Torpedo VB-101

Loadbox, speaker-miking simulator & studio effects

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Two Notes Torpedo VB-101

The Torpedo VB-101 is a DI for your head amplifier composed of 3 main parts: a 150W RMS Loadbox to play silently with your amp or preamp, a speaker & miking simulator powered by the acclaimed Torpedo technology with all your favorite cabs inside and a Post-FX section with all the processing effects you usually need when miking a guitar cab (low-cut filter, 5-band EQ, exciter, compressor).

Using the Torpedo VB-101

The Torpedo VB-101 is made to be used with a guitar/bass amp or preamp.
Plug it in place of your regular cabinet and enjoy all the great characteristics of your audio amplification chain (from the guitar to the amp, including effects pedals) silently!

The Torpedo VB-101 can replace the whole guitar sound-recording process with some powerful simulation of the cabinet, microphone, mic preamp and studio acoustics. Choose your speaker among the more than 50 available, your microphone among the 8 most used studio mics and sculpt your sound with the included effects section (EQ, Exciter, Compressor).

Sound recording is done in silence and with perfect control of every critical parameter.

Introduction by Gundy Keller

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Applications

In the studio

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In a home / project studio, where the cabins are not necessarily suitable for miking guitars (and the resulting high volume), the Torpedo allows engineers to achieve sound recording silently with no compromise with regards to sound quality.

For studios already equipped for miking guitar (cabins, microphones), it offers an alternative to the regular sound recording process and can also be used as an addition to provide a wider range of possibilities at the mixing stage.

Another common use in a studio environment is when you need to record a whole band in live conditions. The Torpedo VB-101 then allows you to completely isolate the sound from the bass guitar and other instruments without necessarily having a dedicated cabin.

On stage

On stage, the Torpedo VB-101 will be a big asset for the comfort of the musicians and the public.

Find your own sound every night, gig after gig, do not be dependent on the bad microphone or the one not necessarily very well placed, etc.

The sound recording is not “polluted” by other instruments, making the FOH and personal monitor mixes much easier to do and more comfortable for the musicians.

Dual Miking

The new feature of the Torpedo VB-101 is what every sound engineer wants: the possibility to precisely place two microphones in front of a cabinet, or to select two different cabs and mics to mix the sound as you wish.

Remiking

In the studio, it can be very interesting to record a raw track that you can later reprocess (we call this “remiking”) at the mixing stage thanks to the Torpedo VB-101. This allows you to concentrate on the music when recording, not on the sound

Of course, you can record both processed and unprocessed signals to your DAW at the same time.

Torpedo Remote

VB-101 Torpedo Remote screenshot

The use of computer stations has become a must these days, that’s why we have developed an application to control the Torpedo VB-101 remotely from your Mac/PC via the USB connector on the rear panel of the Torpedo VB-101.

With its clear and intuitive interface, the Torpedo Remote software will give you access to all the VB-101 parameters, loading and saving presets, loading new IR’s and updating your VB-101. Via an enhanced graphical interface, you have access to easier management of the VB-101′s speakers and presets.

The Torpedo Remote is Mac/PC compatibe and can be freely downloaded in the downloads section.

Loadbox

Input impedance:
8 Ohms

Max input power:
150-Watt RMS

Controlled ventilation and thermal security:
both amp and musician are perfectly safe.

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Two Notes Torpedo VB-101

Connectivity

  • Power Amp input
  • Speaker output
  • Wordclock input
  • MIDI In, Out/Thru
  • USB
  • Optional Ethernet
  • AES/EBU and S/PDIF input
  • AES/EBU and S/PDIF output
  • Balanced / Unbalanced line input, switched by relay
  • Balanced Pre-Sim line output (pre convertor)
  • 2 balanced line dual-mono / stereo outputs
  • Stereo headphone output with front panel volume control

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Two Notes Torpedo VB-101

High-quality electronic design

The best simulation is nothing without a perfectly designed analog and digital circuit. Two Notes focuses on the whole signal chain, from your amp or preamp output to the PA, monitor, headphones or recorder to ensure the best performance. Guitar and bass players deserve studio quality gear !


