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Manufacturer: OROSYS SAS
Category of product: analog audio signal processor
Product: Le Preamp
Test Manager: Guillaume Pille
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Two notes is first and foremost a team of music lovers who are all great admirers of musicians. We are highly qualified engineers, technicians, and musicians, whose purpose is to facilitate the life of guitar and bass players without infringing on their playing habits. Our mission consists in providing them with studio-grade products that are specifically designed for the guitar and bass.
From the moment we launched the Torpedo C.A.B. in 2012, we believed it was possible to build a high quality pedalboard to entirely replace a conventional tube amplifier system: the complete floor rig. Even with an almost limitless choice of available guitar effects, we always felt that finding a very good preamplifier in a pedal format was challenging. This is why Two notes is proud to premier its line of tube preamplifiers: Le Clean, Le Crunch, Le Lead and Le Bass. Associate them with the now available Torpedo C.A.B. M for the most powerful pedalboard-rig possible.
The selection of a preamplifier is the core of your overall tone and thus requires the greatest attention. When building a complete floor rig, only the very best will make the cut. The Two notes preamplifiers are a True High Voltage Design running internally at 200 volts to preserve the interaction between you and your guitar while working perfectly with your other effect pedals. Each of the four different versions deliver the unique tube warmth, dynamics, and the musical compression from the amps we know and love, now in a more convenient pedal package. And, of course, you can use them as an elaborate tube overdrive, in front of your favorite amplifier!
The A and B channels are totally independent, each with their own voicing and eq section: Bass and Treble on A, Bass, Mid with Mid Sweep and Treble for B. On Channel A you will find a lower gain tube stage with a pre-gain EQ using a more vintage design approach, while Channel B offers more gain and a very powerful post-EQ (with mid sweep). The exclusive Fusion modes open new horizons.
In “Hot Fusion”, A and B are cascaded, meaning A can be used as a boost for B with both A and B EQ’s available to shape the result. In “Cold Fusion”, the two channels are in parallel, meaning you can blend the cleaner sound from A and your more distorted sound in B to gain clarity and articulation.
Each preamp features 2 channel footswitches, A and B. Simultaneously pressing A and B will activate the Fusion mode. Pressing A, B or A and B will also send a specific Midi Program Change command, that can be used to select a preset on your Midi multi effects and/or Torpedo C.A.B.
In addition, the preamplifier may respond to a Program Change sent from another Midi device allowing a seamless integration into any pedalboard switching system. Combining several Two notes preamps on your pedalboard makes things really interesting. Connected via Midi, each preamp will listen to the others. They can be configured in Multi-channel mode: pressing A on preamp 1 will bypass preamp 2, like the channels of an amplifier. Alternately, when this mode is off: traditional on/off switching for all preamps, a preamp can be a boost/overdrive for the one that follows.
We designed four different preamplifiers, to match the modern needs of the demanding guitar and bass player.
You will find in this first table a description of the various inputs and outputs featured in your new Le Preamp.
