Cherry Picker

Pro Audio Review
"The Gold Digger and Cherry Picker are well built properly featured and affordable. Both get the job done as promised. The Cherry Picker does a superlative job.

By Rob Tavaglione
Resolution
"The ability to switch between mics and preamps for the purposes of comparison can be achieved in a number of ways but these dedicated boxes for Resolution's mic and preamp reviewer Jon Thornton are timely and welcomed."

By Jon Thornton
Recording
"When you're comparing gear in the studio, these boxes are the answer to your prayers."

By Paul Vnuk Jr.
Electronic Muscian
"I have nothing but praise for both units. They're quiet and do not add color to the signal path. Most importantly, they make the difficult task of performing direct evaluations among multiple microphones and mic preamps much easier, allowing for instant side-by-side comparisons, which helps you make better choices, ultimately, better sounding recordings. I highly reccommended both devices."

By Phil O'Keefe
Sound On Sound
"This is a superbly versatile little unit that works extremely well, with glitch-free insatnt switching."

By Hugh Robjohns
Tape Op
"When you're setting up for a recording session, do you automatically settle on the same mic and preamp that you've used in the past, or do you spend the time to audition and select the combination of components that best complements the performance? I think most of us strive for the latter, but unfortunately, not every session affords us the time to connect one mic, run to the control room, turn on phantom power, listen, turn off phantom power, run back to the live room, disconnect the first mic, connect a second mic... and so forth..."


By Andy Hong
Mix
"The Cherry Picker is kind of the opposite of the Gold Digger, in that it allows an engineer to connect one microphone to a selection of four preamplifiers and compare their sounds. The Cherry Picker is built into the same type of enclosure as the Gold Digger, with thick steel walls and a generous weight supported by foam-rubber pads at the bottom..."


By Brandon T. Hickey

EXTC

Harmony Central
"Solving the problems of interfacing effects pedals with the rest of your studio setup is exactly what the Radial EXTC Guitar Effects Interface was designed to do..."


By Phil O'Keefe
Tape Op
"At the end of the day, I just added seven overdrives, six delays, two envelope filters, a ring modulator, a PLL, and many other once-lonely effects pedals to my tone-shaping arsenal."


By Geoff Stanfield
Guitar Player
"HUH? It's a balanced interface for stompboxes and other guitar effects that allows users to merge groovy and heinously gritty guitar boxes with pro-audio recording media. Run a line-level signal from your DAW into the EXTC, and it will "unbalance" the signal and convert it to high impedance - the prefect insert signal for effects pedals of all type..."


By Buddy Saleman
Mix
"The EXTC is a must-have for any 500 Series owner. The features and construction are solid and it gives you the ability to use low-cost guitar gear in a studio setting. It gives mixes a kick in the pants!"


By Kevin Becka
Electronic Musician
"Radial shows that the 500 series concept doesn't have to be limited to processors like EQ or compressors. These specialty devices are designed for a wide range of tasks."


By Craig Anderton
Recording
"The EXTC is similar to the Shuttle— another 1/4" send/return patching device, but this time with focus on Hi-Z guitar effects pedals. The EXTC is part Hi- Z direct box and part reamp device rolled into one..."


By Paul Vnuk Jr.
Resolution
"Using the EXTC, I was surprised at how quietly most pedals can perform, and this got me digging out some neglected curios which sounded stunningly clean and juicy."


George Shilling

EXTC-SA

Pro Audio Review
"The EXTC-SA is a clear choice if you want to simplify the often complicated task of Reamping with effects."


By Rob Tavaglione

Firefly

Bass Player
"This two-channel DI box - with a nice warm valve for that unmistakable sound - is a serious piece of kit, aimed both at the recording and touring musician..."

By Joel Mciver
Guitarist
"It's rare to find something that's this well sorted - practically and aesthetically - both on stage and in the studio.."

Bass Player
"The firefly tube direct box incorporates Radial's time-tested Class A FET circuit and zero negative feedback design, prized for its natural tone and stable output. This signal is fed into a single Ruby Tube 12AX7 for warmth and character, then routed through their transformer-coupled ouput, which eliminates buzz and hum from ground loops..."

By Doug Young
Acoustic Guitar
"The Radial Firefly is a transformer-based DI that goes one step further by adding a tube amplification stage. Like transformers, tubes are often credited with adding a sense of warmth to the sound, and the Firefly combines the benefits of both..."