Power amp emulation

Plug your preamp directly into your Torpedo VB-101. It embeds our component-based tube power amp simulation. Simply choose the amp design and characteristics, and select the tube type.

Torpedo Technology

Highly realistic speaker simulation is achieved by use of convolution. Two Notes started from that technology and brought it much further, to accurately reproduce the characteristics of the whole miking chain (speaker, microphone, preamplifier, studio room acoustic).

Many parameters influence the sound of your guitar or bass rig when it comes to recording. Taking good care of the cabinet selection and miking will dramatically improve the sound of your takes. The Torpedo simulation reproduces the tiniest variations of a cabinet behavior such as frequency response and distortion (*). Move the microphone in the virtual studio room thanks to the Torpedo IR synthesis, control the phase with the Variphi: all the settings you need to achieve great recordings are here.

(*) VB-101, VM-202 and WoS plug-in only

MIDI

The Torpedo VB-101 is fully controllable via MIDI.
Program Changes are used to change presets.
Control Changes are used to control the parameters of the Torpedo VB-101.

Torpedo Remote software : PC/Mac (Intel only) compatible (USB connection – no drivers needed)

Digital Audio

24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA convertors
S/N ratio : 100 dB (measured)
32-bit float / 96 kHz internal processing
AES/EBU and SPDIF I/O’s up to 96 kHz
Measured latency (normal mode) = 4,84 ms
Measured latency (low latency mode) = 2,84 ms
Sync: internal, AES/EBU, SPDIF or Wordclock

Dimensions & weight

Width x depth x height:
19 x 13.9 x 3.5 (in.) / 483 x 354 x 89 (mm)

Weight: 16.5 lb (7.5 kg)

Power amp simulation

4 tube types :

  • EL84
  • EL34
  • 6L6
  • KT88

2 different circuit topologies :

  • classe A / single ended
  • classe AB / push pull

2 different modes :

  • pentode
  • triode

Settings :

