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VOX Valvetronix products are renowned for their realistic amp sounds, and the ToneLab EX Guitar Multi-Effects pedal is no exception. Valve Reactor ci...Read More

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Powerful Valvetronix modeling enhanced for live performance.

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
Professional Effects
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' 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.
Easy tuning
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.

FEATURES
  • 100 User Programs / 100 Preset Programs (Includes 50 Song Presets)
  • 33 Expertly voiced amp models / 11 Cabinet models; mix and match with any amp model
  • 45 Premium-quality effects; use up to nine at once (with noise reduction / expression pedal)
  • 11 Stand-alone distortion pedals ¢ 15 Pedal effects ¢ 11 Modulation effects
  • 4 Delay types ¢ 3 Reverb types ¢ 1 Noise reduction effect
  • Normal/Strobe chromatic tuner with high-visibility LED display; easy to see on stage
  • Stereo monitor speakers allow backstage tweaking, editing and rehearsing
  • Amp/Line output switch provides optimal sound through any amp or system:
  • Amp mode has settings for connecting directly to a VOX, F, or M guitar amplifiers
  • Line mode provides a three-band Equalizer
  • AUX IN is provided for jamming along to any tune via CD, MP3, etc.
  • USB single-cable audio connection to your computer' digital recording software
  • The power amp circuit features a 12AX7 triode vacuum tube for undeniable tube tone

VOX's most powerful performance multi-effects unit yet. Get yours now!

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VoxToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Responsive (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Pedal!

If you are in the market for a multi effects unit that will do it all, look no further. This guy has got you covered. I imagine that even metal players would find...Read complete review

If you are in the market for a multi effects unit that will do it all, look no further. This guy has got you covered. I imagine that even metal players would find something useful on this pedal, I just never really play around with that because that type of tone is not appealing to my ears. I actually bought this to use with my VT100 and am looking to upgrade to an AC30 in the coming weeks to do more gigs and recording, so I am looking forward to hearing this thing infront of an all tube amp like the AC30
This pedal has everything any guitarist would ever need! Unless that guitarist needed midi connectivity, I suppose. But the vast majority of us do not use midi so who cares?!? The amp models sound great, for the most part. I am not a fan of the really high gain tones, mostly because they don't really suit the styles I play, but they are just really hard to tweak and perfect. The stomp box mode is a great feature for me, because I like to switch effects during a song, so I am able to simply turn each effect on or off rather than saving a separate patch for each part of the song...just like real stompboxes! I am especially fond of the Blackface 212 model on 'orange.' It just sounds incredibly warm with the gain at about 3 o'clock, treble at about 12 o'clock, mid at about 2 o'clock, and the bass dimed out. Add some reverb and compressor or the 'energizer' effect, and you have yourself a perfect chimey clean tone that breaks up the slightest bit when you really hit the strings hard and cleans up beautifully with a more gentle pick attack. Add a slight bit of overdrive to this and select the neck pickup of a single coil tele or strat with the tone rolled off just a hair, and you get the perfect texas blues tone. So, basically, just a very useable pedal, and while there may be some over the top bells and whistles, it has what you need regardless.
Sturdy steel construction, solid expression pedal, stiff stomp buttons. I won't even dock a point for the fact that the stomp buttons began to come loose because that didnt happen until I had already used it for six months at a dozen gigs. All around great pedal. The internal speakers sound like that kid who always listens to his iPod way to loud and you can hear the fuzz from the speakers being driven way too hard.
Considering I got mine used for $189, I can't complain. It was in brand new shape with all original packaging with the Vox manuals. I kept thinking there was a mistake and that my pedal would arrive and it would be some cheap Line 6 gizmo, but when it got here I could not be more satisfied. While this is a great pedal, I dont think it is quite worth the $300 unless you are a true gigging musician and you need high functionality in a portable package, but if you can find one used for $250 or less, grab it while you can!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not quite as good as the old Tonelab SE

As an owner and user of a Vox Tonelab SE since 2005, I bought the Tonelab EX to replace the SE when it started showing it's age and began to break down. I really...Read complete review

As an owner and user of a Vox Tonelab SE since 2005, I bought the Tonelab EX to replace the SE when it started showing it's age and began to break down. I really believe the 12AX7 tube imparts a distinct warmth and realism to the tone, and the tone quality of the Tonelab EX is virtually indistinguishable from the SE and the EX has some new and intriguing amp models. And also on the plus side, it is half the size of my old Tonelab SE.