By Doug Young
Worship Leader
"Simply put, the Firefly sounds unreal. In my review, I tried every instrument I had available: acoustic guitars, electric bass, acoustic bass, farfisa organ, analog synths, digital synths, mandolin, Fender Rhodes, and a Wurlitzer 200A. I could not find anything that the Firefly didn't make sound amazing! Everything sounded amazing, but the highlight was electric bass."

By Andy Toy
FOH
"...the Firefly performed in a league of its own. The sound had strength, character and beautiful resonance. On the electric guitar, it sounded like a great, clean amp....During the private show we recently did...the Firefly performed liked a champion. The bass sound it renders is warm and round, yet still big and punchy. The harmonic content is fantastic...I have a strong feeling the Firefly is going to be a very popular product for my friends at Radial..."

By David Morgan
Bonedo
"There is no tube direct box that has convinced me as much as that the Radial Firefly. Besides the amazing sound, that can stand all other tested similar and by far more expensive preamps, I am excited about the practical features."

By Oliver Poschmann

Gold Digger

Pro Audio Review
"The Gold Digger and Cherry Picker are well built properly featured and affordable. Both get the job done as promised. Radial's Gold Digger is a very useful & alluminating tool.

By Rob Tavaglione
Guitar Player
"For many home studios, gear acquisition budgets can be tough to come by. But if you're committed to always finding the absolute perfect mic to record a source sound, then $350 isn't a heavy tariff to pay for peace of mind. This is a fantastic peice of gear for any serious engineer/producer."

By Buddy Saleman
Resolution
"The ability to switch between mics and preamps for the purposes of comparison can be achieved in a number of ways but these dedicated boxes for Resolution's mic and preamp reviewer Jon Thornton are timely and welcomed."

By Jon Thornton
Recording
"When you're comparing gear in the studio, these boxes are the answer to your prayers."

By Paul Vnuk Jr.
Electronic Muscian
"I have nothing but praise for both units. They're quiet and do not add color to the signal path. Most importantly, they make the difficult task of performing direct evaluations among multiple microphones and mic preamps much easier, allowing for instant side-by-side comparisons, which helps you make better choices, ultimately, better sounding recordings. I highly reccommended both devices."

By Phil O'Keefe
Sound On Sound
"The Gold Digger is well thought-out and versatile, and it's quite remarkable how useful a product like this actually is!"

By Hugh Robjohns
Tape Op
"When you're setting up for a recording session, do you automatically settle on the same mic and preamp that you've used in the past, or do you spend the time to audition and select the combination of components that best complements the performance? I think most of us strive for the latter, but unfortunately, not every session affords us the time to connect one mic, run to the control room, turn on phantom power, listen, turn off phantom power, run back to the live room, disconnect the first mic, connect a second mic... and so forth..."


By Andy Hong
Mix
The purpose of the Gold Digger is to allow an engineer to audition up to four mics with ease. When working in a room with a large-format console, it is easy enough to connect different mics to different I/O strips, bus them to a common path, and mute or solo between them. In today's DAW-centric world, however, more engineers are investing in one golden vocal chain and using that with a variety of mics..."


By Brandon T. Hickey

J48

Guitar Interactive
"I've had my own Radial J48 for several yeras, and I can't remember the last time I didn't use it when making a "proper" recording of an amped guitar or bass. It's one of those peices of kit that just works properly everytime it's needed..."

By Andi Picker
Sound on Sound
"I am mightily impressed with the J48 and it's obvious performance advantage is such that the extra cost is easy to justify for anyone who simply must have the best... I'll certainly be reaching for the credit card now that I've finished writing this review!."

By Hugh Robjohns
EQ
"One of the problems with a lot of active DI boxes is that if you lift the ground, phantom power can no longer pass through and therefore they have to use an internal battery. Radials get around this by using a switching supply. Just plain ingenious! The J48 is very clean with good solid low end and a vast amount of headroom."

By Scott Dorsey
Audio Media
"I experimented with a handful of DI's on various instruments and in every comparison, the Radial J48 was usually the final choice - simply because it sounded more like I thought the instrument should sound like. While less expensive DI's are easy to find, this one has proven it's worth to me - I intend to buy a couple for my studio."

By Dave Martin

JD7

PRO AUDIO REVIEW
"Every couple of years I come across a piece of gear that makes me wonder how I ever made records without it. It took one day in the studio with the Radial JD7 to realize that it that belongs on this list. Splitting the guitar signal without degradation was impossible before the JD7. Now it's a breeze. The JD7 is amazing. I am not going to give this one back."

