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TONEX MAX

Guitar Amp and FX Modeling by IK Multimedia
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Operating System Availability
Operating System Latest Version
 1.0 
System Requirements
Windows 10 + GPU NVidia
Requires an ASIO compatible sound card.
Requires an OpenGL 2 compatible graphics adapter.  Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): VST 2, VST 3, AAX.  Internet connection is required as all of the Custom Shop operations are web based.
 1.0 
System Requirements
Mac Big Sur (M1 or newer CPU recommended)
Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): Audio Units, VST 2, VST 3, AAX.    Internet connection is required as all of the Custom Shop operations are web based.
License & Installation Method
Voucher / Code for redemption on other website
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TONEX MAX

TONEX MAX

1000 included Tone Models:

  • 100 Amps / 50 Pedals.
  • Unlimited Tone Model creation.
  • Unlimited User Tone Model downloads.

AI Machine Modeled tone creator, player, browser

Standalone application and plug-in to create, play and share Tone Models.

Model amps, cabinets, combos and pedals (distortion, overdrive, fuzz, EQ or boost) using regular studio gear in as little as 5 minutes per model.

Browse, search, demo thousands of Tone Models covering a massive range of sought-after gear on ToneNET.

Upload your own Tone Models on ToneNET to share with other TONEX users for free.

Use Tone Models to practice, jam or record inside your favorite DAW, or use them on your mobile device with TONEX App.

Experience hyper-realistic Tone Models

A revolutionary concept in rig modeling, and the core of the TONEX ecosystem, TONEX software uses breakthrough AI Machine Modeling technology to let you model the sound of any amp, cabinet, combo or pedal, and turn it into a plug-in, all with a sonic accuracy that's virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. You can instantly play up to 1,000+ Tone Models already available plus browse, demo and download the growing number of Tone Models available on TONEX in ToneNET.

From rare one-of-a-kind vintage amps to modern rigs, TONEX makes it possible and affordable to own the most sought-after gear in the world.

TONEX Tone Modeling features:

  • Model amps, cabinets, combos and pedals (like distortion, overdrive, fuzz, EQ or boost) in any combination, from single element to complex rig.
  • Built-in assistant guides you through each step from hardware connection to complete modeling.
  • Assign custom skins to your modeled gear and open them as a plug-in or standalone inside the TONEX software and app, or AmpliTube 5 for Mac/PC.
  • Create Tone Models in minutes (as fast as 5 minutes on modern computers*) using AI Machine Modeling technology with selectable levels of accuracy.
  • Ultra-precise reproduction of high-frequency content with no aliasing whatsoever.
  • Works also as an IR creator or you can use the built-in VIR cabinets with multiple IRs per cabinet.

Modeler

Harness the power of IK's advanced AI Machine Modeling technology to turn your rig into virtual models of amps, cabs and pedals (distortion, overdrive, fuzz, EQ and boost) or entire rigs, in any combination.

TONEX uses a specially prepared audio file of actual guitar and bass signals, not just test tones, to capture your rig in true-to-life detail. Then TONEX's neural network computes the machine modeled tone in minutes. The result is a virtual model that sounds indistinguishable from the real rig, to be used in TONEX software and app.

Add your custom skin and keywords to your Tone Models, then upload and share them with other TONEX users in ToneNET with just one click.

Select your instrument.

Player/Editor.

Standalone and plug-in.

TONEX Player offers an intuitive, easy-to-use workflow to keep you in your creative zone. Play, practice and record as a standalone or plug-in inside your favorite DAW, or directly inside AmpliTube 5. Always have the best possible tones right at your fingertips.

Looking for more inspiration? Use the advanced search feature to browse through a massive library of the most sought-after amps, pedals and rigs, including one-of-a-kind models that will elevate your tone to the next level.

TONEX in AmpliTube 5

TONEX works seamlessly inside AmpliTube 5 adding a multitude of ways to further customize your tone for recording and live performance.

Tone Models function just like other AmpliTube amplifiers, cabs or pedals. They can be used alongside any gear models you own to build custom signal chains and save as presets for easy recall and sharing on ToneNET.

The combination of TONEX and AmpliTube 5 represents the most advanced tone powerhouse on the planet today.

TONEX in ToneNET

Thousands of Tone Models are available in the new TONEX section in ToneNET, IK's online tone-sharing platform for AmpliTube.

