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Radial Engineering Now Shipping New HDI Flagship Direct Box & Preamp

Ruggedly built unit includes color control knob that allows users to blend between a clean signal path and amp-like distortion that imparts unique character.
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The new Radial HDI direct box/preamp.

Radial Engineering has announced that the new HDI flagship direct box and preamp for studio and live applications is now shipping. It includes a color control knob that allows users to blend between a clean signal path and amp-like distortion that imparts unique character and “grit” onto the signal, employing an oversized custom Jensen transformer for additional saturation.

A single-control Opto compressor is provided to tame harsh transients, while a level control with a VU meter is intended to let users drive the internal circuitry for musical sounding results. The level control drives the inputs of the HDI with visual feedback from the front-panel meter, while the a high-pass filter is designed to clear up excessive low frequencies added by the color control. And, a presence control can be used to accentuate highs and high-mids.

The HDI enclosure has an anodized 1/2-inch-thick front panel, with a custom output meter providing a level check at a glance. The oversized chrome knobs are designed for precise adjustments and easier tweaking on the fly.

It comes with mounting hardware to install in standard 19-inch equipment racks — one or two HDIs can be installed side-by-side in a 2RU rack space.

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