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|1||Channel B footswitch||This footswitch activates the clean Channel B or changes the page/parameter in MIDI programming. If the Channel A is already selected, pressing a second time will put your Le Preamp in bypass mode|
|2||Instrument input||Connect a 1/4“ unbalanced shielded cable to your guitar or bass.|
|3||Thru output||Connect a 1/4” unbalanced shielded cable to feed an amplifier with your instrument signal. This can be useful on stage of you want to keep an amp as monitor, or to record the dry signal from the guitar in studio.|
|4||FX Loop Send output||Plug here a 1/4“ unbalanced shielded cable to send the preamp signal to the pedals you want to put after the preamp stage. The FX Loop is bypassed when the Le Preamp is bypassed. In other words, the effects pedal that you put in this loop won’t be heard when your Le Preamp is bypassed. That is very interesting in case you have several Le Preamp and you wish to assign specific effects to each preamp.|
|5||MIDI input||Connect a MIDI controller (to remotely control your Le Preamp) or another Le Preamp to this input. Use only a cable featuring a 5-pin DIN connector with all the pins wired (some cables only have pins 4, 2 and 5 connected). Pin 1 and 3 are used to carry the Multi-channel message.|
|6||Power adapter connector||Plug here your power adapter|
|7||Headphones output||Plug your headphones and play in the middle of the night without disturbing anybody! With headphones, and in case you don’t have speaker simulator such as a Torpedo C.A.B. M in the FX loop, we recommend you activate the analog speaker simulation|
|8||Speaker Simulation||This analog speaker simulation is specifically voiced for your Le Preamp Model, and based on our Torpedo simulator. The simulation is based on our classic Brit VintC 4×12 picked up with a Dyn57 for the Le Clean, Le Crunch, Le Lead and on a mix of the vintage Fridge 8×10 and more modern Alu XL 4×10, picked up with a Cnd87 for Le Bass. This speaker simulation affects the DI output and the Headphones output.|
|10||Balanced DI output||This direct balanced XLR output should be connected to a mixing desk, or a sound card for a recording. With the speaker simulation on that’s all you need to achieve a great sound!|
|11||MIDI output||Connect this MIDI output to a MIDI device or another Le Preamp you wish to control with your preamplifier.|
|12||FX Loop Return Input||Plug here an unbalanced 1/4” cable connected to the last pedal you put in the loop. The FX Loop is bypassed when the Le Preamp is bypassed.|
|13||Instrument output||Connect this output with a 1/4“ unbalanced shielded cable either to a power amplifier or a speaker simulator such as the Torpedo C.A.B. M, or directly into your digital audio interface for a recording.|
|14||Channel A footswitch||This footswitch activates the A “dirty” channel or enter a page in MIDI programming. If the channel B is already selected, pressing a second time will put your Le Preamp in bypass mode.|
You will find in this table a description of the volume, tone and channel selection options.
|1||Channel A footswitch||This footswitch activates the clean Channel A or changes the page/parameter in MIDI programming. If the Channel A is already selected, pressing a second time will put your Le Preamp in bypass mode|
|2||Channel A Input Gain||Determines the amount of gain for your clean tone. Increasing the gain can lead to more signal distortion, and even unwanted clipping. Adjust that parameter to your taste, the gain level you will be getting depends on Le Preamp, but also on your guitar/bass pickups level and the level of other products such as pedals you may have inserted between your guitar and Le Preamp.|
|3||Channel A EQ settings||The Channel A features a passive Bass (low frequency) and Treble (high frequency) voicing section.|
|4||Channel A volume||Determines the output volume of the channel A, the volume is located pre-FX Loop. This knob is inactive in Fusion mode. In case you hear unwanted clipping, try lowering the volume too and make sure the following device in your signal path is not overdriven.|
|5||Fusion mode selector||Pressing the A and B footswitches at the same time will activate the Fusion mode. The Fusion switch determines if either the Hot Fusion or the Cold Fusion modes will be activated. Read more about the Fusion modes in the following pages.|
|6||Fusion Level||In Hot Fusion, this knob determines the level of Channel A that will boost the Channel B. In Cold Fusion, this knob determines the volume of Channel A that will be added in parallel to the channel B.|
|7||Channel B Input Gain||Select the amount of gain for your dirty tone. Increasing the gain will lead to more distortion of the signal, and even unwanted clipping. Adjust that parameter to your taste, the gain level you will be getting depends on Le Preamp, but also on your guitar/bass pickups level and the level of other products such as pedals you may have inserted between your guitar and Le Preamp. Always keep in mind that even if we put all our attention on keeping the noise level as low as possible, increasing the gain can lead to unwanted noises and undesirable feedback.|
|8||Channel B EQ settings||The channel B features a passive Bass (low frequency) and Treble (high frequency) voicing section, plus an active Mid (medium frequency) setting with Sweep. Thanks to the Sweep parameter you will be able to choose the center frequency of your medium range voicing|
|9||Channel B volume||Determines the output volume of the channel B. The volume is located pre-FX Loop. In case you hear unwanted clipping, try lowering the volume too and make sure the following device in your signal path is not overdriven.|
|10||Tube window||With Le Preamp, you can see the finely selected tube working! Plus, depending on the channel, that area will display different colors: Green for Channel A, Yellow for Channel B, Blue for Cold Fusion mode and Red for Hot Fusion mode. The MIDI programming features different colors, read more about this in the MIDI section of this manual|
|11||Channel B footswitch||Connect this MIDI output to a MIDI device or another Le Preamp you wish to control with your preamplifier.|
Please note that the bypass mode is important in case you are either using several Le Preamp in your pedalboard or if you plan to use your Le Preamp as a distortion pedal. With multiple Le Preamp pedals, connect them in MIDI so the activation of one can defeat the others (Multi-channel function).
