Radial Engineering Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia, announces the StageBug SB-2 Passive direct box designed for the traveling musician. Expected to ship in March 2013, the StageBug SB-2 is especially suited for electric bass, acoustic guitar and keyboards.
Measuring less than 2 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep, the compact StageBug SB-2 has a ¼-inch instrument input and thru-put to feed the onstage amp. This connects to the custom made Eclipse ET-DB3 transformer, which performs the impedance matching and balances the signal.
When using extra high output instruments, a -15dB pad can be inserted into the signal path. This enables the StageBug SB-2 to be used with active basses and digital pianos that often tend to overload the input side of most interfaces.
The StageBug SB-2 output features an XLR wired to the AES standard with pin-2 hot. A 180-degree polarity reverse switch toggles pin-2 and pin-3 to adapt to older vintage gear that may be out of phase. This can also be used to tame acoustic hot spots on stage by electronically moving phase bumps so that they do not cause feedback.
Once connected, the StageBug SB-2 is designed to deliver a smooth warm sound that is reminiscent of older vintage gear. Transformers are said to handle extreme signals with a natural compression that is pleasing to the ears. Transformers also help eliminate troublesome ground loops by isolating the input from the output.
For more information, visit www.radialeng.com.