Who are “Two notes Audio”?
Two notes Audio Engineering is the brainchild of Dr. Guillaume Pille, a passionate musician who graduated from Montpellier University in 2005. During Guillaume’s time at University (where he spent his rare spare time recording, gigging and engineering bands) he had become frustrated with having a great tube amp, an ENGL, but not being able to use it to its full potential – and that is before he started to think about recording guitar tones or engineering other bands. Guillaume understood that this was a common problem faced by many players / producers / engineers – they just wanted to open their amp up but don’t have the opportunity to do so.After turning down the option to be a post graduate lecturer at University, Guillaume’s passion for music and tone drove him to develop the product he needed to ‘open his amp up’ fully. At that time, there wasn’t a product available to allow him to do that (and have it sound awesome – especially when recording at home) so he started to design one. His thought process was clear – he needed the ability to record amps sounding full and powerful and feel all the response that comes with them ‘running hot’. Ultimately, Guillaume needed the ability to play (and record) with complete control of sound levels.
Guillaume: “There was nothing available so I just decided to design what I needed. Digital processing was getting so good… with the consistency and flexibility and, most importantly, the quality of tones it could produce, I saw that my vision of controlling and using a tube amp to its full potential was still some distance away, but I could see how to get it closer.”
The product timeline
The product timeline
TORPEDO VB-101 (2008 - 2013)
VB-101 was launched and was the first "Digital Loadbox" of its kind to come to market. It had a resistive load box, 16 DynIR (dynamic Impulse response) cabinets and featured USB and midi control. VB-101 was designed to be a studio grade recording tool for guitar / bass and was the first to be controlled via Torpedo Remote.
TORPEDO Pi-101 (2011 - 2013)
Two notes release the first dedicated plug-in, the Pi-101. This allowed the user, producer, musician to fine tune the last part (some may say the most critical part) of the signal chain with total ease and control with the environment of their DAW - the speaker cabinet and everything used to record them.
TORPEDO LIVE (2012 - 2020)
2012 saw the release of the next generation of Two notes products (complete with updated Remote software functionality) - The Torpedo Live featured a fully reactive load box and midi control, presented in a more compact 1U format. The Torpedo Live was designed to be used on the stages of acts both large and small.
TORPEDO C.A.B. (2013 - 2019)
The Torpedo C.A.B. (Cabinets in A Box) was released - a pedal sized format that was the perfect all in one cabinet simulator unit designed to be used with pedal sized preamps. Coming at the perfect time because it complemented the explosion of the "Amp in a Box" style pedals coming from the boutique pedal companies in America.
TORPEDO RELOAD (2013 - )
Seeing that more and more guitar players were recording at home, and understanding that many players were starting to "ReAmp" their guitar tracks, the Torpedo Reload was released. The Reload was the first fully reactive, multi impedance, continuous attenuation loadbox/attenuator with a headroom of 150W.
TORPEDO STUDIO (2014 - 2019)
Torpedo Studio, the flagship Torpedo model, saw the consolidation of previously designs into one comprehensive piece of hardware. Massively powerful with a fully reactive multiple impedance load-box, Dual/Stereo miking, Post FX and full Torpedo Remote, the Studio was the perfect tool for home and professional studio's alike.
LE PREAMP (2015 - )
Two notes release the Le Preamp series - the perfect tube driven preamp in a pedal format. With three specifically voiced guitar pedals, and one for bass, the true 200v driven preamp tube was the perfect compliment for the Torpedo C.A.B. for a direct to FOH/DAW pedalboard rig.
TORPEDO CAPTOR (2017 - )
The Torpedo Captor 4, 8 and 16Ω compact loadboxes are released. Using, and expanding on, the concept of the reactive load box, the Torpedo Captor went on to be a global success and brought the brand of Two notes to thousands of homes and professional studios in all corners of the world.
TORPEDO C.A.B. M (2019 - 2021)
Torpedo C.A.B. M (the first wirelessly controlled product) was released in 2019. As a step forward from the original C.A.B. and with the understanding that a more compact unit was required, Torpedo Remote was for the first time enabled to be wirelessly controlled from a phone or tablet. This made the C.A.B. M the most comprehensive and versatile product of its kind.
TORPEDO CAPTOR X (2020 - )
NAMM 2020 saw the announcement of the Torpedo Captor X - combining the loadbox of the original Torpedo Captor, including functionality that first appeared in the Torpedo C.A.B. M, and new features (stereo twin tracker and stereo reverbs), the Torpedo Captor X has gone on to be a multiple award winning unit (including Sound on Sound magazine "Best guitar technology product for 2020”). Demand was so high that over 10,000 units were produced in the first year alone.
The Two notes team
The Two notes team all share Guillaume’s vision. The vision, the desire, to create the best products (that not only the team at Two notes need, but players from all over the world need) to find the inspiration to make amazing music with flawless, yet controllable, tone.
Guillaume: “I believe in surrounding myself with people who can do their job to a higher standard than I can. We share a huge passion for music, a belief that technology is the way forward, and the need to create the tools to deliver amazing organic tones”
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Guillaume: “We do not create disposable products, or ones that will be obsolete within three years. I am proud that every product we’ve made still stands up today along our journey of innovation, and they are used in studios, on stages, almost everywhere. We aim to maintain the reaction between player, their instrument and their amplifier while offering the convenience and flexibility that only the digital environment can provide. The challenge has been to make products affordable and accessible to all, with killer tone, and with the Captor X, I feel we are finally getting close to that ultimate dream – every day we all come into the office, or log on, with laser like focus to be the best at what we do. And that is to innovate.”