Wecome to Torngat Audio

Torngat Audio is a small business located in Ottawa, Ontario, that specializes in high-quality audio products and services for musicians. These include:

- Design and construction of speaker cabinets for amplified musical instruments.
- Production of cables for use with instruments and speakers.

Torngat Audio also does some small electronic prototype work, for example: a contact pickup for acoustic instruments (based on an industrial accelerometer), high-quality power supplies (wall-wart replacements), and a high-quality preamp / instrument signal booster.

Our products are sold on a cost-plus basis.

Welcome to the 2021 season here at Torngat Audio, as we have survived both the winter and COVID-19. We continue to operate, as our workforce is just me. I had to shut down the shop for the second half of the 2020 season for medical reasons, but the situation has settled down and work now continues.


Speaker Cabinets

Torngat Audio designs and builds quality speaker cabinets for musicians. We use our own design concepts for instrument speakers, rather than being just another furniture builder. A large percentage of the speaker cabinets on the market are simply boxes just large enough to hold the speakers used. They are built to a competitive price point, which means that the components and parts are designed and selected to minimize production costs. Products from Torngat Audio, however, are generally designed to optimize the frequency response characteristics of the speaker system and are built very ruggedly with quality components. We cannot compete with low-cost products from the major manufacturers, but we can more than compete on build and component quality.

The cabinets are designed using commercial speaker design software (Harris Tech Bassbox Pro), where the Thiele-Small parameters for the speakers are available. Not all manufacturers feel this information is necessary for instrument use and, in those cases, we use our own software to tune the cabinet based on design equations available in the public domain. Using the Thiele-Small data allows us to better match the speaker characteristics to the cabinet. Our speaker cabinets are generally designed to provide a deep and powerful soundstage with a smooth response over the low and lower-middle frequency ranges. In most cases, the response is deep enough to cover the full range of six- and seven-string guitars (down to the 50 Hz range). Our cabinets are somewhat larger than those of the same type made by other maufacturers to aid the low-end response.

The drivers are carefully selected to complement the cabinet design. Our smallest general-purpose instrument cabinets are usually built using FaitalPro pro-audio mid-bass speakers, which feature a neutral sound, excellent attack, and high power-handling capacity. These are reasonably-priced speakers which feature better performance than traditional small guitar speakers. Our standard cabinets are built around Celestion speakers. In the Celestion line, we typically use the V-Type or A-Type and offer the G12H-75 Creamback as a higher-priced option to the V-Type. These speakers feature a smooth, linear bottom-end, a balanced mid-range, and a moderately-bright top end to produce a slightly different take on the traditional Celestion sound. The V-Type and A-Type speakers have similar low-frequency response, but the A-Type offers a different mid-high balance. We do, however, built custom versions of our cabinets using different speakers selected by the buyer.

Our extended response / bass speakers have used Eminence Legend B102 10" dual-cone drivers in the past. However, Eminence has recently discontinued this product, so we can no longer offer it in new builds. We now offer the Eminence Legend B810 10" speaker in sealed cabinet designs for bass guitar. The B810 also has a fairly wide frequency response, but I am hoping to find an equivalent performer to the Legend B102 for more flexible design options.

The woofers commonly available for guitar cabinets, usually 10", 12", or 15" single-cone speakers, often lack an extended top end, which can limit their high-end response and attack. They often emphasize the mid-bass range (100 to 250 Hz), rather than true bass response (down to 50 Hz or less). In addition, they often have a very non-linear response between 1,000 and 3,000 Hz which can produce some unusual audio characteristics (e.g., pronounced 'honkiness'). This is done by exploiting the various electrical and mechanical resonances in the speaker. Some musicians and manufacturers look for this type of exaggerated sound. However, we believe that an extended and reasonably linear response brings out an instrument's better nature, without exagerrating any parts of the sound.