These Tone Models can be accessed directly from TONEX software where you can instantly search, filter, demo and download user Tone Models - or explore them via your regular web browser.

Online you can explore user Tone Models and select the ones you like, so the next time you open TONEX software they'll be available for instant download on your computer. New Tone Models are posted continuously by IK and TONEX users, and are immediately listed on the TONEX section of ToneNET making it an ever-expanding, limitless repository of the world's best tones.

Tone Models

TONEX includes two types of Tone Models: Premium and user-generated.
All downloaded Tone Models are yours to keep forever.

1. Premium: Tone Models that come with your TONEX version.

2. User: Tone Models created and shared by TONEX users.

TONEX Versions

To start experiencing the power of TONEX, just download the free CS version of the software. This includes 20 must-have Tone Models and your choice of 20 user-created Tone Models.

You'll have immediate access to the number of Premium Tone Models included in your version. You will also be able to download unlimited Tone Models created and shared by other users. Once you download Tone Models, whether Premium or user, they're yours forever.

There has never been a more convenient and intelligent way to experience the world's most incredible
tones than with TONEX.

{See video at top of page}

User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review Add A Review

TONEX MAX
Reviewed By Faydit
October 1st, 2022

In principle a good idea, but this first release is not really convincing me as much, as I excpected. As it is at the moment.

Capturing with an audio interface and ToneX Capture works well, if you have connected everything correctly.

If everything works, you need time, but you can get - with some experience - some nice final results, which can sound good, although I personally would not define these results as absolutely perfect or really authentically sounding, but at least chances are good, that they will sound better than a lot of the Amplitube amp and pedal models.

After having captured some of my gear, my first impression is, that in general treble usually sounds surprisingly good, while bass tends to sound more muddy, diffuse and loose than the one of the real gear. What not really convinces me, is sometimes the harmonics reproduction, also some (or a lot) of the original dynamics are lost, in general the tones have some tendency to sound a little bit too neutral, too compressed and sterile for my taste, something, which I also have experienced from other AI or neural network based plugins.

Also overdrive and higher gain settings tend to sound too clean, even if the levels are adjusted already higher, than the software wants it, overdrive tones can sound a little too overpolished, too compressed, especially in advanced mode.

The default mode for the learning process results in my opinion even in better, more naturally sounding final results as the advanced mode, which seems to "synthesize" the model too much and too intense, while the results of the default mode at least maintain a little more of any original, natural "irregularities and dirt", also harmonics reproduction sounds better.

After the first days of trying and using I must admit, that the ToneX models sound much more authentically and naturally thanmost other neural network based plugins, which I have heard and / or tested up to now.

The promised - but not really from me as intensely as desired recognizable - sonic authenticity also only concerns the captured sample itself, as soon as you adjust some controls of the final model, you rather land in some sort of digital fantasyland, so if you eg. have captured an amp with gain at 8, you hardly will get the same tone, if you reduce or increase gain of your model than you will get, if you do the same on the real amp. This does not necessarily mean, that the results do not sound good (most of them do surprisingly), but they definitely will sound different than the real gear.

I also did not find any options for any final post editing or sonic fine tuning of the captured models or any selectable options, which controls the final model should have or not outsinde of the predefined, but not really very flexible templates.

What I dislike most is, that ToneX is not really a sample based amp or pedal modeling system, but only a simple preset capturing system, there meanwhile are a lot of neural network based plugins available since years, which are capable of simulating even complete multi-channel amps with a lot of knobs and switches. So, why is ToneX not capable of this, at least as an advanced option?

From a convincingly working amp or pedal model I expect, that the whole range of possible sounds can be reproduced and that the controls (and switches) react exactly in the same way as on the original, real gear. This is unfortunately not the case here, you cannot even capture a single channel completely.

I do not really want to switch permanently between different models of the same pedal or amp (channel) and reload them, only if I want to make some decent adjustments.

Even if I capture some different settings, I cannot combine them to a single model, which accurately reproduces all possible tones of the real amp or pedal. I only can create a collection of different presets, which in my opinion rather is a recession to digital stone age, than any revolution, not to speak about user-friendliness.