By Russ Long
GUITAR WORLD
"The JD7 sounds incredibly clean, due to its Class A circuit. It's also free of buzz, thanks to its Jensen transformers, which provide optimum fidelity and 100 percent signal isolation."... "The JD7 simply steals the show. With outstanding tone, flexible routing and superior construction, it is worthy of a place in any guitarist's studio."

By Danny Miles
Recording
"This thing is built to last forever and put big dents in anything it's dropped on.... Construction is of the highest quality and the sound is great too... ...the JD7 does a great job and is a powerful tool".

By Matt Zlaten
Audio Media
"The JD7 was designed to enhance the creativity of guitarists and engineers during the recording process... With the tonal possibilities inherent in having multiple amplifiers available at the touch of a button in addition to the control offered by the Drag knob, it certainly does meet that design goal"

By Dave Martin
Mix
"The tone was so thick you could cut it with a knife, and the stereo-or surround- possibilities are endless.".... "This thing is addictive!"

By George Peterson
Guitar Player
"The JD7's sheer amount of routing options - combined with its ability to effectively deal with a variety of sonic gremlins - makes it an essential tool for any studio with a herd of unruly amps to wrangle."

By Darrin Fox
EQ
"I had a blast with the JD7. Radial Engineering has achieved their goal of designing a fun, creative tool for making new guitar sounds. It would be a great piece of gear if it only did one thing; that fact that it performs so many functions (and does them so well) is an amazing bonus."

By Mitch Ghallagher

JDI

RECORDING
"The real difference between passive boxes is entirely due to the quality of the transformer. A better transformer will sound better. Our RF noise tests proved the JDI to be flawless. The JDI Mk3 is a great choice when you need a DI box for a synth, an amplifier or an instrument with active pickups. It will also work in reverse as a Reamp."

By Scott Dorsey
EQ
"... the best thing you can say about a direct box is that you forget it's there. The JDI's are transparent and noise free, but they're not forgettable. They performed very well on every source I fed them, including electric and acoustic guitar and bass. Even in an environment that's occasionally prone to grounding problems and noise from computers and monitors, the signal was ultra clean."

By Emile Menasche
Audio Media
"Radial Engineering has managed to go a step beyond what you'd expect from a passive DI and offer a product with some great value-added features."

By Kevin Becka
Keyboard
"Radial DI boxes sound - in a word - pure. Compared to these, my old standby active DI has a thinner and harsher tone. No matter what type of signal I put through, the Radial DIs sounded round and natural. Radial has done a superb job with these. They are pricier than some of the competition, but they're worth every penny."

By Mitch Gallagher
Audio Media
"... With its Jensen transformer and excellent overload characteristics, the JDI can handle any situation flawlessly... the JDV can deliver the same flawless sonic quality with the cleanest signal possible. All in all, both of these units are a must-have for any studio"

By Jim Rodgers
Pro Audio Review
"The JDI is a winner from every angle. It's roadworthy, it's feature packed and it sounds great! The Radial design team is obviously more than a bunch of white coats who only make it out of the lab once a week to watch Star Trek. They are a team who understand the needs of recording and sound reinforcement engineers and know how to design a product to meet these needs."

By Russ Long
Electronic Musician
"...I can say with no hesitation that you won't find anything out there offering better performance or more durability for the money."

By Jim Miller
Professional Sound
"Radial's new JDI passive direct box is amazingly clean and noise free. It's design is a direct result of asking reputable names in the industry such as John Vrtacic (Little Mountain Sound and currently at the Armoury Studio) and Ron Obvious (of Bryan Adam's Warehouse Studio) what would make up a great direct box."

By John Albani
EQ
"The frequency response and phase response of the Radial JDI is excellent and the sound of the unit can only be described as completely transparent. This is an excellent passive DI box that will keep on working even after the band's van drives over it."

JDV

TapeOp "JDV" review magazine cover
TapeOp EQ
"This is the best direct box I've ever used. I compared it to a Countryman, a Whirlwind, the DI input of an API 3124 preamp and a Drawmer 1960. I found the JDV had much more headroom than the others and more features. The sound was extremely open and uncolored, absolutely no hint of distortion. This box is a godsend. Hats off to Radial."

By Pete Weiss
EQ
"This overachieving direct box is a guitarist's delight.."... "Built like a tank." .... "Remarkable sound quality." ... "This is clearly a high end unit.... the JDV isn't cheap, but neither is it overpriced: this box is as good as it gets when you need an accurate, solidly engineered, great-sounding direct box for stage or studio."

By Craig Anderton
Bass Player
"It's remarkable how different from each other the instruments sounded which indicates just how sonically transparent the JDV is. Toying with the DragT Control on passive basses and the upright, the tone gently mellowed while playing. It was fun to search for the sweet spot for each bass and have it sit better in the mix."

