Amplifier and effects routing with a Torpedo Loadbox

The location of your effects (pedals or multi-FX) is very important. You can follow the usual rules concerning the effects layout, with the ones that should be placed before a preamp (OD, fuzz, compressor...), or in the amp loop (time-based effects like chorus, delay, reverb...).

An interesting option with the Torpedo Loadboxes (Live, Reload, VB-101, Studio...) is the possibility to place some effects AFTER the loadbox. This is what we call the "studio setup" in the user's manuals: in a studio, most of the time, the time-based effects will be placed in auxiliary, meaning AFTER the miking, or directly in the DAW. This will lead to a cleaner sound of said effects, that will not be touched by any potential modification like when they are in an FX loop (distortion and compression from the power amp stage for example). The other interesting option with putting the effects after the Torpedo, you can change the Mono output signal of the Torpedo into a Stereo signal (if you are using Stereo effects).

You will note that we put DI boxes after the Torpedo. It is very common to use DI boxes on line level products, especially on stage (even if it's not mandatory because the signal is strong and balanced), to prevent any phantom power supply to be sent from the mixer to your Torpedo (you should avoid that as much as possible). 



Two Notes AE would like to thank Cyril Cazin from Le Son Du Bout Des Pieds for the awesome connection diagram you can see here.