AES 2016: Radial reveals new ‘problem solvers’

Radial Engineering has announced a number of new products at AES in Los Angeles.

First up is the LX2 Passive Line Splitter and Attenuator, which allows users to easily send a single source to two different destinations at once without noise, with the ability to attenuate the input signal and tame hot outputs from a mixing console or mic preamp.

The input of the LX2 features an XLR/TRS combo jack for connecting balanced or unbalanced line level signals to be split to two different destinations. A premium Jensen transformer inside provides ‘exceptional frequency response and phase coherency to ensure that the highest audio quality is maintained’, while isolating the two outputs from each other to eliminate hum and buzz from ground loops. Ground lift switches on each of the two XLR outputs help to further reduce ground loop noise.

The LX3 (pictured) is also a Passive Line Splitter, designed to send one audio signal to as many as three destinations at once. Completely passive with no need for power, it just needs to be plugged in and then the LX3 goes to work delivering the audio wherever it needs to go.

Designed with heavy-duty 14-gauge steel construction, the LX3’s book-end design creates a protective housing around the connectors and switches to prevent damage even in a harsh concert touring environment, and an internal I-beam frame makes it ‘almost impossible’ to torque the circuit board and damage solder joints.

The Studio Q Desktop Talkback and Cue System with built-in mic is a simple, compact device that enables convenient communication between the artist and engineer when in the studio.

"With more and more recording happening in smaller studios, the need for a simple talk-back system has become evident," said Radial CEO Peter Janis. "Yes, there are other cue systems on the market, but most either have too many features, are too costly, or are too large. The Studio-Q manages to do it all in a super compact design."

Finally, the JDX Direct-Drive is described as a unique and powerful device that simulates the sound of a guitar amplifier while doubling up as a direct box.