TAD Silencer Power Attenuator
+ Natural Tone Technology, clear high end responce
+ Available as 2, 4, 8 or 16 Ohm version
+ 2db attenuating steps from -2db to -16db
+ "Fine"-Control from -16db
+ 2-step BITE and PUNCH Boost-Switch
+ "LOAD" position for use without speaker
+ 150 Watt RMS ( 2 Ohm version: 75 Watt), with PEAK Control
+ Adjustable LINE-Out
+ F.A.N.T.A.-Out Speaker-Emulation, low Z, symmetric
+ Classic Amp-Cabinet Design with Tolex™ or Tweed
What does the SilencerTM power attenuator?
The SilencerTM is used to reduce output power and volume. Many popular rock guitar sounds are based on the well known sounds created by the guitar legends of the sixties and seventies. Guitar playerscranked up their amps to full volume to be heard. Tube guitar amps
do sound best when played loud because the output stage starts to saturate and delivers the most musical and harmonic distortion, wonderful sustain and a thick tone with overall response.
This is what we all look for, but if a 50 or 100 Watt amp is played at full volume, then it gets so loud that you might damage your ears and you might annoy your audience, musicians or just your neighbours.
The SilencerTM solves this problem.
How does the SilencerTM work?
It gets connected between the amps speaker output and the speaker(s) (or speaker cabinet) and gives total control on what part of the power output will be feed to your speakers. Crank up the amp to the setting were it sounds best and adjust the final volume just for your speakers with the SilencerTM. All components which are responsible for great guitar tone are still working "cranked up" to your favourite set-up (preamp tubes, driver stage, output tubes, transformers etc.) and deliver great tone. The final volume you hear is adjusted AFTER the amps output. The power attenuation can be set in convenient 2db steps from FULL power to 16db. From 16db on you can fine adjust to total silence.
Why does the Silencer™ offer BITE and PUNCH boosts?
Since our ears do hear less TREBLES and BASS on low volume signals (physio-acoustic effects) the
Silencer™ does feature a 3-position BITE switch to boost the high end and a 3-position PUNCH switch
to boost low mids and bass response.
Does the Silencer™ affect the tone quality like common attenuators?
Usually power attenuators steal brightness and definition in bass frequencies the more they attenuate
the power. The Silencer™ features our new "Natural Tone Technology" which is not affecting the
brightness or the definition of the guitar signal. It will keep all it's clearity.
Can I use the Silencer™ without speakers?
With the POWER switch in "LOAD" position the Silencer™ will work without any speaker connected. It
works as a plain Load-Box. The signal can be taken from the adjustable LINE-Out (plain) or from the
F.A.N.T.A.-Out to feed a recording system, the mixing console, a slave amp etc.
This is a common setting for in-ear-monitoring or home recording.
How does the LINE-Out and the F.A.N.T.A. Speaker Simulation work?
The LINE-Out is an unfiltered output with adjustable volume as used to feed LINE-Level devices. It
uses a ¼" phone jack (mono). The F.A.N.T.A. (Frequency Adapted Natural Tone Accessory ) Speaker
Emulation is a low impedance, balanced symmetric,tr ansformer coupled output. It provides a 3-pin
XLR-Connector for a standard microphone cable to connect to the mixing console, recording system
etc.. The signal runs trough a sophisticated speaker emulation which featurws unique quality: it is
reacting to your playing style!
Clean signals will sound clear and bright with only slight compression but if you play distorted the
emulation will sound smooth, punchy and big bottomed with good compression. Just what you expect
from the perfect speaker cabinet.
This is what separates the Silencer from most common speaker emulators; …the F.A.N.T.A.
Emulation will respond to your playing and reacts like a real speaker system.
You won't need to mic the amp anymore.
Can the Silencer™ damage my amp or speakers?
No! The Silencer™ is made exactly to the specs of the impedance it bears. If power gets attenuated
then your speaker(s) will work safer than under real full power. If you play loud your tubes will wear out
a bit faster, but since the Silencer™ is matched exactly to your amps impedance this effect is rather
However; every tube amp needs to see a load. It is dangerous to drive a tube amp without a load so
make sure to use good speaker cables. This is true for all tube amps and not only the use with a Silencer™.
Maximum amp output power: 150W RMS (75W RMS at 2 Ω version)
Attenuating steps 0dB to -16 dB in 2 dB steps, from -16dB fine adjustable till -8
F.A.N.T.A. OUT: transformer coupled, balanced symmetric, ground lifted, XLR3 (1 = GND/NC / 2 = + / 3 = -), Impedance 600 Z
LINE OUT: unbalanced, ¼" phone jack, adjustable, impedance 25 kZ
Dimensions (W x H x D): 245 x 120 x 200 (mm)
Weight: aprox. 3,5 kg