Review Vox Amplug Bass
I pre-ordered the Vox amplug bass from Sweetwater and received one of the first units imported into the USA. The wait was worth it. This gadget albeit somewhat delicate in appearance is well worth the price, just treat it gently.
As for operation, the device is quite simple, along the bottom edge are the gain and volume wheels separated by a tone wheel in the centre. These three dials along with a compressor/boost switch control the vital sound signature. In keeping with the classic motif of the original Ac 100 the switch lights red when switched on and stays on when the switch is moved to the compressor/boost position, off is marked as standby and the light extinguishes.
After loading the two AAA batteries that came within the amplug packaging I plugged in (mini jacks)a pair of studio headphones and inserted the device into the jack of my Rickenbacker C-64. I was blown away, my ears delighted to the sound of real valves! When tested against a Vox Ac 100 cch hooked up to a NCM Vox T-100 speaker cab and a Tone-Bone preamp; my Rics all three of them sounded fuller in the head set than the live studio setting. Naturally headphones are superior to speaker cabinets for sound capture but it is remarkable how good the tones were reproduced by something the size of my thumb. My Hofner when played through the Vox amplug bass didn't benefit nor need the compressor/boost to produce the the tones of the famous Beatle.
The Vox Amplug for bass demonstrates that Vox/Korg has the ability to recreate the tones of the Vox AC 100 valve amp in a minature package and that begs the question, when can we expect to see the recreation of the life-size Vox Ac 100 with the T-100 2x15 speaker cabinet? I hope it's soon. Until that day the rig made so famous by Paul McCartney can be heard in your earphones with this tiny gadget.