The A designs REDDI Tube Direct Box is a unique unit. By “unique” we mean the effort placed into the REDDI to produce a sound and character all its own. That effort took A Designs Audio back to a place in time when the Ampeg B15 reigned supreme – making liberal use of tubes and transformers. The A Designs REDDI endeavors to not only rebuild that tone, but also bring that sound to pro audio. Plug a Bass into a REDDI and it’s a step back in time. Thick, round, solid sounding Bass notes that sit perfectly in the mix. A Designs REDDI is also great for guitars, synths, and any other electronic instrument that requires a direct box for recording. In fact, some recording engineers have said that REDDI is the “best tube DI ever made.”
A-Designs Audio REDDI at a Glance:
Tube direct box
Custom wound large output transformer
Toroidal power transformer
Dual triode 6N1P Tube
Combo XLR/1/4 Inch input/output connectors
Drop dead RED metal casing
Tube Direct Box
The A-Designs Audio REDDI does not add tremendous amounts of gain as the point of this DI is tone, not huge increases in volume. A tube-based amplifier using the 6N1P output tube feeding an A Designs custom-wound output transformer provides the circuit path for your guitar or bass giving you a sound that you can’t get through any other device.
Its all about the transformers
With any Tube gear, one of the key factor is transformers; both audio and power supply transformers. A Designs Audio custom-builds their own unique audio output transformer to produce the specific sound they’re after. To keep the REDDI at its lowest noise level A Designs employs a special toroid transformer in the power supply – no wall warts or off the shelf transformer here!
Combo XLR/1/4″ input connectors
Using the combination XLR and 1/4″ input connectors makes the REDDI a more versatile unit. The 1/4″ will handle the bass, guitar, keyboards, and MPC/Drum machines, while the XLR can be used with dynamic microphones for recording duties on snare, kick, or other instruments. The REDDI now ships with a 1/4″ through-put as well.
Drop Dead Red Metal Casing
It is only fitting that a unique box like the REDDI should look unique. With a long chassis and a fire engine red finish (Red DI, get it?), the REDDI is impossible to miss even in a dark recording studio. The bright blue LED Power indicator can be seen across the stage, which makes the REDDI a very attractive package for both the engineer and musician.
A Designs REDDI Features:
Tone and sustain forever, clean and airy high end, warmth, transparency, and quality sound
Continuously variable level control
Ultra-bright blue LED lamp on/off
Huge, custom-wound output transformer
Neutrik Combo XLR 1/4″ Input connector
Balanced XLR output connector
Heavy-duty Carling toggle ground lift switch
Internal power supply
Zero Feedback Loop
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 60k Hz
Distortion THD: > .08 @ 1 Khz
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 14.5″
Weight: 10 lbs. (4.54 kg.)
Fire Engine RED metal casing