Vancouver BC based Radial Engineering Ltd. announces the PZ-DI, a combination pickup source selector and direct box designed to address the demands from guitarists that use the new generation of dual source instruments such as the Parker Fly and Godin Prodiac that combine a piezo element to create acoustic tones with a traditional magnetic pickup.
The Radial PZ-DI features two 1/4" inputs for the piezo and magnetic sources for dual 1/4" cables. The PZ-DI will also split the signal should a TRS cable be employed. Each of the signal paths are buffered to eliminate loading and reduce noise. The piezo channel features a high 4 meg-ohm input impedance for proper interface which results in a more natural tone. A high-pass filter (low-cut) is used to eliminate low frequency resonance which will be of particular benefit for acoustic, semi-acoustic and contra-bass instruments. A low-pass filter (high-cut) has also been added to tame the often brittle tone from less than ideal on-board instrument preamplifiers. The piezo signal path can be set to drive an on-stage acoustic amplifier and is routed to the built in DI box XLR output. This allows the acoustic signal to route directly to the PA system.
The magnetic pickup stream begins with Drag Control™ load correction. This unique Radial features allows the user to adjust the load on the pickup to counter any effect from the buffer and reintroduce the natural relationship between the guitar and the amplifier. A separate 1/4" output is used to drive the on stage guitar amplifier.
Once in place, the PZ-DI allows the guitarist to quickly select or combine instrument pickups using the two footswitches and turn either on or off depending on the need. As an added bonus, the PZ-DI is equipped with a separate tuner output that is always on for quick adjustments.
For more information, contact Radial Engineering:1588 Kebet Way, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 5M5. Tel: 604-942-1001 Fax 604-942-1010
$300 US Retail