By pressing simultaneously the A and B switches, you will enter the Fusion mode. When the Fusion mode is activated, pressing A and B again will defeat your Le Preamp.
The Cold Fusion puts the Channels A and B in parallel. In other words, you will be able to adjust the level of Channel A that will be added to the output of Channel B. This technique consisting in adding a clean signal to a more distorted one is widely used in the studio to regain dynamics and articulation when the dirty sounds can be too compressed for example. The Fusion knob must be carefully adjusted and we recommend starting very low on this value and increasing gradually.
The Hot Fusion puts the Channels A and B in cascade. In this configuration, the Channel A can be considered a boost for the channel B, and the Fusion knob determines the amount of boost signal you send into B.
The gain on the channel A will be very important and it is the addition of this gain and the Fusion amount that will determine the overall distortion you will get. The channel A features an EQ, and changing the EQ will play a huge role in the overall tone. If you push the bass your sound will get more fuzzy, and if you push the treble you will have a more glassy distortion. With these very simple settings you will discover many tonal options! Always keep in mind that the sweet spot is rarely on the maximum values, take the time to increase each parameter gradually. Sometimes it’s better to have the Fusion knob at a lower value and increase the gain on channel A, remember these settings are very sensitive.
The Mid Sweep is a very powerful tonal option. It can be used either to boost or to attenuate a medium frequency range. A good way to start with that function is, first, to set your Mid level to the max, then search for the frequency you want either boost or attenuate by adjusting the SWEEP level. When you hear that frequency, you can either lower a little the mid level or keep it that way for a medium boost, or strongly attenuate the frequency by decreasing the Mid level.
The Le Preamp can be used in various configurations: as a boost or distortion pedal for your amplifier, as a preamplifier connected to a power amplifier and cabinets, or in a direct setup for recording, playing on stage or simply at home with your headphones. The following diagram presents the various possible connections of the Le Preamp. Please note that this diagram doesn't show all the wiring possibilities of the product, just the most common ones.
You can, in fact, they were specifically designed to work together! Please refer to the following figure. On this figure you will find, in green, the MIDI connections, and in blue the audio connections. When connecting several Le Preamp with MIDI for the first time, switching on a preamp channel will defeat the other preamps. We call it the Multi-channel mode: having more Le Preamp is like adding channels on an amplifier, and it’s as simple as using a channel footswitch on a traditional multichannel amplifier. When connecting several Le Preamp with a MIDI cable, make sure you use a 5-pin DIN cable with all the pins wired. Some cables only have pins 4, 2 and 5 connected. Pin 1 and 3 are used to carry the Multi-channel message.
Regarding the effects position:
Wall of Sound (WoS) is a speaker and miking simulation plugin. A plugin is a software you can load on a track of your sequencer, such as Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Reaper, inside your Digital Audio Workstation. With your Le Preamp, Two notes gives you access to 16 virtual cabinets you can load in our award winning Wall of Sound plugin. With your Le Preamp and WoS you have the best configuration to record amazingly good guitar or bass tones for all your musical projects. To download your 16 cabinets, register your product on the Two notes Audio Engineering website, download and install the WoS plugin. You will be guided step by step through the process.
