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Tube amp and effect-modeling power of Valvetronix amps in a portable effects unit.
With a new smaller footprint and enhanced direct recording features, the ToneLab LE is not just a floor processor for guitar effects. It's equally suited to desktop home recording. Now one unit can cover it all!
ToneLab LE: Loads of new features
The 24-bit Vox Tonelab LE includes several improvements on its popular predecessor, the Tonelab SE. The first is a 5-mode amp/line out voiced specially for various applications, from playing into different amp types to direct recording to live performance through a PA system. The Line 2 amp/line setting features a 3-band Master EQ section modeled after one of the most acclaimed live mixers ever manufactured. This allows you to EQ the sound of your Tonelab LE Valvetronix to suit any room or sound system. For greater flexibility in recording applications, an S/PDIF output is included. The acoustic simulator now offers the choice between 3 popular acoustic guitar types plus a resonator. Finally, the Tonelab LE wouldn't be complete without some additional guitar effects! A metal distortion sound will satisfy your need for extreme gain. A slap reverb rounds out the ambient effects and a multi-tap chorus gives you independent chorus taps for each of the left, center and right outputs, producing stunning depth and spaciousness.
VOX Valve Reactor delivers true tube sound
The power amp section on the ToneLab LE features patented VOX Valve Reactor circuitry. This unique technology enables these units to provide the sound, feel and dynamic range that, previously, were only possible with a multitude of all-tube amplifiers. The Valve Reactor circuit uses a 12AX7 dual triode vacuum tube, a virtual output transformer and a dummy speaker circuit that simulates the reactive load of a real speaker. 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 are reproduced.
Sophisticated modeling technology
Starting with VOX's own AC30, the 16 amp sounds range from rare vintage amps to high-end modern amps. From clean sounds to extreme high-gain distortion, these models cover a wide range of tonal possibilities. Cabinet modeling reproduces the acoustic characteristics of ten different cabinet shapes and speaker types.
A range of high-quality effects
The guitar effects are categorized into modulation, delay, and reverb, with eleven types provided for each category. Effects range from stomp box to studio-quality effects and include a rare analog chorus, rotary speaker, and vintage delay/echo. Some effects let you change the output settings (monaural, stereo, or stereo output of wet/dry signals) or the connection order of the modulation, delay, and reverb effects for even more flexibility. There are also 16 pedal effects, including wah, overdrive, distortion, fuzz and acoustic simulator. Easy knob-based editing means that you can easily tweak this rich array of effect types and parameters to your personal taste right on the unit without having to scroll through time consuming parameter menus.
120 Program memories
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.
More expressive potential
The Vox ToneLab LE Valvetronix provides an expression pedal you can use to control wah, volume and many other effect parameters. Assign the pedal to control the delay time, modulation speed or depth, or many other parameters, giving you an enormous range of creative possibilities. The QuickAssign function makes it easy to assign a parameter at a single touch.
You can assign the control switches to control parameters such as tap tempo, effect on/off, or rotary speed. The LCD screen that displays parameter names and detailed information is backlit for increased visibility. A valve icon shows the number and model of the power tubes used in the original amp being modeled. Convenient end/return jacks are provided, which allow you to connect external insert effects such as distortion or over-drive. You can also switch the insert effect on/off at a touch of a foot switch.
Editing software lets you save and edit sounds
Dedicated editing software for ToneLab LE can be downloaded from www.voxamps.co.uk. This software displays all parameters, making editing even easier, and also lets you stockpile an unlimited number of your own sound programs and share them with your friends.
The Auto Chromatic Tuner has its own independent LED display for excellent visibility. The tuner also provides a mute function for silent tuning on stage.
All the right ins and outs
Perfect for home recording and live performance, ToneLab LE includes everything you need for killer guitar sound. Featuring an S/P DIF optical digital output and MIDI IN and OUT connectors, ToneLab LE effects processor offers you plenty of potential and numerous options to expand your system. You can use the effect insert jacks to connect an external effect processor or stompbox, and the headphone out is just what you need for late-night practicing.
