Two Notes Le Lead Two-Channel Tube-Driven Preamp Pedal

Two Notes Le Lead Two-Channel Tube-Driven Preamp Pedal

Two Notes Le Lead Two-Channel Tube-Driven Preamp Pedal

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Product Highlights

  • Tube-Driven Preamp in Pedal Form
  • For Modern Clean & High-Gain Tones
  • Two Channels, Independent or Blendable
  • Low-Gain with Pre-Distortion EQ
  • High-Gain with Post-Distortion EQ & Mids
  • Onboard FX Loop
  • XLR DI & 1/4" Headphone Output
  • Onboard Cabinet Simulator
  • MIDI I/O for Sending/Receiving PCs
  • Included Power Supply & Cab Emulations
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  • 1Description

Designed for electric guitarists who want to vitalize their amplified setup (or eschew their amps altogether), the Two Notes Le Lead is a two-channel preamp in pedal form factor. Part of the Le Preamp series, this pedal features a Ruby 12AX7AC5 HG tube at its heart, giving you an analog, tube-driven sound quite suitable for numerous clean and distorted scenarios.

Routing possibilities of all kinds were considered in the construction of this pedal. An unbalanced input and output have been designed for guitar signals, while an XLR DI output gives you a balanced run to PA systems, mixers, and recording interfaces. You’ll also note the thru-put for passing unprocessed signal straight to an amplifier as well as a headphone output and 5-pin DIN MIDI jacks.

MIDI I/O allows you to send and receive MIDI PCs, so you can control third-party effect units straight from the pedal or use your MIDI foot controller to select among channel configurations on the Le Lead. Rounding out the connections is a built-in, post-EQ effects loop for integrating other effects pedals. With all these possibilities, you can drive your amplifier into high-gain territories, or ditch the amp altogether, plugging straight from the pedal into the house.

The Le Lead offers two channels—one designed to give you a clean, yet slightly crunchy sound, and the other offering the timbre of a modern high-gain amplifier. In addition to its post-distortion EQ, the second channel also gives you a midrange knob with a selectable center frequency for further tone sculpting. You can use these channels independently, or blend them together in one of two fusion modes. Hot Fusion mode in particular provides the gain, sustain, and tonal capabilities necessary to achieve anything from metal to fuzz tones. With this pedal, you’ll be able to slip into genres as disparate as adult contemporary, power pop, jazz-fusion, grunge, sludge metal, hair metal, djent, and more.

Other features worth mentioning are its hardwire bypass, its ground/lift switch for the DI output and a selectable speaker simulation taken right from Two Note’s Torpedo C.A.B. This emulation processes the sound of your DI and headphone output through a cabinet model specifically tuned to complement the Le Lead preamp. The emulation is switchable via a button on the side of the pedal next to the headphones jack. Power is supplied via the included adapter. A 16-cabinet license for Wall of Sound III is included with the pedal.

Two Channel or Fusion Operation
Le Lead’s A and B channels can operate independently with each channel providing its own voicing and EQ section. Channel A gives you passive bass and treble controls, while channel B adds a midrange knob with a sweepable center frequency to the mix. On Channel A, you’ll notice a lower gain tube stage with pre-gain EQ. Channel B, on the other hand, offers higher gains and a post-distortion EQ.

Then you have your fusion modes. Cold Fusion is not the hypothetical room-temperature nuclear reaction depicted in so many works of science fiction, but rather the placement of channels A and B in parallel. In Cold Fusion, you can blend the cleaner sound from A, with the more distorted sound of B to achieve both crunch and articulation. In Hot Fusion, A feeds B, so channel A can be used as a boost for channel B, with both A and B's EQs on hand to shape the result.

Switching, MIDI, and Multi-Channel Mode
Each channel gets its own footswitch, but simultaneously pressing A and B will activate Fusion mode. When routed into a MIDI setup, pressing A, B or A and B will also send a specific MIDI Program Change command. 5 basic functions can be accessed through MIDI Program Changes (PC) sent by an external MIDI device: Canal A, Canal B, Cold Fusion, Hot Fusion, and Bypass.

In other words, the pedal can receive a MIDI PC asking for bypass or channel switch, and any MIDI message received will be transmitted to the MIDI output (MIDI Thru function). When using the pedal as a MIDI controller, you can send a MIDI PC to trigger the preset-changes on another MIDI device, such as a Torpedo C.A.B. or a third-party effects unit. All of this allows for seamless integration into MIDI pedalboard switching systems.

Connected via MIDI, two or more Two Notes units can be configured in multichannel mode. Pressing A on a Le Lead will bypass your Le Crunch, turning all Le Preamp-series pedals into, effectively, different channels of an amplifier.

Connection Routing Possibilities
As a traditional preamplifier, the Le Lead can be connected to a power amplifier and a cabinet, or into the return or power-amp input of a guitar amplifier. Placed before an amp, it can act as a boost, overdrive, or distortion pedal. Used alone or with the Torpedo C.A.B., the pedal can act as an autonomous system, enabling you to connect directly to the house's PA, a mixing board, or a recording interface. By simply plugging your headphones, you can play silently.
Integrated Speaker Simulation
Should you use the DI output or the headphones output, your tone will be processed through an analog speaker simulation tuned to work specifically with the Le Lead preamp pedal. This simulation is based on sounds created with Two Notes' Torpedo simulator.
Included 16-Cabinet License for Wall of Sound III
Included with the pedal is a license for 16 virtual cabinets for use with Wall of Sound III, a speaker and microphone-placement emulation plugin. This plugin works in DAWs such as Cubase, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, and more. Using this software, you can recreate the full complement of a guitar sound, from the preamp of the pedal to the 16 cabinet responses usable in Wall of Sound III.
UPC: 370067380156
In the Box
Two Notes Le Lead Two-Channel Tube-Driven Preamp Pedal
  • Power Adapter
  • License for 16 Cab Simulations in Wall of Sound III
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Tube Ruby 12AX7AC5 HG
    Controls Channel A:
    Input Gain knob
    Volume knob
    Bass knob
    Treble knob
    Bypass/Engage footswitch

    Fusion Controls:
    Fusion Mode Selector button
    Fusion Level knob

    Channel B:
    Input Gain knob
    Volume knob
    Bass knob
    Treble knob
    Mid knob
    Sweep knob
    Bypass/Engage footswitch
    Midrange Gain Range on Channel B's Midrange Gain Control: -18 to +6 dB
    Center Frequency Range on Channel B's Midrange Sweep Control: 300 Hz to 1.5 kHz
    I/O 1 x 1/4" instrument input
    1 x 1/4" return input
    1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI input
    1 x 1/4" send output
    1 x 1/4" thru output
    1 x 1/4" instrument output
    1 x 1/4" stereo TRS headphone output
    1 x XLR DI output
    1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI output
    1 x 2.1mm DC Jack
    Input Impedance Input: 1 MOhm
    Return: 2.2 MOhms
    Output Impedance Send: 300 Ohms
    Instrument Output: 300 Ohms
    DI Output: 600 Ohms
    Maximum Input Level Return: 17 dBu
    Maximum Output Level Send: 11 dBu
    Instrument Output: 11 dBu
    DI Output: 10 dBu
    Input Voltage 12 VDC
    Power Consumption Approximately 6 W
    Current Draw 500 mA
    Dimensions 4.9 x 7.4 x 2.0" / 124 x 189 x 50 mm
    Weight 1.7 lb / 750 g
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