While towering racks of vintage gear are impressive to behold, the reality for most of us making music is that we need versatile tools that facilitate our increasingly hybrid workflows. One-trick ponies take up valuable real estate in the rack. We need tools that allow us to work quickly and deliver musical results throughout the entire production process.
After spending the last three years developing and building the Silver Bullet, we figured it was time to make that technology available as single channel option best suited for use as a mic preamp and in multiple bus processing setups. Thus Chroma was born. Its Twin Tone-Amp™ architecture and Tone Shaping EQ is derived from the very circuits used in the acclaimed Silver Bullet and has been adapted for the 500 Series format.
At the heart of Chroma are two Mojo Amps inspired by classic large format consoles – American (A), and British (N). These Mojo Amps lend their characteristic sonic footprints to any signal passing through the circuit. Like the Silver Bullet, Chroma is the only processor of its kind that allows you to enable A or N sonics at the push of a button. Auditioning these two signature sounds during a session no longer requires re-patching or swapping preamps.
Chroma was designed with hybrid workflows in mind just like its big brother, the Silver Bullet. These days gear needs to be versatile on both the front end and the back end. Featuring MIX and MIC modes, Chroma is both a line level processor, and a microphone preamp.
Chroma allows you to further expand its sonic versatility and to create a custom channel strip by installing analog plugins called Colour modules. A wide variety of fully assembled analog plugins affordably priced from $79 - $129 are available, and are easily installed in the Colour Module slot on Chroma’s printed circuit board – no tools required. Just insert your favorite Colour Module into the slot, adjust the drive (C-DRV), and blend (C-MIX) the processing with the dry signal to taste. When EQ modules are installed in Chroma, the C-MIX knob functions as a variable amount of boost and cut depending on the module.
Louder Than Liftoff offers the following analog plugins for Chroma:
Many other third party modules are also available from the DIY Recording Equipment store
Other exciting new analog plugin modules from Louder Than Liftoff are also in development and will be announced in the future.
Having the ability to shape tone with broad strokes can be just what the doctor ordered to get your tracks to pop in a mix. To round out the feature set, Chroma features switchable Baxandall High Frequency (HF) and Low Frequency (LF) EQ boosts derived from drBill’s favorite Silver Bullet settings for sweetening and enhancing individual tracks or mixes. The user can select PRESENCE or AIR, and SUB or BASS frequencies via onboard jumpers. The HF switch can be programmed to add the Silver Bullet’s VINTAGE filter as well.
We chose every component in Chroma by ear for maximum mojo and its sonic synergy with the rest of the circuit. Our meticulous development process involved both empirical measurement and real-world studio use to validate the design. We also leveraged what we learned designing and building the Silver Bullet and Chop Shop. In this design you will find high end parts from Nichicon, Panasonic, Vishay, Susumu, Wima, TI, and Analog Devices. All audio path resistors are 0.5% or 0.1% thin film types for low distortion and noise. Chroma features custom American wound transformers and our very own Rogue Five discrete op amp in the Mojo Amps circuits. Other components like switches, knobs, meter window, and faceplate are sourced from American suppliers. Our PCBs use high temperature Tg 170 material for long-term reliability. The entire assembly is RoHS compliant (lead free). All assembly and testing is performed right here in Silicon Valley.
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.
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.
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?