By Carl Coryat
Mix
"... The JDV is the clear winner". "In phase and polarity testing, the JDV exhibited the smoothest phase response"... "Don't worry; you can still use your old DI's to prop up stage monitors!"

By Mark Fink
Audio Media
"... With its Jensen transformer and excellent overload characteristics, the JDI can handle any situation flawlessly... the JDV can deliver the same flawless sonic quality with the cleanest signal possible. All in all, both of these units are a must-have for any studio."

By Jim Rodgers
Guitar World
"...professional-quality sound and deadquiet noise-free performance. The JDV MK3 is essential for anyone who wants to capture tight, layered rhythm tones by stacking up to four individual amp tracks in one pass."

By Chris Gill
Pro Audio Review
"...I perceived no pickup loading of my '67 Jazz bass and I was impressed by the clarity and purity of the audio interpretation from instrument to board."... "Overall, I found the JDV DI a useful, sonically satisfying audio too, with all the bells and whistles you ever wanted on a DI."

By Rodger Williams III
Electronic Musician
"...I can say with no hesitation that you won't find anything out there offering better performance or more durability for the money."

By Jim Miller
Bass Guitar
"Flawless sound quality coupled with top-grade construction. The manual is great too."

By Mark Beazley

JDV-Pre

Guitar Player
"HUH? A class-A instrument input preamp designed to work with various types of pickups-even the oft-troublesome piezo..."


By Buddy Saleman
Recording
"The JDV-Pre, which is a 500-Series adaptation of Radial's already respected JDV active pre amp. While the original (now in its MKIII version) is essentially an active direct box with a plethora of outputs for the studio and stage, the 500- Series version really focuses on being a true instrument preamp..."


By Paul Vnuk Jr.

JDX

Vintage Guitar
"The JDX is an active driect box; for live work, you simply run a cable from it to the PA instead of trying to mic the cabinet."

By Phil Feser
Guitar Player
"...During soundcheck, I had the other guitarist play along with the band, and I compared the miked cabinet tone (a Shure SM57 right on the cone) and the JDX sound through the main house system.

I was sold immediately on the JDX's precision and impact."

By Michael Molenda
Recording
"The JDX is a dream for a live-sound situation as the bleed from a real mic can cause a mix to sound uncontrolled and muddy."

By Fernando Curiel
Tape Op
"...very solid and carefully designed product[s], and proved to be a useful solution to a problem that I didn't quite realize I had."

By Andy Hong
Mix Online
"The JDX does an admirable job emulating guitar cabs. Although it's not a replacement for miking, it can be very useful both by itself or paired with a microphone. The JDX's powerful, focused sound would be right at home in most pop or modern rock mixes."

By Matt Bishop
Front of House
"Sound coming from the JDX feed was surprisingly close to the sound of the SM57s on the speaker cabinets – most listeners would be hard pressed to tell them apart."

By Steve Lacerra

JDX 500

Recording
The JDX is an interesting box as it is equal parts straight-up guitar DI as well as a speaker simulator, or both at the same time. The JDX in its simplest mode is a device that offers a quick, clean DI to capture your guitar's direct signal into your DAW, but in reality that's more of a bonus feature, considering what the JDX really does...

By Paul Vnuk Jr.
Electronic Musician
"Radial shows that the 500 series concept doesn't have to be limited to processors like EQ or compressors. These specialty devices are designed for a wide range of tasks."


By Craig Anderton
Resolution
"The JDX Works great at calming down distortion pedal fuzz to a more palatable sound. It adds a useful speaker output recording capability."


George Shilling

Komit 500

Harmony Central
"The Radial Engineering Komit Compressor Limiter was designed to be an easy to use and highly effective compressor that can be set up with a minimum of fuss, and it excels at it. The Komit is fast, fun, versatile, and musical - what more could you ask for? "


By Phil O'Keefe
Sound on Sound
"Radial have managed to pack in plenty of features -- and they've done that by limiting the user's options, but in a musically useful way."


By Matt Houghton
Guitar Player
"HUH? A transparent compressor combined with an old-school "clipping" limiter that can get as gritty as you please..."


By Buddy Saleman
Professional Sound
"A compressor and limiter in one box. Instead of actually limiting the signal, a type of clipping is implemented. When using the limiter you don't get the sound of gain reduction, which is nice, but pushed over the top it can go from midly clipping to absolute madness with the limiter set to a low threshold and the gain up. It is intense!..."


