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  • Tonecraft Audio Launches with 363 Tube Direct Box

    Tonecraft Audio Launches with 363 Tube Direct Box

    Tonecraft Audio launched this year with their flagship product, the Tonecraft 363 Tube Direct Box. The interface is made for all instruments that use a 1/4″ connection, but the company’s designer Ryan Feves notes that it was created with a slant towards upright and electric bass. “While the DI is not exclusively for bass, [Jon... »

  • Osiamo Introduces Dr. J Effects Pedal Series

    Osiamo Introduces Dr. J Effects Pedal Series

    Osiamo has launched the Dr. J line of effects pedals, which the company describes as bringing reasonable prices to the “boutique” market. The series includes three stompboxes aimed at bassists: the D-55 Aerolite Comp, the D-53 Sparrow Driver & DI, and the D-52 Soloman Bass Overdrive. All of the pedals feature true bypass switching, a... »

  • Mooer Audio Introduces Micro DI Pedal

    Mooer Audio Introduces Micro DI Pedal

    Mooer Audio has added to their line of compact pedals with the Micro DI, a direct box that measures roughly 1.5 x 3.5 inches. The pedal offers a 1/4-inch instrument input with a balanced XLR output as well as an unbalanced 1/4-inch output and has ground lift switch. Input signal can be adjusted via the... »

  • Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass DI Pedal Now Shipping

    Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass DI Pedal Now Shipping

    Tech 21 is now shipping the VT Bass DI Pedal. First introduced at this year’s Winter NAMM show, the VT Bass DI puts the company’s VT Bass preamp into a direct box format with three outputs: 1/4 Inch, XLR, and Parallel. The DI’s Blend knob lets you control the amount of direct signal with the... »

  • Radial Engineering Introduces StageDirect Muting Direct Box

    Radial Engineering Introduces StageDirect Muting Direct Box

    Radial Engineering has announced StageDirect, an active direct box that adds a mute switch for silent tuning or switching instruments without having to turn down your PA or stage amp. When the footswitch is depressed, all outputs except the tuner output are muted. Other features on the StageDirect include a 180° polarity reverse switch, a... »

  • Radial Engineering Introduces StageBug SB-2 Passive DI

    Radial Engineering Introduces StageBug SB-2 Passive DI

    Radial Engineering has introduced the StageBug SB-2 Passive DI, which they say suits well to electric bass, acoustic guitar, and keyboards. The new, compact direct box was designed in response to the trend of reducing gear size for traveling purposes and measures at 2˝ wide and 3.5˝ deep. The SB-2 revolves around a custom made... »

  • DI, Mic or Both? Perspectives from Bassists and Engineers

    DI, Mic or Both? Perspectives from Bassists and Engineers

    Q: Could you do an article or a poll about whether to mic your bass amp during live gigs or to use a direct line into the mixer? I’ve heard opinions on both sides. A: I definitely have my own thoughts and opinions based on my experiences, and I’ve also asked some engineers this question... »

  • Tech 21 Introduces VT Bass DI Pedal and Rackmount Preamps

    Tech 21 Introduces VT Bass DI Pedal and Rackmount Preamps

    Tech 21 has expanded their Character VT Series with the VT Bass DI, available in pedal and rackmount versions. Both versions are based on the original VT Bass and VT Bass Deluxe, which are designed to give familiar sounds from the early ’60s up through modern day crunch via the “Character” knob. The VT Bass... »

  • N-Audio Introduces Isolated Splitter / DI Box

    N-Audio Introduces Isolated Splitter / DI Box

    Bulgarian boutique pedal company N-Audio has introduced the Isolated Guitar Splitter / DI Box. The unit – which accepts guitar, bass, and line level signals – combines a splitter y-box with dual isolated outputs and a DI box for recording. The company explains that the heart of the pedal is in its transformer. “Unlike typical... »

  • Radial Engineering Introduces PZ-DI Orchestral Acoustic Direct Box

    Radial Engineering Introduces PZ-DI Orchestral Acoustic Direct Box

    Radial Engineering has introduced the PZ-DI, a direct box designed to work with all types of acoustic and orchestral instruments on stage by having an adjustable input impedance. This allows to you to optimize the impedance to match your pickup or transducer, including active basses and basses with piezo pickups. The impedance selector has three... »