VOX AD100VTH Manual
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Footswitch for the Vox VR15 amplifier. Includes removable cord and LED indicator lamp.
Brand: KORG USA
Part Number: VF001
UPC: 4959112033139, 603384033130
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Your guitar sound passes through the following sections. (You can refer to The Guitarists Guided Panel Tour while you read the explanation that follows.)
Power Amp model Effect
AUTO WAH / COMP
Pre Amp model
Choose one of 11 types
MODULATION DELAY / REVERB
Class A Class AB
Determined by the Pre Amp selection
VALVE REACTOR TECHNOLOGY
THE POWER (AMP) AND THE GLORY!
Since conventional modeling effects for line recording are not used directly with a speaker, they do not include a power amp circuit, output transformer, or speaker. In other words, they only have a preamp circuit. A real valve amp sound, however, is produced not just by the preamp, but also by the tone and distortion of the power amp, and by the constant changes in impedance that are created by the power amp driving the speakers. The AD15VT, AD30VT, AD50VT, AD100VT & AD100VTH contain an actual low-wattage valve power amp circuit, a virtual output transformer (patent applied for) that uses solid-state components to simulate an output transformer, and a dummy speaker circuit that simulates the varying impedance of a real speaker. This means that although its low-power, the power amps used in both the AD15VT, AD30VT, AD50VT, AD100VT & AD100VTH have the same circuit structure of an actual all-valve (tube) amp. While much of the tone creation and shaping carried out is done in the digital domain, the Valve Reactor power amp is 100% analogue. The resulting journey your guitars signal takes through the analogue world of the power stage plays a major role in providing the all-important feel and tone of the original amps we modelled. The Valve Reactor power stage is, to all intents and purposes, a bona de valve (tube) push-pull power amplier, but in miniature. It utilizes a 12AX7 (ECC83) valve (a dual triode device meaning two valves in one) and is equipped with an output transformer, just like a real valve amp. The power amp output signal is designed to read the constantly changing impedance curve of the dummy speaker circuit system and feed this information back to the virtual output transformer just like an all valve amplier does. This information permits the behavior of the valve stage to vary with the speaker load (impedance), which is another important part of real world valve tone.
alve Reactor technology was rst used on the VOX AD60VT & AD120VT Valvetronix amps.
Apart from the vital valve tone this ingenious power amp design provides, it also allows us to replicate various circuit characteristics that are unique to the all-valve power stages of the amps weve modelled. These characteristics include: Class A or Class AB operation, Presence and Resonance (low end) control circuitry (both found in the negative feedback circuit that some, but not all, valve power amps have) and power output. Being able to match such vital characteristics helps ensure that each and every one of our models is as tonally authentic as possible as opposed to the usual close but no cigar norm of digital modeling. And just so you know, this patented in USA power amp technology is unique to VOX Valvetronix.
nce youve satised your primal urge to play, Id like to urge you to give this manual a chance its been written by a fellow guitar nut and this amp boasts some killer bells n whistles that warrant your interest. In short, itll be worth your while, we promise. This said, heres the Quick Start enjoy! I look forward to taking you through the amp in more detail once youre done.
HINT: If youre not sure of the location of a control or switch referred to in this Quick Start section, you can refer to the illustrations in the section entitled The Guitarists Guided Panel Tour (page 4).
1. Turn the MASTER volume control on the amp all the way down. 2. Plug one end of the supplied power cord into the AC power connector on the rear panel, and plug the other end into a wall outlet. For the AD100VTH: Use the included speaker cable to connect the [SPEAKER OUT] jack(s) to your speaker cabinet(s). Set the OUTPUT SELECT switch to the appropriate setting for the speaker cabinet(s) youre using. ( page 8) 3. Plug your guitar into the INPUT jack on the top panel. 4. Turn on the POWER switch. 5. Slowly raise the MASTER volume to adjust the volume.
HINT: The rear panel POWER LEVEL control controls the output level of the power amp, letting you adjust the volume while keeping that great-sounding power-amp distortion! (The AD15VT doesnt have this feature.) NOTE: You wont hear any sound for a few seconds while the valves warm up. This isnt a malfunction, this is how a tube operates normally.
CHECKING OUT THE PRESET PROGRAMS
1. Press the top panel PRESET button. The PRESET LED will light (this means youre in Preset mode). 2. Turn the AMP selector to select an amp type. For each amp type you select, a preset containing a typical sound for that type will be selected; i.e., the GAIN, VOLUME, TREBLE, MIDDLE, BASS, and effect settings will be switched automatically. If you want to hear the amp without effects, press the effect bypass button.
SWITCHING BETWEEN THE CHANNELS OF A PROGRAM
1. Press the top panel CH (Channel) button. The CH1 or CH2 LED will light, and the program assigned to the corresponding channel will be recalled (Channel Select mode). 2. CH1 and CH2 will alternate each time you press the CH button.
HINT: You can store your favorite settings in each channel of the program. For details, see Storing your program (page 14).
CREATING YOUR OWN SOUNDS
1. Press the top panel MANUAL button. The MANUAL LED will light (youre in Manual mode).
HINT: You can also create your own sounds in Preset mode or Channel Select mode. However, the process is a bit easier to understand in Manual mode, since the positions of all knobs (except the EDIT 1 knob) are exactly what youre hearing. In other words, what you see is what you get!
2. Use the AMP selector to select an amp, and adjust the GAIN, VOLUME, TREBLE, MIDDLE, and BASS accordingly. 3. If you want to use an effect, use the EFFECTS selector to select an effect type, and use the EDIT 1 knob to adjust the depth of the effect. For modulation-type effects like CHORUS or TREMOLO, or the DELAY/REVERB effect, just press the TAP button twice to set the modulation speed or the delay/ reverb time to the corresponding interval it doesnt get much easier than that! If you dont want to use an effect, press the BYPASS button. You can edit more effect parameters but youll have to read the manual to nd out how. 4. When youve come up with a sound you like, write it as described in Storing your program (page 14).
The Guitarists Guided Panel Tour
In this chapter were going to take a look at the top and rear panels of your Valvetronix amp.
A. Top Panel
1. INPUT SECTION
This is where you plug in your guitar.
2. AMP SECTION
Heres where you make your settings. AMP selector switch This selects one of the amp type models. As mentioned earlier, each model replicates the preamp (with its gain and tonal response), the power amp operation (class A or AB), negative feedback circuitry (or lack thereof), and the response of the tone controls and their placement within the circuit. The all-important power amp stage is also recongured according to the original. The amp types include the legendary VOX AC30TBX, and provide eleven models that faithfully simulate classic valve amps. For details, turn to Amp models and effects (page 17). Preset mode (when the PRESET LED is lit) lets you select preset programs that contain typical sound and effect settings for each amp type. GAIN This adjusts the preamp gain. Higher settings will give you more distortion VOLUME This adjusts the volume.
NOTE: You cant adjust the effect parameters if the BYPASS LED is lit. HINT: While the effect is bypassed, you can adjust the noise reduction sensitivity by holding down the TAP button and turning the EDIT 1 knob. HINT: The bypass setting is remembered even when you switch modes, switch programs, or turn off the power. HINT: The Bypass button can be used to modify effect parameters (EDIT 3). Press and hold Bypass and simultaneously turn the EDIT 1 knob. See the chart on page 23 for what parameters can be controlled.
