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    Help me buy an attenuator

    I want to start using some of my louder amps, and I've never looked into one before. What is everyone using?

    #2
    The three step attenuator on the Captor X is fantastic and you get the premier IR loader as a bonus.

    It does scoop out a little bit of mids, but it sounds great and I can crank my dual rec while keeping it at bedroom levels. Highly recommended.

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      #3
      I'll check it out for sure. I don't think that I'd end up taking advantage of an IR loader since I purchased the FM3.

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        #4
        The only advice I can give here is to not get a Weber. JJ and I each had one and hated them.

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          #5
          Fryette PS-2 is amazing.

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            #6
            Captor all the way.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Chris View Post
              Captor all the way.
              The Captor X is definitely great.

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                #8
                Drache recommended one of the to me a while back and I grabbed one off Marketplace for $20 figuring what do I have to lose for $20? Works fine and tames my Jet City without robbing the tonezzzz...

                Little Black Box
                Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Jeff View Post
                  Fryette PS-2 is amazing.
                  I got the 6550 version the PS-100 but it's great. I ran my KR7 through it and it sounded fantastic plus I could crank up the depth a bit.

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                    #10
                    Thanks for all of the suggestions guys, I've got some looking to do

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                      #11
                      JBARRC

                      RockCrusher | Rivera Amplification

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Iron1 View Post
                        Drache recommended one of the to me a while back and I grabbed one off Marketplace for $20 figuring what do I have to lose for $20? Works fine and tames my Jet City without robbing the tonezzzz...

                        Little Black Box

                        I have something similar and it works ok but I would rather have something that works from the speaker output where you could totally bypass the Cab and toss in an IR. :2cents:
                        O K T H E N

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Webdood View Post


                          I have something similar and it works ok but I would rather have something that works from the speaker output where you could totally bypass the Cab and toss in an IR. :2cents:
                          Then, vote number 11ty million for a Captor.
                          Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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                            #14
                            Is the Captor X a reactive attenuator, and the regular Captor is not?

                            I may be in the minority, but I wasn't impressed with the Captor. Its attenuation is nowhere close to transparent - very hyped and scooped sounding, like a built in loudness curve. I didn't find it any more transparent than my THD Hot Plate, at the Hot Plate at least has adjustable attenuation so you don't have to use the full -20db (I found -8db a pretty good sweet spot on my Roadster, and nothing at all on my Mark).

                            Some sort of reactive load based attenuator - the Weber is one, I believe - should perform a lot better, but as I understand the main appeal of the Captor is using it as a reactive loadbox rather than an attenuator, and then running the signal through an IR for silent recording. Since I'm not actually looking to do this, well, if you DO want a Captor, I have one sitting on top of my Mark-V unused.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Drew View Post
                              Is the Captor X a reactive attenuator, and the regular Captor is not?

                              I may be in the minority, but I wasn't impressed with the Captor. Its attenuation is nowhere close to transparent - very hyped and scooped sounding, like a built in loudness curve. I didn't find it any more transparent than my THD Hot Plate, at the Hot Plate at least has adjustable attenuation so you don't have to use the full -20db (I found -8db a pretty good sweet spot on my Roadster, and nothing at all on my Mark).

                              Some sort of reactive load based attenuator - the Weber is one, I believe - should perform a lot better, but as I understand the main appeal of the Captor is using it as a reactive loadbox rather than an attenuator, and then running the signal through an IR for silent recording. Since I'm not actually looking to do this, well, if you DO want a Captor, I have one sitting on top of my Mark-V unused.
                              To be fair, you live in an apartment and can't blast your amps to the point that the Captor wants anyway.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Chris View Post

                                To be fair, you live in an apartment and can't blast your amps to the point that the Captor wants anyway.
                                I demo'd it with my Mark at where I considered the sweet spot for channel volume, and master most of the way up, which would have been crushingly loud without 20db of attenuayion and was still louder than I'd have preferred. It made it very saturated, and scooped as FUCK. Maybe it's something where it interacts with different amps differently or something, but at perceived-volume-matched outputs, my Mark-V sounded better without the Captor 10 times out of 10.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Drew View Post

                                  I demo'd it with my Mark at where I considered the sweet spot for channel volume, and master most of the way up, which would have been crushingly loud without 20db of attenuayion and was still louder than I'd have preferred. It made it very saturated, and scooped as FUCK. Maybe it's something where it interacts with different amps differently or something, but at perceived-volume-matched outputs, my Mark-V sounded better without the Captor 10 times out of 10.
                                  Yeah, mine was completely the opposite experience. I loved the way it made the Mark sound. You don't exactly dial in metal tones anyway, your tone is like hard rock at best. Not very br00tal of you, sir.

