What does the SilencerTM power attenuator do?
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 ﾭ16db. From ﾭ16db 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ﾙ 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ﾙ 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 clarity.
Can I use the Silencer without speakers?
With the POWER switch in LOAD position the Silencerﾙ will work without any speaker connected. It works as a plain Load-Box.
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 low. 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. Natural Tone Technology, clear high end responce
Available as 2, 4, 8 or 16 Ohm version
2db attenuating steps from ﾖ2db to ﾖ16db
Fine-Control from ﾖ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
F.A.N.T.A.-Out Speaker-Emulation, low Z, symmetric
Classic Amp-Cabinet Design with Tolex
TAD Silencer Review by Save
The F.A.N.T.A cab simulator is awesome and sounds excellent with my Fender Supersonic 22 watt. When attenuating your tone does not get sucked away like is described, the bite and punch switches work nicely to get interesting tones. At -16 db tone does change a tiny bit, little muffled (but come on its -16 db ya can’t be picky at that point) nothing excessive and I can crank my amp at night with no speaker attached in the load position and get awesome cab tone still, clean and dirty. I chatted with Mark at HotRokuk he was nice and informative about the TAD Silencer. Arrived in 7 days from UK I was amazed since I'm in Northern California, great folks to do business with. (Posted on 05/06/2012)