4. PRESET/MANUAL/CHANNEL SECTION
PRESET and LED This button puts your Valvetronix amp into Preset mode and you can use the AMP selector to select a typical setting for each amp type. If the PRESET LED is lit, youre in Preset mode! MANUAL and LED This button puts your Valvetronix amp into Manual mode which means the physical position of each knob (except for the EDIT 1 knob) determines exactly what you will hear. This means that the amp will operate just like a conventional guitar amp. If the MANUAL LED is lit, youre in Manual mode. CH (Channel), CH1/CH2 LEDs This button switches between the two channels and The LED of the selected channel will light. In Preset or Manual mode, the CH1 and CH2 LEDs will be dark. If from either of these modes you then press this CH button, youll switch to Channel Select mode, and the channel (1 or 2) that you selected most recently will become active.
WRITE button Use this button to save a new program into CH1 or CH2. Refer to Storing your program (page 14).
5. POWER SWITCH
When the power is on, the indicator located above the switch will be lit.
B. Rear Panel
AC power This is where you connect the included power cord. FOOT SW You can connect the optional VFS2 dual foot switch (sold separately) here, and use it to switch programs or bypass the effect while you perform. POWER LEVEL This adjusts the output wattage of the power amp.
AD30VT: less than 0.1 W 30 W AD50VT: less than 0.15 W 50 W
AD100VT/AD100VTH: less than 0.2 W 100 W
NOTE: The AD15VT doesnt have this control. NOTE: The power level setting isnt saved as part of the program.
This control lets you get that highly desirable, fat, warm sound of the Valvetronix power stage being driven hard (a common trait of all great valve power amps), at various levels. This will enable you to play comfortably in a small room or compromising your all-important tone. LINE/PHONE Use this jack if youre plugging directly in to a mixer, recording device, or if youre using headphones. The output from this jack is taken from immediately before the ValveReactor power amp, and the character of the guitar amp cabinet is applied to it.
NOTE: The presence setting is not programmed. NOTE: Only the AD100VTH has this knob.
About the three operating modes
he AD15VT/AD30VT/AD50VT/AD100VT/AD100VTH contains eleven preset programs. To select one of these, enter Preset mode (which simply means, press the PRESET button) and turn the AMP selector.
There are also two rewritable channel programs which you can select by pressing the CH button or by using the optional VFS2 foot switch.
PRESET MODE (SELECTING A PRESET PROGRAM)
In Preset mode, simply turn the AMP selector to select a preset program that contains typical settings for each amp type. The GAIN, VOLUME, TREBLE, MIDDLE, BASS, and effect settings will switch automatically.
GETTING TO PRESET MODE
If the PRESET LED is dark, youre not in Preset mode. Press the PRESET button to make the PRESET LED light.
NOTE: If the CH1 or CH2 LED is blinking (i.e., when youre in the middle of selecting a writing-destination for the program) the PRESET LED wont light when you press the PRESET button the rst time. In this case, just press the PRESET button once again.
SELECTING A PRESET PROGRAM
With the PRESET LED lit, turn the AMP selector and the preset program for each amp type will be selected. (The physical settings of the top panel control knobs and EFFECTS selector are ignored at this time.)
HINT: If you want to bypass the effect, press the BYPASS button. If the BYPASS LED is lit, the effect is bypassed. Press the BYPASS button once again to cancel bypass and enable the effect once again. The AD15VT, AD30VT, AD50VT, AD100VT & AD100VTH remembers the bypass setting even if you switch modes or programs, or turn off the power.
CHANNEL SELECT MODE (SELECTING A CHANNEL PROGRAM)
In Channel Select mode you can press the CH button to recall the program saved in each channel (CH1 and CH2), automatically switching all of the amp and effect parameters.
GETTING TO CHANNEL SELECT MODE
If the CH1 and CH2 LEDs are dark, youre not in Channel Select mode. Press the CH button. Either the CH1 or CH2 LED will light, and youll be in Channel Select mode.
NOTE: If the CH1 or CH2 LED is blinking (i.e., when youre in the middle of selecting a writing-destination for the program), the program wont switch when you press the CH button the rst time. In this case, press the TAP button to stop the blinking.
With either the CH1 or CH2 LED lit, press the CH switch. The channel will change each time you press the button, and the program stored in each channel will be recalled. (The physical settings of the top panel selector knobs and control knobs are ignored at this time.)
HINT: If the optional VFS2 dual foot switch is connected to the rear panel, you can use it to switch programs. For details, refer to Using the VSF2 dual foot switch (page 16). HINT: If you want to bypass the effect, press the BYPASS button. If the BYPASS LED is lit, there is no effect. To turn the effect on, press the BYPASS button once to turn off the LED. The AD15VT, AD30VT, AD50VT, AD100VT & AD100VTH remember the bypass setting even if you switch modes or programs, or turn off the power.
When the AD15VT, AD30VT, AD50VT, AD100VT or AD100VTH is in Manual mode, it works just like a non-programmable guitar amp. In other words, the positions of all top panel selectors and knobs (except for the EDIT 1 knob) indicate exactly what youre hearing.
GETTING TO MANUAL MODE
If the MANUAL LED is dark, youre not in Manual mode. Press the MANUAL button; the MANUAL LED will light, and youll be in Manual mode.
NOTE: If the CH1 or CH2 LED is blinking (i.e., when youre in the middle of selecting a writing-destination for the program), the MANUAL LED wont light when you press the MANUAL button the rst time. In this case, simply press the MANUAL button once again. NOTE: In Manual mode when you edit parameters that arent dened by a knob setting (i.e., effect parameters or noise reduction settings), those settings are saved automatically, and will be recalled the next time you enter Manual mode. However if the EFFECTS selector is at a different position than it was when you were last in Manual mode, the default settings for that effect type will be loaded. HINT: If you want to bypass the effect, press the BYPASS button. If the BYPASS LED is lit, there is no effect. To turn the effect on, press the BYPASS button once to turn off the LED. The AD15VT, AD30VT, AD50VT, AD100VT & AD100VTH remember the bypass setting even if you switch modes, programs, or turn off the power.Creating and storing your own program
Creating and storing your own program
here are two ways you can do this; by tweaking an existing preset program thats close to what you have in mind, or by starting from scratch.
CREATING YOUR OWN PROGRAM
Lets start from scratch. 1. Choose any program in Preset or Channel Select mode, or select Manual mode.
HINT: Since were starting from scratch it doesnt matter what program you choose.
2. Use the BYPASS button to bypass the effect. (The BYPASS LED is lit.) If you want to use an effect, you can add it at the end of this process. 3. Use the AMP selector to select the amp you want to use.
HINT: For details on the amp types, refer to Amp models and effects (page 17).
4. Adjust the top panel GAIN, VOLUME, TREBLE, MIDDLE, and BASS knobs as desired. 5. Hold down the TAP button and turn the EDIT 1 knob to adjust the noise reduction. This setting is also saved as part of your program. For details, refer to Adjusting the noise reduction (page 13)
HINT: Adjust the noise reduction so that you dont hear noise when youre not playing your guitar.
6. If you want to use an effect, press the BYPASS switch once again to turn bypass off (the BYPASS LED goes dark). 7. Select an effect, and make adjustments. For example if you want to add delay, turn the EFFECT selector to DELAY. If the selector is already set to DELAY, youll have to turn it to a different effect and then back to DELAY. Use the TAP button or EDIT 1 knob to adjust the delay time and delay level (the amount of delayed sound). DELAY TIME: DELAY LEVEL: DELAY FEEDBACK: Press the TAP button twice (at the desired interval), or hold down the TAP button and turn EDIT 1. Turn EDIT 1 (without pressing any button). Turn EDIT 1 while holding down the BYPASS button.
