IK Multimedia TONEX review

Accurately replicate your own amps and stompboxes with this innovative modeller, or choose from thousands of ready-made tones

IK Multimedia Tonex review
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Guitar World Verdict

TONEX is immensely impressive and endlessly entertaining. Modelling your own gear is fast, easy and astonishingly accurate, while cherry-picking existing models from IK Multimedia and its ToneNET community is both convenient and a real giggle.


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    Authentic modelled tones

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    A doddle to use

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    Huge range of ready-made tones available

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    Share tones with the ToneNET community

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    Integrates smoothly with AmpliTube and the wider IK Multimedia ecosystem

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    It cannot model time-based effects

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    Requires a re-amp box or interface with re-amp capability

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Make no mistake, TONEX’s jaw-dropping feature - its pièce de résistance, la cerise sur le gateau - is its ability to model your own guitar amplifiers and pedals. Believe me it’s really quite something, but we’re already getting ahead of ourselves. First, let’s look at what TONEX is, and what it’s not.

At a glance

Compatibility: Mac, PC, iOS
TONEX CS: free
TONEX SE: $149.99/€149.99
TONEX: $149.99/€149.99
TONEX MAX: $249.99/€249.99
TONEX APP for iOS: free
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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.