  • Volume
  • Presence
  • Depth
  • Pentode / Triode switch

Available guitar cab models

  • 2Notes CSG: Two Notes Custom 1×12″ ElectroVoice® EVM12L
  • Alichino: Cornford® Harlequin 1×12” OB Celestion® Vintage 30 UK
  • Angl VintC: Engl® 4×12″ Celestion® V30
  • Bayou: Jenkins® Sound Lab 2×12” OB Eminence® Patriot Swamp Thang
  • BDeLuxe: Fender® Blues Deluxe 1×12″
  • Blonde 63: Fender® Bassman ’63 Blonde Tolex Piggy Back 2×12″
  • Brit 65C: Marshall® 1965A 4×10″ Celestion® G10L-35 closed back
  • Brit 65O: Marshall® 1965A 4×10″ Celestion® G10L-35 open back
  • Brit Std: Marshall® JCM900 2×12″ Celestion® G12T
  • Brit VintC: Marshall® Slash Signature 4×12″ Celestion® V30 closed back
  • Brit VintO: Marshall® Slash Signature 4×12″ Celestion® V30 open back
  • Calif C90: Mesa/Boogie® 1×12″ Celestion® C90 (Black Shadow)
  • Calif StdC: Mesa/Boogie® Rectifier® Standard 4×12″ Celestion® V30 closed back
  • Calif StdO: Mesa/Boogie® Rectifier® Standard 4×12″ Celestion® open back
  • Can Abyss: Supro® Clone 1×12” OB Eminence® Patriot Cannabis Rex Hemp Cone
  • Eddie: Peavey® 5150 2×12″ Sheffield 1200
  • Feline: Bad Cat® 2×12” OB Celestion® Bad Cat® Proprietary
  • Ferret: Suhr® Badger 2×12” OB Warehouse® Veteran30
  • Forest: Elmwood® 2×12″ Celestion® V30
  • Free Rock: VHT® Deliverance 4×12″ Eminence® P50E
  • Free Rock2: VHT® Deliverance 2×12″ Eminence® P50E
  • Green Tri: Hughes&Kettner® Triamp 4×12″ Celestion® Greenback
  • Jazz 120: Vintage Roland® JC120 2×12″
  • JubilGreen: Marshall® 2550 2×12″ Celestion® Greenback
  • JubilV30: Marshall® 2550 2×12″ Celestion® V30
  • Kerozen: Diezel® 4×12″ Celestion® G12K-100
  • Monarch: Tone King® Galaxy 2×12” OB Tone King® 33′ Custom Designed
  • Prime A: Divided by Thirteen® FTR37 2×12” OB Celestion® Blue & G12H30 70th Anniversary (mic G12H30 side)
  • Prime B: Divided by Thirteen® FTR37 2×12” OB Celestion® Blue & G12H30 70th Anniversary (mic Blue side)
  • R2D2: Musicman® 112 RD 1×12” Electro-Voice® EVM12L
  • RackHero: Custom Audio Amplification® 4×12” CB Alien Transformer® 20W Greenback clones
  • Silver77: Vintage Fender® Twin Reverb® 2×12″ orange JBL®
  • SilverJen: Vintage Fender® Twin Reverb® 2×12″ Jensen® C12K
  • StrongBack: VHT® Fat Bottom 4×12″ Eminence® P50E
  • The One: Brunetti® Neo1512 1×15″ + 1×12″
  • Twill 15: Clark® Tweed Replica 1×15” OB Jensen® 1959
  • Vibro Utah: Vintage 1961 Fender® Vibrolux® 1×12″ original Utah speaker
  • Vibro V30: Vintage 1961 Fender® Vibrolux® 1×12″ Celestion® V30
  • Voice 30: Original Vox® AC30 JMI 2×12″ Celestion® “Silver Bell”
  • Voice 65: 1965 Vox® 2×12″
  • VoiceModrn: Vox® V212H, 2×12″ Celestion® Alnico Blue
  • Watt FanC: Hiwatt® 2×12″ Fane closed back
  • Watt FanO: Hiwatt® 2×12″ Fane open back
  • XTCab: Bogner® 4×12″ Celestion® V30

Bass cabinets

  • 2Notes CSB: Two Notes Custom 1×15″
  • Alu XL: Hartke® XL 4×10″
  • AZ Ben: SWR® Big Ben 1×18″
  • AZ Work: SWR® WorkingMan 4×10″
  • Calif Low: Mesa/Boogie® 2×10″
  • Fridge: Ampeg® 8×10″
  • Heaven Bot: David Eden® 1×15″
  • Heaven Top: David Eden® 4×10″
  • Marco: Markbass® 2×10″
  • New York: Markbass® 4×6″
  • Rea One: AER® Cab One 2×10″
  • Voice V125: Vox® V125 2×12″
  • WGrandBlvd: Ampeg® B15N 1×15” CB Jensen® C15N, Vintage Ceramic

8 studio microphones

  • Ribbon 121, based on Royer® R121
  • Ribbon 160, based on Beyerdynamic® M160N
  • Dynamic 57, based on Shure® SM57
  • Dynamic Bass52, based on Shure® Beta 52
  • Dynamic 421, based on Sennheiser® MD421
  • Dynamic Bass20, based on Electrovoice® RE20
  • Condenser 87, based on Neumann® U87
  • Condenser Knightfall, based on Blue® Dragonfly

Note: All product names mentioned on this website are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Two Notes Audio Engineering.

Miking Section

Settings :

  • Choice of speaker cab and microphone
  • Microphone position (distance, axis, front/back)
  • Variphi: phase control
  • Overload: natural speaker distortion control
  • Dry/Wet

Post-FX section

Low-Cut filter
5-band EQ
Exciter (gain, frequency)
Compressor (theshold, ratio, attack and release time, make-up gain)