HINT: For details on the effects, refer to Amp models and effects (page 17).
8. When youve come up with a sound you like, store the program.
NOTE: In Preset or Channel Select mode, the changes you made will be lost if you switch to a different program or Manual mode or turn off the power without storing the program rst. NOTE: The effect bypass setting isnt stored as part of the program.
ADJUSTING THE NOISE REDUCTION
Heres how to adjust the noise reduction
HINT: When using a high-gain amp model such as NUMETAL or US HIGAIN, we recommend that you use noise reduction, since more gain means more noise! NOTE: The noise reduction setting is part of each program. In Preset and Channel Select modes, your setting will be lost if you switch to a different program or to Manual mode (or turn off the power) without storing your edited program rst.
1. Press the BYPASS button to make the BYPASS LED light. 2. Hold down the TAP button and turn the EDIT 1 knob to adjust the noise reduction sensitivity. Turning the knob toward the right will produce greater noise reduction (less noise). If you turn the knob all the way to the left, noise reduction will be off, and wont do anything (more noise).
NOTE: Depending on the guitar youre using, excessively high noise reduction settings may cause notes to be cut off in an unwanted manner!
3. If you want to use effects, press the BYPASS button to make the BYPASS LED go dark and the effect(s) will be heard.
STORING YOUR PROGRAM
When youve come up with a sound you like, you should store (write) the program. 1. Press the WRITE button. The CH1 or CH2 LED will blink. 2. Press the CH button to select the channel in which you want to store your program. The program will be stored in the channel whose indicator is blinking.
HINT: If, during this process, you decide that you really dont want to store the program, you can press the TAP button to cancel at this point. The LED will stop blinking, and youll return to the mode in which you were.
3. Press the WRITE button once again. Your program will be saved in the specied channel, and the LED of the destination channel will stop blinking and remain lit.
NOTE: The program that was previously stored in that channel will be overwritten; in other words, the settings that used to be stored in the channel you selected in step 2 will be erased. NOTE: The effect bypass setting isnt stored as part of the program. NOTE: If youre creating your sound in Preset or Channel Select mode, your changes will disappear if you switch to a different program or to Manual mode before storing.
CHECKING THE SETTINGS OF A PROGRAM (ORIGINAL VALUES)
If you want to nd out exactly what settings are saved in a preset or user program, you can use the Original Value function. When youre turning a knob to adjust the value of a parameter, and the value at that moment matches the value that is saved in the program (i.e., the original value), the PRESET LED will blink if youre in Preset mode, or the channel LED will blink if youre in Channel Select mode.
HINT: When youve found a program you like, and want to know just what settings it contains, simply use this Original Value function! NOTE: Since the top panel MASTER volume, the rear panel POWER LEVEL control, and PRESENCE control (AD100VTH) are not programmed, the original value display will not occur for these settings. Also, the Original Value function doesnt operate in manual mode.
RESTORING THE FACTORY SETTINGS
Heres how you can restore the factory settings.
NOTE: If you do this, the programs you saved in the channels will be completely erased, and will be reset to the factory settings. NOTE: Effect and noise reduction settings made in the Manual mode will also be erased.
1. Turn the power off. 2. While holding down both the CH and WRITE buttons, turn the power on. When the CH1 and CH2 LEDs begin blinking, release these two buttons.
HINT: If you decide to abort this operation, press the TAP switch at this point.
3. When you press the WRITE switch, the CH1 and CH2 LEDs will change from blinking to lit. Initialization will be completed in a few seconds, and the amp will switch to Preset mode.
NOTE: Never turn off the power while initialization is taking place.
Using the VFS2 dual foot switch
f the optional VFS2 dual foot switch (sold separately*) is connected to the rear panel FOOT SW jack, you can use it to switch programs or turn effect bypass on/off.
VFS2 left switch (switch 1): Switches channel programs VFS2 right switch (switch 2): Switches bypass on/off, or turn Manual mode on
SWITCHING THE CHANNEL PROGRAM (SWITCH 1)
Each time you press the VFS2s left switch (switch 1), youll alternate between CH1 and CH2.
NOTE: Switch 1 has the same function as the channel select switch on the top panel. If you press switch 1 in Preset mode or Manual mode, youll change over to Channel Select mode. Also, pressing switch 1 during the process of storing a program (the CH1 or CH2 LED is blinking) will change the store-destination.
TURNING EFFECT BYPASS ON/OFF (SWITCH 2)
Hold down the top panel BYPASS switch and press the VFS2s right switch (switch 2). This assigns the function of switch 2 as bypass on/off. Now when you press switch 2, effect bypass will alternately be turned on/off.
HINT: The amp will remember the switch 2 assignment. This setting is remembered even if you switch modes or programs, or turn off the power.
SWITCHING TO MANUAL MODE (SWITCH 2)
Hold down the top panel MANUAL switch and press the VFS2s right switch (switch 2). This assigns the function of switch 2 as Manual mode. Now when you press switch 2, the amp will switch to Manual mode.
Amp models and effects
In this section were going to talk about the eleven amp models and effects.
hich amps did we painstakingly model for our selection of eleven? Believe me when I say it wasnt easy cos, as Im sure you know, theres a plethora of greatsounding amps out there. After countless hours of soul searching, earnest discussions (not to mention the occasional friendly argument!), calls to tone-wise friends (some professional players, some not. but all blessed with great ears) plus, of course, listening and playing, a top eleven list was nally drawn up. As youre about to discover, the ones we went with are not only the cream of the crop but also offer up the widest possible array of the greatest guitar tones known to man from pristine clean to outrageous overdrive and all points in-between.
As already touched on in this manual Guitarists Guide although the top panel of your Valvetronix amp houses controls for TREBLE, MIDDLE, BASS, GAIN, VOLUME, and MASTER, not all of the amps weve modeled have as many controls. In such cases, rather than leave you with knobs that do nothing, weve made full use of all ve Valvetronix amp controls without compromising the accuracy of any of our models. This means youll be able to mimic the full tonal spectrum of each and every one of the originals weve modeled. and then some, thanks to the extra exibility and additional control the ve Valvetronix amp controls give you. For example, if an original doesnt have a Gain Control (AC15, AC30TB, UK 70S, BLACK 2x12, and TWEED 4x10), the Valvetronixs GAIN control will mimic the originals Volume control. This, of course leaves you with three volume controls to use; VOLUME, GAIN, and MASTER. As you already know, MASTER is a universal, non-programmable control that allows you to set the overall volume of the amp. So, the programmable VOLUME control (the knob right next to GAIN) effectively acts as a second Master Volume, allowing you to ensure that the volume of each of your programs compliments the rest. Cool stuff, Im sure youll agree. Also, if an original amp doesnt have a complete 3 band EQ network then well set up the missing tone controls on our model to be neutral (i.e. as the original) when set at 12 oclock thus giving you extra tonal exibility in those EQ areas, if you so wish. Just so you know, the amps we modeled that dont have individual controls for Treble, Middle and Bass are:
1. BOUTIQUE CL
For this amp type, we modelled the Clean channel of a very rare, very expensive and respected 100 Watt head named the Overdrive Special. We auditioned several top-shelf boutique amps for this model but this amp was the clear winner. Its beautifully rounded low-end, delightfully transient mid-range attack and sweet treble make it the perfect partner for single- coil pickups. It is also incredibly responsive and extremely sensitive to picking styles and pickup selection. Strummed chords just ring out and blossom.