By Dan Weston

MC3

Pro Audio Review
"The MC3 is a agreat choice for the personal recordist, the laptop recordist on-the-go or the traveling producer who wants some stable continuity as work moves from room to room."


By Rob Tavaglione
Audio Media
A device like this stands and falls on its sonic and operational properties and I can report that the MC3 excels in both areas. It imparts no discernible changes to the audio passing through it. If you need a system that will allow you to quickly check phase issues, drive your headphones, and allow you to switch between monitors, the MC3 could be exactly what you've been looking for.

By Stephen Bennett
Recording
"It should be no big surprise that Radial Engineering, those devilishly clever Canadians with a habit of inventing dozens of clever little boxes that solve dozens of studio problems, should eventually address the question of easy-to-use, great-sounding monitor control that anyone can afford to install in even the smallest studio arrangement."

By Mike Metlay

JX44

Guitarplayer.com
"..the JX44 is an awesome tool for those who appreciate focusing on tone crafting, rather than gear shuffling..."

By Michael Molenda
MusicPlayers.com
"The only items that come to mind that compare directly with the JX44 are a few custom units produced by rig builders. There are no commercially available products, to the best of our knowledge, that offer the combination of features that the JX44 provides."

By John Ou & Scott Kahn
Guitar Edge article on "Buck Cherry" rig
"...switcher is routed through the Radial SGI transmitter and receiver boxes in the upper left (to lower the noise threshold), and is sent to the first effects loop of the Radial JX44 in the rack."

By John Ou & Scott Kahn

PhazeQ 500

Professional Sound
"There is a lot more than meets the eye with this thing. The normal pitch for these types of units is to line up drum mics, but you can also use the PhazeQ as a powerful tone shaping tool..."


By Dan Weston
Recording
"The PhazeQ is another adaptation of a previous Radial favorite, the Radial Phazer that we reviewed in our November 2009 issue. This is not a 500-Series phaser effect, but a continuously variable phase alignment and adjustment tool."


By Paul Vnuk Jr.

Phazer

Audio Media
"Pursuing the idea that 'every tweak must have a predictable effect', I tried more metering than should be legal. In the end I had to concede that the Phazer is simply a little box that can make a big difference to your sound. It's an effect, an EQ, a correction tool and more. Anyway, you should get one."

By Paul Mac
Guitar World
"...exceptionally easy to use and provides more natural sound than simply aligning waveforms with digital audio software or by using a delay."

By Chris Gill
Recording
"The gradual adjustment from 0º all the way to 180º that the Phazer offers is very helpful and, in some cases, a lifesaver."

By Fernando Curiel

PowerPre

Guitar Player
"HUH? A feature-packed mic pre with a very savvy, 3-position Vox switch for adding breath, punch, or transparency..."


By Buddy Saleman
Electronic Musician
"The PowerPre is a fine examples of a well designed, low-noise mic preamp that can give a bit of 'meat' or 'air' to a signal thanks to the transformer output and Vox voicing EQ. It may well be your preamp of choice."


By Craig Anderton
Recording
"I would call the PowerPre full, solid and clean with a classic vintage sound. If you think of the sound of deep rich vintage radio announcers, you will be in the ballpark. This is a stellar and unique sounding preamp.."


Paul Vnuk Jr.
Tape Op
"The PowerPre celebrates its own individuality by offering a carefully conceived set of controls that let you extract an expansive range of character. In practice, I found it to be very quiet at all settings. It should be on your short list."


Andy Hong
Mix
"The PowerPre is a must hear. I used it for recording vocals, guitar amps and drums with great results. It is particularly good in high transient, high SPL situations where you can drive it hard for more transformer color. I bought one."


Kevin Becka
Resolution
"In linear mode, there's plenty of detail and nothing harsh or unpleasant. Breath mode adds a gentle lift for clarity while punch boosts the low end. Both are unsubtle but very usable."


George Shilling

PowerTube

Tape Op
"This puppy promises 'tube' magic, and apparently the folks at Radial found a way to deliver 140 volts to the tube, which gives the signal a flavor akin to that of a vintage tube amp..."

By Will Severin

PZ-Deluxe

Acoustic Guitar
"The unit packs an impressive amount of functionality into a small, easy-to-use package. Plug your guitar into the 1⁄4-inch mono input, and the PZ Deluxe produces a low-impedance balanced XLR output suitable for a mixing board, as well as outputs that can route your signal to an amp and a tuner."

By Doug Young

PZ-DI

Sound on Sound
"The PZ-DI not only a more than credible alternative to dedicated piezo preamps, but also a no-brainer for engineers and musicians who need its level of performance..."