Our guitar cabinets can be fitted with a 1" high-frequency compression driver or multiple small cone drivers to entend and smooth the upper-mid and high-end response of the speaker system and to improve attack. Although this type of speaker system is not commonly used outside of cabinets intended for acoustic guitars, it can provide benefits for electric guitars and other amplified instruments depending on the user's playing style. In addition, these cabinets are well-suited for use with modelling amplifiers. Please note that the extended high-frequency response of these speakers may make distortion artifacts more audible with some guitar / amplifier combinationss. Distortion of various types produces odd and even harmonics spread throughout the frequency spectrum. Odd harmonics may sound harsh to the ear and are usually found where clipping distortion is present. The crossovers for these speakers are designed using commercial software (Harris Tech X-over Pro). Guitar cabinets are usually fitted with a custom 12 dB/octave crossover. Most of our extended range / bass cabinets include one or more separate mid- to high-frequency drivers. Normally a custom 24 dB/octave crossover is installed, but other types may be used depending on the speakers fitted. All crossovers are assembled using high-quality audio components, including air-core inductors, metallized polypropylene capacitors, and non-inductive resistors. Instrument amplifiers that incorporate an active crossover and amplifier for the higher frequencies do not require a passive crossover and can be ordered with any connector(s) needed to match the user's amp.

All cabinets are constructed using 18mm (3/4" nominal) Baltic birch plywood with hardwood bracing at all joins, unless otherwise noted. All cabinets have a removable rear baffle attached to hardwood bracing for additional stiffness. Rear-ported cabinets can be easily tuned to a different frequency response characteristic and/or a different speaker simply by replacing the rear baffle with one with a new port configuraion. All cabinets are assembled using Franklin Titebond III waterproof glue. Externally visible hardware (e.g., corners, handles) are attached using stainless-steel or black oxide finish screws. Cabinets are provided with one or two connectors, usually standard 1/4", Neutrik locking 1/4" and/or two-pole Neutrik SpeakOn. We can provide our cabinets with black steel grills as an alternate to grill cloth.

The cabinets we currently have for sale are listed below. The cabinets included in the "recently sold" list are examples of standard and custom cabinet work we have done for clients. Any new cabinet can be customized with Tolex in the colour and finish of your choice. Please note that the exchange rate directly affects the cost of purchasing many speaker models, including the FaitalPro and Jensen speakers we have used in cabinets in the past as these are sourced from the US or Europe. Please note that the price of any speakers presently available for purchase were built with materials and supplies purchased prior to 2020. There have been substantial increases in the price of wood products since 2019 and any new builds will be made using newly-purchased materials. At this time, it is estimated that these increases will add at least $25 to the price of a new Studio 112C, for example.

We have acquired a DATS v2 system (Dayton Audio Test System) to allow us to test speakers and measure their Thiele-Small parameters. This will allow us the ability to better tune our speaker systems for products from manufacturers that do not provide Thiele-Small data and to test individual speakers against the production average measurements provided by manufacturers that do.

While we sometimes make suggestions as to what type of amplifier will work well with a particular speaker, please be aware that every amp / speaker combination will sound different. Changing the settings on some tube amps can noticeably change the way they interact with the speaker. The best way to determine whether you like a particular speaker is to audition it with your own instrument and amp. We can provide a guitar and a modern tube amp if required, but we always advise people to bring their own. Most of our speaker models sound different to one another, so it is important to audition them carefully.

Some of our speakers are being sold at reduced prices. They are all new and unused, except for a short period of testing. These are prototypes or simply cabinets that have not yet sold and are starting to clutter up the house. Some are designs that I experimented with, but have decided not to pursue. All are built to the same standards as the rest of our speakers.

6-, 7-, and 12-string electric guitars and other amplified instruments:
- Studio 208Ch: 2x8" cabinet, with Celestion Eight 15 guitar speakers (Price Reduced).
- Studio 208F: 2x8" cabinet, with FaitalPro 8FE200 pro-audio speakers.
- Studio 112C/Cx: 1x12" compact cabinet, with Celestion guitar speaker (optional high-frequency section).
- Studio 212JC: 2x12" cabinet, with Jensen C12-series guitar speakers (Price Reduced).
- Studio 115C/Cx: 1x15" compact cabinet, with Celestion guitar speaker (optional high-frequency section).
- Stage 410: 4x10" cabinet, with Goldwood GW-1058 speakers (Price Reduced).

Bass and acoustic guitars (metal- and nylon-stringed), touch guitars, modelling amplifiers, and amplified instruments requiring an extended bass response:
- Studio 110bx: 1x10" compact cabinet with extended bass and highs, with Eminence dual-cone bass guitar speaker and an HF driver (Price Reduced).
- Studio 210bx: 2x10" cabinet with extended bass and highs, with Eminence dual-cone bass guitar speakers and an HF driver (Price Reduced).

