Guitars output a high impedance, unbalanced signal. Microphone inputs on mixers are low impedance and balanced. The direct box matches impedance while balancing the audio. Balanced audio allows you to run cable for long distances without unwanted noise. Guitars with passive pickups (the majority of electric guitars do not have active pickups) require an active direct box to properly preserve all the harmonics of the guitar's tone.
The Whirlwind Direct 2 is a dual channel direct box great for stereo, line-level instruments into a mixing console. This box is perfect for keyboards, DJ mixers, audio interfaces, and drum machines. It can also function as two discreet mono DIs which can be used for an acoustic-electric guitar and bass with active pickups, at the same time.
The Whirlwind Director is a premium quality direct box built for solid operation with low noise. This is a great choice for acoustic electric guitars or basses with active pickups. Covert your hi-Z, unbalanced signal to low impedance, balanced so that you can run long cables and connect your instruments properly to a mixing console.
The Whirlwind IsoPod & PodDI allow you to plug consumer audio gear into one channel of a mixer. They sum the unbalanced audio from stereo to mono, and send out a balanced signal via XLR.
If you want to keep your signal in stereo, be sure to check out the Whirlwind PCDI & PSUSB video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJMMudeVwtg
This video will show you how to properly hook unbalanced stereo signals into a mixing console. The PCUSB is a simple Digital Audio Converter for plugging a computer directly into a mixer.
Shoutout to Primo Sol for supplying the backing track!
Whirlwind created the first commercially available direct box for the audio industry in 1981. The IMP 2 & IMP-JT are reliable passive direct boxes that convert high impedance, unbalanced signals to low impedance, balanced signals. They are useful for long cable runs without losing signal quality or adding unwanted noise. The IMP-JT features a renown Jensen transformer for superior sound quality and noise reduction.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the MixingLink as an A/B switch so that you can easily use two guitars with one amplifier.
The Eventide MixingLink is a high quality microphone preamp with an effects loop that allows singers to easily use their stomp boxes as vocal effects.
However, the Mixing Link has many other uses for both studio and live musicians, making it an essential piece of gear.
The MixingLink is all this and more:
High Quality Studio Mic Pre
True 48volts of phantom power
An amazing tool for mic placement for engineers & studio owners
Footswitch-controlled Effects Loop
65dB Boost Pedal
A/B switch for 2 guitars & 1 amp
A/B switch for 1 guitar & 2 amps
Active Direct Box w/ Ground Lift
One pedal to control your entire pedal board
Ability to use acoustic guitars, vocals, basses, keyboards & drum machines with your guitar pedals
Practice Amp w/ Stereo Aux In for backing tracks
Headphone Amp for practice
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the MixingLink as an amp switcher so that you can easily use one guitar with two different amplifiers.
The Whirlwind EDB1 Direct Box is a passive DI that turns high impedance, unbalanced signals into low impedance balanced signals. It features a switchable pad, ground lift, and thru jack.
The Eventide Mixing Link is a Pro Audio Swiss Army Knife that every studio owner and gigging musicians should have. Watch the commercials to see everything its capable of such as singing through your stompbox, using it as an amp switcher, a direct box, an A/B switch, for re-amping, or one switch to control your entire pedal board.