By Bob Thomas
www.talkbass.com
"For bass players that want a simple setup when playing direct, the PZ-DI should be worth considering, especially if you play an acoustic instrument."

By Chad Willson

PZ-Pre

Vintage Guitar
"The PZ-Pre is a single-channel preamp and direct box for acoustic instruments. It incorporates a raft of features.."

By Kent Carmical
Guitar Player
"... By now, I'm sure you can surmise that the mind-blowingly cool thing about the Radial PZ-Pre is its versatility. There's almost nothing you can't do with this interface--no matter what kind of acoustic or electric instrument you play."

By Phil Feser

Pro DI/D2

Music Magazine
"...The Radial ProD2 is a passive stereo DI box that can be used
for a number of key functions. In most cases DI (direct injection) boxes are used to convert a hi-Z unbalanced signal from a guitar, bass or keyboard to a low-Z balanced signal for a PA or DAW for long cable runs that won't kill your tone along the way.."

By Doug Dopler
FOH
"... "I put the ProDI on keyboards and acoustic guitars, the prime usage for passive direct boxes. The transparency was noticeable. I am sorry to say, my other popular brand passive DIs are going to collect some dust from here on.."

By Mark Amundson

Pro D8

Live Sound International
"Like all Radial units I've worked with over the years, the ProD8 is very well built."

By Craig Leerman
Keyboard Magazine
"Gorgeous, transparent sound. Saturation at high signal levels sounds awesome on keyboards, but never intrusive. Requires no power. Built like a rich paranoid's survival bunker."

By Stephen Fortner

ProRMP

Professional Sound
"Reamping is an invaluable recording technique that has been used by major recording studios... Radial has the widest range of Reamping solutions available on the market. I found them to be indispensable."

By Ethan Rising
Recording
The ProRMP is Radial's most affordable, simplest, and easiest-to-use reamper. It is a small-form DI-sized box (the PRO Series standard size) measuring 3.3" x 5.0" x 2" and weighing in at 1.55 lbs. Its sky blue body has a balanced female XLR input with a ground-lift switch on one side and an unbalanced hi-Z 1/4" output on the other, as well as a simple, slightly recessed output level attenuator that can be accessed with a small flathead screwdriver or, as Radial suggests, a guitar pick...

By Paul Vnuk Jr.

SGI

Pro Audio Review
"...impressed...As has been the case with other Radial Engineering products I have used (and purchased) in the past, the operation and build quality of the SGI system was literally without fault. Highly recommended!"

By Richard Alan Salz
Recording
"...If the comparison is between the SGi and a long cable, it's a slam dunk: the SGI maintains the sound of the guitar/amp combo in a way that no longer (or especially a wireless rig) ever could. for project.

...For project studio owners, this system needs to be considered as an inexpensive "flexibility box", giving you the ability to stretch your recording environment beyond your control room, and maximizing the use of your environment as a sonic playground."

By Darwin Grosse

Q3

Harmony Central
"This is a really fun, fast and very straightforward EQ to use, and it's super-easy to call up some very cool sounds with it. While the manual gives you the lowdown on what all the various preset EQ curves are, most people are going to forget about trying to memorize them all, give in to the interface's charms, and just click the knobs and combine the various presets on each band until they hear something they like - and that's exactly what they should do..."


By Phil O'Keefe
Resolution
"This makes coil EQ affordable and quick to use; sounds gorgeous."


By George Shilling
Professional Sound
"When was the last time you opened up a PDF to use an EQ? I don't mean that to be negative; this thing just behaves like no EQ I have ever used, which is cool. After putting some audio though it and quickly turning the knobs around, I had to know what was going on with this thing. The Q3 is all about presets..."


By Dan Weston
Tape Op
Radial must have spent a lot of time researching and testing the presets. It took me about 10 seconds to land on something that worked perfectly. The Q3 is a useful, refreshing and simple tool. And it's fun."

By Marc Alan Goodman

Q4

Resolution
"Great general purpose EQ with a big, broad sweet sound; narrow Q settings allow you to be surgical."


By George Shilling

Reamp JCR

Professional Sound
"Reamping is an invaluable recording technique that has been used by major recording studios... Radial has the widest range of Reamping solutions available on the market. I found them to be indispensable."

By Ethan Rising
Recording
The Reamp JCR is a special box—in fact it is a rebirth of the box that started it all! Back in 1994, John Cuniberti was one of the first people to develop a commercial reamplification box, and he went onto trademark the name. These were the small red rectangular boxes called "TheREAMP" that you probably saw advertised in the back of music-technology magazines such as ours over the past decade or so. In 2007 Mr. Cuniberti perfected his design in a V2 model that made use of a new custom transformer, ferrite filtering and other enhancements...

