TAD Silencer Power Attenuator

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  • RS-8-FTBL
  • 14x21x27 cm
  • 8.051 kg
TAD Silencer Power Attenuator   + Natural Tone Technology, clear high end responce +... more
Product information "TAD Silencer Power Attenuator"
TAD Silencer Power Attenuator
+ Natural Tone Technology, clear high end responce
+ Available as 2, 4, 8 or 16 Ohm version
+ 2db attenuating steps from -2db to -16db
+ "Fine"-Control from -16db
+ 2-step BITE and PUNCH Boost-Switch
+ "LOAD" position for use without speaker
+ 150 Watt RMS ( 2 Ohm version: 75 Watt), with PEAK Control
+ Adjustable LINE-Out
+ F.A.N.T.A.-Out Speaker-Emulation, low Z, symmetric
+ Classic Amp-Cabinet Design with Tolex™ or Tweed
What does the SilencerTM power attenuator?
The SilencerTM is used to reduce output power and volume. Many popular rock guitar sounds are based on the well known sounds created by the guitar legends of the sixties and seventies. Guitar playerscranked up their amps to full volume to be heard. Tube guitar amps
do sound best when played loud because the output stage starts to saturate and delivers the most musical and harmonic distortion, wonderful sustain and a thick tone with overall response.
This is what we all look for, but if a 50 or 100 Watt amp is played at full volume, then it gets so loud that you might damage your ears and you might annoy your audience, musicians or just your neighbours.
The SilencerTM solves this problem.
How does the SilencerTM work?
It gets connected between the amps speaker output and the speaker(s) (or speaker cabinet) and gives total control on what part of the power output will be feed to your speakers. Crank up the amp to the setting were it sounds best and adjust the final volume just for your speakers with the SilencerTM. All components which are responsible for great guitar tone are still working "cranked up" to your favourite set-up (preamp tubes, driver stage, output tubes, transformers etc.) and deliver great tone. The final volume you hear is adjusted AFTER the amps output. The power attenuation can be set in convenient 2db steps from FULL power to 16db. From 16db on you can fine adjust to total silence.
Why does the Silencer™ offer BITE and PUNCH boosts?
Since our ears do hear less TREBLES and BASS on low volume signals (physio-acoustic effects) the
Silencer™ does feature a 3-position BITE switch to boost the high end and a 3-position PUNCH switch
to boost low mids and bass response.
Does the Silencer™ affect the tone quality like common attenuators?
Usually power attenuators steal brightness and definition in bass frequencies the more they attenuate
the power. The Silencer™ features our new "Natural Tone Technology" which is not affecting the
brightness or the definition of the guitar signal. It will keep all it's clearity.
Can I use the Silencer™ without speakers?
With the POWER switch in "LOAD" position the Silencer™ will work without any speaker connected. It
works as a plain Load-Box. The signal can be taken from the adjustable LINE-Out (plain) or from the
F.A.N.T.A.-Out to feed a recording system, the mixing console, a slave amp etc.
This is a common setting for in-ear-monitoring or home recording.
How does the LINE-Out and the F.A.N.T.A. Speaker Simulation work?
The LINE-Out is an unfiltered output with adjustable volume as used to feed LINE-Level devices. It
uses a ¼" phone jack (mono). The F.A.N.T.A. (Frequency Adapted Natural Tone Accessory ) Speaker
Emulation is a low impedance, balanced symmetric,tr ansformer coupled output. It provides a 3-pin
XLR-Connector for a standard microphone cable to connect to the mixing console, recording system
etc.. The signal runs trough a sophisticated speaker emulation which featurws unique quality: it is
reacting to your playing style!
Clean signals will sound clear and bright with only slight compression but if you play distorted the
emulation will sound smooth, punchy and big bottomed with good compression. Just what you expect
from the perfect speaker cabinet.
This is what separates the Silencer from most common speaker emulators; …the F.A.N.T.A.
Emulation will respond to your playing and reacts like a real speaker system.
You won't need to mic the amp anymore.
Can the Silencer™ damage my amp or speakers?
No! The Silencer™ is made exactly to the specs of the impedance it bears. If power gets attenuated
then your speaker(s) will work safer than under real full power. If you play loud your tubes will wear out
a bit faster, but since the Silencer™ is matched exactly to your amps impedance this effect is rather
However; every tube amp needs to see a load. It is dangerous to drive a tube amp without a load so
make sure to use good speaker cables. This is true for all tube amps and not only the use with a
Technical Data:
Maximum amp output power: 150W RMS (75W RMS at 2 Ω version)
Attenuating steps 0dB to -16 dB in 2 dB steps, from -16dB fine adjustable till -8
F.A.N.T.A. OUT: transformer coupled, balanced symmetric, ground lifted, XLR3 (1 = GND/NC / 2 = + / 3 = -), Impedance 600 Z
LINE OUT: unbalanced, ¼" phone jack, adjustable, impedance 25 kZ
Dimensions (W x H x D): 245 x 120 x 200 (mm)
Weight: aprox. 3,5 kg
Connecting two Cabinets:
16 Ohm Silencer = 2x 8 Ohm Cabs
8 Ohm Silencer = 2x 16 Ohm Cabs
4 Ohm Silencer = 2x 8 Ohm Cabs
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Customer evaluation for "TAD Silencer Power Attenuator"
6 Jul 2015