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This is a very well-built, cool looking device. The features are nice and the sound quality is very good. It does require a lot of configuration to get the right tones, but it...Read complete review
This is a very well-built, cool looking device. The features are nice and the sound quality is very good. It does require a lot of configuration to get the right tones, but it is capable of getting very good tone.Line6, Digitech, etc... can't touch this, but I must honestly admit that I'm happier with the GT-8 now. With the BOSS GT-8, I can get extremely good tone, better than any digital processor on the market, and it doesn't require a tube. Plus, it's got a lot of seriously good effects. I'd say the VOX SE has effects are almost as good.One problem I had was getting the right distortion/gain/noise reduction settings. It's very noisy and muddy until you get real picky about the tone. You will eventually find some good tones. The metal distortion isn't as good as I expected, but the tube distortion was very good.Overall, I think this is ranked #2 under the GT-8. It's really not a bad value. Not a great deal, but pretty much worth it.
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Could have been perfect
This could have been a perfect all-in-one unit, save for one fatal flaw. It has a great Phase 90 emulation, which is one of my favorite pedals and a key to my...Read complete review
This could have been a perfect all-in-one unit, save for one fatal flaw. It has a great Phase 90 emulation, which is one of my favorite pedals and a key to my sound...but you can only use it before the distortion in the chain! There is another phaser that is available post-distortion, but it is not nearly as nice as the other. Because of this limitation, I swapped it the very next day for a PodXT Pro. Not only did it have the flexible routing for all effects, but I have to admit that the choruses and flangers sounded much, much better than on the Tonelab, which I thought were great to begin with.
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Hi im a guitar player in phx az and have nothing to do with Vox or any other music product or sales. Over the last year i have aquired and have worked on and modified myself some very nice boutique pedals in my search for that ever illusive perfect tone or sound. Ive always loved multi effect floor pedals and have owed several over last couple of decades and have tried almost everyone you can find on the market today. Being able to step on one button and be able to change your sound dramticly is what i think makes them great...but in my later years i had begun to appreciate analog tone over digital and tube over solid state . The reason im writing this review is truly to help those who are looking for great sound and want to save money and to help you to navigate thru all the hypes and sales advertising. With all this said the Vox Tonelab LE has done a brilliant job of sampling all the effects and reverbs... truly there are thousands of dollars of sounds in there. Still the amp modeing lacks as dose every other brand. If you want a marshal you have to buy one if you want a vox you have to pay. Also if you like metal sound im afraid the distortions might not cut it but the effects are there try it to see. It will do grunge and rock great and almost every other style this floorboard can handle. I like having the original pedals but trust me if you need to save money and still want those sounds there in there you can set them up to where they are very very hard to tell the difference between the actual pedals and the Vox.So pick up an LE and take your time getting the other pedals maybe even never get them. Then after you do get them one by one you can be as disappointed as myself hearing that you already had them in the Tone Lab LE by Vox. Hope this will help someone out there.
The Vox ToneLab LE will get as close as you can get to sounding like a real tube amp. You can get good Fender clean sounds as well as Marshall crank. The Reverb is good sounding as well as the delays. The foot pedal is good for volume control but not so good for wah wah. Do not like the sound of the wah wah. This unit because it does so much takes time the learn how to use all of its features. This unit has some good presets to get you started but you will likely end up changing them a little or alot as time goes on. Started playing guitar when I was 13 and now I am 55. The band I play in now has no guitar amps. Everything goes thru a P.A. System which is set behind the band so we need no monitors. To hear this unit in action go to www.myspace.com/shinemaine. there are 4 songs their that I used the tonelab on.
