A direct box 4-Play
Radial Engineering is targeting musicians that employ multiple instruments on stage with the 4-Play direct box.
It features a ¼-inch jack for use with a range of instruments, as well as a mute footswitch for silencing the switcher when connecting or disconnecting. Signal is directed to a selector footswitch that will facilitate up to four channels of output. This allows for each instrument to have its own dedicated channel, should the user be working with a four-piece band. Visual feedback is provided by a series of LED indicators, which inform the user of which output is selected.
The device’s four XLR outputs each include a ground lift switch, designed to remove the hum and buzz often created by ground loops. All connectors are constructed from glass-filled nylon that houses nickel-silver contacts. A pair of switches that the manufacturer has dubbed ‘set and forget’ enable the increase in range of a selector footswitch to either two, three or four outputs. Meanwhile, a dedicated tuner out can be assigned. This can be set to be always on or to function in conjunction with the mute switch.
4-Play is powered by a Boss-style 9V power supply and boasts a cable lock to prevent accidental disconnection. The unit is designed for ruggedness, with a 14-gauge steel casing.