Originals tube compliment: 3 x 12AX7s in preamp, 4 x 6L6s in power amp.
2. BLACK 2x12
This dual channel, blackfaced beauty is considered a must- have 2x12 combo for many professionals. Its celebrated clean sound is very tight n twangy, with a deep, taut, piano-like bass. Pristine clean tones aside, BLACK 2x12 is also capable of producing that classic Chicago blues tone especially with single coil pickups. In keeping with the original, when pushed hard the bass tends to crumble so raise the MIDDLE and lower the BASS. Because the EQ network of BLACK 2x12 lies before the main gain stage of its preamp, pushing the mids results in a lovely, singing blues tone.
Originals tube compliment: 4 x 12AX7s & 2 x 12AT7 (a.k.a. ECC81) in
preamp, 4 x 6L6s in power amp.
3. TWEED 4x10
This 4x10 combo was built in 1959 and originally intended for bass. This said, guitarists were quick to embrace its smooth-yet-cutting on-the- edge tone. TWEED 4x10 is very responsive to both picking strength and guitar volume setting. By backing-off your axes volume when the amp is cranked, you can produce a beautifully clean and full tone. It also means that dynamic picking control allows you to make notes or chords more distorted or clean than others, depending on how hard or how soft you pick.
TONAL NOTE: Just like on the original, the tone controls are highly interactive. The TREBLE, MIDDLE AND BASS controls will affect each other depending on your settings. Originals tube compliment: 1 x 12AY7, 2 x 12AX7s in preamp, 1x GZ34 recti-
er, 2 x 5881s in power amp.
This is modelled on Channel 2 of an amazing sounding 1962 VOX AC15. This 1 x12, 15 Watt, valve driven combo was unleashed on the market in 1958 and was the rst ever VOX amplier. Thanks to its compactness, built in vibrato and tremendous tone, it was a huge hit with the popular British guitar bands of the time. One of the biggest reasons for its signature tone is the fact that it employs EL84 output valves in a Class A circuit with no negative feedback. The result of this design is more perceived power and more distortion the latter of which gets thick with second and third order harmonics that increase as the amp is cranked. Thanks to Valve Reactor Technology the power stage of your amp is automatically switched to its EL84s in a Class A circuit with no feedback emulation whenever AC15 (or AC30TB) is chosen. The AC15 is the very essence of simplicity. The Channel we modelled only has three controls Volume, Brilliance (really a bass cut) and Top Cut. When you select AC15, the GAIN control mimics the originals Volume control. The BASS control acts as the Bass Cut (originally labelled Brilliance) with total variability instead of the original two position switch. Since everyone leaves the Top Cut in the full ON position, weve eliminated this function. So what do the extra TREBLE and MIDDLE controls do? Set them at 12 oclock and theyre neutral (they mimic the tone of the original) or tweak them for extra exibility.
Originals valve compliment: 1 x EF86, 3 x ECC83s, 1 x ECC82 in preamp, 1 x EZ81 rectier, 2 x EL84s in power amp.
The rst AC30s were similar to AC15s but with twice the power (using four EL84s) and the addition of a third channel. Just like the AC15, it was instantly popular. Even though it was a runaway success, several artists asked for more tonal exibility. VOX designed an add-on tone circuit using an additional ECC83 valve. The circuit increased gain in the Brilliant channel and added Treble and Bass controls. The AC30s new gutsy tone became an instantly recognisable signature sound of many major groups in the mid 60S. VOX initially called this their Brilliance Unit but it quickly became known as Top Boost. When Top Boost was rst introduced it was only available as a retrot back panel assembly. It was tted to AC30 top panels around 1964. GAIN, TREBLE and BASS mimic the originals Volume, Treble and Bass controls. The MIDDLE is an extra with 12 oclock being its neutral position. Our AC30TB model produces clean sounds that are rich and jangly with a smooth yet detailed top end, and overdrives that have a glorious, throaty bark just like those classic, Class A tones that have made the original a must have in any serious players amp collection.
Originals valve compliment: 5 x ECC83s & 1 x ECC82 in preamp, 1 x GZ34
rectier, 4 x EL84s in power amp.
6. UK 70s
This is based on the High Treble channel of a 1971, 50 Watt, four input, all-valve head. This amp was chosen because the tone was incredibly rich and warm yet biting and distinct! As this amp has no master volume facility, the way to use it to its full potential is to crank the Volume. To achieve the same response as the original, turn the VOLUME to maximum and use the Master Volume to set your desired volume level. Wind the GAIN control all the way up and immerse yourself in an instantly recognizable, organic overdrive that responds beautifully to the subtle dynamics of your playing and dominates classic rock. Rolling back your guitars volume control results in a unique and highly usable clean sound.
Originals valve compliment: 3 x ECC83s in preamp, 2 x EL34s in power amp.
7. UK 80s
This is modelled on a 1983, all tube, single channel 100 Watt head that boasts a Master Volume control a wonderful feature that allows the user to dial in a decent crunch tone without having to max out the amps volume. Invariably played with its Gain control cranked to the max, this amp was responsible for the fat, roaring sound that dominated 80s hard rock and heavy metal. In the 80s this amp was the only amp of choice.and, for many, still is! Although UK 80s became famous for its distinctive, cranium-crushing crunch, it isnt merely a one trick pony and neither is our model just like the original, when you roll back your guitars volume knob youll get a bright, clean sound thats perfect for chord work and will cut through any mix like a hot knife through butter.
Power amp output AD15VT: AD30VT: AD50VT: AD100VT/AD100VTH: Speaker AD15VT: AD30VT: AD50VT: AD100VT: Signal processing A/D conversion: D/A conversion: Sampling frequency: Power supply requirements: Power consumption
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VOX kicked off its line of guitar amplifiers back in 57. It took only a few years for the AC15 and AC30 to become instant legends, defining the sound of the British Invasion for the UK and the world. Fast forward 50 years, and VOX continues to lead and innovate, creating the gear behind todays music revolutions. From the incomparable AC30 Custom Classic to the steel mesh-fronted AD and DA Series, from the killer new Classic Plus amps to tube-powered effects pedals and processors, VOX has tone, features and style like no one else. Thats why, for 50 years and counting, everyone rocks with VOX.
AC15 HERITAGE COLLECTION CUSTOM CLASSIC SERIES BRIAN MAY AC30 CLASSIC PLUS SERIES 50 YEARS OF VOX AD CHROME SERIES DA DIGITAL AMPLIFIERS PATHFINDER AMPLIFIERS VOX WAH WAH PEDAL COOLTRON PEDALS CABLES AND COVERS TONELAB LE
This VOX catalogue is published by VOX UK. Due to our efforts for constant improvement, specifications and features printed herein are subject to change without notice. Some of the products listed may not be available at certain VOX dealers. VOX UK assumes no liability for errors in articles or advertisements, and opinions expressed by the authors are not necessarily those of VOX UK. The contents of this publication are 2007 by VOX UK and may not be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of VOX UK. All rights reserved. Printed in the UK. All product photos by Keith Smith and James Cumpsty.
