Torpedo Live with Slipknot

Torpedo Live with Slipknot

Guitar technician for Slipknot's Mick Thomson & Powered by Omega CEO, Michael J Smith, explains how Mick loves to tweak and perfect his sound using the Two notes Torpedo Live.

Here is the text from the interview:

"My name is Mike Smith. I am the guitar tech for Mick Thomson of the band Slipknot. We are in Nîmes, France, it is Monday July 1st and it is a little warm.

It's actually 20 years a few days ago for the release of Slipknot's first album. It's pretty awesome because first of all, they're so excited about it. It's a huge milestone for them. The fact that they've come this far, where they've come from and it's really cool because we're actually playing some of the songs off the first album and everybody is absolutely loving it.

Mick is currently playing his signature Jackson Soloist. He's playing through the Omega Ampworks Obsidian, my company actually. The Obsidian is going into the Two notes Torpedo Live through the Omega 4x12, loaded with some speakers that we can't exactly discuss now, but you'll be hearing about soon. With the speaker cabinets, we're actually working on a couple things together. And Mick loves to tweak, he loves to be able to perfect his sound. And that's where the Two notes Torpedo Live comes in.

The guys from Two notes came out and actually were able to do the capture of the impulses of the actual rig that we’re using live. Essentially, it's a solid-state power amp that is very flat response, that is sending the signal. It's a long sweep signal going from 20 Hertz to 20,000 Hertz. Microphones are able to capture everything that the speaker can create, which gives a perfect footprint of what that speaker and what that microphone setup are doing. So it's not just what we think that the guys are using, it's the actual microphones, the actual speaker cab.

We got a great sound from just the mics, but when we added the Two notes in it was just that extra layer on top. There's three signals for each one of the guitars, four signals for the bass and having that flexibility allows us to really dial in the sound.

And a lot of people think that the only way you can use the Two notes is taking that DI signal from the Two notes and that's phenomenal as it is. But there are some people that do run cabs. This is an ideal solution that if you have one mic on a cab and you want to run a separate type of microphone but you don't want to deal with phasing issues, this is the way to do it. And then if you find that combination of microphones works perfect for you, do another capture on the Two notes of those two, they're perfectly in phase, you don't have to bother the sound guy and adjust the mics, it's perfect every time."