VOX Valvetronix XL Series: VOX Made For Heavy Players!

Vox is a classic British manufacturer of guitar amps, as we all know. And, over the years, VOX has been associated with a certain kind of “classic” British rock’n’roll sound, from The Beatles in the 60s to The Libertines in the noughties. But with the new XL series, VOX seeks to target a market up until now seemingly as far apart from the VOX traditional image as it can get – the Heavy (Metal) guitarists…will VOX succeeed?

Judging by the sound clips we’ve heard, and some You Tube videos, the answer is a big fat yes! The four amps of the XL Series have all the cool features the modern guitarist wants, mixing true valve power with the amp modelling features that have been all the rage for the past few years – this amplifier range delivers VOX’s hottest hard rock and metal sounds to date; all of them based on legendary amps. Here too are all the features that make the entire VT series sound and feel great: Valve Reactor technology, high-quality effects, and adjustable output wattage.

The XL-series uses VOX’s patented Valve Reactor technology, featuring a power amp circuit that contains a 12AX7 (ECC83) dual triode vacuum tube (valve), normally used in a preamp, and a dummy speaker circuit that simulates the varying impedance of a real speaker. This produces the true sound and feel of a bonafide all-tube amp.

All amps in the Valvetronix XL line-up feature eleven amp sounds, eleven high-quality effects, store amps and effect settings plus manual mode.

Given all those exciting features, perhaps the new XL series could appeal to non-Heavy Metal players. It’d be interesting to hear about their views…

Also worth mentioning – the gray/ black look is definitely sexy and cool, making these great-looking amps stand out from most of the amplifiers you see in the shops nowadays.

The four Vox XL Series amps are:

AD15VT-XL (view more)
AD30VT-XL (view more)
AD50VT2-XL (view more
AD100VT-XL (view more)

Features include:

Eleven amp sounds. Sophisticated modelling technology is used to provide eleven different amps, including classic vintage amps of the past, costly, modern high-end amps and high-gain hybrids, all accessible at the turn of a knob.

These new models include:

  • Glass, modelled on the Clean channel of a collectable 100-Watt head named the Overdrive Special;
  • Funked, modeled on a classic American black-faced 2×12 combo;
  • Buzzsaw, inspired by the British-made 50-Watt head that created the sounds of ‘70s hard rock and metal;
  • Crunched, based on a very rare modded VOX AC30/6TBX Top Boost combo, adding new hot-rodded gain levels and EQ;
  • Thrashed, modelled on a 1983, all tube, single channel, master volume 100-Watt head;
  • Raged, based on the high gain channel of a modern, all-tube 100 Watter, with boosted bass and mid frequencies and even more gain;
  • Modern, a still higher gain modification to the “Modern High Gain” channel, with scooped EQ;
  • Fluid, the UK Modern setting with maximum gain and mid-range EQ, modified to emphasize a vocal-like tone for legato-style playing;
  • Molten, based on VOX’s US Hi-Gain model but capable of even more powerful, heavily saturated sounds, with an Octave effect mixed into the preset;
  • Black, a version of the UK Modern mutated to Class A, rather than Class AB;
  • Damaged, rooted in VOX’s US Hi-Gain model with more gain and a completely re-voiced and modified EQ to be thicker and darker.

Eleven high-quality effects are built in, including compressor, delay, reverb, compressor & chorus, compressor & phaser, chorus & delay, chorus & reverb, flanger & reverb, tremolo & reverb, and rotary & reverb, plus Noise Reduction. New for the XL series is an Octave effect for massive lead tones. Effect parameters are fully adjustable and a Tap button makes it easy to set your delay time or modulation speed.

Store amp and effect settings. Store your favourite amp and effect settings as a program, containing two different settings (CH1 and CH2). Switch between these settings from the top panel, or by using the optional VFS2 foot switch connected to the rear panel. In addition, there is a preset program for each amp type.

Manual mode. In Manual mode the sound you hear reflects the physical settings of the knobs.
You’re in control. Connect an optional VFS2 dual foot switch (sold separately) to switch programs or bypass effects. A power level control (not available on AD15VT-XL) adjusts the output wattage of the power amp. This means that even when the master volume is turned up all the way to drive the Valve Reactor power amp, you can adjust the volume without losing any tone.

Watch Video:

Valvetronix XL Demos

Audio Rage – Demo by Freddy DeMarco   < link to audio demo>
Clean Chains – Demo by Freddy DeMarco   < link to audio demo>
Damage Smack – Demo by Freddy DeMarco   < link to audio demo>
Flanged Fury – Demo by Freddy DeMarco   < link to audio demo>
Fluid Shred – Demo by Freddy DeMarco   < link to audio demo>
Modern Hair Farmer – Demo by Freddy DeMarco   < link to audio demo>
Molten Zombie – Demo by Freddy DeMarco   < link to audio demo>
Black (Mic’ed) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Black Trem (Mic’ed) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Buzzsaw (Direct Out) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Buzzsaw (Mic’ed) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Damaged (Mic’ed) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo >
Fluid (DI Out) added reverb – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Fluid (Direct Out) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Glass (Mic’ed) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Modern (DI Out) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Molten 1 (DI Out) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Molten 2 (DI Out) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Raged (Mic’ed) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>
Van Thrashed (Mic’ed) – Demo by Rob Math   < link to audio demo>

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~ by dolphinblog on May 30, 2008.

2 Responses to “VOX Valvetronix XL Series: VOX Made For Heavy Players!”

  1. Hi, that is a very cool amp. Cool demo too! I have the “regular” Valvetronix series amp, and it sounds great too.

  2. I don’t understand why they need a high gain version, I just bought the AD50VT and it has heaps of gain!

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