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Two Notes Audio Engineering Torpedo Reload Advanced Attenuator   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Indispensible tool for studio guitarists.

If you are serious about recorded guitar tone, you need to look at the Torpedo Reload by Two Notes Engineering. It is a brilliantly designed amalgam of four critical components of your recording signal path.

Two Notes culture is steeped in their reputation as a premier manufacturer of cabinemt simulators. The engineers at Two Notes have bridged a technological gap with the Torpedo Reload that marries this core competency with a power attenuator, a multi-impedance loadbox, a DI and re-amping box, and have done it perfectly.

The Two Notes philosophy stands in one word, transparency. The tone must come from your guitar, your amp and cabinet - not from the electronics that between parts of your regular setup.

Attenuators are usually known for the negative impact they have on your tone in cases of heavy attenuation. On the contrary, the Reactive-Active technology presents your amplifier with a consistent speaker's impedance no matter what level of attenuation you're at, and thus preserves the specific character of your amplifier. With a choice of 4, 8, or 16 Ohms, your amplifier (up to 150W RMS) will actually see real speaker impedance, and your tone will remain constant throughout the continuous attenuation curve.

The result of years of research, the Re-act technology (Reactive-Active Attenuator) will tame your amplifier without ever betraying it. From 0dB attenuation to total silencing, you can nonetheless choose between absolute transparency to more vintage or modern tone coloring with the Contour.

HI-Z DI Box
Plug your guitar into the DI Input and send that signal to your recorder. At that stage what you want is clarity and Two Notes preserves your guitar's tone, as you will certainly want to re-inject it into your amp through the Replay.


Replay
One of the most interesting options in studios nowadays: play the guitar one day, and mike the amp (or many different amps) another. The Torpedo Reload is your re-amplifying device of choice. The most difficult part in re-amplification techniques is finding the output level on the DAW that matches the level of your guitar when it is directly connected to the amplifier.

Match function
This Two Notes innovation is the solution to the problem of level adjustment when re-amplifying. Match compares the signal as it comes from the guitar (plugged to the DI input) with the signal that has been recorded (and which is sent to the Replay Line Input) so that what you send the amp is the ideal level only. Now you can be sure that the signal you send from the DAW is exactly what your guitar itself would be sending.

Plug your guitar into the DI Input and send this signal to your recorder. Later on, you can re-send that signal to your amplifier by using re-amping techniques with the Reload˜s Replay function. To make it perfect, Two Notes has developed the unique Match function - THE solution to the problem of level adjustment when re-amplifying.

One Device to Rule Them All
Record your guitar using the DI, send the signal back to your amp using the Replay, drive your amp the way it should be driven and lower the level or simply make it silent with Re-act, record the signal from the loadbox, and even use your own microphone and cabinet for a 3rd take - all simultaneously.

The Torpedo Reload comes with the Wall of Sound III plug-in and your first 24 speaker cabinets: in conjunction with the Torpedo Reload and your beloved guitar or bass amplifier, the WoS III plug-in will achieve absolutely true-to-life studio miking of your amp.

Choose the cabinet and microphone; place the mic in your virtual studio to find the "sweet spot", and enjoy all of the Torpedo features, including power-amp simulation, 3rd-party IR compatibility, and the possibility of mixing up to 100 different cabs within a single plug-in instance.


Multiple tools in one, each with perfect articulation. Order soon.

SPECIFICATIONS

Torpedo Reload Advanced Attenuator

  • Admissible power: 150W RMS, 200W peak

    DI and Loadbox Outputs are electronically balanced using low-noise, low-distortion circuits so your tone will never be affected by any kind of unwanted artifacts. They are also protected against 48V Phantom power, in case you forget to switch it off on the mixer.

    Dimensions: 12 x 7.2 x 3.5"
    Weight: 8.8lbs.
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Two Notes Audio EngineeringTorpedo Reload Advanced Attenuator
 
4.3

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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5.0

Best Attenuator Available

By Hangar 18

from Dallas, TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Two Notes Audio Engineering Torpedo Reload Advanced Attenuator:

    Plain and simple, this thing is awesome. It allows you to crank your amp and drive the tubes the way they were designed to be driven. It'll allow you to get killer, cranked tones at whisper quiet volumes without sacrificing tone or responsiveness. I highly recommemd it!

     
    4.0

    This is Great Tech

    By Dman

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Limited Selection Of Effects

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Two Notes Audio Engineering Torpedo Reload Advanced Attenuator:

    I wanted a power attenuator for my guitar amps for recording and not waking the kids, but my search took me a bit further. As an attentuator, this thing is great (do your research on reactive vs resistive). The sound is well preserved and worked well on 4/15/40/100 watt amps. Take some time and find the sweet spot between the amp and Reload controls, it will vary from amp to amp, and cranking the amp to 11 does not guarantee the best tone. The Fryette Power Station was my other option, but chose to go with solid state for the dependability and transparency (not knocking the Fryette in the least bit, I would love to own both!).

    I was really intrigued by the idea of using my favorite tube amps with IRs. Before I forget, this box has no digital on it, which is a plus as digital components tend to become obsolete quick (I can update the IR software over the coming years and continue to use this box as an attenuator or load box). The first time out recording direct with IR was a little disappointing. It took me two more evenings to really find something I loved. I'm convinced of the tech now and look forward to making my own IRs. I wasn't a reamp guy, but with this rig I am now. I love being able to use my favorite amp to dial in the perfect tone in the mix and not having to use additional DAW plugins on the signal. It sounds great, and if I were to go on tour, I would definitely get a Torpedo Live or Studio and shrink my rig. The Wall of Sound software is easy to use. If I had one gripe, it would be the price and limited selection of IRs included with activation code. I have zero buyer's remorse, but at this price I would expect a few more add-ons (it should be noted I got it on sale (15% off) and would not have purchased this at the full asking price).

     
    4.0

    The best thing ever...

    By Anthony

    from Michigan

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Built-in Amp (could be a con)
    • Too Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Keep from going deaf/getting evicted
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Two Notes Audio Engineering Torpedo Reload Advanced Attenuator:

    This is truly the best thing that ever happened to guitar recording at home.

    The quality of the attenuation is fantastic! This was an upgrade from the THD Hot Plate and the Hot Plate doesn't even come close. Not only is the sound quality better, but the FEEL of the unattenuated amp is back! I was always told that resistive load attenuators are no good but I had no idea how much it was killing my amp's tone and feel. It is truly just a quieter version of the cranked amp.

    The contour knob is also a much better solution than the "deep" and "bright" switches on the Hot Plate if it is needed, and even if it's not needed, it still makes for a great tweaking option (from a boosted lower midrange to deep scooped sound).

    Two gripes:

    One, I wish a cheaper version without the built-in amp was available. There is the Torpedo Live, but it's more expensive. The Reload can be used with another amp (it is a DI after all), but I would have rather skipped paying for the onboard amp.

    Two, for eight-fifty this should have come with rack ears, but they are sold separately for sixty bones. Yes, that's right, sixty big ones for two bent pieces of metal and six screws. That is just ridiculous.

    I haven't tried the Wall of Sound III plugin yet so I can't comment on that, but the reviews have been positive.

    Overall I'm very happy with this, but I'm not happy with the price. Then again, it wasn't made in a third-world country either (made in France). The cost of the rack ear option makes me sick to my stomach also (I can probably get some custom made at a local metal shop for less).

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