“The most powerful amp modeler for its size, bar none”: IK Multimedia TONEX ONE review

IK Multimedia shrinks its AI-powered modeling tech into a micro pedal – and it sounds as awesome as anything in the TONEX family

IK Multimedia TONEX One
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Guitar World Verdict

The Tonex One isn’t far off the cost of a starter amp and boasts convenience, great sounds and a huge range of additional options if you connect it to a computer. The most powerful amp modeler for its size, bar none.

Pros

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    The most powerful amp modeler for its size, bar none.

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    Super-compact.

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    Affordable.

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    Integrates with Tonex software.

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    Easy to use.

Cons

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    Tiny format sacrifices some onboard tweakability.

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Last year, IK’s TONEX merged its AI-equipped amp and effects software modelling with a large-format hardware pedal. This enabled users to create a tone preset and take it anywhere, narrowing the margins between practice, studio and stage. Its new Tonex One is a tiny sibling to the impressive TONEX, coming in at just under half the price, and a fraction of the size, while still housing a powerful feature set.

As an amp modeller, it’s as good as units many times more expensive, but that stands to reason. The full-size TONEX is a workhorse, and this shares the same pedigree, albeit in a smaller, nano-sized form factor. 

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.