Two Notes Audio Engineering Torpedo Live by TraumaBunny
Although the product is designed for live applications, it's being heavily marketed as a cheaper alternative to Two Notes flagship Torpedo VB-101
News flash, it isn't and here's why:
Although the hardware unit does exactly what it say's on the tin (and beautifully so I might add) it has cheaper components, less features and it's accompanying software (Torpedo Remote) is completely dreadful and frustrating to use.
Torpedo Remote is pretty much a stripped down, bug-infested,"freebie" version of the PI-101 plug-in and in comparison to that fantastic software, Torpedo Remote just feels like a cheap appetizer that leaves you hungry for more. None of the features that make the PI-101 plug-in useful in a studio environment are included in Torpedo Remote at all.
Torpedo Remote's most irritating flaw is it's sluggish 'drag and drop' feature but it's many faults and failings aside, on the upside it comes with a no thrills 5 band EQ, some power-amp emulations and 32 EXTREMELY authentic sounding speaker/microphone simulations with the opportunity to save over 500 of your own impulses in the hardware itself.
But without a means to spice up the pasta, what's the point of boiling it to begin with?
Considering that the Torpedo Live retails for the price of an average persons monthly wage, I was expecting more from this unit but that's just the way things are these days. In case you're wondering no, it doesn't come with a noise gate, compressor, parametric EQ or reverb either.
With additional software it can be extremely useful in a studio but on it's own, forget it!!! If that's what you're hoping for purchase a Palmer or a Koch load box and use software impulses instead, you'd get similar results for far less money.
Ultimately, this a professional load box for live musicians and not a home recording tool for hobbyists. It's a little dishonest of them to market it as a studio tool on their website (and numerous Youtube videos) when it's designed for live purposes but with extra software, it can do that too, just not as well as the VB-101