Today I am going to cover how to design and save a user preset on the Vox Stomplab IG guitar multi-effects unit. If you own this piece of hardware, you’re probably aware that it has various banks of factory-designed presets for your enjoyment. Those presets cannot be altered or saved, so Vox has provided the capability to save any tweaks you make to a factory preset into one of twenty user-defined preset slots. While initially it may seem overwhelming to work with user presets, the unit is labeled well and it does give an indication of the last-saved parameter values so that you can find your place while editing. Let’s make a new metal tone with Vox Stomplab IG user presets now!
I know that Vox makes other models similar to the Stomplab IG, or Stomplab 1G, but I have not tried these instructions on those units. If I read the product descriptions correctly on the Vox Stomplab website, there are units designed for electric guitar and others for bass. I only own the black-colored IG (1G) unit for guitar, so I cannot provide any details about the red-colored bass units. I will assume the steps are similar to make user presets, but the differences would probably be the bass amps and bass cabs in the IB (1B) red units.
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24 November 2021 – Written by Michael R. Myers
Skill Level: Intermediate
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What You Need To Get Started
- Vox Stomplab IG guitar effects unit
- Vox Stomplab IG User Manual (PDF format) – This is an external site not affiliated with mine. It may or may not still be available there
- Vox ToneLab ST User Manual (PDF Format) – This is an external site not affiliated with mine. It may or may not still be available there. There is a reference to similarly-named amps in this unit that are also in the Stomplab IG. It may be correct or coincidence, so keep that in mind if you reference it. I cannot verify the information.
- This user-created reference sheet from Reddit named “Stomplab Meanings”. See the “Reference Values” tab within the workbook – This is an external site not affiliated with mine. It may or may not still be available there. I cannot verify the information.
A Brief Overview
The Stomplab effects processors are really great units for at-home usage, whether for practice, play-alongs or even recording concepts/demos (in your DAW or other recording hardware). While they offer a large assortment of amps, cabinets, effects and output configurations, I find that the lack of explanation of its amplifier models and guitar speaker cabinets is frustrating at a minimum. While I have searched the internet and found some user-created guesses about the actual hardware (shown as follows), they are still just guesses. The links listed above, assuming they work, provide the information but ultimately we’ll never know due to Vox not disclosing the actual information in the user manual.
You can find many reviews of the units on YouTube and also some channels walk through making presets in real-time. This post is simply the steps to make a preset, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for reviews or audio/video clips of the Stomplab 1G.
This table that follows in my own personal attempt to present the POSSIBLE amplifers that are included in the unit. It is totally subjective and cannot be verified, so use with caution.
|Vox Name||Amp Name||Source||Notes|
|BTQ CLEAN||Dumble ODS (Clean)||Stomplab Meanings||c1|
|JAZZ CLEAN 1||Roland JC120 1||Stomplab Meanings||c2|
|PURE CLEAN||Bypass||Stomplab Meanings||c3|
|JAZZ CLEAN 2||Roland JC120 2||Stomplab Meanings||c4|
|CALI CLEAN 1||Fender Champ||Stomplab Meanings||c5|
|CALI CLEAN 2||Fender Brownface Pro Sonic||Stomplab Meanings||c6|
|CALI CLEAN 3||Fender Showman||Stomplab Meanings||c7|
|VOX AC4||Vox AC4||Stomplab Meanings||c8|
|CALI CLEAN 4||1957 Fender Tweed Twin||Stomplab Meanings||C1|
|US BLUES 1||1959 4×10 Bassman 1||Stomplab Meanings||C2|
|US 2×12 1||1965 2×12 Blackface Twin Reverb 1||Stomplab Meanings||C3|
|US 2×12 2||1965 2×12 Blackface Twin Reverb 2||Stomplab Meanings||C4|
|VOX AC15TB||1990s Vox AC15TBX (‘top boost’ channel) 1||Stomplab Meanings||C5|
|VOX AC15||Channel 2 of a 1962 Vox AC15 Vox||Stomplab Meanings||C6|
|VOX AC30TB||AC30 (‘Top-boost’ channel)||Stomplab Meanings||C7|
|VOX AC30HH||Vox AC30 Heritage Handwired Head||Stomplab Meanings||C8|
|VOX CRUNCH||Vox AC30 (normal channel)||Stomplab Meanings||C9|
|US BLUES 2||1959 4×10 Bassman 2||Stomplab Meanings||G1|
|US BLUES 3||1959 4×10 Bassman 3||Stomplab Meanings||G2|
|US BLUES 4||1959 4×10 Bassman 4||Stomplab Meanings||G3|
|US2x12 3||1965 2×12 Blackface Twin Reverb 3||Stomplab Meanings||G4|
|US2x12 4||1965 2×12 Blackface Twin Reverb 4||Stomplab Meanings||G5|
|UK ROCK 1||Marshall 18 watt||Stomplab Meanings||G6|
|UK ROCK 2||Marshall Plexi||Stomplab Meanings||G7|
|UK ROCK 3||Marshall JCM 800||Stomplab Meanings||G8|
|BTQ OD||Dumble OD Special||Stomplab Meanings||G9|
|VOX NT15||Vox Night Train 15||Stomplab Meanings||h1|
|VOX AC30BM||Vox AC30 Brian May||Stomplab Meanings||h2|
|UK ROCK 4||Marshall JCM 900||Stomplab Meanings||h3|
|UK METAL 1||Marshall JCM 2000 1||Stomplab Meanings||h4|
|UK METAL 2||Marshall JCM 2000 2||Stomplab Meanings||h5|
|UK METAL 3||Marshall JCM 2000 3||Stomplab Meanings||h6|
|UK METAL 4||Marshall JCM 2000 4||Stomplab Meanings||h7|
|US HIGAIN 1||Peavey 5150||Stomplab Meanings||h8|
|US HIGAIN 2||Soldano SLO||Stomplab Meanings||h9|
|US HIGAIN 3||Soldano SLO 2||Stomplab Meanings||H1|
|US HIGAIN 4||Soldano SLO 3||Stomplab Meanings||H2|
|US METAL 1||Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier 1||Stomplab Meanings||H3|
|US METAL 2||Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier 2||Stomplab Meanings||H4|
|US METAL 3||Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier 3||Stomplab Meanings||H5|
|US METAL 4||Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier 4||Stomplab Meanings||H6|
|BTQ METAL 1||Bogner Uberschall||Stomplab Meanings||H7|
|BTQ METAL 2||Engl Fireball||Stomplab Meanings||H8|
|BTQ METAL 3||Diezel VH4||Stomplab Meanings||H9|
Possible Speaker Cabinets
As with the amplifiers listed above, here is a suggested list of guitar speaker cabinets and their mapppings to real cabinet names. Again, this list is not verifiable, to use with discretion.
