Vox StompLab 2G Modeling Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal Review

VOX STOMPLAB2G Modeling GuitarIn the past, floor multi-effects pedals for guitars have been very large, designed to fulfill all your creative needs between amp and guitar. But trends change, and newer processors are enjoying a smaller stature and seemingly tinier footprint.

The Vox StompLab is the latest of its kind to exhibit this smaller footprint and can comfortably sit among a variety of other conventional single sound pedals.

But don’t let its small size fool you. You’ll find a ton of features, presets and effects packed into such a small unit, with enough variety to satisfy any musician, regardless of music preference or style.

StompLab by Vox Overview and Features

This model features four pedals. The IIG and IG are designed for guitar and are almost identical except for the fact that the IIG features an expression pedal for volume control for whatever parameter is assigned to it. The IIB and IB perform the same functions for a bass guitar.

Like all the pedals in the range, the IIG features an onboard tuner that’s equipped with a hundred and twenty onboard memory slots, a hundred of which are presets, leaving the remaining twenty for your own sounds.

This device can be used between an amp and guitar, but the one output also drives a set of stereo headphones for times when you need to practice in silence. Because this unit operates on four double-A batteries, you can practice pretty much wherever you want, although there is also an AC adapter you can use for convenience and keep battery costs down.

The user memories and factory presets can be accessed via a rotary switch. The rotary switch will select banks. You’ll find a total of ten banks of ten user presets, and one bank that contains all twenty user presets. A couple of footswitches scroll up and down through each bank’s presets, loading them instantly.

The wide range of factory preset banks have been categorized by genre, so in the guitar pedal, you’ll get hardcore, metal, hard rock, rock, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, pop, fusion, jazz, and other.

Each of the presets is constructed from a seven chain module: reverb, modulation, noise reduction, cabinet, drive/amp, and pedal. While there is only a single universal noise reduction effect, every module has a variety of effects you can load into it.

With the pedal module, you’ll get a variety of wah effects, compression, acoustic simulations, ring and tone modulation options, and U-vibe. The drive and amp module will offer different drive types such as overdrive, distortion and fuzz options. There are forty-four amp emulations, eighteen drives, and a selection of twelve cabinets.

The reverb, delay, and modulation options are the same for the pedal’s entire range, with a total of nine modulation options, including manual and auto filtrons, pitch shift, rotary speaker, tremolo, phaser, and flanger.

Additionally, there are eight delay options, plus hall reverbs and spring, while the four output options will allow you to match whatever the effects pedal is connected to, such as another line input or headphones, plus a variety of amp types.

It’s really easy to switch between various presets by pairing of the front panel buttons or using the footswitches.

The manufacturer claims that the StompLab series is designed for user-friendliness, even for beginners, which is why each of the programs is named with a musical style in order to make it easier to find a sound.

While the presets can be considered appropriate representatives of their chosen genre, in many of these cases they are also usable in other genres as well, so it will simply be a matter of trying each one out in order to see which one you like.

StompLab Pros and Cons

VOX STOMPLAB2G Modeling Guitar Multi-Effects PedalPros: While you’ll definitely run into some seriously over-effected tones, most of the presets are actually very playable. We like this style of unit because it allows you to plug in and choose a sound you may not have considered using and that simply isn’t possible with the average rig. We also really like the IIG’s treadle, which provides a lot of versatility, while small, it’s surprisingly easy to use, whether you decide to use it to increase the speed of a modulation effect or use it as a wah.  For guitar covers, the range of amps will be all you need. The same is true for the range of effects which covers a lot of ground. Each works well in their presets, but many of them sound decent enough to work in isolation once you separate them.

The editing presets will let you create your own unique sounds and it’s just a matter of hitting the edit button and using the category selector knob to choose the module you plan to edit. You can also choose the effect for each one, or you can decide to make it inactive and tweak the parameters using both knobs.

Each effect will have two parameters each, but the amps will feature presence, treble, mid, bass, volume and gain.

Cons: The setup is pretty straightforward, with the only issue being that the screen is only able to support two characters, which means you’ll have to rely on using abbreviations in order to see what effect or amp you’re calling up. A little more tweak ability would have also been nice, however, it’s all perfectly workable.

If you’re looking for a unit with more tweaking options you can check out the DigiTech RP1000 integrated effects switching system, which is available at a comparable price.

Vox Multi-Effects Pedal Final Thoughts and Rating

The StompLab is both a multi-effects device and amp processor in one. This highly versatile model has a lot to offer the creative musician who loves experimenting with sounds. While some of the presets aren’t of the best quality, there are many you’ll come across that can give your music the type of unique sound you’ve been looking for. Consumers who purchased Vox StompLab 2G Modeling Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal gave it a rating of five out of five stars for editing options, easy navigation, pricing and overall quality.