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Silver Bullet - drBill's Stereo Tone-Amp™

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The droids at Rogue Planet Command are currently building this awesome new product. Order now to reserve yours from the current in-process production run. All orders will be charged upon checkout. Please read the FAQ for more info.

  • Louder Than Liftoff is proud to introduce Silver Bullet - a unique collaborative effort between Louder Than Liftoff and industry veteran, drBill, that marries drBill's vintage Tone-Amp experimentations with Louder Than Liftoff's modern design approach and aesthetic. This labor of love offers a first-of-its-kind analog topology and workflow that is designed for, and easily integrated into the modern DAW-based studio. The Silver Bullet was designed to enhance and shape tracks to sound like a record during every phase of audio production from composition to the final mixdown.

    MOJO Amps + Tone Shaping = Tone-Amp™

    The Silver Bullet represents a new, innovative class of hardware designed to infuse missing analog mojo into your digital world. MOJO Amps capturing the vibe of vintage American and British consoles are coupled with a musical results-driven set of tone shaping features. Together they create a Tone-Amp capable of handling all mixing, tracking, and microphone preamp duties.

    Integrated signal routing functionality not only enhances creativity and workflow, but also makes the Silver Bullet a single unit solution for the modern hybrid studio.

    The Silver Bullet is very effective at introducing desirable analog artifacts (i.e. 'mojo') into digitally produced mixes without expensive summing solutions, consoles, or never-ending chains of emulation plugins.

    1. Tone-Amp analog Mix and Tracking processing modes with dedicated I/O
    2. 'A' and 'N' cascading MOJO Amp circuit topologies inspired by classic American and British consoles from the 70's
    3. Mix and Tracking Modes allows both Mix processing and Overdub / Tracking processing without any re-patching of cables or need for patch bays
      1. Mix: process the 2-bus, bounce digitally recorded tracks and stems, combine with a DAW controlled summing system, or use with a passive summing in Folcrom mode.
      2. Track: connect after your mic preamp, synth, sampler, etc.
    4. Mic Modes allow Silver Bullet to function as a fully featured stereo microphone preamplifier with Polarity Reverse and 48V phantom power
    5. Stereo signal path throughout with single set of easily recallable detented controls
    6. Visually stunning 20-segment stereo high resolution output meter
    7. Mojo LEDs provide visual feedback of signal level intensity
    8. Tone shaping EQ suite designed specifically for mix sweetening and broad stroke tone sculpting of individual tracks
      1. Tight: 12 dB/oct, 20 Hz high pass filter with slight resonance at 40 Hz for tightening bottom end and increasing low frequency headroom
      2. Baxandall Tone EQ, +/-9 dB boost/cut
        1. LF: Pultec-inspired Subsonic (30 Hz) and Bass (60 Hz) frequencies
        2. HF: Presence and Air frequencies
      3. Vintage: softens high frequency response to emulate vintage British consoles
    9. Custom wound, American made transformers
    10. ROGUE FIVE discrete op amps designed by Louder Than Liftoff, conforming to standard 2520 footprint
    11. Class-A biased op amps
    12. All circuit components chosen by ear for maximum MOJO
    13. Includes robust external universal (100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz) power supply and IEC power cord (14 AWG - U.S. only)

    Made by tone geeks for tone geeks. Designed and assembled in Silicon Valley, California.

  • When will you have more stock?

    The next production run is underway as of 5/21/17. New Silver Bullets are scheduled to be in stock by 7/1/17. There are a few B-stock units still available so please email to snag one.

    When will I be charged for my order?

    You will be charged when you submit your order at checkout.

    When will you be ship my order?

    Rogue Planet Command will process and ship orders within 2 business days once all components are in stock.

    How much progress have the droids made building this awesome new product so far?

    PCB assembly is underway.  Enclosures and faceplates have been delivered.  Boxes and foam end caps have been stocked.  As soon as PCB assembly completes, the droids will begin mechanical integration and testing.

    How long does it take to manufacture a product like the Silver Bullet?

    It generally takes 4-6 weeks to have PCBs made and assembled, 4 weeks to have the faceplates and metal enclosures fabricated and finished, and about 2 weeks for final assembly and calibration. Once all that is complete (about 6-8 weeks total), we box up the units and ship them to our fulfillment center where they will be sent out to customers all over the planet.

