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?

    More units will be available to ship from the current in-process run on or before 12/7/18.  We are currently accepting new orders on a first come first serve basis. See the shipping estimates below.

    When will I be charged for my order?

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

    When will you ship my order?

    Rogue Planet Command will ship all new orders will ship on or before 12/7/18.  We will update the expected shipping date as the build progresses.  We are presently working through backorders from the Black Friday Sale.

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

    Droids are in the process of performing PCB assembly, mechanical integration, calibration, and testing of new units.  Once they complete assembly they will then box up the product for safe shipping to your studio.

    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.

    Will you defraud my country's customs agency and declare a $200 value so that I can pay less in import duties and taxes?

    Sorry, but we are not in the business of breaking the law.  We value the privilege of selling our products to overseas customers and would like to continue doing so.  Just think of the Silver Bullet as a $2999 product that we have deeply discounted $1000 to help offset your taxes and duties.  See how nice we are?

    Cascading MOJO for the 2-bus is a cool concept.  Who originated this kind of product?

    We did.  Development of the Silver Bullet began in 2012 and was announced and exhibited at AES in 2014.  After a lot of hard work the first run of Silver Bullets began shipping at the end of 2015.  A product of its class did not exist on the market until we took the creative leap to make it a reality.  Someday the big mega-corps may get get hip and try to claim the concept as their own.

     

  • Overview (HTML)

    Overview (PDF)

    User Manual (PDF)

    Recall Sheet (PDF)

     

  • Silver Bullet Sound Clips

     

  •   Demo Video - Coming Soon

      Gearslutz - NAMM 2016 Product Overview

      MixbusTV - Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet: Overview, Audio Demo and long-term Review

      ProTools Expert (Part 1) - Review - Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet - Part 1 Intro And Tracking

      ProTools Expert (Part 2) - Review - Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet - Part 2 Mix Mode

      Streaky - LOUDER THAN LIFTOFF - SILVER BULLET Streaky Review

     

  • MAGAZINE REVIEWS

      SOUND ON SOUND - Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet: Stereo Mic Preamp, EQ & Distortion Processor

      Gearslutz - Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet: The secret weapon in our mastering rig!

    DISCUSSION

      Gearslutz - Louder than Liftoff Silver Bullet first impressions

      Gearslutz - Silver Bullet vs. Chroma

      Real Gear Online - Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet

     

  • 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, just give us a call or shoot us an email, and we'll send you instructions for packing up your unit and shipping it back.  Please note that you will be responsible for return shipping costs and we ask that you insure the unit for its full retail value to protect against loss or damage.  Once we receive and inspect the unit we will issue a refund for the purchase price less the cost of shipping.  Units received in any condition other than "like new" may be subject to a restocking fee.

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World-Class Shipping

We ship to (just about) any address in the world via USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL Express. When you place an order, we will estimate shipping delivery times for you based on your location and the shipping option you choose.  Delivery time estimates are given on the checkout page.  Once payment is approved, in stock products will ship out from Rogue Planet Command within 2-3 business days.  We ship on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Once an order ships you will be sent tracking information via email and/or Facebook Messenger (if selected at checkout).  Please coordinate with the shipping company to have your package held for pickup if you know you will not be home when the package is expected to arrive.

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.  We may substitute UPS for FedEx ground service and vice versaWe also may upgrade UPS and FedEx ground service to USPS Priority Mail if we are feeling extra nice.  

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.  If you are in Canada we recommend selecting USPS instead of FedEx or UPS since the customs process is easier and less money.

We require a signature for all Silver Bullet orders to help ensure you safely receive the package.

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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, and often 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.  Please don't be upset if an email you sent on Friday evening doesn't get returned until Monday or Tuesday morning.

Do you have Silver Bullets in stock?

Please check the FAQ tab on the Silver Bullet product pages for up-to-date information about stock, production status, and shipping dates.

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 on all customs forms.  Defrauding a foreign government is not a wise business move.

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.

I just bought a used unit from some dude online.  Can I have the seller send it to you first to check out?

As a policy, we decline to get in the middle of third party transactions on used gear.  If you receive the unit and it requires repair please contact us and we can go over service options.  

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.

I have a question that you didn't answer here.  Where can I get more info?  

Try our Support page and knowledgebase.

 

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