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Harry Kolbe Soundsmith - Silent Speaker. Reactive load.

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The Harry Kolbe Silent Speaker is a passive load device designed to link your amp's Speaker Out directly to a mixer or power amp. The Silent Speaker is not a resistive box; it uses inductive technology to mimic a speakers varying impedances. It has three 1/4" jacks: an amp input ( 2, 8, 16, and 4 ohm loads are kosher ), a line out and a headphone jack.

Tested with a Fender Princeton and Matchless Clubman, the Silent Speaker paired with The Attenuator sounded excellent at all reduced levels - detailed, dynamic and musical. Kolbe has some fine voodoo going on here.

Guitar Player. August 1993.

The Silent Speaker and The Attenuator - "The Silent Speaker substitutes an artificial load (dummy load) for the speaker in your amp setup, allows you to crank the amp to high levels of overdrive without offending the sound man, the audience or your ears. The amp/load combination provides a Direct Out signal that includes the contribution of the amp's power stage and the load. The Direct Out can be fed to a recording board, effects rack or PA board. Finally, to make your sound audible, you will need a flat external power amplifier and full-range speaker system.

Soundsmith, Inc 27 West 20th St. NY NY, 10011 or e - mail us: eric at soundsmith.com or harry at soundsmith.com. (11 AM -- 6 PM weekdays, EST), 212-627-2740

I had a Silent Speaker, one of the first that were made, and tried to use it with no guitar speaker at all. It sounded fizzy and squealed, leading me to believe that actual guitar speakers are required, not just an unmoving resistive/inductive load. One person wrote me saying that the Silent Speaker must be used with a separate cab-sim filter.

Harry's article about attenuators

Randall Aiken wrote: "I have no idea how good the Kolbe unit is; I believe you have to buy two different units to get both attenuation and a load/line out feature." [one is for attenuation, one is for reactive load and line-out]

There is a 1-column comparative review in Legends of Guitar: The Quest for Ultimate Tone. Best of Guitar Player. Sonic secrets -- Hendrix, Clapton, Van Halen, Stevie Ray, Slash, & more. Distortion tips. Eq- craig anderton. Decoding distortion. R. Aspen Pittman. Eric Johnson. Tone factors in solidbody guitars. 1995. Has a review of soaks, which appeared in Guitar Player Aug 1993. Covered:


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   1. 98/04/13 036 Re: Direct Guitar Recording  alt.music.4-track     chumbuckét®    
   2. 97/04/15 035 Re: Speaker Simulation       alt.guitar.amps       Steve          
   3. 97/11/20 032 FS: THD 8ohm HOTPLATE!!      alt.guitar.amps       Steve          
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   6. 97/05/09 032 Power Attenuators/Soaks #1/4 alt.guitar.amps       SLR            
   7. 96/09/26 032 Re: silent speakers          alt.guitar            David Roach    
   8. 97/02/27 031 PS Systems Power Tool        alt.guitar.amps       Steve          
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  10. 97/01/03 030 Re: Best way to record guita alt.guitar            Dpcoffin       
  11. 96/09/28 030 Re: silent speakers          alt.guitar            harry kolbe sou
  12. 96/07/18 030 DUMMY LOADS ... FRIED AMPS   alt.guitar            harry kolbe sou
  13. 97/05/11 029 Re: Aiken Attenuator/Loa#3/3 alt.guitar.amps       Randall Aiken  
  14. 97/04/08 029 Re: ATTENUATORS/LOADS        alt.guitar.amps       Steve          
  15. 97/02/27 029 Re: PS Systems Power Tool    alt.guitar.amps       Mark Garvin    
  16. 97/01/02 029 Re: Best way to record guita alt.guitar            Srini Padmanabh
  17. 96/10/16 029 7 Approaches to Quiet Po#2/2 alt.guitar.amps       Michael      
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  20. 97/05/09 028 Re: Aiken Attenuator/Load    alt.guitar.amps       Steve          
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  22. 96/08/16 028 Re: THD Attenuator?          alt.guitar.amps       Kurt Arbuckle  
  23. 97/01/02 027 Re: Best way to record guita alt.guitar            Brian Bavido   
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  26. 97/09/16 026 Re: Opinions wanted: Pow#2/3 alt.guitar.amps       Steve          
  27. 97/05/11 026 Re: Aiken Attenuator/Loa#2/3 alt.guitar.amps       Randall Aiken  
  28. 97/04/08 026 RE: Power Brake         #1/2 alt.guitar.amps       Steve          
  29. 96/07/24 026 Re: Effects pedal for that C alt.guitar            harry kolbe sou
  30. 96/11/02 025 List of small tube amps for  alt.guitar.amps       Michael      


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