AC15H1TVL HERITAGE COLLECTION
Your search for the Holy Grail of VOX tone ends here. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of VOX guitar amplifiers, we are pleased to introduce the first of a new commemorative range of amplifiers the AC15H1TV handwired combo. Rather than just a typical reissue where a vintage amp is dusted off and copied, this amplifier transports you through the golden age of VOX tone, combining the prized EF86 preamp channel of 1960 with the 1963 Top Boost channel all-in-one amplifier. Add in some modern tone shaping control enhancements and the result is perhaps the finest VOX amplifier in the com>> panys 50 year history.
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AC15H1TV HERITAGE COLLECTION
In limited edition hardwood and classic cream vinyl, the new AC15 handwired combo is the first offering in VOXs new Heritage Collection.
The EF86: The magical VOX tone What is it that makes EF86-based VOX amplifiers some of the most collectible in the world? Maybe its the way the amp naturally overdrives, almost breathing with a life of its own. Dynamic changes in pick attack almost seem to be anticipated before you make them. Or maybe its the raw power of the creamy distortion as you crank the amp all the way up and slam down on a power chord. Whatever it is, there is an undeniable magic about this period of VOX amplification. An age when the most simple of circuits produced some of the most complex of tones. Now in short supply, the EF86 Pentode tube is at the heart of this elusive tone. Fifty years later, the magic returns. The AC15H1TV: A detailed look The 15-watt handwired AC15 features two channels of VOX tone through a single 12" Celestion Alnico Blue speaker. The tube complement is made up of 1 x EF86, 3 x ECC83/12AX7, 2 x EL84, and 1 x EZ81 (rectifier).
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Two blendable channels, a first Not only does the AC30 Custom Classic include two channels, it also offers the ability to blend those channels together. The Top Boost Channel serves up that classic AC30 tone, while our new expanded Normal The AC15: when less is more First introduced in 1958, the ACWatt combo has been the amp of choice for countless guitar players throughout the world. Like its big brother the AC30 Custom Classic, this flexible, combo amp is equipped with a number of modern features like master volume, global reverb, and tremolo. AC15CC1 1x12" combo with VOX custom GSH12-30 speaker AC15CC1X 1x12" combo with Celestion AlNiCo Blue speaker AC30CC1 1x12" combo with Celestion neodymium NeoDog speaker AC30CC2X 2x12" combo with Celestion AlNiCo Blue speakers
An evolution in tone When we set out to create the AC30 Custom Classic we started from our most highly acclaimed model to date, the AC30 Hand Wired. With twin inputs (High and Low) and a Master Volume circuit, all of these amps offer highly interactive Bass and Treble tone controls, as well as the VOX Tone Cut control (which varies the presence in the power amp section) for even greater tonal variety. We also included Classic Tremolo with variable Depth control and a versatile spring reverb with Level and Tone controls, as well as a Dwell switch which varies the amount of drive going into the reverb for high or low gain sounds.
Control freaks rejoice! The AC30 Custom Classic is fully equipped with well thought out and easy-to-use controls. With a Custom/Normal EQ switch, Tone control, and Dwell switch for the spring reverb, Master Volume, fully variable Tremolo on all channels and a true bypass Effects Loop, weve thought of everything! Weve even included a switchable cathode resistor that lowers power output and increases tube life. Of course, the AC30 Custom Classic comes with our standard controls like Treble, Bass, Tone, Volume, Standby and more.
History in the making Why has the AC30 been an icon for decades? Its the amplifiers unique, warm tone, its player friendly response and feel, and its primeval circuit design. With its straightforward what you see is what you get control format, the AC30 was a hit with artists from the very beginning. Back then, VOX owned the 60s British Invasion and to this day the AC30 is widely used by guitarists performing in a huge range of musical styles. (except for the venerable VOX Blue which is manufactured by Celestion), and cabinets, and we build our own electronics. All components have been designed, manufactured, or selected so that the performance and sound of your Custom Classic is second to none. Channel now offers two modes Normal and Bright which allow you to achieve the sounds of an assortment of vintage AC30s. Use the channels individually or blend them together for increased tonal flexibility to create a unique sound and feel thats all your own. The AC15CC1 offers an array of useful controls including fully variable tremolo Speed and Depth, foot-switchable tremolo and reverb with the included VF002 footswitch, Bass, Treble, Volume controls, and switchable impedance (8 or 16 Ohms).
VS30 Chrome Stands Available for the AC30 and AD120VT, VOX chrome stands feature seamless steel tubing carefully formed to the contours of the original 1960s stands. These classic items lift the amps from the floor for improved sound projection. AC30 Series Valve/Tube Complement: 4 x EL84/6BQ5; 3 x 12AX7/ECC83; 1 x GZ34 AC15 Series Valve/Tube Complement:2 x EL84/6BQ5 & 2 x 12AX7/ECC83
Multiple configurations The Custom Classic series comes in our most expansive array of models ever to cover a variety of needs and player preferences. Select from these configurations:
AC30CCH 30 Watt head V212BN 2x12" extension cabinet with VOX custom GSH12-30 speakers V212BNX 2x12" extension cabinet with Celestion AlNiCo Blue speakers V412BN 4x12" extension cabinet with VOX custom GSH12-30 speakers
For a complete list of specifications, dimensions and weights, go to www.voxamps.co.uk
Shown from left to right: AC30CC Combo and V212BN Cabinet, AC30CCH Head and V412BN 4 x 12 Cabinet, AC30CC x 12 Combo, AC15CC Combo
Location: Royal Albert Hall, London, is one of the most famous concert venues in the world.
BRIAN MAY AC30BM
CUSTOM LIMITED EDITION
The AC30BM is our tribute to one of VOXs longstanding ambassadors of rock history namely Brian May. Between Brians unique style and the stately arena tone of his wall of AC30s, there is a kind of magic that has wowed audiences worldwide for more than 30 years. The construction of the amp chassis itself is predominantly hand wired using components mounted on turret tags in the time honored way, although where this is not suitable, for a variety of reasons (such as the booster circuit), there is also some printed circuit board construction.
Specifications: Custom built ACx 12" combo using Baltic birch plywood fitted with Celestion/VOX Alnico Blue 12" 15 Watt loudspeakers Steel/Aluminum chassis finished in red paint and white silkscreen legend Built-in treble/mid single transistor boost circuit with gain and bypass panel switches, and external (supplied) footswitch 2 x 12AX7/ECC83, 4 x EL84 and 1 x GZ34 valves (tubes) Dimensions (W x D x H): 705mm x 265mm x 540mm Weight: 33.5 KG.
You, like me, are unimpressed by dozens of controls on a guitar amplifier. You want ONE knob, and IT SOUNDS PERFECT right? Well, this is it. To the best of our capability and belief, here is an amp you will never have to mess with. If it sounds great for you today, it will always sound great. Power up, plug in, turn up the ONE volume knob, and play. We hope you love it the concept and the Amp. Brian May
Legendary tone The mainstay of Brians tone has been the AC30s Normal Channel fed from a small treble/mid boost pedal both usually played flat out and, of course, Brians infamous home-built guitar the Red Special. Over time Brians equipment has been stripped to the bare essentials and fine tuned to give him the best and most reliable performance without any extra circuitry. With Brians valued input VOX has created the AC30BM, which is a re-creation of Brians stage amp and boost pedal set-up, and is a limited edition run of only 500 combos world-wide, never to be repeated.
Enhanced to perfection To complete the package, and to make it slightly more versatile, we have built the boost circuit into the amp itself rather than a separate pedal and made it footswitchable. We have also incorporated a 15 Watt switch on the back panel. The 15 Watt switching circuitry is a unique VOX circuit that not only changes the number of output valves that are in operation and the value of the output cathode resistor that bias the valves, but also changes the impedance of the output transformer. Many amps have half power switches fitted, but none of them do it this way the RIGHT way!
