British Columbia, Canada (April 30, 2009)–Radial Engineering has launched a series of lunchbox modules to fit the API 500 Series format.
According to company president Peter Janis, “Over the past several years, we have enjoyed tremendous success with out Tonebone range of pedals. Most musicians collect and trade pedals regularly. It occurred to us that as more and more musicians begin to have fun in the studio, a similar evolution will occur: They will collect various tools to do various tasks. And who better to make these than Radial, the Power Tools company?
“We plan to offer a wide range of studio devices starting immediately. The first of these will the JDV-LB direct box that employs our JDV circuit. Next, will be the PHZ-LB, a lunchbox version of the Phazer. The beauty of the lunchbox design is that musicians can mix and match modules and fit them inside various off-the-shelf racks to suit their needs. It can only lead to more fun and creativity!”
The Radial JDV-LB is a Class-A direct box with feed-forward circuit topology. By reportedly eliminating all negative feedback loops, the audio remains pristine. To further dial in the tone, Radial’s Drag Control load correction allows the user to replicate the effect of amplifiers and cables on the instrument and when disengaged, introduces a 4 meg-Ohm input to properly mate with piezo pickups. This targets the JDV-LB as an interface for bass guitar and acoustic instruments.
The PHZ-LB “studio tool” has also been ported over to the lunchbox format to allow multiple Phazers to be assembled into a recording kit. The PHZ-LB is a Class-A, analog, phase-adjustment tool that reportedly allows the engineer to combine the sound of two sources such as microphones or direct boxes to create fuller more natural tones or introduce weird effects. The unit is variable from 0-180 degrees and equipped with a polarity reverse to capture the 181 to 360-degree cycle.