By Paul Vnuk Jr.

Shuttle 500

Guitar Player
"HUH? I call it a patch bay. You'll call it an effects loop..."


By Buddy Saleman
Recording
"The Shuttle turns any piece of outboard equipment into a 500-Series module and, on the Workhorse, allows you to inject any external device into its mix bus..."


By Paul Vnuk Jr.

StageBug SB-1

Recording Magazine
"The StageBug offers a portable and affordable DI for pretty much everyone, while still retaining Radial's reputation for quality."


By Paul Vanuck Jr.

StageBug SB-2

Recording Magazine
"The StageBug offers a portable and affordable DI for pretty much everyone, while still retaining Radial's reputation for quality."


By Paul Vanuck Jr.

StageBug SB-4

Recording Magazine
"I concur that on an electric violin and nylon-string acoustic guitar, the sound through the SB-4 was indeed richer, more controlled and less harsh in the top end than when running through a standard direct box."


By Paul Vanuck Jr.

StageBug SB-5

Recording Magazine
The SB-5 is another one of Radial's "you didn't know you needed this until you needed it" boxes, and while I have seen one or two similar devices on the market, none of them have had this build quality, feature set or transparent sound.


By Paul Vanuck Jr.
Church Productions
"What to do with noisy consumer-grade equipment? Radial Engineering introduces a 'must have' tool for church sound techs."


By Mike Sessler

Tank Driver

Guitar Player
"HUH? A interface that lets you route signals to and from an amp's spring revervb tank..."


By Buddy Saleman
Recording
The 500-series Tank Driver is one of those "I never knew I wanted this" devices that this company excels in. The Tank Driver, as its name so wittily implies, is made so you can interface it with the spring reverb of your favorite amplifier, or you can simply purchase a dedicated third-party reverb tank and use that.

By Paul Vnuk Jr.

Tossover

Resolution
"Uniquely useful tool for dividing up or isolating certian frequencies, especially useful for further processing of frequency elements; powerful filtering."


By George Shilling

USB-Pro

Recording
"Sometimes I think Radial Engineering is in the business of inventing cool new gizmos to solve problems you didn't know you had... or that you knew you had but didn't know there was a fix for. Here's another example: Radial's first ever digital audio product, the USB-Pro..."


By Mike Metlay
Gear Box CX
"I acquired a Radial USB Pro to use on the CX Roadshow because I needed an audio interface to sit between my laptop and a mixing console for an audio demo. People tend to examine my demo setups pretty critically, and for that reason the USB Pro was good. I've never seen anyone look at a Radial box and question it."


By Jimmy Den-Ouden

Workhorse

Guitar Player
"The workhorse is Radial's take on the 500 series lunch box module rack. It's Marine-tough with an 8x2 summing mixer that accepts eight different modules-from preamps to direct boxes and more..."


By Buddy Saleman
Audio Media
It's hard to imagine squeezing any more functinoality into a 3U device like this, and Radial is to be congratulated for putting plenty of thought and design smarts into such a compact and attractive package.


By Greg Walker
Electronic Musician
"The Workhorse is a more sophisticated, more capable, and more costly re-thinking of what a 500-series rack frame should be."


By Craig Anderton
Music Tech
"When Radial announced that it was working on a 500-Series it generated much interest.... the Workhorse will be an excellent addition to any studio and is the perfect choice for bringing analogue processing to a DAW-based studio.."


By Mike Hillier
Recording
"Every knob and button is smooth, yet firm, the circuit boards are thick, clean and neatly laid out, and the inputs and outputs are of the highest quality. In other words—it more than lives up to Radial's reputation for roadworthy toughness….Most 500-Series enclosures are simple, utilitarian boxes that offer a single XLR input and output per slot. In contrast, The Workhorse offers a host of choices to fit most every hookup and patchbay situation."


By Paul Vnuk Jr.
Audio Media
"We don't like to nag, but if you're into the 500-series form factor, you must check this out…If you've got a few 500 series modules out in the back paddock or are thinking of buying into the format, the Workhorse definitely wont leave you with a long face. Now where did I put my saddle."


By Greg Walker
Tape Op
"Radial Engineering seems to like solving pro audio problems…So when I heard that Radial was building a 500-series rack, I was curious, because I assumed this rack would be overbuilt, well though out and versatile. I was right. The damn think looks like you could drop it off a truck and it would survive, but there's a lot more to it than that.."


