Vox amPlug 2 AC30 Review

Vox amPlug 2 is a guitar amplifier plug-in that can be used with Pro Tools. It is very similar to the original Vox amPlug, but has some important upgrades like built-in tube emulation and an output limiter, as well as improved compatibility with Pro Tools. It also now includes presets for all of the previous amps in the lineup.

The Vox amPlug 2 is able to produce 300 watts of power and it has great sound quality, especially considering its low price point. The only downside I’ve found, which isn’t really something you should be expecting much at this price point, is that there are no preamp outputs or speaker outputs on this amp model.

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VOX AP2AC amPlug 2 AC30 Guitar/Bass Headphone Amplifier
  • Power supply: AAA batteries x 2 (Best with Polaroid AAA batteries)
  • Connections: headphone out, aux in
  • Dimensions: W x D x H) 3.39 x 3.15 x 1.22" 86 x 80 x 31mm)

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Design and Structures:

The Vox amPlug 2 is an analog modeled guitar amplifier, which means that it uses technology to mimic real tube amps. It comes with several amp models, which are Clean, Crunch, Lead1, and Lead2.

The Vox amPlug 2 has a small metal enclosure with a large control knob. It also now includes an integrated ¼” headphone jack as well as an input for a guitar cable. The original Vox was not able to be used as a traditional amp, so many users were disappointed that they could not plug into it.

It also now comes with a much more power-efficient chip that is 12 times smaller, improving its battery life from 8 hours to a whopping 60 hours!

The Vox amPlug 2 is compatible with the following DAWs: Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason and Studio One. This is great because it means you can use this amp plug-in with almost any recording software or DAW.

Specifications:

The Vox amPlug 2 has an output power of 300W. It also has an ultra-compact design with built-in AC30 emulation.

It is able to deliver authentic tone with the same tube drive sound as the amps in the AC series.

The Vox amPlug 2 has an output power of 300 watts. This is huge for such a small amp, and could be even better than amps ten times the size.

It has 8 different amp models that can be used simultaneously. The other models include Blues, Clean, Crunch, Metal 1, Metal 2, Super Bass and VOX AC30. There are also 5 reverb types included with the Vox amPlug 2.

The built-in tube emulation is great because it adds to the virtual amplifier’s sound quality while giving you some classic guitar sounds to use in your recordings.

Features:

The Vox amPlug 2 is not really for live use because it is only a USB interface, but it is great for using with your home studio.

The Vox amPlug 2 is incredibly versatile, which is arguably the most important aspect of an amp modeler. The main feature that distinguishes this unit from other amp models is its ability to be used as a traditional amplifier, plugging into an amplifier or PA system.

This allows you to use to Vox amPlug 2 as a practice amp, or for performing at small venues where you would not have otherwise been able to record your guitar parts.

There are several different variations of the Vox amPlug 2 available. You can also buy multiple versions of the same type that all sound the same but have different tube types and speaker options.

Pros:

  • The Vox amPlug 2 is able to be used as both an amp modeler and as a traditional amplifier. This makes it very effective for any kind of studio or live playing you can use it for.
  • The Vox amPlug 2 is a very good-sounding amp modeler plug-in. It is affordable and sounds nearly as good as units that are much more expensive.
  • There are also a great number of presets available for this unit. All of the previous amps included with the original Vox amPlug have been added to the lineup, meaning you can edit them and save them as your own presets.
  • Vox amPlug 2 is a very well-rounded virtual boutique tube amp. It has a great response and it offers a broad range of tones. Simply loading one of the presets actually allows you to hear pretty much everything you’ll ever need in terms of tone.

Cons:

  • The only downside I could find was that there were no preamp or speaker outputs on this unit. While this isn’t a huge deal, it would be nice to have those options, especially if you plan on using this to record tracks instead of as an amp modeler plug-in.

Conclusion:

The Vox amPlug 2 offers a really solid selection of amp models and reverb for a very low cost. It is very well-rounded and offers a good sound for any kind of recording situation. It is also incredibly easy to use, especially if you read the manual first.

Overall, the Vox amPlug 2 is a very good-sounding amp modeler plug-in with a lot of features and presets that make it stand out from other similar products. It is very easy to use and adds a great deal of versatility to your studio or live gig.

I would strongly recommend the Vox amPlug 2 if you are looking for something low-cost but still high-quality.

FAQ:

Q: What do you use your Vox AC30 for?

A: With the excellent VOX AC30 Amplug, a cheap bluetooth receiver in the VOX aux socket and a pair of heaphones, I can play over ‘full on’ practice quality backing tabs from Ultimate Guitar (UG) wirelessly and without distubing the neighbours. I’ve never had so much fun practicing guitar as I am now.

Q: What are the different types of AC30 amps?

A: AC30: Provides the AC30 top boost sound. Classic Rock: Delivers the classic crunch of a UK-made 100W amp. Metal: Gives you the extreme high-gain sound of a US-made amp. Bass: Designed specifically for low frequencies, offering a wide-range response. Clean: The ideal choice for fat, boutique inspired clean sounds.

Q: What is the difference between amplug G2 and amplug AC30?

A: With amPlug G2, the crucial analog circuit has been drastically improved, and each model provides three modes. AC30 provides use of a tremolo circuit, as well as nine selectable effects with three types of Chorus, Delay, and Reverb.

Q: Does the Vox ap2bs amplug bass G2 guitar headphone amp sound better?

A: So, last week I bought this Vox unit VOX AP2BS amPlug Bass G2 Guitar Headphone Amp which does the same thing but is made for a bass and costs almost four times as much ($39.99). Does it sound $29 better? Oh, yeah. Both units have volume, tone and gain adjustments (pots), an aux input and, of course, a headphone output.