I think Vox hit a home run with this device! I've had it now for about 1 month and have only put a little time into it and already have a high level of comfort using this thing. It is logically laid out and so easy to use, I didn't need the manual to begin using it, but have read it to get better clarification of all the settings. Although the reverb could have a little better envelope, all the effects are top of the line. I play 2 Scheerhorn Resonator Slide Guitars (aka Dobro) with internal Schertler microphones and a Lap Steel running these through the Tonelab. I found I can turn these instruments into just about anything I want, from a primal screaming banshee, to a soft and dreamy harp like instrument. I use different amp and cabinet models (which are excellent) to get an almost endless variety of tones. I haven't found anything in this floor board I can't make real good use of except for the Ring Modulator, which either I don't understand it's purpose or it's a useless setting. I also discovered that this device is very transparent in the signal chain when the effects are all turned off. If I want to go effect free and go plug in acoustic, the Tonelab adds absolutely nothing but offering a clean signal path! It's built rugged, the knobs, switches, and buttons are solid and were made with punishment in mind. Whether you stay in Program Mode or manually dial in your effects on the fly (the way I like to), you just can't go wrong with this thing. Highly recommended!
I am so pleased that I got this Tonelab LE. I used to play through my Crate 65FX at our newly formed christian rock band for our chruch's 2nd service until some changes were made and I ended up performing with our first service since that worship band didn't have an electric guitar player. Well, our worship director wanted to hear more versatility (sound wise) coming from me so he let me borrow his old Tonelab SE. Wow! I was so amazed my the number and quality of different sounds that came out of it that I told myself one day I'm going to get me a multi-effects pedal. After a few months of doing some serious research, reading specs and reviews, and even trying a few different brands in the stores, I finally settled for the Tonelab LE. It's wonderful! The pre-sets are awsome, even right out of the box. I have been using it now for about six months and haven't had the need to actually tweak anything for my own personal sounds yet. Of course, playing for a contemporary worship service there is only about 7 or 8 sounds and/or effects that I really need, but still, if you buy this rig, you won't be dissapointed. Before I even started using it at the church, I read (and re-read) the manual that came with it as well as practiced with it at home just to make sure I had a handle on things. Once you get into using it, it is actualy easier than I thought it would be. The Valve reactor technology that goes into this TLLE gives you that real tube amp sound - because it has a real tube! The other guys come close but no cigar. It's rugged all metal body I know will last me for years, and with all the different sounds you can get from this unit, it's all you'll need. I highly recommend it
The Vox Tonelab LE is the best processor I have ever used. I own the DigiTech RP90, it is a good system but is not very versitile and its plastic. if you drop it you might as well say goodbye to it. The tonelab is so much better it has so many tone possibilities and you have to tube inside so you have the feel and tone of a real tube amp. I am very pleased with it and it is a must if you are a lead guitarist. and sounds good live too. Great processor I recomend it to any one looking for pro quality sound.
Vox Tonelab TLLE. This is a good unit, soundwise, when compared to some units I've tried that are currently on the market. To my ears, it sounds more realistic (amp-like) than the Boss or Line 6 units. It doesn't beat a real amp but it is a good alternative. With some patches, you can really feel the 'dynamics' and touch sensitivity. It has a smaller footprint than the previous version which will be a plus for smaller stage gigs. Also the layout is really simple so the learning curve is quick...you will be creating patches in no time (compared to units like the Boss GT-10 which have deep edits and extensive options / layouts, you might forget what you?re tweaking!!) As far as the setup scenario, this unit excels at being used as the main source preamp and sounds great when connected directly to the PA, run into a power amp and speaker setup or when run into the effects loop return or 'power amp in' of a combo amp. If your gig has an old house Fender Twin or you own a non-fx loop amp, this unit may be harder to get sounding good. In this scenario, I?ve had better luck with separate pedal effects or with the Boss GT units. In my opinion, there are some 'cons' with this unit. First, what happened to the second expression pedal that was so beloved on the TLSE? If you want to have real time control over the wah and delay, you can no longer achieve it on the TLLE. At least it would have been a good idea to have had a expression pedal input so that you could use a separate expression pedal to control parameters (like how Boss does with their units) or better yet how about a up-down and swivel expression pedal like the Fender volume-tone pedal design where up and down can be expression pedal one and side to side can pedal two.Second, the expression pedal feels a bit loose compared to the older TLSE version (or Boss / Line 6 units that I've tried) and it?s questionable if it could survive years of full duty use. Boss units may not sound as 'real' but they are sure tough. Third, there is no A/B channel?why? This adds so much more flexibility. You can do a whole gig with the TLSE with just one patch switching between channel A and B.Fourth, it would have been nice to separate the effects and the distortion groups in the 'pedal' group and give them their own groups. You might want to use the 'orange' phase and distortion...together like the old Van Halen sound??Last, I think the TLSE actually sounds better. I own both and have compared them side by side when running thru the PA or amp, the TLSE sounds more real and punchy whereas the TLLE sounds like it got re-equalized with more highs. This gives it the ?zzzz? or ?fizz? as some reviewer calls it and this could make it sound less warm and brittle in some cases.I know that some of the ?design? decisions are marketing driven to find a price point and functionality that would be acceptable to most consumers. The old TLSE was a lot more expensive than the TLLE and maybe the average consumer would not feel that the added functionality justifies the increased cost.Overall, I think the TLLE sounds pretty good compared to what is currently out on the market.