Mix
"The Radial Engineering Workhorse certainly lives up to its name. It is a versatile tool for live and studio use. I found it easy to get excited about using 500 Series modules with the Workhorse.…a great unit and reasonably priced for what it offers. The feature set is deep, the system is scalable, construction is solid and it sounds great. What's not to like?"


Kevin Becka
Sound on Sound
"The Radial Workhorse is one of the most versatile and well-equipped racks I've ever tried, and exudes the typical Radial Engineering detail and thoughtfulness…if you are thinking of embarking down the 500-series road, the Workhorse rack has to feature very highly on the list of contenders..."


By Hugh Robjohns
Pro Audio Review
"Despite having a comparable boatload of features, operating the Workhorse is designed to be simple and intuitive…I ultimately tried every connection and function the Workhorse offered and found it all worked as promised…the big question is whether this Radial mixer is worth its premium price. I believe it is. It is truly professional grade and worth the cost for its applications in location recording, DAW output summing, tracking with parallel compression and other flexibilities…"


By Rob Tavaglione
Resolution
"Radial is expert at eliminating hum and noise from guitar signals, and in the Workhorse that knowledge has been put to good use…The Workhorse certainly makes a terrific host for modules – sturdily built with useful routing features and extensive connectivity…Whichever 500 Series modules you use the Workhorse makes a great home for them."


By George Shilling
Réalisason
"Le nouveau venu mérite bien son nom, Workhorse signifiant cheval de labour ou bourreau de travail, la robustesse est visible au premier coup d'oeil, et confirmee lorsqu'on prent l'objet entre ses mains:"


Workhorse CUBE

Professional Sound
"The Radial Workhorse Cube is a unit designed to house three 500 series units and offers some nontradional extra features (which seems to be a trend for Radial)..."


By Dan Weston
Sound on Sound
"Havin reinvented the 500-series rack with their Workhorse, Radial are now offering a smaller, more portable version..."


By Matt Houghton

Workhorse SixPack

Harmony Central
"I am quite impressed with the amount of thought that went into the design and specifications of this unit. As you can see from the limited amount of "limitations" I commented on, there really aren't any significant flaws to it. It's solidly-built and has thoughtful features nearly everywhere you look that make the unit easier or more flexible to use. It's a marvel of excellent design and engineering..."


By Phil O'Keefe

X-Amp

Professional Sound
"Reamping is an invaluable recording technique that has been used by major recording studios... Radial has the widest range of Reamping solutions available on the market. I found them to be indispensable."

By Ethan Rising
Electronic Musician
"...the flexibility of re-amping, and the utility of the X-Amp was abundantly clear. I was sold." ... "X-Amp flawlessly does what it is supposed to do. The signal it produces is clean, strong and sounds exactly as the original guitar output. The unit is built like a tank, and you get added versatility from its output control and dual outputs. ... " If you regularly mic guitar amps in your studio, the X-Amp is a no-brainer."

By Rob Shrock
EQ
" 'Re-amping' is a way of life for me — as a backup, I track all guitars direct so I can go back and re-record with a different tone. With the X-Amp, Radial has provided an outstanding tool for re-amping — and the price is right. Chalk up another winning creative tool for the Radial crew."

By Mitch Gallagher
Recording
"In every case the Radial X-Amp lived up to its end of the bargain. I found the X-Amp became one of those 'always on' devices that quietly sat on a mixer channel, ready to leap into the fray whenever needed. Want to add some reamplification to your life? the X-Amp is a great and reasonably priced way to make it happen."

By Darwin Grosse
Guitar World
"Re-amping a direct signal with the X-Amp sounds indistinguishable from an original performance, maintaining all of its critical expressive nuances."

By Chris Gill

X-Amp 500

Guitar Player
"HUH? The X-Amp lets you send a dry direct guitar track or a miked-amp track into another amp to create a tone or to improve your existing one."


By Buddy Saleman
Recording
The X-AMP is Radial's best known and most popular reamplification device. The biggest difference between it and the others is that it is an active device and capable of driving a pair of amps at one time. It is easy to use and sounds like the real thing.

By Paul Vnuk Jr.
Electronic Musician
"Radial shows that the 500 series concept doesn't have to be limited to processors like EQ or compressors. These specialty devices are designed for a wide range of tasks."


By Craig Anderton
Resolution
"The X-Amp is a Reamp box that allows you to send recorded DI signal back to two separate amplifiers simultaneously. Clean Reamping and useful splitter functions."


George Shilling
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