Once you have become familiar with the sound and operation of the Wall of Sound plug-in, please feel welcome to explore the in-app Two notes Boutique which will allow you to audition and have the option to purchase additional cabinets. You will find more information on WoS on the Two notes Audio Engineering website.
5 basic functions can be accessed through MIDI Program Changes (PC) sent by an external MIDI device. The default MIDI receive configuration is the following:
|Le Preamp Model||Channel A||Channel B||Cold Fusion||Hot Fusion||Bypass|
|Le Clean||PC 1||PC 2||PC 3||PC 4||PC 5|
|Le Crunch||PC 6||PC 7||PC 8||PC 9||PC 10|
|Le Lead||PC 11||PC 12||PC 13||PC 14||PC 15|
|Le Bass||PC 16||PC 17||PC 18||PC 19||PC 20|
In other words, your Le Preamp can receive a MIDI PC asking for bypass or channel switch. Any MIDI message received will be transmitted to the MIDI output (MIDI Thru function). When using Le Preamp as a MIDI controller, you will be able to send a MIDI PC to trigger preset changes on another MIDI device, such as a Torpedo C.A.B. or an FX unit. The default MIDI send configuration is the following:
|Le Preamp Model||Channel A||Channel B||Cold Fusion||Hot Fusion|
|Le Clean||PC 1||PC 2||PC 3||PC 4|
|Le Crunch||PC 6||PC 7||PC 8||PC 9|
|Le Lead||PC 11||PC 12||PC 13||PC 14|
|Le Bass||PC 16||PC 17||PC 18||PC 19|
Please note that bypassing a preamp does not send any PC message. The default MIDI channel is OMNI and the Multi-channel mode is ON.
It is possible for the advanced user to change the MIDI configuration of Le Preamp, thanks to the setup configurator that you can start simply by pressing A while powering on Le Preamp. The configurator uses your Le Preamp LEDs and tube window color to guide you through the process. There are 7 pages on the menu and therefore 7 tube window colors.
|Function||MIDI Monitor||MIDI Learn||MIDI Channel||PC Number||Multi-channel mode||Factory Reset||Firmware Version|
You can navigate through the pages using the A switch, and you enter a page using the B switch. Once you entered a page you cannot go out, you will have to restart the configurator to access another page. On each page, a modified parameter is instantaneously stored. The storing process is validated by a fast flashing of the product’s LEDs.
The MIDI monitor uses the LEDs to display the type of message and the channel used by the emitter. It is a powerful tool to help you debug a MIDI configuration issue. If you find that the MIDI behavior of Le Preamp is not what you expected, this short guide will help you fix the issue.
|Flash Color||Meaning||What to do?|
|No Light||No MIDI Message received||Control the connection between the MIDI output of your MIDI controller and the MIDI input of Le Preamp. Control and eventually change the MIDI cable. Make sure the MIDI controller is configured to send MIDI messages.|
|Red||MIDI message is not a PC||Make sure your MIDI controller is sending PC messages.|
|Yellow||MIDI message not on the active MIDI channel||Set your MIDI controller to the same MIDI channel as your preamp, or set the preamp to OMNI.|
|Green||MIDI message on the active MIDI channel||Configure your MIDI controller PC so it matches the default Le Preamp MIDI mapping. Or use the MIDI Learn function on Le Preamp so the MIDI PC you send triggers one of its functions.|
Your Le Preamp can “learn” how to behave depending on the MIDI message it receives from a MIDI controller. When entering the MIDI learn page, the tube window is white, indicating the Erase mode.