     

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    User Manual (PDF)

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  • Silver Bullet Sound Clips

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    Gearslutz NAMM 2016 Product Overview

  • Do you live in the U.S. and want to demo a Silver Bullet in your studio before you make the decision to purchase?

    1. You pay for one-way shipping to demo a Silver Bullet in your studio.
    2. You have 14 days to evaluate the unit and experience the positive impact a Silver Bullet will bring to your ITB mixes and workflow.
    3. If you decide to keep the unit, you'll get a discount on the purchase. If you decide to send it back, we'll pay for return shipping.

    If you are interested, click the button below to learn more.

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14-day No Hassle Return Policy

Try out our gear in your studio and, if within 14 days you're not satisfied, let us know and we'll issue a refund.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be "like new" and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging with all original materials (power supply, power cord, product card, etc.).  Please refrain from racking 19 inch rackmount gear during this trial period so that the faceplate and enclosure don't get scratched.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase; which in most cases we already have. Just give us a call or shoot us an email. We're pretty flexible.

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World-Class Shipping

We ship to (just about) any address in the world via USPS, FedEx, and DHL Express. When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the quantity of your items and the shipping option you choose. Once payment is approved, in stock products will ship out from Rogue Planet Command within 2 business days .  We ship on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Please note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are dimensional weight-based. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, weights may be rounded up to the next full pound.  Also note that international customers are required to pay all import duties and taxes required by their respective countries.  When filling out customs forms we declare the actual purchase price.  Please do not ask us to declare lower values.

If you reside outside of North America, we highly recommend DHL Express when ordering a Silver Bullet for the quickest delivery and with zero customs headaches.

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FAQ

When can I expect to receive a response to my email or phone call?

Most emails or phone calls will receive a friendly reply within 24 hours, if not within just a few hours.  However, sometimes we get sucked into the glorious nebula of designing and building products.  Or need to do laundry, shop for groceries, or sleep.  We appreciate your patience as we balance the demands of our intergalactic commitments, and try to enjoy time off on the weekends.

How much will it cost to ship my order overseas?

Our shopping cart has a shipping calculator that is configured to estimate shipping to anywhere in the world.  All you have to do is add a product to the cart and then click the cart icon in the upper right corner of your browser.  At that point you can select your country, province, and enter your postal code.  A list of available shipping options will be displayed after you click Calculate Shipping.  As mentioned above, international customers are responsible for paying all import duties and taxes for their respective countries.

What shipping option do you recommend for European customers?

If you are ordering a Silver Bullet or 500 series module, we highly recommend that you select DHL Express shipping.  DHL acts as the customs broker and offers exceptionally quick door-to-door service.  We've been seeing packages arrive in the UK in 4-5 days.  There is no hand off with local postal services like there is with USPS so you will know where your package is every minute of the day by accessing the tracking information. They will require you to pay all customs and import taxes before delivering the package to your door.

My country charges high import taxes.  Can you adjust the customs value to help me out?

Sorry, but no.  As a rule, we declare the actual purchase price.  

Do you accept wire transfers, ACH payments, or Paypal as forms of payment?

We only accept payment through our online store using major credit and debit cards at this time.

How are you guys able to sell products of this quality level at these impossibly affordable prices?

We simply reject the notion that a middleman like a dealer or distributor needs to come between the guy that designs and builds the gear and the artist that uses it.  By adopting a direct sales model we have been able to pass that savings onto our customers.  Do you really want to pay 30% more for your gear?  All we ask in return is that you make lots of great music and help spread the word about our company and products.

Can I have my favorite pro audio dealer get me a Silver Bullet?

Sure, if you want to pay more money for our products.  See the question above.  Our pricing model does not allow for typical dealer margins.  Really.  If you'd like to order 10 Silver Bullets we'd be happy to give you a sweet discount though.

What in the bloody galaxy is Void Corp?

Void Corp is a character in the Louder Than Liftoff universe.  Some of our products are made as limited edition Void Corp versions with a black aesthetic.  Click the link for more info.

It would be really cool if you guys had t-shirts.  Can you make me one?

Yes.