Purchased from: N/A (B-day Present)
Sound — 10
The TonePort GX something for everybody. Simply put. You can put in reverb effects, delay effects, a phaser, a flanger, chorus effects, a compressor, an equalizer, tremolo effects, wah effects, even extra stompbox simulations for famous pedals like the Tube Screamer, and if it causes too much buzz, of course it has the noise gate to filter it all out. To back those up, it simulates how the sound is effected when moving the virtual microphone closer to or away from the Amplifier as it would in real life. It has different cabinet and amp models to alter the tone as well. There still hasn't been a tone I haven't been able to achieve on this thing.
Overall Impression — 9
The TonePort GX is great sound recording software for the beginner musician to sink teeth into. It's just enough to get a beginner started but can also satisfy more experienced people in the recording field. Good for any musical style, for anyone who can't afford the more expensive stuff right now, but is planning on investing for something better in the future. I definitely recommend this to anyone whos either just looking to record they're playing for fun or for serious stuff as well.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't tried anything to test its durability, but it is made of plastic, it seems really durable though. Nothing to use on gigs though, only in personal recording. No glitches in the software have arisen. Though I haven't really 'looked' for anything bad, nothing really stands out to me. It looks like it'll last for a long time, until I actually choose to buy something that outmatches the GX. One cool feature is on the bottom of the GX there's a clip so you can attach it to the underside of your desk somehow if no room is left on top.
Ease of Use — 9
The TonePort GX gives you lots of options in the interface to wrap your mind around when you first open up it's Gearbox program but as it begins to grow on you, the possibilities seem endless. The updating was kind of a hassle, as updating required re-downloading the entire drivers for the TonePort GX instead of downloading only the new files needed. It's a little daunting at first, but you get used to it. My only real beef with it is that I can only get it to feed sound through it's line-out port through the back into my headset when directly playing through the TonePort. But to play it on PC speakers it's as simple as just recording a track and then playing it back on your desktop.