Key Product Features
Compact Analog Reactive Load Box, Attenuator & Amp DI
All-Analogue Control of your Amp!
Premium, compact 100W reactive load box – 8-Ohm Variant. Attenuator, silent stage solution for guitar and bass
16 DynIR virtual cabinets via Torpedo Wall of Sound plug-in (included); Built-in analog cab sim x 2, individually voiced for guitar and bass
The Industry Standard Box Of Tricks!
The Torpedo Captor allows you to capture a rich sound for direct recording without having to mic your speaker. Used without a speaker, it allows you to use your amp head in silent mode without any risk. If you wish to keep using a cabinet, the Torpedo Captor features a direct speaker THRU or ATT output which sends either the full volume of the amp to the cabinet or a fixed -20dB attenuation. It also offers a balanced XLR active DI output with selectable guitar or bass simulation taken from Two notes critically acclaimed Le-series preamps, as well as a balanced line output with adjustable output level and polarity.
Included DynIR Cabinets & Effects
Torpedo Captor is a 100 Watt RMS Reactive Load Box available in 4, 8 or 16 Ohms. Register your Torpedo Captor hardware to claim your 16 free DynIR cabinets and your Torpedo Wall of Sound lifetime license.
PinnacleHG : Inspired by Dr. Z ® “Z-Best®” Thiele Ported 2×12 with v30’s.
Voice30Blue : Inspired by the Vox® AC30® loaded by the famous Celestion® Blue AlNiCo®.
TangerFat : Inspired by PPC412HP© 4×12 Orange® with Celestion® Heritage G12H (55Hz)
Burn It : Inspired by Brunetti® Dual Cab XL 2×12 half back with Eminence® The Governor.
Recto Over : Inspired by a Mesa Rectifier 4 x12 Cabinet. Equipped with a Celestion® Vintage 30.
BigBaby K100 : Inspired by Zilla® FatBaby, 1×12 Closed Back. Equipped with a Celestion® G12K-100.
Studio ZG12H : Inspired by Zilla® Studio Pro, 2×12 Closed Back. Equipped with V30 and G12H Creamback 75.
BrownyBack : Inspired by a 4×12 perfect for “the Brown Sound”, equipped with Celestion® Greenbacks.
Brit1935 : Inspired by a Marshall® 4×12, dating from 1971. Equipped with OG Celestion® “Rola” speakers.
Fried30 : inspired by Friedman® 4×12 Vintage equipped with Celestion® V30.
Ferret : Inspired by Suhr® Badger 2×12” OB equipped with Warehouse® Veteran30.
BoGreen : Inspired by Bogner® 4×12 equipped with Greenbacks G12M25 Reissue at 16ohms.
Fridge 9 : Inspired by Ampeg® V.9 9×10”.
NewYork : Inspired by Markbass® 4×6” equipped with 4×6″ Neodymium speakers custom made by B&C®.
WGrandBlvd : Inspired by Ampeg® B15N 1×15” CB equipped with Jensen® C15N, Vintage Ceramic Speaker.
Fat Mama : Inspired by Ampeg® SVT-410HE 4×10 equipped with Eminence® Speakers.
POWER AMP EMULATOR :
Four classic tube types : EL84, EL34, 6L6, KT88
Two circuit types : Class A (Single Ended) and Class A/B (Push-Pull)
Two tube modes : Pentode and Triode
Volume, Contour and Depth knobs
Sculpts the tone coming out of the Virtual Cabinet
Five customisable semi-parametric bands going from -20dB to +20dB (and a low-cut filter)
Dynamics and frequency shaping tool to beef up your tone
Low and High knobs for low-end and high-end emphasis
8 legacy Room Ambience algorithms (Studio A & B, Loft, Cathedral, Basement, Hall A & B, Crypt)
Based on high-end studio rack compressors
DYNAMIC IR SPECIFICATIONS :
Virtual Cabinets come with captures from 8 studio and live microphones (Dynamic, Condenser, Ribbon)
Dynamic IRs are phase-corrected, preventing any phase issue
Blend two microphones together
Have direct access to 400+ Virtual Cabinets via the DynIR Cabinet Collection
MICROPHONE POSITIONING :
Distance : from close miking to room tone, seamlessly
Axis : from cone center to speaker shell, seamlessly
Front and back of the cabinet
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Torpedo Captor 100% analog?
Yes, the Torpedo Captor is 100% analog.
What is a load box?
The term that describes a speaker cabinet with respect to the amplifier is the “load” and when using a tube amplifier, you should always connect to a speaker cabinet or “load”. The embedded load in the Torpedo Captor is reactive and it simulates the complex impedance of a real speaker. Unlike traditional resistive loads, the Torpedo Captor reactive load feels like you are still connected to a cabinet, retaining the warmth and dynamics of your amplifier. The reactive load takes the place of your speaker cabinet in your signal chain.
To find out more about reactive load box technology and caring for your amp when using a load box, please read this article.
Can I mismatch the impedance of the Torpedo Captor and my amp / speaker?
There is not a general rule but it is widely accepted that a small mismatch is not a problem if you keep the amp at a low level.
WARNING Before mismatching impedances – please read this article.
Can I use an amp more powerful than the rated power of the Torpedo Captor?
Please note the published ratings of amplifiers do not follow a uniform pattern. For example, some tube amps (mostly vintage or from vintage inspiration) can output more power than advertised. This is because some manufacturers give power ratings for the amp played clean and it is not uncommon to see a 100W vintage non-master volume and/or single channel tube amp outputting up to 150W when cranked up to max.
If your amplifier outputs more than 100W RMS, discover how to protect your amp when using a Torpedo Captor in this article.
Can I change the built-in analog cab sim?
No, the analog cab sim emulations for Guitar (based on Brit VintC DynIR cabinet with Dyn57 Microphone) and Bass (based on Fridge DynIR cabinet with Cnd87 Microphone) are preset.
What is the primary difference between the Torpedo Captor and the Torpedo Reload?
The Torpedo Captor is a passive attenuator and does not require a power supply when used solely as an attenuator. It features a simple, non-adjustable attenuated output (ATT). A power supply (or phantom power) is only required when using the XLR DI output. The Torpedo Reload attenuator is active (requires power) and has a continuously adjustable attenuated output (zero to full). The Reload also features a full set of re-amping tools.
Differences between the Captor and the Reload – full article.
Can I use the XLR DI and/or Balanced Jack Output with either the Speaker Thru or Attenuated output simultaneously?
Yes but please note the Speaker Thru and Speaker Attenuated outputs cannot (by design) be used simultaneously.
Torpedo Captor 8
1/4″ jack unbalanced (TS)
1/4″ jack unbalanced (TS)
1/4″ Jack unbalanced (TS) - Directly connected to Speaker Input (Loadbox disconnected when in use)
1/4″ Jack balanced (TRS) - Impedance: 1000 Ohms - Phase switch - Ground lift (Without speaker simulation)
XLR balanced - Impedance: 600 Ohms (With or without speaker simulation)
Guitar : based on Brit VintC DynIR Cabinet – Dyn57 Microphone / Bass : based on Fridge DynIR Cabinet – Cnd87 Microphone
4, 8 or 16 Ohms
Temperature-controlled fan / Active thermal safety
Dimensions & weight
12.6cm x 17.5cm x 6.2cm – 4.9″ x 6.7″ x 2.4″ (Including connectors and knobs)
1000 g / 2.2 lbs
Phantom power or 9-12V DC jack, 2.1×5.5mm, negative center
DC connector, 2.1mm x 5.5mm, center negative (Power is required only for the XLR DI output and analog speaker sim)