CLASSIC PLUS RANGE
GET READY TO ROCK
Introducing the new Classic Plus range of all-tube amplifiers from VOX. This EL34-powered line-up marries the classic VOX tone and chime of rock and roll legend with a versatile high-gain channel that goes beyond anything in VOXs 50 year history and into all-new VOX sonic territory. With available 50- and 100Watt heads plus the new AC50CP2 50Watt combo, the Classic Plus range delivers amps that do it all from the 50s to tomorrow. Sound big? You bet. What do 50 years of classic VOX sonic history sound like? Play one. >>
Channel 1 covers classic VOX AC30 tones, from sparkling clean to raunchy overdrive. The EQ on this channel is of the interactive passive format that is historic to VOX Top Boost amplifiers and boasts the addition of the famous Tone Cut control, which musically rolls off high end as it is turned up. Channel 2 picks up where Channel 1 leaves off, delivering everything from modern blues and classic rock tones all the way to high gain classic metal sounds and fluid lead tones. While Channel 2s EQ controls are also of the interactive passive format, they are centered on different frequencies to enhance the higher gain capabilities of Channel 2. The Channel 2 Bright Switch brings in an extra capacitor (switch down) across the Gain control to boost the high-mid and upper frequencies and is particularly effective on lower gain settings. The Bright Switch is great for giving extra bite and clarity to muddy sounding humbuckers. The Fat Switch adds extra gain and focuses the mid range of the guitar and amp, which helps produce a singing tone when playing lead lines.
Two channels, endless possibilities The Classic Plus is a channel-switching valve pre- and power-amp guitar amplifier that can produce many flavours of tone, from pristine clean to impressive highgains, and all points between. The two channels have a variety of wide-ranging controls to help you create the sound textures that you desire.
switch in the OFF position, the Send jack socket is still operational and can therefore be used to send the signal to another device such as a tuner or slave amplifier. The Loop Level switch allows the loop to be used at two different signal levels (approximately +4dBV (high) and -10dBV (low)). This will enable a wide range of devices to be connected to the amplifier. Channel switching and on/off reverb control is managed with the supplied VF002 dual footswitch.
Go direct The Classic Plus range features extensive direct recording and line out capabilities from both balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4" outputs with rotary level control and ground lift switching. To enable great sounding connection into PA or recording equipment, the DI also features a speaker emulating Low Pass Filter (LPF) network. This can be switched into or out of circuit as required. Another great plus of the DI circuit is that it is post the power amplifiers phase inverter valve, and before the Output Master Volume control. No matter how loud or quiet your stage level is, you have totally independent control of the DI output level. You can even turn the Master Volume totally off and use the DI output for silent recording for those midnight sessions. Power trio The Classic Plus range is comprised of the 50-Watt AC50CPH head (4 x 12AX7/ECC83, 2 x EL34B), the 100Watt AC100CPH head (4 x 12AX7/ECC83, 4 x EL34B), and the 50-Watt AC50CP2 combo (4 x 12AX7/ECC83, 2 x EL34B). The AC50CP2 comes loaded with two VOX original design 12" speakers voiced for maximum performance with the Classic Plus. Pair either of the heads with VOXs V412BN cabinet, and youve got an unbeatable tone machine. No matter how you play, theres a Classic Plus for you. And with their combination of unmatched tone, flexibility and ultra-cool looks, the Classic Plus range is at home on any size stage. Plug in and hear them roar! Included items: Power cable, VF002 footswitch Find out more at www.voxamps.co.uk
The Presence Control circuit is another unique feature to the AC range. It combines the traditional active power amp feedback circuit with a passive circuit within Channel 2s preamp. This not only focuses the Presence boost, but, if you turn the control down, it will also introduce a high frequency cut filter that can be used to defuzz the preamp distortion, making it less aggressive and sweeter. Since the channels of the Classic Plus are totally independent, you do not need to compromise to achieve your desired tonal palette. Its almost like being able to mix and match two completely different amplifiers!
Total, tonal control The Classic Plus range is packed with features and controls that meld the best of VOXs history with modern conveniences. The Classic Plus features a long spring, high-quality Spring Reverb with individual, foot-switchable level control for each channel, plus series FX looping with selectable level control and bypass switching. The Bypass slide switch will either engage the loop (switch ON) or disconnect the effects loop circuitry from the rest of the amplifier (switch OFF). With the Loop
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Previous page, the AC100CPH shown on a 412BN cabinet. Shown here, the AC50CP2 and the AC100CPH control panel.
ITS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VOX GUITAR AMPLIFICATION. TAKE A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE, AS WE PAY HOMAGE TO THIS HISTORIC BRAND.
DICK DENNEY & TOM JENNINGS
VOX BLUE SPEAKER
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VOX has had a long and intricate lineage. To the best of our knowledge, here is a chronology of historical highlights.
1952 First ads for Univox amplifier and keyboard appear in Britains Melody Maker magazine. 1954 Jennings advertises Rotary action foot volume control with the first use of VOX name. 1955 Lonnie Donnegan popularizes skiffle music and the beat boom is born. Jennings considers producing a guitar amplifier. 1956 With the Rock & Roll revolution underway, Jennings modifies the amplifier section from his electronic organs for the electric guitar, but the project flounders. Elvis Presleys Heartbreak Hotel hits UK charts. 1957 Dick Denney is hired as an engineer and Jennings Musical Industries, Ltd (JMI) is incorporated. 1958 JMI produces a 15-Watt guitar amplifier with the brand name VOX. It is named the AC1/15 because it combines amplifier and speaker and produces 15 Watts. Cliff Richards backing band, The Shadows, use AC15s and people take notice of distinctive VOX clean guitar sound. Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire reaches #1. CBS labs announce new stereo records. The legendary VOX AC30/4 is developed as a response to demands for more power. Using four EL84 tubes, the amp has four inputs, two for the normal channel and two for the Vib/Trem or Vibravox channel. New VOX amp look with fawn color and black panel, round black knobs and VOX sticker. 1951 Company Founder Tom Jennings forms The Jennings Organ Company, soon to be joined by JMI (Jennings Musical Instruments), the company responsible for VOX amplifiers. First Univox amplifier that can be used for guitar is marketed by JMI. Advertisement for organs shows foot swell control (predecessor of VOX volume pedal) and Amplifier, a remote, powered speaker used with the Jennings streamlined J-51 organ. This is first use of the VOX name for an amplifier of any kind. VOX advertises the Conversion Unit, an add-on that allows any electronic instrument to be played through a Univox keyboard amplifier.
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Fire at Erith factory destroys guitars, organs, and amplifiers, reportedly including amps Beatles used on U.S. tour. 1966 New UL amps feature a standby switch and a ground switch for United States use.
Designed to emulate the sound of a muted trumpet, the VOX WAH-WAH PEDAL is introduced and becomes one of the companys most unique and popular products. Average weekly production of VOX amplifiers is 250.
1969 Royston Industries goes into liquidation and VOX acquired by Corinthian Bank. Company now called VOX Sound Ltd. Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
Electric dulcimer, the bijou is made for Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones.
At Abbey Road, John Lennon attends his last recording session with the Beatles.
New line of UK solid-state amplifiers first introduced at the British Music Industries Trade Fair in London.
Queens Award to Industry for 1967 presented to JMI for outstanding export achievements.