                                  Maybe your ear is just shitty?

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Chris View Post

                                    Yeah, mine was completely the opposite experience. I loved the way it made the Mark sound. You don't exactly dial in metal tones anyway, your tone is like hard rock at best. Not very br00tal of you, sir.

                                    Maybe your ear is just shitty?
                                    Maybe i just like mids more than you. It DID sound fairly thrashy, with that loudness curve. Sucked for the sort of smooth vocal lead sound I like though.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Drew View Post

                                      Maybe i just like mids more than you. It DID sound fairly thrashy, with that loudness curve. Sucked for the sort of smooth vocal lead sound I like though.
                                      ADDING MORE THRASH IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE DREW

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                                        #20
                                        Silliness aside, I love the Captor. I had 3 of them at one point, and sold one to Drew for him to complain about. I run one in front of my 2:90 and my SLO and they are great.

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                                          #21
                                          Originally posted by Drew View Post
                                          Is the Captor X a reactive attenuator, and the regular Captor is not?

                                          I may be in the minority, but I wasn't impressed with the Captor. Its attenuation is nowhere close to transparent - very hyped and scooped sounding, like a built in loudness curve. I didn't find it any more transparent than my THD Hot Plate, at the Hot Plate at least has adjustable attenuation so you don't have to use the full -20db (I found -8db a pretty good sweet spot on my Roadster, and nothing at all on my Mark).

                                          Some sort of reactive load based attenuator - the Weber is one, I believe - should perform a lot better, but as I understand the main appeal of the Captor is using it as a reactive loadbox rather than an attenuator, and then running the signal through an IR for silent recording. Since I'm not actually looking to do this, well, if you DO want a Captor, I have one sitting on top of my Mark-V unused.
                                          I am interested in that thing if you do want to sell it. I think it'll do what I'm looking for, plus a ton more I'll never use

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                                            #22
                                            Originally posted by Drew View Post
                                            Is the Captor X a reactive attenuator, and the regular Captor is not?

                                            I may be in the minority, but I wasn't impressed with the Captor. Its attenuation is nowhere close to transparent - very hyped and scooped sounding, like a built in loudness curve. I didn't find it any more transparent than my THD Hot Plate, at the Hot Plate at least has adjustable attenuation so you don't have to use the full -20db (I found -8db a pretty good sweet spot on my Roadster, and nothing at all on my Mark).

                                            Some sort of reactive load based attenuator - the Weber is one, I believe - should perform a lot better, but as I understand the main appeal of the Captor is using it as a reactive loadbox rather than an attenuator, and then running the signal through an IR for silent recording. Since I'm not actually looking to do this, well, if you DO want a Captor, I have one sitting on top of my Mark-V unused.
                                            Both the Captor and Captor X are reactive loads, but both the attenuation and reactive load are improved on the X, according to Guillome from Two Notes.
                                            Jeff
                                            Mesa Boogie/Boss Shill
                                            Last edited by Jeff; 07-18-2021, 04:12 AM.

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                                              #23
                                              Originally posted by Chris View Post
                                              Silliness aside, I love the Captor. I had 3 of them at one point, and sold one to Drew for him to complain about. I run one in front of my 2:90 and my SLO and they are great.
                                              I'll happily take one if you want to sign me as an endorsee. Then I can make YT videos and complain about all your ex-gear to save Drew the time and effort of typing it up. Except the SLO, I'll probably gush over that just to make the channel seem objective and not totally complainey.
                                              Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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                                                #24
                                                Originally posted by Iron1 View Post

                                                I'll happily take one if you want to sign me as an endorsee. Then I can make YT videos and complain about all your ex-gear to save Drew the time and effort of typing it up. Except the SLO, I'll probably gush over that just to make the channel seem objective and not totally complainey.
                                                How many camera angles per video, and what are your thoughts on sepia filters?

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                                                  #25
                                                  Originally posted by Chris View Post

                                                  How many camera angles per video, and what are your thoughts on sepia filters?
                                                  At least one and yes.
                                                  Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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