But the decrease in size has removed 1 expression pedal-- my old Tonelab SE had 2—and the elimination of several other buttons that has limited the ease of access to change each patch's amp sounds and effects, as some of the functions had to be consolidated into button combinations that are not particularly intuitive. This leads to the increased learning curve of the new Tonelab EX vs. the SE. In addition, Vox eliminated user access to some of the effects parameters that might be important to some users.

Another significant change is that with the SE, however limited, you were able to name each patch for identification. With the EX you have 100 user changeable patches with no way to name them or differentiate them on the device except numerically by bank location. The downloadable software is of no use in this either. This means that unless you have a photographic memory, you will have to keep track of them on your own, logging them by either by writing them down on pen and paper or through some word processor.

Overall, if sound quality is your major objective, the Tonelab EX is excellent, as for me, it is the way I achieve realistic overdriven amp sounds at moderate volumes for practice and recording. But in an effort to keep costs down, they have hampered ease of use and diminished physical quality.

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5.0

Great bang for the buck!

By Michael

from undisclosed

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Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

Bought it on a whim when it came up on the Stupid Deal of the Day. All in one unit that rivals its competitors at a lower price.

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2.0

Not a good investment

By Richard

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Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

Seriously difficult to understand and use the product. Not intuitive at all. So-so sounds.

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4.0

Good overall pedal. Using it primarily for direct to pa guit

By Two Mountain Ministries

from Meadow Vista ca

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    I use this for a portable PA electric guitar to Bose System. So far so good, no real issues. Replacing a Pod Live xp(?). Sound s much better.

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    4.0

    A Fun Tool for Experimentation (But Read the Manual!)

    By Hartley

    from Stamford, CT

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Initial Learning Curve

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    There is an initial learning curve with this unit because the controls are not as intuitively organized as the ones on my BOSS ME-80. Once you get over that, though, it is a lot of fun and helps you experiment with a range of sounds you would otherwise need much more equipment (and space) to achieve. The pre-sets tied to specific songs were especially useful, allowing me to tune in the precise tone I was looking for. In the end, I believe the sound on the BOSS unit probably gets the edge, but if you can get this one on sale, it's worth a try.

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    3.0

    Outstanding tone - Terrible presets

    By Old Skool

    from Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    Love the sound, hate the presets. This is for the tweaker who has plenty of time to make your own presets and customize your sounds. I love the classic rock type sounds and this unit does have a few presets that I liked, but most of them are metal or bizarre stuff that I can't use on the gig.

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    4.0

    Cheaper than buying a Vox amplifier and does almost as much.

    By Scott

    from Cleveland (home of the Rock Hall)

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Gives that "Vox" sound
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile
    • Well built

    Cons

    • Could be laid out better
    • Difficult To Use
    • Steep learning curve

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    Have always loved the Vox chime--Beatles and British and all that stuff-- and would love to have a Vox AC30. But I don't have the room and don't want to spend the money. This ToneLab EX came up as a Stupid Deal of the Day and I decided to see if I could have my Vox fix without breaking the bank and building a new wing on the house.

    Out of the box, it was not intuitive to use. I finally got things going with the presets. If they are arranged in any logical order, I haven't figured it out. One will be clean and sparkly, the next will just about burst my amp's speakers. I read the manual to get an idea of how it's laid out and will look forward to taking a hike up the steep learning hill.

