all ended up being either too clean or too dirty. As for the dirty tones, I wasn't getting goosebumps the way that I do when really rocking a tube or solid state amp, or even a good digital amp. They imitate classic amp sounds like the Marshall Stack, or the Mesa/Boogie rectifier. I think they do a rather cheap imitation at that, they aren't really capable of delivering the goods.

OVERALL OPINION

I'm not sure why I keep buying these things, maybe because I'm a college student and can't record acoustically very much. I certainly can't crank up my amp and let it rip. Therefore, I must say that if you're in my situation and you aren't a complete tone freak like me, you might be happy with this. Realize, though, that you'll be more than likely to get frustrated with it. These things don't necessarily improve with age. In fact, they're constantly being updated. So be cautious when purchasing.
M Elise12/07/2008

M Elise's review

Vox Tonelab
This amp simulator is distinguished from the others by the fact that it uses a tube to help produce its sound. It models most every classic amp and speaker combination in the book. It also has all the basic effects you would expect. It has room for 96 user presets. It can be used for direct recording or in front of an amp. It is very solid, well built and cool looking. The SE and LE versions are fundamentally the same thing in foot pedal form but take up more realesate.

UTILIZATION

The Vox Tonelab is very easy to use thanks to its user friendly knobs and clear layout. This is truly refreshing if you have ever experienced the nightmare of multifunction buttons and menu based layouts. The manual is very good at describing the original amps and history and can help because the different amp models require different approaches to the tone knobs due to the differences in the tone knobs of the original amps. The unit is the right size for what it does and sits nicely next to your computer. Storing, naming and recalling presets is easy. Its a great design.

SOUND QUALITY

This device is in fact extremely educational because the models actually sound like the amps and speakers they are modeling. I've owned various amps with various output tube types and speaker combinations and these models nail them as well as one could expect from a digital model(unless something else comes along and surprises me). Some of the detail of the models is truly remarkable like the rectifier sag you can actually hear in the cranked vintage tweed Fender model for example. The Vox AC15 and AC30 models sound particularly good. The sound and tweakability of the effects section is simply adequate and not as strong in quality as the models.

OVERALL OPINION

I love the sound of a great simple tube amp. Digital modeling always sounds kinda bad to me. However I picked this unit because I felt it sounded less artificial than the Pod. Pod products have an artificial sound to them I simply don't like. Digital modelers always sound cold and sterile relative to a good tube amp but offer some great advantages in terms of ease. This unit makes it easy to record a wide variety of great sounding amp/effect sounds quickly and cleanly. These modelers also seem to naturally compress and somehow eq on their own well when recorded compared to a real amp and this contributes to the ease of using them for recording. I use mine for writing in the studio and its great for that but I would probably never use it on a final recording for the public to hear. However in certain contexts one would probably be unable to know if one was hearing a model or the real thing. My favorite things about the Vox Tonelab are its user friendly design, sturdiness and lack of artificial coloring to the sound. And it looks far out!
Haaife11/04/2014

Haaife's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fabulous!"

Vox Tonelab
I agree with the opinion already issued for this model (Valvetronix)

High quality (it is no longer damage, replaced by equivalent more "cheap")
and especially the sounds!.
Nothing in the world I would not want to part
Indeed, if you find one, do not hesitate!

UTILIZATION

Yes

SOUND QUALITY

Yes

OVERALL OPINION

A little less than a year

I would do this choice
Fred'Alco02/17/2013

Fred'Alco's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An excellent investment for the studio!"

Vox Tonelab
Amp simulations and digital multi-effects with a lamp at the end of treatment to simulate the saturation of a floor lamp power.
See the doc for details, but the effects are very diverse and broadly cover all conventional needs.
Fully editable sounds are on the machine but also on PC editor.
The housing is made of metal and design very seriously. It exudes quality. It sits on a desk. Too cumbersome in a pedalboard or head amp it finds its place on a table ... this is the only regret. If there was a rack version I probably would not let this machine.
The connection is very complete with analog and digital output and possibility of adaptation differs depending on the destination (receiver, table, hp simulation on / off). Input and midi output to connect a foot controller or sequencer.

UTILIZATION

The knobs are very nice and good quality, large enough to make editing easier and provide a PC.
The manual is well written but we do very little consulted because the machine has a very good ergonomics.

SOUND QUALITY

The sims sound great but the machine has its own sound identity. I considered it as a more or at the time I was playing with.
The effects are really all very good qualities, including the effects of modulation (the vibe is terrible).
I had the chance to play on Pod and pro Behringer V-amp, both very good also. The Tonelab is a step up in my opinion ... but that's just my opinion.

OVERALL OPINION

This is an excellent machine in terms of sound can adapt to all configs. Too bad its the packaging makes it so inconvenient on stage.
If you find one for 100 € it will be one of the best quality / price of your life little guitar :)
electric grocery02/17/2013

electric grocery's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" nice tool"

Vox Tonelab
pretty blue metal box that exudes health, here seems sturdy and is here. not rackable, damage but few actually are. all functions are editable on pc, well done. technology mixed digital / analog since part is managed by a 12AX7 tube. the connection is simple but fairly complete, we regret that the digital output is available at optical format, the grafted external bottom bracket is in RJ45 format that leaves you no choice as I pedal vox do not have and which I also going well.

UTILIZATION

use home studio, next to my pod2. VOX has also taken over it when I do not use both at the same time, you'll understand that I prefer. the grip is immediate, however, do not overlook the manual as it is packed with information on the allocation of a specific function and directly related to the type of modeled amp. thereby easily found sounds that are looking for. we regret the lack of an effects loop.

