Vancouver, Canada (June 15, 2016)—Radial is shipping its new JDX Direct-Drive, a device that simulates the sound of a guitar amplifier while doubling up as a direct box, allowing the sound engineer to capture the tone right after the pedals and manage it before it hits the amps.
The Radial JDX Direct-Drive begins with a traditional quarter-inch guitar input and passive thru-put to feed a stage amp. This is then followed by a dedicated tuner output that is buffered in order to eliminate loading on the pickup or noise from the quartz clock. The guitar signal is then passed through a series of filters to create Radial's JDX tone, modeled after the sound of a Shure SM57 in front of a Marshall 4-12 cabinet.
The JDX Direct-Drive also sports two more settings. The first adds a typical Marshall tube head character to the signal path while the second brings in something similar to a Fender Twin combo; the two amp tones can be further tailored.
The amp tone signal exits the JDX Direct-Drive via either a quarter-inch guitar level output or via a balanced XLR to feed the PA. The direct box output is outfitted with a 180° polarity reverse switch to help phase-align monitors with the stage amp along with a ground lift switch. The JDX Direct-Drive may be powered using a standard 9V power supply or typical pedalboard power brick.
Radial Engineering Ltd.