IK Multimedia TONEX Pedal review

Game-changer alert! This AI modeling pedal allows you to capture the sound of any amp or overdrive, then take it to the stage – and it's affordable, too

IK Multimedia Tonex
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

There are no shortage of applications for the TONEX. It's a no-brainer for any player who wants to take a digital version of their rig to their gig in a compact, portable and affordable format. But it's a similarly practical tool for the home or studio.


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    It comes with quality sounds and you can replicate your rig.

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    Easy to use.

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    Great price.


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    You need a re-amping box or TONEX Capture to model your own rig.

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Faithfully capturing a snapshot digital reproduction of any real guitar amp has for several years been the province of Kemper with their Profiler and, in more recent years, Neural DSP with the Quad Cortex – both hardware units and not cheap. 

IK Multimedia, however, has chosen the more cost-effective software route for amp capture with TONEX, an application utilising AI machine modelling to create ‘Tone Models’ which could be various combinations of amp, cab and drive pedal. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.