Two Notes Torpedo C.A.B. M+ Speaker Simulator Pedal | REVIEW

Published 4 years ago on December 7, 2020

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Two Notes Torpedo C.A.B. M+ Speaker Simulator Pedal

MSRP: (UK) £239 / (US) $319

The Torpedo C.A.B. M+ takes Two Notes' acclaimed cabinet emulation technology and packs it into a pedalboard-friendly enclosure. Thanks to this speaker cabinet emulator pedal, you can bypass your guitar or bass amplifier's cabinet while preserving every ounce of your tone and spatial dimension. Here's Sam Bell with the full review.

Two Notes Audio is well known for their speaker emulation unit 'Torpedo' which could be found rack-mounted in studios around the world. They have pushed the boundaries of Speaker Emulation and now we're able to have all this technology within a pedal sized unit which can fit onto your pedalboard or on top of your amp. Before I commence this review, I must state that this is not a load box or attenuator (They have the Captor X for this exact thing with the same technology) however you can plug this in between an amp and speaker. Let us begin.

The CAB M in its simplest form is a way of putting your signal (either from your pedals, amp, DI) through an authentic mic'ed up speaker cabinet situation and then direct to a DAW or Desk. The CAB M comes loaded with 32 cabinets, however you can buy more on the Two Notes Website. You can also load in your own Impulse responses as well. Each cabinet has an array of moveable microphones, you can have up to two mics on any one cab. The cab emulation and the mic's are fantastic, there's a lot you can do tonally with just this element of the CAB M. However, Two Notes have taken it a step further, you're also able to select a Power Amp feature (great if you're running a pre-amp style pedal or unit into the CAB M), you can select many different kinds of Power Amp valves and tweak the dampening, volume/saturation etc. There's also a pre-amp option built in based on a 74 Fender Bassman. You can further enhance your tone by using different room/reverbs, from a super clean/dry studio, to a basement all the way to a cathedral—tons of options for adding ambience to your tone. Then you can further tweak the EQ by using the EQ options or the Enhancer to get more out of your sound. Also, I almost forgot to mention; it has a built-in noise gate and tuner! So tons of features! All of these can be controlled by Bluetooth or USB using the Two Notes app on your Android, IoS, PC or Mac.

Many guitarists are finding that they are spending time gigging with just their pedalboards, often with no idea of what backline will be at the venue, or in situations where you'll be asked to go Direct. In the past it wasn't too desirable to go direct from your pedalboard, but the CAB M and its many features now make that option painless and inspiring to playthrough. I personally use the CAB M at the end of my pedalboard chain, I use a nice Plexi Style pedal as my pre-amp core tone and the Power amp feature on the CAB M. A little bit of room reverb and I'm set!

I highly recommend this pedal/unit to all guitarists (and bassists, yes it does that too!) it is very quickly becoming a standard on many pedalboards around the world. It's very sturdy and easy to use as well. The price is also very reasonable considering what you get and the quality, it's a worthwhile investment for any serious guitar player!

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