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Radial Engineering HDI Studio-Grade DI Box
Direct box experts Radial Engineering are back with the new HDI Studio-Grade DI Box that's sure to change the way you make records. The HDI is a premium, flagship-level DI box designed to give you tons of options in any recording scenario. Whether your recording session calls for bass, keys, or other instruments to be run through a direct box, the HDI is designed to give you the highest quality signal when the source hits your DAW. With a custom Jensen transformer, the HDI allows you to dial in the amount of coloration in your signal, and an onboard Opto style compressor is at your disposal to tame peaks. The presence control allows your source to cut throw a mix, and a useful VU meter allows you to watch how hard you’re driving the HDI and how much saturation you’re adding.
- Oversized custom wound Jensen transformer
- Ultra clean or dial in vintage warmth
- Opto compressor to tame harsh transients
- Mic and line level outputs
|Input Connectors||1/4-inch TS|
|Output Connectors||1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR|
Used with an AER Acousticube 3 output throws the resonator guitar into a whole new realm of performance. Using the Line output, that Jensen transformer will power through just about anything (poor stage cabling) with plenty of dB to spare and pure clean tone. The Mic output is a little more tame and provides the same studio fidelity. The front panel controls are simple to use and very intuitive. The opto compressor settings have a very smooth reaction to hard transients without any trace of breathing or pumping. Did use the front input directly with the same "Reso" guitar with very poor performance due to impedance mismatch issues. Would work much better with an electric guitar or other Hi Z instrument.
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