1st the bad: Like others I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the menus, choices, & features. Mine was brand new in the box & didn't come with a manual...had to download from the Vox website. The menus are also somewhat confusing for an electric-guitar newbie. I am more comfortable with it now, but still haven't figured out tap delay, which I'm pretty sure it will do. I've only had it for about 7 months & really babied it...but the power supply died. After calling Vox I have to order another one.Now the good: my bro has $1500 in pedals & this thing does all of those plus amp modeling for 1/4 of that. Some of the amp models sound really good (others not so much). I lamented above about the complex menus but the presets are really, really easy to use and make it pretty much playable right out of the box, which is nice. I play on the church praise band (with a Gibson SG, not the standard acoustic!) & this thing is really sound-board friendly...way easier than the sound guy mic'ing an amp for sure.All in all a good purchase. Vox was nice when I called, but didn't offer to warranty the cord. But I like it a lot & I saved a ton of $$. Now if I could just get that tap delay...
Its alright. the effects are good. the controls are fairly simple. the layout is idiotproofe. theres just one thing that gets me about mine, and thats the amp models. I find that they majorly take away from the sound of my amps (i run it stereo to a vox and a fender). the thing sounds a little thin without the amp models engaged, but not overly. other than that, this has everything you can possibly need. the effects sound great and are just about as tweakable as if you had the actual effect unit right in front of you. essentially a million fully tweakable stompboxes on the floor - but with channels.
Nice Box, had mine for some time and want to add that this unit sounds great, and sounds even better run through a PA, where a lot of other processors fall short. I sold my mesa amp after buying this, I just plug straight up to a 1000 watt Yahama PA and it sounds incredible, better than through my previous amp. Other than that the unit is well built, fairly user friendly, and loaded with more programs than you will probably ever need. As with any tube driven device, it brings out the tonal properties of your guitar, unlike transistor based preamaps that make pretty much all guitars sound the same. Don't try to hook up a single coil guitar and complain that you can't get a good over the top metal sound. If your axx is set up for metal, you will be able to get a good metal sound, otherwise buy pickups that are designed for the sound you are wanting or buy a Line 6.
I have an Epiphone Dot, and I play this at home only right now, but will be playing at church soon (possibly through the PA or my amp). Basically, it's a great sounding unit if you give it time. Not all the models are great. Most of the Marshall models are just meh, and the jury's still out on the Mesa Boogie models. There are several amp models that really shine on this thing though- the AC30, the AC15, the Blackface 2x12, and the Boutique Clean, which sound very very real. The built in wah sounds exactly like my Dunlop when compared side by side using this thing's effects loop. The reverbs are alright, the delays and modulations are great. Built like a tank, with stompbox style switches. No plastic Line 6 junk here, this is the real deal. Does it have a zillion models like an X3? Nope, but I'd rather a few great models than a zillion crappy ones. Bottom line- try it first, but you'll probably fall in love with it.
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