TAD Silencer mit Dr Z ZWreck:

Vorweg: der Z Wreck ist ein sehr direkt klingender Amp mit wenigen Bauteilen. Äusserst transparent, sehr druckvoll, 3- D. Spiele ihn über eine TAD 2x12 mit 2x Scumback M 75 und 1x Greenback. Gute Box - vor allem in Anbetracht von Grösse und Gewicht erstaunlich.

Habe mittels Silencer die Lautstärke also um 2 dB abgesenkt. Mein Eindruck war, dass der Amp noch immer gut klingt, aber etwas an Druck und Transparenz verloren hätte. Manuel Pitsch, Drummer (ich hatte ihn nicht nach seiner Meinung gefragt (-:) äusserte sich von sich aus nach einigen Stücken: "Irgendwie klingt die Gitarre heute weniger transparent."

Da der Silencer ja nicht ganz billig und auch etwas sperrig ist, bin leider ich nicht wirklich überzeugt. Die Variante, den Amp stattdessen etwas cleaner (also leiser) zu spielen und mit Od Pedalen (RC Booster- Lovepedal Plexi) aufzuholen, überzeugt mich letztlich doch mehr. Habe über die Jahre immer wieder diverse Power Attenuatoren ausprobiert. Hat mich noch keiner glücklich gemacht.

21 Dec 2014

I've got TAD Silencer 16 ohm since few weeks for playing guitar at home with a 1959 marshall Amp.

This device works very well, with an easy using and efficace attenuating. The Output signal is not modified by the silencer except the output volume.

I only regret that there's no user manual in my language. So, I had to translate all parts of the english manuel in french.

I can send my work.


11 Sep 2012

This silencer is very amazing. It preserves the sound of the amp at very low volume. It is really easy to use and the bite and punch switches are welcome to increase treble and bass when decreasing the volume. Most of all, the FANTA out is really convenient to record at low volume.

15 Jan 2012

This is the product I wish I'd had for many years when trying to get a good recording sound from my tube amplifiers. Now I run a Vox AC-50 in my apartment without speaker cabinet straight into the computer's interface and the sound is fantastic! Every amp should have a Silencer built in as it makes it much more usable. This is especially true for tube amps that sound different at different volume levels.

30 Mar 2009

This is the best power attenuator and a load box money can buy.


Many thanks from "Spiraless".

9 Mar 2004

Silencer power attenuator : many fun & enjoyment with this product. It seems to keep all its promises !

Best regards


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