I think, it cannot be so complicated, to implement a simple or optionally also more complex multi capturing system. Alone three different captures would increase the sonic authenticity, if you eg. capture a clean setting, a crunch and an overdrive setting with different, optimized tone stack adjustments for a single channel and the software is capable to combine them in a single model, this model would be much more authentically sounding than the single capture based ones.

Also I miss an option to export a model as vst, so that it is also usable and combinable with other, external plugins. If I eg. have captured a boutique pedal with my favorite settings and want to use it with my favorite amp plugin outside of ToneX or Amplitube, I have to place the complete ToneX in my signal chain. Works, but is not really an elegant solution, if I just want to use a ToneX pedal in front of one of my favorite amp plugins.

ToneX models are in Amplitube only implemented as amps, but you cannot deactivate an existing cabinet only add an additional amplitube cabinet or use a model without cabinet. As ToneX also creates pedal models, I find it disappointing that there is no additional option to add another ToneX pedal model in the pedals section, you can only use them instead of an amp but not combine a ToneX pedal plus a ToneX or Amplitube amp model, a feature, which I also miss in ToneX itself. Usually you do not use a pedal as amp replacement, but in front of an amp.

What I also miss is a more complex deep editing section for model creators. The trimming option after learning is a good idea, but not really good controllable, I found after release, that I trimmed some models too intense and could not correct the signal level afterwards, so I had to capture the whole model again. Better would be a post-editing section, which alows not only signal level corrections but also eg. some gain intensity modifications and an internal sound shaping optimization, which a creator can also apply to an already existing model. Also an option, to blend two different models parallel but also serial could be useful, I think.

A little disappointing I find, that the Premium model range is almost identical with the amps, which already exist within Amplitube. Ok, there also is a Dumble and a Klon Centaur, but both do not really belong to my favorite gear. Sonic mainstream, while some more "exotic" but really good sounding amps are not included. I hope that some users will fill this gap.

On the other hand one big advantage of ToneX is, that you can comparably simple capture pedals and amps, from which no plugins are existing anywhere else, you can capture some rare, customized or even unique pedals or amps, which makes sense, eg. I have not seen a Timmy or Zendrive anywhere around up to now, although they are very popular in reality, so I am curious what the users will publish in the future.

Another reason, why I bought ToneX is, that I like to develop and breadboard my own (tube) pedal circuits, but I am not really good in soldering pedals, so ToneX gives me the option, to capture an only breadboarded circuit, from which most probably never a single real pedal will be existing, although some of them sound excellent.

My first test worked flawlessly and - even more surprising to me - noiseless, although the breadboarded circuit usually reacts very sensitive even to a moving cable or disconnects a connection and also the final result sounds very much as intended, which impressed me a lot, despite of my other complaints here. Therefore one more star for ToneX, than I actually wanted to give.

This is great, I can breadboard my (tube) pedal ideas, capture them, but do not have to build any pedal by myself, but still have the final, convincingly sounding results as ToneX model available.

Useful I would also find, if creators could upload complete folders with eg. different captures / models of the same amp or channel with different gain and tone control adjustments, which other users can then download as folders too.

Another wish is, that I can combine a pedal with another amp or at least with a cabinet, if I want to use such a combination, without the necessity to capture pedal and amp in a single model.

Also the cabinet system needs improvements in my opinion. You can use your own external IR's or also some VIR cabinets, but if you activate them, you notice a significant loudness / output level reduction, but there seems to be no automatic or manual compensation or adjustment option for it available anywhere. Also in general some input and outpul level controls, as meanwhile even every average pedal plugin offers them, are missing. Capturing my own cabinets only gave me rather disappointing, too bassy and muddy sounding results, even with a SM57.

The basic idea of ToneX is really good, no doubt, but as it is, it still is far away from being perfect. A lot of different aspects still need a lot of improvements in my opinion. On the other hand, this is a first release, and nevertheless the essential concept works surprisingly good.

At the moment I am not really unhappy with ToneX, it can work fine and do nice things, but it also does not make me too extremely excited, to be honest and cabinet capturing is a complete weakpoint in my opinion, which urgently needs improvement.

A good start for (hopefully) something better and a little more professional in the future, I would say.

As it is at the moment, certainly not (yet) the promised sonic revolution of the guitar plugin market for me, but the potential for it is already there, if IK Multmedia improves the right things in the right way.

Hopefully soon and not only in some years....

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