14 - 06 - 2019
Pedalboards rigs with Torpedo units.
Make the most of your pedals with a Two notes Torpedo.
We are often ask how to use the Torpedo units with a pedalboard. And we also regularly get the « do you think this sounds best this way or that way »?
First things first: your pedalboard.
Let us be clear straight away, there are no official way for the pedals’ order. No rules! You want to put reverb before your high gain pedal, great! Shoegazing has paved this way and it does lead to very interesting result.
The difference in results of between, before and after are major when making pedals interact with each other. A delay before a drive pedal will sound eerie with little gain, and very (maybe too) messy with plenty of gain. The texture created by an octave pedal is drastically modified if before or after a gain pedal (even more with a fuzz pedal).
How do you include a Torpedo unit with your pedals
The Torpedo Live and the Torpedo Studio can be used with pedalboards, thanks to the line input provided on the back of the rack. If you have a preamp pedal, the signal created by the preamp can go straight into the Live or the Studio, and with the Power amp you have a full amp-like rig. The Torpedo C.A.B. M has been designed to work with preamps and pedalboards.
There are two ways to approach the setup :
- the classic amp rig setup
- the recording studio setup
The first one recreates the traditionnal rig, with guitar going into pedals and the amp is the last piece of the puzzle. It implies all pedals are put before the Torpedo, which acts just as a mic thrown in front of a cabinet. All effects will sound exactly like they would in a cabinet. This means for reverbs and delays, the high ends are rolled off.
The recording studio setup emulates what engineers do when recording guitars trying to record the dryest guitar sound possible. In studios, this means having a completely dry signal of the guitar (no amp, no fx) to allow for later reamping, or at least the guitar signal with all drives, wah, and some modulation pedals, leaving out all delays and reverbs for later in the mix. Doing so helps to make all instruments blend together easily. To achieve that, you use the line output of the Torpedos and place reverb and delay pedals after the Torpedos. This will lead to clear reverbs and delays. For chorus pedals, it will give lusher sounds to, and on clean tones cristal clear choruses. See below for the crucial question: but what how do I plug into the desk?
Where do the Le Preamp pedals find their place ?
We will consider that the preamps are used as just a clean platform with the analog speaker simulation switched on.
You can use the preamps in two ways:
- for a full-amp-rig-like: the preamp becomes your « amp ». It is the last piece of hardware being before miked. You will use your pedals like you would regularly with an amp. The Le Preamp pedals also have an FX loop to put the pedals you wish after the gain stages (A and B channel) but before the speaker simulation. You will get all the usual tones you hear through a regular cabinet (reverb and delays with high ends rolled off).
- The recording studio setup: put the reverbs and delays after the DI output (XLR) of the Le Preamp, to have cristal clear sounds, after the speaker simulation. And all other pedals are used like with a regular amp with and FX loop.
And the crucial question: how do I plug into the desk ?
If the Torpedo unit is the last piece of hardware in your signal chain before going to the mixing desk (or the audio interface), you will use the Line Output of the unit. All our Torpedo units have balanced outputs, even if they are jacks. You may need a jack to XLR cable to go to the patch.
If you place pedals after the Torpedo, you will need an additional DI to balance the signal again and go with XLR cables to the desk.