MESSE09: Vox Launch New Guitar Processor

US ToneLab ST modelling floorpedal features Valvetronix tube technology and USB      01/04/09

MESSE09: Vox Launch New Guitar Processor

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Here's what Vox have to say about the ToneLab ST, launched in Frankfurt...
Tube power explosion! Our most compact ToneLab ever offers thirty-three different amp models with a versatile array of cabinets and effects to take your guitar playing to the next level – wherever you go. Introducing the Valvetronix series ToneLab ST; bringing true-tube pro-level sound to everyone.
  • True-tube Valvetronix power! The power amp circuit features a 12AX7 triode vacuum tube for undeniable tube tone.
  • Thirty-three amp models (the largest number in its class) range from classic vintage models and high-end boutique amps to modern high-gain designs and beyond.
  • Mix and match the eleven cabinet models with any of the thirty-three amp models for complete flexibility.
  • Twenty-five versatile effects allow ToneLab ST to be your one-stop tone shop – no other equipment required!
  • The editing sections for the amps and effects are completely independent, allowing direct visual editing.
  • Simple ASIO-compatible USB audio connection to your computer.
  • Download the free librarian software and manage programs on your computer, or share presets with friends.
  • Twenty "Song" presets provide spot-on recreations of instantly recognized rock guitar classics.
  • Fifty preset programs are ready for immediate use, including twenty song presets. Fifty user programs are ready for your own custom sounds – for a total of 100 programs in memory!
  • The Amp/Line switch compensates for tone coloration based on feeding the ToneLab ST into a guitar amp, power amp or recording console.
  • The AUX IN jack lets you jam along to CDs, MP3s, iTunes, or any other external audio source.
  • In addition to wah or volume, the expression pedal can be Quick-Assigned to nearly any effect parameter for realtime control!
  • Stereo output creates depth and ambience, plus a realistic sense of acoustic space.
  • Built-in Auto Chromatic tuner – with excellent visibility.
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 series is the perfect 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 units, the series boasts a diverse lineup, and can be seen on stage, in the studio, and in the home. The 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 are 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 new 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 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 manufacturer's modeling units. This fundamental difference is the basis for the awesome sonic power available in the ToneLab ST that no other multi-effect unit can obtain.
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 thirty-three spot-on amp simulations, including vintage amps, coveted boutique amps, the latest high-gain amps, and entirely new amp models designed by VOX. But the ToneLab ST goes even further, adding eleven 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
Sure, amps are important. But that's only half of the ToneLab ST story. For a sound that is distinctly your own, we've also included twenty-five accurately modeled effects, ranging from classic stomp boxes of the past to studio-quality rack effects. All of the effects can be manipulated intuitively by turning knobs, making it easy even for the beginner to create their own sounds. Our unique single-knob design lets you select the reverb type (spring, room, and hall) and adjust the mix amount simultaneously. Always-available noise reduction ensures that you won't have to put up with unwanted noise that might otherwise be a problem when using a high-gain amp setting.
One hundred programs, including twenty song presets
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 fifty preset programs for immediate use, covering a broad range of styles and playing styles. The preset programs include twenty 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 SE right away – before you even consider creating your own programs. But when you're ready, the ToneLab ST can hold fifty of your custom edited programs. Together with the preset programs, this gives you a total of one hundred programs, available on demand.
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 realtime 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 DAW 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 favourite band in nearly any format. Compact in size, the on-the-go ToneLab ST is big on features and huge on tone!
  • Amp models: 33
  • Cabinet models: 11
  • Effect models : Pedal types11, Mod/Delay types 11, Reverb types 3
  • 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: 270 (H) x 180(D) x 70(H) mm / 10.63"(W) x 7.09"(D) x 2.76"(H)
  • Weight: 1.6 kg / 3.527 lbs.
  • Included items: AC adapter (DC12V)
Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.
Pricing and Availability:
Availability: April 2009
Price: £206.00 inc VAT
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