Recently sold:
- Stage 410WBP: 4x10" cabinet, with Weber Blue Pup speakers, custom design and finished as per user specifications.
- Studio 206F: 2x6" extra-compact cabinet, with FaitalPro speakers.
- Studio 112JC: 1x12" compact cabinet, with Jensen C12-series guitar speaker.
- Studio 112JP: 1x12" open-back cabinet, with Jensen P12-series guitar speaker.
- Studio 115Cx: 1x 15" cabinet with extended low- and high-frequency response, with Celestion driver and an HF driver array.

Full details are available on request. Please feel free to contact us to audition any of the speakers, before starting to negotiate a price. Try it first, then decide if it is what you are looking for. Each cabinet has a unique sound to complement your equipment and playing style, so try any ones you like. We welcome any visitors who want to audition our speakers!

Torngat Audio also rebuilds or refurbishes older cabinets or combos (speakers and cabinet only) to your specifications.


Cables

We make a number of different cables to complement the equipment we build for musicians. All our cables are made using high-quality audio components and are assembled using silver solder where applicable. Cables are sold on a cost-plus basis: the cost of the parts plus a modest charge to cover labour and miscellaneous materials not directly charged to the customer. We make four types of cable at this time:

- Speaker: Our standard speaker cables are assembled using Amphenol JM2P-series Jumbo 1/4" TS (mono) cable connectors and audio-grade 16 AWG SJ-style audio cable. We are currently offering DH Labs Odyssey 14 AWG speaker cable as an upgrade to the standard cable for a small increase in cost. Neutrik NL2FX two-pole Speakon cable connectors may be used in place of one or both Amphenol connectors if desired. Please note that many of our speakers are provided with Neutrik Speakon 2-pole connectors in addition to the standard 1/4" audio connectors. We can provide cables with a standard 1/4" connector at the amp end and a two-pole Speakon connector at the speaker end for a slightly lower price than our standard cables. One additional advantage of this type of speaker cable is that it is less likely to sprout legs and walk away on you in clubs and rehearsal halls.

- Instrument: Our standard instrument cables are assembled using industry-standard Neutrik NP2X-B straight and/or NP2RX-B right-angle 1/4" TS (mono) cable connectors and Mogami 2534 Neglex quad-conductor microphone cable. Mogami 2534 is an excellent all-round cable for small-signal audio applications.

- Microphone: Our standard microphone cables are assembled using industry-standard Neutrik NC3MX-B male / NC3FX-B female straight and/or NC3MRX-B male / NC3FRX-B female right-angle three-pin XLR cable connectors and Mogami 2534 Neglex quad-conductor microphone cable. These components produce a very high-quality mic cable at a reasonable price.

- Power: Our standard power cables are modestly-priced shielded power cables assembled using 8215 hospital-grade male plugs, IEC 320 female plugs, and standard 14 or 16 AWG SJ-type three-conductor flexible power cable (depending on length and power requirements). The cable is shielded by covering it with a braided copper shield, which is then protected by a braided sleeve. Among other advantages, a shielded power cable helps reduce much of the hum and noise induced on any signal cables adjacent to or crossing any power cables. A definite advantage with the rat's-nest of wiring typically found behind amplifiers and inside rack enclosures.

Any of these cables may be upgraded with audiophile-grade parts by special order. There are any number of premium audio components available on the market at just about any price point you would care to imagine. We are limited only by the budget available.


Contact Information

Torngat Audio is located in Ottawa, Ontario, and may be contacted via email at Torngat.Audio(AT)yahoo.com. Please note that our woodshop closes down for the winter months (normally early November to late April, depending on the weather). No speaker cabinets are made during the shutdown period, but other design and assembly work continues.


Footnotes

Torngat Audio is named after the Torngat Mountains, located in north-eastern Quebec and Labrador. These mountains feature some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. I first heard of them many years ago while reading a book which described them as, to the best of my recollection: "curtains of granite falling into the sea". I doubt I will ever get there, but maybe someone reading this could appreciate the view up close some day.
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