BILL WYMAN MODEL BASS
VOX ECHO DELUXE
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Queen releases first album.
Arbiter reissues VOX Continental I and Continental 300 organs. New version of the AC50 amp released.
Battery powered mini AC30 with 2.5-Watt output introduced. Later combined with AC power option, it is known as the ESCORT.
1975 VOX debuts Escort 30, a 30-Watt transistor amp styled like the original AC30. The AC30SS, the solid-state version of the AC30, produces acceptable sound for the money.
Company founder Tom Jennings dies of a heart attack while sitting in his E-Type Jaguar in the driveway of his home. First test tube baby.
Venue amps used by Style Council and the Smiths. Apple introduces Macintosh personal computer.
Michael Jackson's Thriller sells 20 million albums to become largest selling record ever. Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a live bat thrown at him at a January 20 performance.
Worst Nuclear disaster ever in Chernobyl, Russia.
1989 Rose Morris acquires section of Precision Electronics plant and manufactures VOX amplifiers under the company name VOX Amplification, Ltd. Fall of Berlin Wall.
Van Halens Jump first heavy metal song to top Billboard pop charts.
1979 Rose Morris, formerly distributor for Marshall amplifiers, purchases VOX Sound Ltd., which becomes VOX Ltd., from CBS Arbiter and also the rights to VOX from Thomas Organ Company. Pink Floyd releases The Wall.
America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Day for the first time.
1985 AC30 is reissued with PCB and reduced gain design to overcome problems of tube quality inconsistency and hum.
Bon Jovi releases Slippery When Wet, which eventually becomes one of the biggest selling albums ever.
Korean-built White Shadow range replaces Custom and Standard models.
Sugarhill Gangs Rappers Delight considered first successful Rap single.
VOX teams up with BRIAN MAY, who combines stacks of AC30s with a unique playing style to bring the brand to the forefront once again.
George Lucas American Graffiti film ignites teen genre of soundtrack-driven nostalgia films.
1978 Despite new models like the AC120 amp and new Wah-Wah and tone bender pedals, CBS Arbiter decides to sell VOX Sound Ltd. John Lennon assassinated by Mark David Chapman.
1972 CBS Arbiter, UK importer of Fender, buys VOX. Tom Jennings is brought in as a consultant and production is moved to Dallas Arbiter factory where yet another version of AC30 is made.
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1973 Besides Brian May, other guitarists with VOX include Rory Gallagher and Paul Weller of the Jam. 1977 Hip-hop DJ Grandwizard Theodore invents scratching. 1980 VOX launches VOX V125, a modified AC120 with a head driving two open back 2 x 12" speaker cabinets. Later, the V125 Bass, V15 tube combo, transistor Escort 50 Lead and Escort 50 Bass make their debut.
1981 First launch of space shuttle Columbia. MTV goes on the air.
1984 Using off site design and manufacturing, VOX VENUE starts production with 100-Watt combo amps for guitar, bass and keyboards.
LIVE AID concerts in London and Philadelphia broadcast worldwide.
Rock n Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio.
1988 Precision Electronics manufactures new Q-SERIES TRANSISTOR AMPS and VOX AC30. CDs outsell vinyl records for the first time. Iran-Iraq war ends.
1982 Company once again produces guitars, introducing Custom and Standard models, high-quality instruments made in the Far East.
GT100 acoustic guitar amp with highfrequency horn introduced along with Venue PA120 and PA200 PA systems.
1986 Venue line expands with Dual 100 featuring twin switchable channels. Tube Concert 501, CONCERT 100 HEAD AND NEW 4 X 12 CABINETS introduced, all with VOX cosmetics.
2001 VOX R&D becomes a division of KORG Europe.
2003 VOX introduces the UNION JACK WAH pedal with a colorful flag on the pedal body.
2005 VOX R&D office establish in England.
1996 AC15 AMPLIFIER based on the original is re-introduced with features such as reverb, master volume and tone controls.
Revolutionary new Valvetronix line, featuring the most sophisticated expression of hybrid technology for modern features and the best VOX sounds from the past, take shape as the T60 and Pathfinder 10 combos.
Matchbox 20 appears in an ad with the VOX AC30.
ToneLab is introduced, offering VOXs innovative Valve Reactor and Valvetronix modeling technology in a portable desktop processor.
2006 The portable, affordable DA5 series is launched and later includes a variety of amps in colors like red, pink and green.
VALVETRONIX is launched at the NAMM show in Nashville with a performance by John Jorgenson. Apple Computer introduces first generation iPod.
2004 VOXs relationship with Brian May is further cemented when the company introduces the VBM-1 Brian May Amplifier.
VOX introduces COOLTRON technology and releases the first line of battery powered stomp boxes that include a tube.
VOXs popularity surges with diverse artists that include Jim Ward of Sparta, Claudio Sanchez from Coheed & Cambria and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. 2007 VOX Amplifiers, the JMI Years by Jim Elyea is published.
VOX releases their Handwired AC30 head and combo to critical acclaim.
The new CHROME SERIES of Valvetronix amplifiers is launching, targeting younger players with modified looks, great modeling sound and a punch of power. VOX production moves to China and the AC30 Custom Classic series is introduced.
2002 VOX T-15 Bass amp and Pathfinder 15 & 15R (Reverb) combos are displayed at Frankfurt Musik Messe.
The Pathfinder 10, 15 and 15R portable combos are reintroduced. Youth oriented artists begin to insist on VOX, when groups like Primus, Train and Our Lady Peace join the VOX roster.
Taking a further step forward in sound development, VOX presents its AC50 AND AC100 CLASSIC PLUS heads, cabs and combo.
AC30 makes a resurgence when Lenny Kravitz tours with a wall of combos and custom cabinets.
Gwen Stefani of ska-pop band No Doubt goes solo.
VOX continues to gain popularity and artists such as Meredith Brooks, Simple Plan and Slipknot endorse the AC30 and Valvetronix amps.
VOX celebrates its 50th year of amplifier design with two custom created AC15 models, the first in its new line of Heritage Collection amplifiers.
Adjust the power amp output The AD100VT and AD100VTH allow you to adjust the output power from 1~100 Watts. The AD50VT allows you to go from 1~50 Watts and the AD30VT is adjustable from 1~30 Watts. Now you can lower your volume without losing the sense and feeling of drive thats unique to tube amps. And you can get great tube tone at a volume thats perfect for any location. Footswitchable control With the optional VFS2 dual footswitch, you can switch between user programs (CH1, CH2) and to Effects Bypass. Or, you can have the footswitch activate the Manual mode instead of Effect Bypass. That gives you instant hands-free switching between three different sounds (the two user programs and the Manual settings). The AD100VTH and V412BK cab The AD100VTH 100 Watt head and V412BK 4x12" cabinet deliver bone-crushing volume and true tube tone in a bold, no nonsense package. With four 30 Watt/8 Ohm speakers, the V412BK cabinet is a perfect match for the AD100VTH 100 Watt head. And with its sturdy construction, rugged good looks, and high sound pressure level capabilities, its also an ideal choice for teaming up with any other tube, solid-state or hybrid head.
