The IK Multimedia TONEX Pedal is now officially released. I reckon this could give Kemper a run for its money as it will retail for only $399.99 and it has lots of integration with hardware and DAWs from the start.
Official Press Release
From rare one-of-a-kind vintage amps to modern rigs, TONEX Pedal can store up to 150 Tone Model presets at a time and comes with over 1,000 Premium Tone Models of the included TONEX MAX software that can be installed a-la-carte with its new librarian feature, plus gives access to ToneNET with over 6,000 more user Tone Models, growing daily, free to download and play.
With the new TONEX librarian feature, presets can be quickly organized, archived, and transferred to the pedal’s banks, for gigs or recording sessions and a limitless supply of sonic inspiration, anywhere. Finally, there’s a smart and affordable solution to travel and play with the world’s best rigs, including one’s own.
A Seamless Ecosystem of Tones
TONEX is more than just a pedal, it’s an ecosystem of tone with a full range of hardware, software and apps to transport tones everywhere. Tone Models can be played not only from the TONEX Pedal but also from the included TONEX software and TONEX iOS app. Users can go seamlessly from a DAW and plug-ins for studio production to a mobile device for impromptu practising, and now to the stage for performing.
Unlimited Amp and Cab Rigs in One Pedal
TONEX’s groundbreaking technology lets users model everything from a single pedal to a full-pedal, amp-and-cab rig. TONEX Pedal goes even further, providing all the tools needed to shape sound live on stage. The pedal can load 150 separate Tone Model presets in any combination of pedal, amp and whole-rig models. Users can also load and swap in their own IRs or use IK’s award-winning multiple impulse response VIR™ cabinet and mic simulation technology built right in. TONEX presets can also be further edited with an advanced noise gate, analogue-modelled EQ and compressor, five stereo reverbs derived from the award-winning AmpliTube X-SPACE pedal, and more.
High-end Design for Pristine Tone
With 24-bit, 192 kHz processing, massively wide 5 Hz-24 kHz response, and 123 dB of dynamic range, TONEX Pedal ensures each instrument’s tone is as good as it’s ever been heard even before it hits TONEX’s incredible modelling. These high-end audio features, combined with the astonishing capacity of AI Machine Modeling technology to capture the true-to-life sound and feeling behaviour of real amps in a way that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, make playing TONEX Pedal a whole new performance experience.
Full Studio Integration
TONEX Pedal tone experience goes beyond the stage. The included TONEX software not only models any rig but also works as a standalone or a plug-in integrated with a DAW or directly with AmpliTube 5 to enjoy the exact same tone used live in studio productions. And for maximum convenience, TONEX Pedal also includes a full version of AmpliTube 5 and its over 180 iconic gear models, to integrate Tone Models within the most powerful amp and effects software on the planet. Plus TONEX Pedal also doubles as a 24-bit/96 kHz USB audio interface, so no other gear is needed to plug into a studio for recording and tone-tweaking.
Tour-ready Build and Features
Designed and manufactured in Italy, TONEX Pedal features a compact chassis made from anodized aluminium that can withstand years of tour abuse. The stereo output can also be configured as mono with and without the cab sim for maximum flexibility. With full MIDI in/out, TONEX Pedal can be connected to a complete programmable pedalboard and real-time control can be added over any parameter using the expression pedal input.
MSRP – $399.99
IK Multimedia TONEX Pedal
It looks like the IK Multimedia TONEX Pedal offers their TONEX amp modelling software in a stompbox format. It also includes a built-in Noise gate, EQ, Compressor and Reverb effects. The reverb algorithm is taken from their TONEX Reverb pedal, which was released in 2022.
Offering Kemper-like amp modelling in a compact aluminium pedal format could be huge for IK and I can see this being popular. If it works like their TONEX software, then you can make your own amp captures, plus use an existing library of classic guitar amps, all captured by IK Multimedia.
The YouTube video also states that it is 24 Bit and 192 kHz, with 123 dB background noise. The specification in the screenshot above also states that it will work as a USB audio interface.
TONEX in hardware
Looks like a Kemper Profiler in a smaller (and possibly cheaper) form factor. This certainly could be a winner if the price is right.
No official price yet, but the video below covers a lot of information and is well worth a watch. The TONEX software currently has an MSRP of €149.99 plus tax on the IK website. Therefore, I would expect hardware to hopefully be under €500 or thereabouts.