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Radial Ships 4-Play DI

Radial Engineering Ltd. has announced the 4-Play, a unique 9V-powered, 14-guage steel direct box designed for artists using multiple instruments on stage. Priced at $279, 4-Play offers a standard quarter-inch input for acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, etc., with mute footswitch.

Vancouver, Canada (December 5, 2016)—Radial Engineering has shipped its 4-Play DI, intended to let performers with multiple instruments in a live setting use a single DI box.

The 4-Play employs a standard 1/4″ input for instruments; a mute footswitch lets users silence the switcher when connecting or disconnecting their instruments.

The signal is then routed to a selector footswitch that sequentially activates up to four outputs, allowing each instrument to have its own dedicated channel on the PA. Users mute the 4-Play, connect the instrument and then use the footswitch to select the output. High visibility LED indicators provide clear visual feedback to let you know which output is active.

Radial tech team associate Mike Bauer offered, “…When using separate DI boxes, you end up with a bunch of wires connected to each instrument which often get tangled. Ask any stage tech and they will tell you that the preferred approach is to use a single cable and manually switch between instruments. Then, because the artist can mute the instrument on stage, you 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.”

The 4-Play features four balanced XLR outputs, each of which has a ground lift switch to help eliminate hum and buzz caused by ground loops. All of the connectors are made from glass-filled nylon and feature nickel-silver contacts. Two ‘set & forget’ switches allow the user to increase the range of the selector footswitch to 2, 3 or 4 outputs.

Radial Engineering