Radial Engineering has introduced the Headlight Pro, a direct box designed for use with multiple instruments on stage. The device has a standard 1/4” input for bass, guitar, mandolin, or fiddle and multiple, switch-able outputs for PA sends. A mute switch allows you to disconnect your bass, connect to your next instrument, and select a new output.
“When you are on a busy stage, switching instruments can pose several challenges,” Radial’s Mike Bauer explains. “When sharing the same direct box, switching between an acoustic guitar and mandolin requires both the FOH engineer and monitor engineer to mute the active mixer channel in order to avoid damaging plug-in transients and painful pops for the audience. You then need to alter the EQ and adjust the level to adapt it for each instrument. Alternatively, when using separate DI boxes, you end up with a bunch of wires connected to each instrument which often get tangled. With the Headlight-Pro the artist can mute the instrument on stage and avoid having to flag down the FOH and monitor engineers between each changeover. Since each instrument is now connected to a dedicated channel, the signal level, EQ and effects can be predetermined and optimized without having to make radical changes every time an instrument is changed. With so many auxiliary musicians onstage these days, there has never been a more appropriate time for this type of solution.”
The box has four active, balanced outputs equipped with ground lifts and a polarity reverse switch. Other features include a dedicated tuner output, a 14-gauge steel chassis, and a cable lock to prevent accidental disconnection. It’s powered by a standard Boss-style 9V power supply, which is not included.
The Radial Engineering Headlight-Pro is expected soon with an estimated MAP price of $279.99.
Radial Engineering Headlight-Pro Direct Box Details:
|Four Active, Balanced Outputs|
|Ground Lift Switch|
|Polarity Reverse Switch|
|Dedicated Tuner Out|
|Boss-style 9V power supply|
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