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Tube tone and a ton of amp, cab, and effect models.

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

ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

  • 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)
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VoxToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 38 reviews)

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    (9)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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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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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great and worthy pedal.

By John Todd

from USA

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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 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!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best modeler tone

    By michael-AhujJ

    from northern louisiana

    Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    i've tried them all. vox actually runs the signal through the tube where it compresses like an all tube amp does. i can get great clean and shred sounds through a powered speaker or pa. the cleans are "almost" as good as an all tube amp, through a good powered speaker. and that is saying a lot because after all, it is a digital processor. it has loads of gain for us gain freaks, and it definitely has that great tube sing & scream thing we all love. this setup, like all setups, will perform best through a tube power amp, when loud volume and air movement are necessary. it's pretty easy to get around. i needed the manual for a couple of things. it is built fairly sturdy. i wouldn't want to drop it very many times. but that is true for most of the newer things coming out nowadays. i played 3 or 4 Church services with it using a bass guitar and was 97% content with the tone. it also did pretty good with a godin acousticaster through a powered speaker. it has a pretty good onboard compressor that worked great for my acoustic electric & bass Church playing which is fairly low volume. for six string electric i can get about 87% happy with the tone through a powered speaker, and about 95% through a tube power amp.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    what can i say??

    By Ford

    from Wacka Wacka

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    Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    I HATED this thing when i first tried it. the effects were all jumpy, half of them seemed like repeats of previous settings and the volume seemed to be uncontrollable when dialing in settings. but now, after actually going back and spending ALOT of time with it, i think that i've finally got it figured out. i dialed in all of my favorite settings and put them all together at around the same volume so that there are no intense volume changes. i am really starting to like this thing now... i play a telecaster and occasionally a strat, so pickup buzz can be a small problem on some of the higher gain settings. i haven't gotten to give it the live test since i've figured it out, but i will soon for sure. when i DIDNT have it figured out, i gave it the live test and i hated it. the super-dramatic volume changes almost took the life of my amp . but NOW that I have the volume thing worked out, it should work out fine. great multi-effects pedal.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Multi-Effects Pedal!!!

    By Deadbatteries33

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    I was never a fan of multi-effects pedals. My friend has a Digitech and all of the tones sounded fake and fine editing was lacking. Well, I saw this and the tube sold me. I bought it and wasn't let down. Not only does it have a whole bunch of amp modles and cabinets (33 amps and 11 cabinets), but it has 11 pedals and 11 modulation/delay effects AND seperate reverb controls. I found everything to be very editable (almost like I had each individual pedal in front of me) and the free downloadable software from Vox lets me record through USB and transfer presets. In addition, the expression pedal can be assigned to almost any parameter you can think of. My only two disappointments from this pedal is that you can't have two effects from the same "box" going at the same time. For example, I can't put on an acoustic effect and then add compression. The other thing is that high gain settings sound a bit "cheap" and artificial, but I am not a metal head, so I don't run into that problem. Getting nice crisp overdriven tones is this pedals forte in my opinion and I love it!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Baby Tonelab....ToneLab ST

    By ToneLab Lover

    from St Petersburg Florida

    Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    First off, I want to say I was a bit shocked when I opened the box...this ToneLab is LITTLE! I mean it looks like a toy...I have been using the ToneLab SE for the past 5 years and it's really big so I guess Vox got the word...anyway, after I got over that I progressed into the presets from 50 to 99. I must admit most of them are far better than the presets on the SE when I got it new...still, I am a pioneer when it comes to all things tonal, so I waded into the amp models full throttle! I'm not much of a classic amp buff (even tho I'm half a century old) so the Vox AC 15/30 & Fenders don't do a lot for me so I passed them up for now. I like the newer amp models like the UK ROCK, UK METAL, US HIGHGAIN (my fav on the ToneLab SE), US METAL, & BOUTIQUE METAL. Seems Vox has really stepped up to the plate and answered the calls to modernize it's amp mods. This ST version, built on the same platform as the older ToneLabs, is a move in the right direction. I've had the ST only 2 weeks now so my experience is going to change a bit with time, but my first impression is a good one. My new fav on the ST is the UK METAL CST Marshall Slash Edition. I own a coveted Marshall Silver Jubilee, so I am familiar with the tone aspects of the amps Slash used on Appetite for Destruction. This model on the ToneLab ST is about as close as any amp moding device I've heard so far. The key is when you back off the volume on the guitar, the amp mod acts just like the real amp and cleans up very nicely. Don't get me wrong, the ToneLab in no way is as good as the MSJ, but it is a great substitute for playing the crap hole bars I venture into now and then...

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    ST Vox Multi-effects pedal

    By Warren Worth

    from Montana

    Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

    I like it!
    Major features I like: rugged, robust case, easy settings, clearly marked dials, power supply included. 12AX7 visible through ventilation slots; can tell if tube at least lights up. Sound is genuine. I will be a while learning more and more about this tool.
    Nothing pounds euipment like shows. The metal case of this pedal appears to reasonable protect the product. There isn;t a roadie pr player that doesn't know the disappointment and anxiety of compponents that don't work, at the show. Thi one will.
    These days everything costs too much. Hoever, I got this pedal on sale and with free shipping. It's only a few dollars (20 to 40) more than just a wah-wah and does so much more.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good amp modelling , fx not great

    By steve123

    from Halifax, Canada

    About Me Experienced

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    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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer!!!! A MUST HAVE!!!!!!

    By Axegrinder

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      The Tonelab ST is an incredible piece of equipment, and I am kicking myself for not getting one way sooner. The effects are top notch, and the amp modeling is dead on. The tones are incredible, helped big time by the tube pre. This is perfect for recording, and the usb capability is essential for me as I can use headphones and still record at any hour of the night without disturbing the family!! The tones of this thing are absolutely amazing, and really sing!!! I play on top of the line guitars and amps, and the Tonelab ST was the final missing element to the sound I have been searching for for decades. I highly recommend getting this if you are curious!! You will NOT be disappointed!! The possibilties are endless and the sound...Wow!!!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BEST!!!!!

      By lespaul3826

      from SC

      Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      This is an amazing pedal. The Vox Wah sounds awesome and you if you dont want the pedal to be only for Wah, you can set it to anything you want like phaser, volume, and reverb. Oh, and it has 3 different types of reverb!!!! I FREAKING LOVE THIS THING!!!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Honest Review...And I've owned them all

      By Mark-vPGaa

      from Atlanta

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      Comments about Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal:

      This is a nice unit. I've owned all the tonelab models as well as all the Line6 Pod models. I like the tone that the Tonelabs produce, however, I always hated the fact that there was no mp3 input. So I decided to test this one. It has alot of features, very durable and well built. But compared to my line6 pod stuff, the tone is just too thin. Personally i think the best of all the tonelab stuff is the LE model. But you have to have midi interfaces to use it with your PC. This ST has a USB interface. But you CANNOT upload and download tones with it. Its relativly a worthless feature. I would recommend either upgrading to the Tonelab LE or getting a Pod XT Live. This is nice, but its not all that great.

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