|Vox Name||Cabinet Name||Source||Notes|
|TWEED 1×8||1957 1×8 Tweed Champ||Stomplab Meanings||t1|
|TWEED 1×12||1958 1×12 Tweed Deluxe||Stomplab Meanings||t2|
|TWEED 4×10||1959 4×10 Bassman||Stomplab Meanings||t3|
|BLACK 2×10||1964 2×10 Blackface Tremolux||Stomplab Meanings||b1|
|BLACK 2×12||1965 2×12 Blackface Twin Reverb||Stomplab Meanings||b2|
|VOX AC15||1962 1×12 Vox AC15||Stomplab Meanings||v1|
|VOX AC30||1960 2×12 Vox AC30||Stomplab Meanings||v2|
|VOX AD120VTX||2003 1×12 Vox AD120VTX||Stomplab Meanings||v3|
|UK H30 4×12||4×12 Celestion G12H 30w||Stomplab Meanings||U1|
|UK T75 4×12||4×12 Celestion G12T-75 75w||Stomplab Meanings||U2|
|US V30 4×12||4×12 Celestion Vintage 30 30w||Stomplab Meanings||US|
Steps to Create Vox Stomplab IG User Presets
- Before starting, I am assuming your Stomplab 1G is hooked up to your guitar and amplifier or studio monitors and it’s powered on and ready to go.
- Turn Category knob to the far right position of “USER”
- Press “EFFECT TYPE” up/down button to select a user preset number. They will begin with “U”.
- Press the EDIT button to enter EDIT mode
- Rotate the CATEGORY knob to the far left to set the type of Pedal.
- Use the up/down arrows to change the pedal type. Use the Value 1 and Value 2 knobs to set parameters. To turn off the pedal effect completely, press the up/down buttons simultaneously.
- Now set the amplifier. Move the CATEGORY knob clockwise one position. There are 44 amplifier models to choose from. See the list above for a suggested mapping of real amp names.
- Use the up/down arrows to change the amplifier type. The VALUE1 knob controls the amp Gain. The VALUE2 knob controls the amp Level.
- Now it’s time to set the EQ section of the amplifier. We’ll start with the Bass and Mids. Turn the CATEGORY knob clockwise one position. Use the VALUE1 knob to set the Bass level. Use the VALUE2 knob to set the MID level.
- Turn the CATEGORY knob clockwise one position. We’ll set the TREBLE and PRESENCE values with the VALUE1 and VALUE2 knobs, respectively.
- Now set the speaker cabinet for your sound. There are 12 types of cabinets to choose from. The cabinet emulation can be set to a value of “oF” to disable the cabinet section if you’re using Irs in a DAW or a speaker cabinet emulator pedal.
- Use the up/down arrows to change the speaker cabinet type.
- The next section of effects is modulation. There are 9 modulation effects available.
- Next is the Delay effect. There are 8 delays to select from on the unit.
- To set up Reverb, move to the next knob position. The unit offers 3 different reverb types.
- The Noise Gate section is next on the knob order. The noise gate will cut off note duration when engaged heavily.
- The last section is the Global setting where the output audio type is set up, and the overall output level of the unit. You can set to output for amplifiers or Line Level if you’re hooking into an audio interface or DI box. Use VALUE1 to set the output type, and use VALUE2 to set the output volume level.
- To store your settings, move the knob to the right to the final position named “User WRITE”. Simultaneously press the up and down arrow buttons for 1 second until the display reads “CP”.
- Lastly, press the EDIT button to disable Edit mode and return to normal mode.
In this post, we covered how to create Vox Stomplab IG user presets so that you can have customized, stored presets available on your effects unit. Having stored presets can help you focus on creating new music quickly as opposed to trying to use the factory presets that someone else configured that may not suit your needs.