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NAMM 2007: VOX Unveil ToneLab LE

Published: Mon January 22, 2007  News Feed

VOX packed the incredible amp and effect-modeling power of Valvetronix amplifiers into a portable, easy-to-use, awesome-sounding effects unit that sounds so real, you’ll think you’re plugged into a collection of real amps! With a new smaller footprint and enhanced direct recording features, the ToneLab LE is not just a floor processor. It’s equally suited to desktop home recording. Now one unit can cover it all!

ToneLab LE: Loads of new features

The new ToneLab LE includes a few improvements on its popular predecessor, the ToneLab SE. The first is a new four-mode line out voiced specially for various applications, from direct recording to live performance through a PA system. The “Line 2” amp/line setting features an all-new three 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 to suit any room or sound system. For greater flexibility in recording applications, VOX added an S/P DIF output. Finally, the new ToneLab LE wouldn’t be complete without some new effects! A new “metal distortion” sound will satisfy your need for extreme gain. Two new delays, a slap delay and a two-tap delay with tap tempo, add to the ambient effect offerings in the LE. Finally, a new 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 our patented VOX Valve Reactor circuitry. This unique technology enables these units to provide the sound, feel and dynamic range that, until now, VOX only possible with amultitude 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 acoustical characteristics of ten different cabinet shapes and speaker types.

A range of high-quality effects

The 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 menus of parameters.

120 Program memories

The amp, cabinet, and effect settings can be saved into120 program locations. For each program, you can store two channels (A and B) of amp and cabinet settings.There are also 40 preset programs that contain classic settings for each amp model.

More expressive potential

ToneLab LE provides an expression pedal that you can use to control wah, volume and many other effect parameters.You can 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.

Superb operability, extreme flexibility

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 back lit for increased visibility. A valve icon shows the number and model of the power tubes used in the original amp that’s being modeled. Convenients end/return jacks are provided, which allow you to connect external insertion 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 letsyou stockpile an unlimited number of your own sound programs and share them with your friends.

Built-in tuner

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 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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