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Radial Engineering Unveils EXTC, TankDriver 500 Series Modules

Radial Engineering’s EXTC

Radial Engineering Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia, announces two new 500 Series Modules: a revised version of the EXTC 500 Series module ($300 MSRP) and the Radial TankDriver ($300 MSRP).

The EXTC converts a balanced signal to a guitar level effects loop, and then re-converts it back to a balanced level for processing. This allows the engineer to incorporate an unlimited range of guitar effects into a production using one device. Designed to fit inside both traditional API style 500 Series Lunchbox frames and the Radial Workhorse, the EXTC begins with a frame mounted XLR input connector, where it receives the line level signal from the recording system. The signal is then unbalanced and converted to high impedance where guitar effects pedals can be inserted as desired using front mounted ¼-inch jacks. The latest version features a transformer-coupled output to eliminate potential ground loops from causing hum in the recording system.

Radial Engineering’s TankDriver

The Radial TankDriver is a 500 Series module that enables the user to use the spring reverb in a guitar amplifier and bring this unique effect into a recording system. Designed to fit both the Radial Workhorse and older API type racks, the TankDriver features a wet/dry mix to balance the signal and shimmer, and boom controls for adding top-end or extra boom to the tone. For older reverbs that may be less sensitive, a drive switch increases the output to compensate. For those who are equipped with Workhorse, the Omniport adds a TRS insert point for easy interfacing to a patchbay.

To use the TankDriver, patch a set of ¼-inch-to-RCA cables from the TankDriver’s front panel to the reverb unit and adjust the levels. Changing the length (size) of the reverb further alters the tone. Add some shimmer for extra brightness or boom to add bottom end, and set the wet/dry mix.

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