It’s a common practice these days for guitarists to use two overdrive pedals—one for an “always on” slight clean boost to sweeten the overall tone and dynamics, and a second as a midrange and output level boost for solos.
The good folks at Radial have built their company around producing ingenious all-in-one utility solutions for musicians’ and recording engineers’ common applications.
Radial Engineering Ltd. has announced the StageBug SB-1, an ultra-compact direct box designed to fit inside the string pocket of a guitar case. Radial Sales Manager Roc Bubel explains: "Radial already makes more types of direct boxes than any other manufacturer. So adding another model to our line up is not something we would do unless we had good reason. In this case, it really came down to getting inside the case! Today, more and more musicians are traveling light in order to keep costs down.
At the 2012 Winter NAMM show in January, Radial Engineering's Peter Janis gave us an overview of the company's brand-new Radial Firefly. The Firefly is a direct-Input box that's used to run your guitar sound straight into the house mixing console during live shows -- complete with its own built-in tube. The Firefly also has XLR outputs and a piezo input for acoustic instruments.