Radial Engineering in Vancouver, British, Columbia, debuts the StageBug SB-48UB ($150 MSRP), a phantom power supply that enables a guitar, bass or mandolin player to connect a condenser microphone to a Radial PZ-Pre or PZ-Deluxe.
Made in Canada, the design begins with a solid steel outer shell with XLR female input to connect the mic. Power is derived from a 15VDC supply and an internal non-radiating charge pump elevates the voltage to 48 volts for standard phantom power use, or it may be set to 12VDC. A choice of balanced XLR or unbalanced ¼-inch output is available.
According to Radial circuit and mechanical designer Nancy Smith: "Over the past couple of years we have seen a tremendous take up of the PZ-Pre on professional stages, particularly with bluegrass instruments, acoustic guitars and upright basses. And since the PZ-Pre is able to combine two inputs using a blend function, one can mix two types of pickups together to create the sound. This has led the demand to combine a condenser microphone with a pickup. The SB-48UB takes the balanced input from a condenser and supplies it with 48 volt phantom power. It also outputs an unbalanced signal that is appropriate for the PZ-Pre and the more affordable PZ-Deluxe. This opens the door for artists to use their favorite mic with their favorite preamp pedal."
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