Radial Engineering is set to launch 3 new products at this years
winter NAMM event in Anaheim this weekend. The Voco-Loco, The stage
Direct and the Stage Bug.
PRESS RELEASE- Radial Engineering Ltd is pleased to announce the
Voco-Loco, a combination microphone preamp and effects loop insert
that enables the vocalist to add guitar effects like delay, reverb
or distortion to the voice using a simple footswitch.
The design begins with a high-performance preamp section that
delivers over 60dB of gain, more than enough to adapt to virtually
any microphone via standard XLR input. And with a built-in 48V
phantom power generator, condenser mics can also be used. Radial's
unique Accustate level control automatically sets the gain and
sensitivity via a dual wafer potentiometer for improved
signal-to-noise. A simple two band shelving EQ lets the vocalist
add bass or accentuate the highs to enhance.
The signal then feeds an effects loop that has been optimized
for guitar pedals via standard 1/4" guitar jacks. Separate send and
receive level controls let you adjust the levels going to the
pedals to reduce distortion and optimize the signal path. A tone
control on the return path can then be used to tame overly bright
pedals for a smoother more natural tone while the wet/dry blend
control enables the artist to mix in as much of the effect as
desired. The Voco-Loco's output is fully balanced and able to
drive a typical mixing console input.
Two footswitches are top mounted. The right hand footswitch is
used to turn on or off the effects loops while the left-hand
footswitch can be used to either mute the Voco-Loco output to turn
off the mic when not in use or be assigned as an on-off switch for
the loop, bypassing the wet/dry function. You could for instance
create a weird telephone effect with all of the sound passing
through a distortion pedal or toggle the signal so that a blend of
the unprocessed voice plus some reverb can be heard together. A
180°polarity reverse switch ensures the pedals are in phase with
the original signal when the wet/dry blend is in use.
Measuring only 5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm), the Voco-Loco is
exceptionally compact to fit on any pedalboard. It comes equipped
with an external 15VDC supply.
Radial Engineering Ltd is also pleased to announce the
StageDirect - a unique direct box that combines all of the standard
features one would find in a DI with the added convenience of being
able to mute the signal using a footswitch for silent on-stage
tuning or to quietly switch instruments without having to turn down
the PA system or put the stage amp on standby.
As with all Radial direct boxes, the StageDirect is made from 14
gauge steel and finished in baked enamel for maximum durability.
Connections include a ¼" input for the instrument, a ¼" output for
the stage amp, and a standard XLR male output to feed the PA
system. A separately buffered ¼" tuner output is always on. When
the footswitch is depressed all of the outputs other than the tuner
are muted to enable quiet on-stage tuning. The mute feature also
makes it easy to switch instruments on stage without having to turn
down the PA channel or set the stage amp on standby in order to
avoid loud popping in the audio system.
Top panel switches include a -15dB pad to handle extra high
output instruments like a passive bass, a high-pass filter to
eliminate excessive bass and resonance, and a 180° polarity
reverse to help tame acoustic hot spots on stage that can cause
These features combine to make the StageDirect the perfect,
stage hand for busy musicians who want to be in control of their
sound at all times.
Radial Engineering Ltd. is also announcing the Stage Bug SB-1,
an ultra-compact direct box designed to fit inside the string
pocket of a guitar case.
Designed primarily for acoustic guitars, the Stage Bug SB-1 is
an ultra compact active direct box that measures less than 2"
wide x 3.85" long x and only 1.3" high. (5.1 cm x 9.8
cm x 3.3 cm) and is powered using standard 48V phantom power.
It features a standard ¼" hi-Z instrument input, a low-Z
balanced output to feed the PA system, plus a tuner output that
works double duty as a thru connection to feed the artist's
on-stage amp. All connectors feature glass-filled nylon
construction and nickel-silver contacts for long life without
failure. Through-hole parts are employed throughout for
optimal signal transfer. This is combined with a full ground plane
to reduce noise. Performance is spectacular with a ruler flat
response from 20Hz to 20kHz while being able to handle extreme
dynamics without flinching. It is also equipped with a -15dB pad to
handle high output active instruments and a 180°polarity reverse to
help tame hot-spots on stage and eliminate resonant feedback.
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