“The realism of the virtual environments is stunning, creating in seconds what used to take many hours of studio time”: Two Notes Captor X SE review

A special edition of the popular load box celebrates 15 years of Two Notes digital innovation, presenting players with a suite of contemporary features and vintage-inspired DynIR cabs

Two Notes Captor X SE
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

If you need to give your amp a lift, especially if you’re after vintage cabinet tones, the Two Notes Captor X SE might have your name on it.


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    Vintage-flavoured version of industry standard digital load box.

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    Tempting choice of virtual cab models and presets.

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    Torpedo Remote app.


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    A little pricey (but you get what you pay for – it’s a class act).

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While the digital revolution continues to advance, it’s also true that not every guitarist wants to give up their prized tube amp. Fortunately, there are ways of giving even the most vintage and basic valve circuits a new digital lease – and a very effective method is to use a load box. 

One of the best out there is the well-known Captor X from French company Two Notes, whose DynIR system is practically an industry standard. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Two Notes recently released this special‑edition, the Captor X SE, which is even more tempting.

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy has been a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine for over 20 years, mostly writing reviews on guitar amps and related products. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and has since bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he’s enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. His favourite musical genres are ‘anything that’s good’.