|Erase a PC||MIDI controller sends a MIDI PC, this PC will not be interpreted by Le Preamp anymore||You want your Le Preamp not to react to PC42 . When the tube window is white, have your MIDI controller send the PC42. You can continue with other PC # you want to erase from memory|
|Program a PC||Channel A is selected, the MIDI controller sends a PC that is instantaneously stored||You want the channel Hot Fusion to be triggered by PC84. Your Le Preamp is in Erase mode (tube window is white) at first. Click on A+B and make sure the Fusion switch is on Hot. When your preamp is in the correct state, have the MIDI device send the PC 84. Several PCs can trigger the same channel on Le Preamp. If you send several PCs while in this state, the Hot fusion will be activated for each and every stored PC. You can continue by attributing other Le Preamp states (Channel A, B…) to other MIDI PC, simply by selecting another channel and sending another PC(s) from your MIDI controller.|
This page uses the A and B LEDs flashing to indicate the channel number, OMNI mode or MIDI Off.
|OMNI mode||A and B LEDs are on, that is the factory setting. To go into OMNI mode, just select a channel over 16|
|MIDI Off||A and B LEDs are off. In this mode, any MIDI message sent to your Le Preamp will be sent to the MIDI output without being interpreted. When in OMNI, press A or B once to enter this mode. Pressing A or B another time will start the Channel Selection process. Please note the Multi-Channel function remains active (on or off) even when MIDI is off|
|Channel Select||A LED flashes to indicate the decade (off or 10) and B the unity (off, 1 to 6). For example, “14” will be A flashing once followed by B flashing 4 times, “8” will be A off and B flashing 8 times. After a pause, the flashing sequence is shown again. Press the A switch to add 10 to the channel number and B to add 1. Going over 16 will bring the MIDI mode back to OMNI.|
Your Le Preamp sends a PC every time you press either A, B or A + B. You can select the MIDI PC number sent by the A switch, that we call “x”. “x” is a number between 1 and 125. The other PCs sent by the other switches are deducted from “x”, following this rule:
|Channel||A||B||Cold Fusion||Hot Fusion|
Press the A switch to add 10 to “x” and B to add 1. The PC number is displayed using A and B LEDs flashing. A indicates the decade and B the unity. For example, A flashing 11 times and B flashing 8 times means PC118.
The Multi-channel mode can be either ON (green tube window) or OFF (LEDs red tube window). Press A to change this parameter.
The factory reset will bring back the Le Preamp MIDI configuration to its initial state. Once you entered that page, the tube window LEDs will flash in blue. Press simultaneously the A and B switches to reset your Le Preamp. Once the reset is done, Le Preamp will reboot.
The firmware version number is displayed using A and B LEDs flashing. A indicates the decade and B the unity. For example, A staying off and B flashing 3 times means firmware V03.
|Input||Jack 6.35 mm (1/4”) unbalanced (TS, Tip/Sleeve) - Impedance : 1 MOhms|
|Return||Jack 6.35mm(1/4“) unbalanced (TS) - Max input level : 17 dBu - Impedance : 2,2 MOhms - Unbuffered, directly connected to Output when active|
|Output||Jack 6.35 mm (1/4”) unbalanced (TS) - Max output level : 11 dBu - Impedance : 300 Ohms|
|Thru||Jack 6.35 mm (1/4“) unbalanced (TS) - Unbuffered, directly connected to Input|
|Send||Jack 6.35 mm (1/4”) unbalanced (TS) - Max output level : 11 dBu - Impedance : 300 Ohms|
|DI Output||XLR, balanced - Impedance : 600 Ohms balanced, 300 Ohms unbalanced - Max output level : -7 dBu|
|Phones||Jack 3.5 mm (1/8“) stereo (TRS, Tip/Ring/Sleeve)|
|Tube||JJ ECC83 S|
|Tone control|| A channel : Passive Bass/Treble tonestack
B channel : Passive Bass/Treble tonestack
Active Mid/Sweep control - Gain : -18 to +6 dB
Freq. (Le Clean, Le Crunch, Le Lead) : 300Hz to 1.5kHz - Freq. (Le Bass) : 220Hz to 1.5kHz
|Power|| Mains power adaptor DC Jack 2.1mm, negative center
Input voltage : 12V DC - Power consumption : approx. 6W - Current draw : 500mA
|Dimensions||124 x 189 x 50 (mm) - 4.88 x 7.44 x 1.97 (in)|
|Weight||750g - 1.65 lb|
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