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What Makes a Great Overdrive?

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Read Time: 7 minutes
Radial New Overdrive pedals

Thank you for visiting the Radial Blog! Here you will find information about emerging Radial products and articles explaining how to get more out of your gear. In appreciation of your time, this post will first explain the various qualities of a great overdrive pedal and then will give you an exclusive first-look into some unannounced…

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MMR Magazine – Interview with Radial Engineering CEO Peter Janis

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The following is an interview published by MMR Magazine in the November 2016 issue by Christian Wissmuller.  With a history tracing back into the late 1970s, Tonebone has long been the go-to brand for any number of professional, performing musicians who appreciate and depend upon well designed effects pedals that can withstand the wear-and-tear and abuse…

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What Type of Direct Box Works Best for Bass Guitar?

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Read Time: 5 minutes
DI for bass

The following article, written by Radial President and CEO Peter Janis, first appeared in the January 2011 edition of Live Sound International.  What type of direct box works best for bass guitar? The answer is easy: it depends. In fact, more than anything else, it depends on the type of bass that the DI is…

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The “Right” DI For Computers In Audio

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Read Time: 3 minutes
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Ready, brace yourself, this one is going to hurt: Computers are not made for audio. There, I finally said it! Computers are made for crunching numbers, and they also happen to be able to manage audio and video tasks really well because of their tremendous processing power. However, when it comes to best audio quality…

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A Heavy Load: Amplifying Orchestral Instruments At Rock Concert Levels

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Read Time: 6 minutes
Rush-Violin

This is an article originally written by Radial’s President and CEO, Peter Janis, for ProSoundWeb.  One of the most challenging tasks confronted by a sound engineer is amplifying orchestral instruments on a loud stage. Problems abound, including bleed, resonance, feedback… oh, and frustration! It’s important to first understand the environment before dealing with the challenges….

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Understanding ABY Switchers

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Read Time: 6 minutes
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ABY switchers are primarily used to feed two guitar amps from a guitar.  The AB designates the ability to switch between amplifiers while the Y means that both amps can be turned on at once.  Using an ABY switcher is easy. You connect your guitar or the output from your pedal-chain to the ABY, and…

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Understanding True Bypass Pedals and Buffers

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True bypass, often referred to when discussing effects pedals, can be thought of as a straight wire connected from the input to the output of a pedal. With a true bypass pedal, when the pedal is in bypass mode (off), the guitar signal is routed directly to the guitar amplifier without any of the interference,…

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Backing Tracks: Enhancing The Live Sonic Presentation

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BACKINGTRAX

Mention “backing tracks” and it conjures up images of infamous acts such as Milli Vanilli or Ashlee Simpson lip syncing to their songs in concert. But the reality is that backing tracks have actually been around for years and play a significant part in a surprising number of shows. The most famous example is Queen…

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Ever Tried Using a DI With Your Electric Guitar?

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E-GUITAR-ROADMAP

Lets face it: when most folks first pick up the electric guitar, the only other gear they think they might need would be an amp, a pick, some cables and maybe some pedals if they are savvy. As these players become more experienced and move from their garage to live music venues and recording situations, they eventually…

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