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Re: Using Vox ToneLab LE for looping

Thanks for the information, Darren.
What do you think/know about the first edition of VOX Tone Lab, not the LE-series.
It´s the blue, vintage looking device.
Do you or everyone else know if it´s good sounding etc?

Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2010 4:40 PM
Subject: Re: Using Vox ToneLab LE for looping

Hi Christo,

Yes, I recommend the ToneLab. I love the tones I get with it. I have a PODxt Live, but was never happy with it. Once I switched to the ToneLab, I was delighted. The tones are great and the articulation and responsiveness are so much better. Maybe it's because the ToneLabs have tubes in them, I don't know, but they sound and feel great.

My only problem with the ToneLab LE is that the expression pedal went out after 6 months. The tension on it completely failed. I took it apart and tried to fix it, but no luck. I had to buy a new unit ('cause I had gigs lined up and couldn't wait for repair.)

You can get these on eBay. I expect the prices to come down, especially if Vox introduces a new model. But the LE serves my needs. I'll probably pick up a couple more for backup. 

On Oct 7, 2010, at 4:02 AM, Christo Jota <chris@christojota.de> wrote:

Hi Darren,
I have a Boss GT 8 Effect board. But I´m not happy with the sound. Can you recommend the Vox ToneLab ?
I´m looking for warm jazzy, ambient sounds.

Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 5:36 PM
Subject: Using Vox ToneLab LE for looping

This morning, I discovered how to use my favorite multi-effects unit, the Vox ToneLab LE, for looping AND soloing over the top. I found the information in a forum post on Vox's website (thanks to nmkalen in Germany.) I gave it a shot and it worked great. The looping function, though not as full featured as say a DL4, does a decent job and offers some interesting possibilities. I'm particularly impressed that I can get amp/cab simulation, stompbox, mod/delay, reverb, and looping all at the same time in one unit. And it sounds good too. :)  

Here's what you do:

1) Set the Delay to HOLD.
2) If you set the expression pedal to DELAY/INPUT and put the delay as the last part of the chain (MOD/RV/DLY), you can use the expression pedal to open and close the loop. (Toe down to open the loop and put things in; heel down to close the loop, allowing you to solo over it.) You can swell things into the loop too, which is nice.
3) Switching the CONTROL button allows you to hold the loop or let it decay. (Feedback setting on the HOLD delay controls how quickly the loop decays, of course.)

If you need delay on your path in addition to looping, you can use the Mod Delay setting on the Mod pedal. Limited, but works.

I used a Fuzz setting in the PEDAL switch to differentiate between a clean looped sound and overdriven solo sound.

I was able to get some real nice sounds with this. I'll post an audio and/or video sample soon.

Too bad Vox has discontinued the LE. I think it's one of the best multi-effects units on the market.