SOUND QUALITY

I do not know all the amps modeled perfectly by VOX, but to use home-studio illusion is good. I do not use very little built-in effects, the reverbs are correct. I put 8/10 because of the way I use it, then on stage I think it is better to connect to an amp very neutral style "Tech21", or directly on the console.

OVERALL OPINION

compared to pod2, we play in the same league, although is much easier to use. I find the overall sound quality better than my POD, that said here is subjective. the quality / price ratio today if you find the occas is very good, clear I'm happy with my choice.
Fab196902/15/2013

Fab1969's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Multieffect attaching a small and cheap"

Vox Tonelab
Everything has been said on the technical level.

UTILIZATION

This is especially a machine super simple to set up: Turn the knobs, you safeguard and hop ... I use it on my desk at home or the VC12 pedal on stage. It's sturdy and finally almost more practical than large Tonelab SE, which offers the same service but is not so convenient at home.

SOUND QUALITY

For my part, I use a VOX AD30VT home and I had a AD120VT for rehearsals. With the Tonelab, I found the same type of sound: it's digital, but it is still relatively warm and dynamic (living?) Lamps are widely help.

OVERALL OPINION

I do not use it anymore because I use a POD HD500 to a Tech21 PE but I'm keeping my Tonelab still and VC12. Pod offers a multitude of opportunities that did not Tonelab but not the nice grain of the little blue box.
I much preferred the Vox Tonelab ST with which I've never been satisfied with the sounds and whose usability is worse. I also have a Digitech RP250 allows stuff and does not sound bad but still much more digital and less warm.
MrFlashh12/12/2012

MrFlashh's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good!"

Vox Tonelab
base effects, 4 "modules" for chaining fixed + amp and cabinet simulation

effects are limited mas sound good

UTILIZATION

very simple edition

SOUND QUALITY

sounds are good, very realistic and sound effects. shame we can not put a comp AND a distortion, it's one or the other ..

I tested it with lp gibson, fender tele, epiphone explore .. all goes well, from blues to metal.

OVERALL OPINION

the value for money is very good, and secondhand 100 € ...

this is an excellent choice
tamfranc111/26/2012

tamfranc1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" very good"

Vox Tonelab
chorus delay reverb etc. wha. only the minimum but it is not essential use. foremost this is an excellent modeling amp and cabinet.

UTILIZATION

especially easy to edit with the software manual is clear and precise

SOUND QUALITY

sounds the best, in my opinion the marshall and fender excellenticime clear sound (with my strat).
distortion sounds, whatever is said, making the most of the light (electro harmonix on mine) warmth and roundness that I had not found long

OVERALL OPINION

I bought secondhand for 80 euros and I do not regret it, it's been two months and I can not do without.
StratoX12/03/2011

StratoX's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Really really really good"

Vox Tonelab
I will not go over well in the opinion Describes previous ones (this is not a new product!)

UTILIZATION

the manual is well done and I think we must take the time to read it to understand the rglages diffrent of amp simulations. In particular we need to understand the rle of VR as diffrent gain simultaneously.
What j'apprcie, the possibility to make his rglages very easy on BCAN directly without using a computer.
With practice I manage really find the sound I want (I use the machine for 6 years).
However I do not use the presets are a few exception prs really bad.
Another regret the rglages effects (including pedals) are a bit limited.
NB: I use the VC4 and it pdalier supplmentaire comfort.

SOUND QUALITY

Honntement I am satisfied with the ToneLab trs. Once tamed though the operation and there is little DIFFERENT rglages prs what we want with this simulator. This gives the sounds of trs trs good quality in all registers and all the amp modeling.
I use the ToneLab mainly for recording, the work pieces.
I use it with a lag roxanne (pr Algam of 2003), with my strato Standard Fat Start customizes Southwestern (Seymour Duncan + Miscellaneous Amendments) + electro-acoustic (using the simulation of black face) when I n 't have time to catch live acoustic. The color of the positions is diffrent respects, it was the dynamics for a simulation, I love this machine.
Unlike what some prtendent this simulator is also effective for clean sounds and crunch sounds for even more saturated and heavy sounds.
But we must understand the importance of rglages (DIY same) for each amplifier including the gain according rle of VR simulations (read the instructions!)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 years

I tried the korg, digitech ... I use also for its portability only the pocket pod (no pictures! I prfre and by far the ToneLab)

I regret the prsence the SPDIF sotie that no use of me (my audio interface does not have spdif connection. I will prfr XLR output jack and more. The factory presets are generally not good (too busy / bad rglages ..)

I also regret the impossibility of chain multiple effects (excluding modulation) and choose the order of effets.MAis in fact it's really an amp simulator (and less than a mutieffets) and c ' its quality is probably the Premire.

What I love most: the quality of the amp simulations and effects (including compressor, wah, Treble Boost, Tube OD, Fat OD). The possibility to direct the SETTING THE fawn prcise without using a PC interface, the possibility of using a pdalier.

To emphasize the strong and the quality of manufacture (box knob, LED screen rtro clear ...)

The desktop version is really IDAL for the home studio.

I love this machine and it crashes I'll try to do rpar or buy a used (NB: outside sites musicos or sell cars on ebay internet style or boncoin, can still be found in musik productiv although the machine is no longer manufactured by vox / korg)

I feel that the successor to the original including ToneLab ST and EX are less good (more than mutieffets really amp simulator? And more competitive in the register?).

The original tone lab and desktop version pdalier (the SE) would they be going on hardware to become "cult" of the simulation (the same way as the original tube screamer for example) ?