Vox Introduces ToneLab Amp Modeler
March 6, 2003
Vox has packed the modeling technology of Valvetronix amplifiers into a portable, desktop box - the new VOX ToneLab amp modeler.
The power amp section on the ToneLab features the VOX Valve Reactor circuitry that was introduced in the Valvetronix 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 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 amps 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 can be reproduced.
Starting with VOX's own AC30, the 16 types of historic amp sounds 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 ten different types of cabinet shapes and speaker types.
Each one of the ToneLab's 22 effects 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. From standard effects such as compressor, overdrive, chorus, and tremolo, through effects like rotary speaker, acoustic simulator, tape echo, and auto wah, this unit can create a rich variety of effect sounds.
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 the ToneLab right away.
Ready for recording and live performance, ToneLab includes everything you need for proper guitar sound. The ToneLab's 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 it directly to a mixer or MTR for direct line recording or to another amp for live performance on stage. The digital output is indispensable for recording in a digital environment, and the headphone out is just what you need for late-night practising.