    I like the headphones jack for practicing without disturbing the rest of the house. Many sounds are excellent. That tube in the circuit gives this pedal an edge that pure solid state effects boxes just don't get. It's nice to have the rocker pedal; for example, you can get a Leslie organ sound and change the rotary speed like the old Maestro Phase Shifters. It can also be a wah-wah, volume and much more. Many options there.

    Some of the presets are killer. They have nailed the Kinks "Really Got Me" sound on one, "Paperback Writer" on another. From metal to Van Halen are in there too. Some are a bit repetitious. .

    Does it sound like an AC30? I haven't gotten exactly the sounds I was looking for just yet, but it takes my old Fender Twin and transports its sound across the pond in an instant. Fun. I have doubts about how practical this would be as a live performance pedal. For instance, I haven't figured out a way to go from preset 3 to 23 without stepping all the way through the others, something that would be a pain on stage. Maybe there's a way to do it. If so, let me know. But this will suffice for my Vox amp craving, even though I'll be missing a nice gold and black cabinet sitting there next to my other gear.

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    4.0

    Cool

    By Magic

    from Las Vegas

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      I bought this unit to replace my HD 500. After years of working with Vox Valvetronix amps the parameters in menus seemed much more user-friendly.

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      5.0

      Best Effects Purchase I've Ever Made

      By NateDog

      from Baltic, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Confusing To Use At First

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      This multi effects pedal is great. The selection of effects is astounding. I love the presets that are included. Allows me to not try and figure out the arrangements on certain songs that I love. I also really like the built-in tuner; makes tuning on stage so much easier.

      The only con about his is that it was difficult to figure out how to use it at first. But the more you use it and the easier it is to figure out how it operates.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great idea, but, mine (sadly) is a lemon

      By nhunter333

      from Live Oak FL

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      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 EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        I think for the money that the tonelab is the way to go. You can easily acheive any sound you want and there are plenty of effects to tweak your sound to perfection, HOWEVER, mine has power issues. From time to time it shuts down and you have to turn it off and unplug it to get it to come back on.......The first time was a big outdoor multi-band event (not cool). I tried to blame everything but the tonelab. Well since then it's failed several more times (at rehearsal and on stage) and the center (green) led has failed so the tuner is useless. PLEASE do yourself a favor and buy the extra warrantee. I did not. It failed after the MF 45 days. Vox wont fix it and you will have to ship it somewhere to have it fixed. (good luck with that) So now it's collecting dust. I may use it for recording one day, but, can never trust it again on stage. I'm not telling you to avoid it, but, PLEASE get more warrantee coverage.

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        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not quite as good as the old Tonelab SE

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        By Frank Finamore

        from Empire State

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Learning Curve

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Practice

        Comments about Vox ToneLab EX Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

        As an owner and user of a Vox Tonelab SE since 2005, I bought the Tonelab EX to replace the SE when it started showing it's age and began to break down. I really believe the 12AX7 tube imparts a distinct warmth and realism to the tone, and the tone quality of the Tonelab EX is virtually indistinguishable from the SE and the EX has some new and intriguing amp models. And also on the plus side, it is half the size of my old Tonelab SE.

        But the decrease in size has removed 1 expression pedal-- my old Tonelab SE had 2—and the elimination of several other buttons that has limited the ease of access to change each patch's amp sounds and effects, as some of the functions had to be consolidated into button combinations that are not particularly intuitive. This leads to the increased learning curve of the new Tonelab EX vs. the SE. In addition, Vox eliminated user access to some of the effects parameters that might be important to some users.

        Another significant change is that with the SE, however limited, you were able to name each patch for identification. With the EX you have 100 user changeable patches with no way to name them or differentiate them on the device except numerically by bank location. The downloadable software is of no use in this either. This means that unless you have a photographic memory, you will have to keep track of them on your own, logging them by either by writing them down on pen and paper or through some word processor.

        Overall, if sound quality is your major objective, the Tonelab EX is excellent, as for me, it is the way I achieve realistic overdriven amp sounds at moderate volumes for practice and recording. But in an effort to keep costs down, they have hampered ease of use and diminished physical quality.

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