Specifications: Number of amp types: 11 Number of effects: 11 Top panel Input jack Signal Processing A/D and D/A conversion: 24-bit, Sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz Power supply Option (sold separately): VFS2 dual footswitch requirements: AC, local voltage Included items: power cable plus Noise reduction Number of programs: 11 preset, 2 channel Find audio clips, more info and a complete list of specifications at www.voxamps.co.uk
Valve Reactor for tube amp sound and feel All AD amps feature VOXs patented Valve Reactor circuitry, a ground breaking design found in every Valvetronix product. The Valve Reactor uses a 12AX7 triode vacuum tube in a low-wattage tube power-amp circuit that reconfigures itself to match the characteristics of the amps being modeled. This means that each model not only has the sound, but the feel of the original amp being modeled.
You can connect the line/headphone jack to your mixer, multi-track recorder or headphones. Because the output includes speaker emulation, the sound will have the right sense of air and depth, even when youre listening through headphones or recording direct.
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Left to right: AD50VT, AD100VT, AD30VT, AD100VTH on V412BK cabinet, AD15VT on AD50VT212
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DA5 & DA15 DIGITAL AMPS
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The DA5 and DA15 Digital Amps from VOX are affordable, portable and colorful! Dont let their small size fool you. These rugged little beasts boast some killer bells and whistles, such as eleven distinctive amp sound styles ranging from clean to
Portable. Versatile. If youre looking for a truckload of guitar tones, these amps deliver. Whether its a clean sound, raucous crunch, or full-tilt shred, these amps have it, and all points in between. DA15. Notch up your tone control. The DA15 delivers a surprising amount of tonal control. Program and tweak your own combination of amp and effects settings and then save them using the amps Channel Select mode. Two user program locations offer instant access to your favorite sounds. With Manual mode (where you hear exactly what the knob settings indicate) you have instant access to three different sounds. Plug in the optional VFS2 dual foot-switch and switch between the two user programs or bypass the effects. Great for practicing and recording Both the DA5 and DA15 are equipped with a combination Line/Headphone output so you can connect to a head phone, mixer or recorder. The amps emulated line out
DA5, DA15 Specifications: DA5: Input/Output Jacks: INPUT, AUX IN, MIC INPUT, LINE/PHONE Power Amp Output: Maximum 5W RMS @ 8 Ohms Speaker: 1x VOX original (6.5 inch, 8 Ohm) Power Supply: Six C batteries or the included AC adapter Current Consumption: 390 mA Dimensions (W x D X H): 267mm X 179mm X 267mm Weight: 3.5 KG. Available colors: black, red, green, pink, camouflage, classic (black with brown diamond fret cloth) DA15: Input/Output
high gain, eleven great-sounding digital effects, a knob-based control panel thats easy to use, and a whole lot more. The DA5 comes in six colors, making it the best sounding and looking portable guitar amp. New for 2007 are the DA5CF in camouflage and the DA5CL, which sports the classic VOX look.
Great sounding effects Both amps include 11 effects like auto-wah, chorus + delay, chorus + reverb, compressor, compressor + chorus, compressor + phaser, delay, flanger + reverb, reverb, rotary + reverb, and tremolo + reverb. Theres also a Tap Button to set the delay time. A built-in output power switch (5W, 1.5W, 0.5W) helps extend battery life and lets you play at lower volume without losing any tone or feel.
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Connect an external audio device such as a CD or MP3 player to the DA5s AUX IN, plug a mic into the MIC INPUT, plug your guitar in, and you can play and sing along with your favorite band or recording! provides a full, realistic sound whether youre recording direct or listening through headphones. And since plugging into the jack defeats the speaker output, you can practice when you want, where you want, and as loud as you want in total privacy.
Specifications: Dimensions/Weight: 381 (W) x 177.8 (D) x 355.6 (H) mm/8.7KG. Optional Accessories: VC0V1 cover; VFS2 Dual Footswitch
PEDAL OF HONOUR
V847-A Wah Wah pedal Theres only one way to get the real sound and feel of the classic Wah-Wah pedal that changed electric guitars in the 60s the reissue VOX V847-A. Based on the specifications of the original pedal used by the most influential guitarists of the late 60s and 70s, this Wah-Wah is totally authentic right from its classy chrome top to its legendary growl. An original-style, vinyl carrying case is also included.
The COOLTRON series of effect pedals are seven professional true bypass stompboxes that use a 12AU7 preamp-type tube at low voltage to deliver the kind of tone that, until now, would have been impossible to achieve in a battery-powered pedal. VibraVOX (CT06TR) Named after VOXs first amplifier tremolo circuit, the new VIBRAVOX brings the signature Vibrato/Tremolo sound of the original 1958 VOX AC30 to any amplifier, in a dual mode stompbox design. To increase flexibility weve added additional user control and features. By including two Speed controls and an effects assign switch (T1/T2, T1/V2, V1/V2), a number of possibilities become available. The VIBRAVOX can be configured as a tremolo-only or vibrato-only pedal with two foot-switchable speeds. You can also choose to configure the pedal to switch between tremolo and vibrato. The pedal automatically ramps between speeds, adding a taste of that unmistakable rotating-speaker sound. totally independent overdrive sounds (aptly named OD1 and OD2) to complement a clean-bypassed tone. To make it even more flexible, weve added an assignable (OD1/OD2/both) low-end bass boost function for fatbottomed overdrive tones. Over the Top Boost (CT04TB) The OTTB puts the top boost channel of a VOX AC30 into a pedal. The Treble control can take your tone from cutting attack at one extreme to smooth and liquidy attack at the other. The Bass control adds low-end girth at higher settings and a warm round smoothness at lower settings. The OTTB even comes with a Cut control to add or remove higher frequencies at the turn of a knob. Vary the overall gain of the pedal from bluesy and mellow to fat and saturated. Or use the Standard/Custom switch to either make the EQ very interactive in Standard mode, or have it behave more like a traditional AC30 Hand Wired in Custom mode. Snake Charmer Compressor (CT05CO) The Snake Charmers compression affects the ratio and threshold of the signal, smoothing out peaks and spikes. At the same time, the Snake Charmer also increases the Gain level to complement the corresponding ratio and threshold settings so that the overall gain remains constant. Theres also a Gain Reduction Indicator that gives you visual cues of the results of your settings. A High/Low Switch lets you choose between two overall levels of ratio. The Snake Charmer is equipped with other controls for Attack, which determines how quickly the gain reduction kicks in, and Release, which determines how long the gain is attenuated. Finally, the High-End Emphasis control finetunes the amount of compression applied to the top end of the guitar signal.
120 Program memories The amp, cabinet, and effect settings can be saved into 120 program locations. 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 Quick Assign 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 backlit for increased visibility. A valve icon shows the number and model of the power tubes used in the original amp thats being modeled. Convenient send/return jacks are provided, which allow you to connect external insertion effects such as distortion or overdrive. 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 lets you 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.
ToneLab LE Specifications: Amp types: 16 Cabinet types: 11 Pedal type effects: 16 Modulation type effects: 11 Delay types: 11 Reverb types: 11 Noise reduction: 1 Number of programs: 120 (30 banks x 4 pro-grams) Input x 1 Insert return x 1 Output x 2 Insert send x 1 Headphones x 1 Level knob (adjusts output and headphones) Digital audio output : S/P DIF(optical) x 1 Valve: 12AX7 (ECC83) x 1 Signal Processing A/D, D/A: 24-Bit Tuner Range: A0-C7 (27.5Hz2093Hz) Tuner Calibration: A=438Hz-445Hz MIDI: IN, OUT POWER: AC9V Dimensions (W x D x H) 500 x 249 x 80 (mm)/ :19.69 x 9.80 x 3.15 (inches) For more info and complete specifications, go to www.voxamps.co.uk
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