Amplifier & Effect Routing With a Torpedo Loadbox

Amplifier & Effect Routing With a Torpedo Loadbox

The location of your effects (pedals or multi-FX) within your signal chain is very important. You can of course follow the usual rules concerning effects layout, with certain effects placed before a preamp (OD, fuzz, compressor etc.), or in the amplifier’s FX loop (namely time-based effects: chorus, delay, reverb etc.).

An interesting option with Torpedo Loadboxes (i.e. Captor X, Captor, Live, Reload, VB-101, Studio) is the possibility to place some effects AFTER the loadbox. This is what we call the "studio setup" in our user manuals: in a studio, most of the time, time-based effects will be placed in auxiliary, meaning AFTER miking, or directly in the DAW. This will lead to a cleaner sound of the associated effects, that will not be augmented by any potential tonal modification when they are placed in an FX loop (i.e. distortion and compression from the amplifier’s power amp stage). The other interesting option when putting effects after the Torpedo is the alteration of the Mono output signal of the Torpedo into a Stereo signal (if - that is - you are using Stereo effects).

You will note that we place DI boxes after the Torpedo device. It is very common to use DI boxes on line level products on stage (even if not mandatory due to the output signal being strong / balanced) to prevent any phantom power supply being sent from the mixer to your Torpedo (something that should be avoided as much as possible).


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