Hardware model VB-101 VM-202 LIVE C.A.B. RELOAD
Main function Studio digital loadbox Speaker simulation Stage digital loadbox Speaker simulation Reactive-active attenuator, DI and reamplification box
Format 2-unit rack 2-unit rack 1-unit rack stompbox 2U tabletop
Integrated loadbox with active heat control 150W RMS no 100W RMS no 150W RMS, 200W peak
Loadbox type Resistive no Reactive no Reactive
Load compensation yes no no no no
Speaker input yes no yes no yes
Transformer on speaker input yes no no no
Instrument/pedal input no no no yes yes
Balanced line input XLR XLR x 2 1/4” TRS 1/4” TRS 1/4” TRS
Balanced line output XLR x 2 XLR x 2 1/4” TRS 1/4” TRS
Headphone output 1/4” TRS 1/4” TRS 1/4” TRS 1/4” TRS no
Digital I/O’s AES/EBU, SPDIF AES/EBU, SPDIF SPDIF, output only no no
Wordclock input BNC BNC no no no
MIDI MIDI In + Out/Thru MIDI In + Out/Thru MIDI In only MIDI In only no
USB yes yes yes yes no
Digital converters 24 bits, 192kHz
Cirrus CS5361 Multi-Bit stereo ADC
Wolfson WM8740 Very High Performance stereo DAC
24 bits, 192kHz
Cirrus CS5361 Multi-Bit stereo ADC
Wolfson WM8740 Very High Performance stereo DAC
24 bits, 96kHz
AKM AK4528 high performance CODEC
24 bits, 96kHz
AKM AK4528 high performance CODEC
none
Number of processing channels 1 2 1 1 1
Number of simultaneous IR’s 2 2 1 1 100*
Non-linear impulses yes yes no no yes*
Mic placement yes yes yes yes yes*
Variphi yes yes no no yes*
Overload yes yes no no yes*
Available Two Notes cabinet
models
50 50 32 32 24*
Expandable library yes yes yes yes yes
Number of cabinet slots 50 50 32 32 infinite*
Number of IR slots 50 50 512 512 infinite*
Available microphones 8 8 8 8 8*
Power amp simulation 4 types of tube 4 types of tube 4 types of tube 4 types of tube 4 types of tube*
FX’s Low-cut, 5-band EQ, Exciter, Comp, Spatial Low-cut, 5-band EQ, Exciter, Comp, Spatial 5-band EQ 5-band EQ Low-cut, 5-band EQ, Exciter, Comp, Spatial*
Measured latency (ms) Normal : 4,8 – Low : 2,8 Normal : 4,8 – Low : 2,8 2,8 2,8

*When used with the WoS plug-in

Visit our Multimedia page for video and audio demos, tests, and playlists.
Find out what the international press says about the Torpedo VB-101 in our Pressroom: articles, test benches, and more.

Pictures

Torpedo BlendIR Beta (Mac OS X)

Torpedo BlendIR Beta (Mac OS X) {version,
Version 0.9.2
The Torpedo BlendIR software allows you to “capture” your own cab/microphone configuration for use in our Torpedo VB-101, VM-202, Live, CAB, and Wall of Sound.

Torpedo BlendIR Beta (Windows)

Torpedo BlendIR Beta (Windows) {version,
Version 0.9.2
The Torpedo BlendIR software allows you to “capture” your own cab/microphone configuration for use in our Torpedo VB-101, VM-202, Live, CAB, and Wall of Sound.

Torpedo Remote (Mac OS X)

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Version 3.0.4
Compatible with Torpedo VB-101, Live, and C.A.B.
This version includes automatic updates of your unit’s firmware, of the cab collection, and of the software itself.

Torpedo Remote (Windows)

Torpedo Remote (Windows) {version,
Version 3.0.4
Compatible with Torpedo VB-101, Live, and C.A.B.
This version includes automatic updates of your unit’s firmware, of the cab collection, and of the software itself.

Torpedo VB-101 User’s Guide (English)

Torpedo VB-101 User's Guide (English) {version,
Version 2.11
Complete manual for the Torpedo VB-101, English version

Torpedo VB-101 User’s Guide (French)

Torpedo VB-101 User's Guide (French) {version,
Version 2.12
Complete manual for the Torpedo VB-101, French version

Torpedo VB-101 Presets

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Factory presets for Torpedo VB-101, to reinstall on your device with Torpedo Remote if you have lost or modified the original presets.

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