VOX tells us that they have been increasing the quality of digital modeling technology for nearly 15 years with their various Valvetronix models, and now with the debut of the VX Series (VXI and VXII), they say that they are taking modeling amp sound to the next level. The company says that the introduction of a bold new proprietary modeling technique called Virtual Element Technology (VET), yields vastly improved sound quality and a more authentic playing experience because it models the actual circuitry of the original amp. Described by VOX as the perfect practice amp, the VXI and VXII will be priced at $99.99 and $149.99, respectively and are available now. Here's more direct from VOX...
"The VX series offers functionality that is beyond current digital amplifiers and represents an evolutionistic step for modeling technology. Rather than basing the amp models off of the sound-specific amplifiers that we have in our collection, as we've done in the past, we've developed a new approach that models the actual circuits and electrical components of an amplifier to bring players the best sounding amp in its class," stated Brian Piccolo Brand Manager for VOX.
In order to obtain a more authentic sound and produce sound more efficiently, VOX has employed a uniquely designed-bass reflex structure combined with a sealed, one-piece speaker enclosure. The cabinet's shape, curvature of the front and back surfaces, and the internal reinforcement ribs have been carefully designed to optimize the resonance. A conventional wooden baffle was chosen to retain the projection and tone of a classic guitar amp, while the cabinet is constructed from a lightweight and durable ABS material, similar to that of professional, high-end audio systems. The combination of these two materials produces superior acoustical properties with quality sound and easy portability.
"With the VX series, we wanted to make durable practice amplifiers that sound just like your favorite old tube amp...but that are a fraction of the weight and cost! We made sure to include amp models and effects that we find fun and inspiring, and that offer players a lot of versatility. The VET at the heart of these amplifiers was used to revive a myriad of classic amplifiers," added Piccolo.
The VX series features 11 classic amp models and eight distinct effects, and it allows for 22 unique user presets. The amp models cover a lot of ground, ranging from classic American and British amplifiers of the 1950s and 1960s, to the coveted sounds of the classic VOX AC30, to some modern, high-gain tone monsters. Complementing these great amp sounds are eight classic effects which include chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, tape-style delay, analog-style delay and two types of reverb: spring and hall.
The VX II is equipped with a USB port for simple integration with a PC or Mac and also comes bundled with VOX's JamVOX III modeling software.
"All of these unique elements work together to bring forth a level of sound quality that was previously unachievable with an amp of this class. The VX series will aim to appeal to all types of customers: from beginners all the way to seasoned pros because the sound quality combined with a host of easy-to-use features and a lightweight construction makes these the ideal practice amps," added Piccolo. "The circuits at work in the VXI and VXII offer guitarists the best of both digital and analog amplifier design. The VX I and VX II represent VOX's desire to evolve the typical practice amplifier, as well as the conventional modeling amplifier."
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