NAMM 2013: Radial Engineering Introduces New Products at Winter NAMM

Published 8 years ago on January 23, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Radial Engineering is set to launch 3 new products at this yearswinter NAMM event in Anaheim this weekend. The Voco-Loco, The stageDirect and the Stage Bug.

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PRESS RELEASE- Radial Engineering Ltd is pleased to announce theVoco-Loco, a combination microphone preamp and effects loop insertthat enables the vocalist to add guitar effects like delay, reverbor distortion to the voice using a simple footswitch.

The design begins with a high-performance preamp section thatdelivers over 60dB of gain, more than enough to adapt to virtuallyany microphone via standard XLR input. And with a built-in 48Vphantom power generator, condenser mics can also be used. Radial'sunique Accustate level control automatically sets the gain andsensitivity via a dual wafer potentiometer for improvedsignal-to-noise. A simple two band shelving EQ lets the vocalistadd bass or accentuate the highs to enhance. 

The signal then feeds an effects loop that has been optimizedfor guitar pedals via standard 1/4" guitar jacks. Separate send andreceive level controls let you adjust the levels going to thepedals to reduce distortion and optimize the signal path. A tonecontrol on the return path can then be used to tame overly brightpedals for a smoother more natural tone while the wet/dry blendcontrol enables the artist to mix in as much of the effect asdesired.  The Voco-Loco's output is fully balanced and able todrive a typical mixing console input.

Two footswitches are top mounted. The right hand footswitch isused to turn on or off the effects loops while the left-handfootswitch can be used to either mute the Voco-Loco output to turnoff the mic when not in use or be assigned as an on-off switch forthe loop, bypassing the wet/dry function. You could for instancecreate a weird telephone effect with all of the sound passingthrough a distortion pedal or toggle the signal so that a blend ofthe unprocessed voice plus some reverb can be heard together. A180°polarity reverse switch ensures the pedals are in phase withthe original signal when the wet/dry blend is in use. 

Measuring only 5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm), the Voco-Loco isexceptionally compact to fit on any pedalboard. It comes equippedwith an external 15VDC supply.

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Radial Engineering Ltd is also pleased to announce theStageDirect - a unique direct box that combines all of the standardfeatures one would find in a DI with the added convenience of beingable to mute the signal using a footswitch for silent on-stagetuning or to quietly switch instruments without having to turn downthe PA system or put the stage amp on standby.


As with all Radial direct boxes, the StageDirect is made from 14gauge steel and finished in baked enamel for maximum durability.Connections include a ¼" input for the instrument, a ¼" output forthe stage amp, and a standard XLR male output to feed the PAsystem. A separately buffered ¼" tuner output is always on. Whenthe footswitch is depressed all of the outputs other than the tunerare muted to enable quiet on-stage tuning. The mute feature alsomakes it easy to switch instruments on stage without having to turndown the PA channel or set the stage amp on standby in order toavoid loud popping in the audio system.

Top panel switches include a -15dB pad to handle extra highoutput instruments like a passive bass, a high-pass filter toeliminate excessive bass and resonance, and a 180° polarityreverse to help tame acoustic hot spots on stage that can causefeedback.

These features combine to make the StageDirect the perfect,stage hand for busy musicians who want to be in control of theirsound at all times. 

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Radial Engineering Ltd. is also announcing the Stage Bug SB-1,an ultra-compact direct box designed to fit inside the stringpocket of a guitar case.

Designed primarily for acoustic guitars, the Stage Bug SB-1 isan 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 9.8cm x 3.3 cm) and is powered using standard 48V phantom power.

It features a standard ¼" hi-Z instrument input, a low-Zbalanced output to feed the PA system, plus a tuner output thatworks double duty as a thru connection to feed the artist'son-stage amp. All connectors feature glass-filled nylonconstruction and nickel-silver contacts for long life withoutfailure.  Through-hole parts are employed throughout foroptimal signal transfer. This is combined with a full ground planeto reduce noise. Performance is spectacular with a ruler flatresponse from 20Hz to 20kHz while being able to handle extremedynamics without flinching. It is also equipped with a -15dB pad tohandle high output active instruments and a 180°polarity reverse tohelp tame hot-spots on stage and eliminate resonant feedback.

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