Vancouver, BC (September 16, 2014)—Radial Engineering has debuted the StageBug SB-48UB, a phantom power supply that enables guitar, bass or mandolin players to connect a condenser microphone to a radial PZ-Pre or PZ-Deluxe.
"Over the past couple of years, we have seen a tremendous take up of the PZ-Pre on professional stages, particularly with bluegrass instruments, acoustic guitars and upright basses," said Radial circuit and mechanical designer Nancy Smith. "Since the PZ-Pre is able to combine two inputs using a blend function, one can mix two types of pickups together to create the sound. This has led the demand to combine a condenser microphone with a pickup. The SB-48UB takes the balanced input from a condenser and supplies it with 48 volt phantom power. It also outputs an unbalanced signal that is appropriate for the PZ-Pre and the more affordable PZ-Deluxe. This opens the door for artists to use their favorite mic with their favorite preamp pedal."
The design begins with a solid steel outer shell with XLR female input to connect the mic. Power is derived from a 15VDC supply and an internal non-radiating charge pump elevates the voltage to 48V for standard phantom power use or it may be set to 12VDC. A choice of balanced XLR or unbalanced 1/4" output is available.