At this week’s NAMM Believe in Music virtual event, Radial Engineering has unveiled the EXTC Stereo guitar effects interface and reamp box, a 2-channel version of the company’s EXTC single-channel reamp box that is designed to help revitalize the use of legacy guitar effects pedals and stompboxes by enabling the units to be integrated into a mix.
The new EXTC Stereo allows connection of stereo effects pedals such as reverbs and delays to the line-level inputs and outputs of a console or recording interface, creating a wider range of stereo recording and reamping possibilities.
Applications include vocals, strings, and any prerecorded track where adding a new creative element to the mix is desired. Uses of the EXTC Stereo include sending drum overheads to a multi-tap delay pedal or breathing new life into a keyboard patch using an outboard flanger or chorus pedal.
The unit includes both XLR and 1/4-inch TRS connections for integration with any audio interface. Additionally, send and receive level controls are provided for optimizing the signal path through both modern and vintage pedal effects.
A wet/dry blend knob enables more precise blending of the effects signal into the mix, with an EFX loop on/off switch for quick auditioning. Front panel inputs and outputs foster fast connection of outboard gear such as pedals and stompboxes.
“Too often, a new piece of gear is introduced that makes existing units obsolete,” says Jay Porter, senior product manager for Radial Engineering. “The Radial EXTC Stereo does exactly the opposite. It allows musicians to dust off beloved legacy unbalanced effects and stompboxes and inject new life and personality to a mix by incorporating them into the audio signal chain via the EXTC Stereo.”