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This just in from Nathan East
"The Firefly has changed my life!! My rig is complete now thanks to you! Not only did we get fantastic results in the studio on the new Fourplay CD, but my first Firefly Live gig was Kennedy Center with David Foster, Chaka Khan, Jewel, etc...
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  • "The Firefly has a nice fat warm sound. I am very pleased with the results. It's easy to use and sounds great!"

    Al Schmitt
    (Barbra Streisand, Steely Dan,
    Ray Charles, Quincy Jones)
    Nathan East
  • "The Firefly has a nice fat warm sound. I am very pleased with the results. It's easy to use and sounds great!"

    Al Schmitt
    (Barbra Streisand, Steely Dan,
    Ray Charles, Quincy Jones)
    Al Schmitt
  • "The Firefly gives you a choice of warm tones that help the whole recording process. I love the adjustable gain for low level guitars without the noise. Thanks Radial for another piece of great gear!"

    Jerry Douglas
    (Alison Krauss and Union Station)
    Jerry Douglas
  • "I love my Radial Firefly tube direct box and the warmth that it provides."

    Dennis Crouch
    (Dianna Krall, T-Bone Burnett)
    Dennis Crouch
  • "How is the Firefly? In 40 years of playing bass, live and in the studio, nothing has been better!"

    Hugh McDonald
    (Bon Jovi)
    Hugh McDonald
  • "I've been using the Radial Firefly live for a while now... but recorded with it yesterday for the first time. Nothing more required. Nuff said..."

    Andy Cichon
    (Billy Joel, Shania Twain)
    Andy Cichon
  • "The Firefly's warmth and ease of use makes it effortless to take from the stage to the studio! Its really a must have for any serious player! I love this DI!"

    Michael Jeffers
    (Joe Nichols)
    Michael Jeffers
  • "The simple fact is that I love the Firefly, and along with my most trusted mics, it is brought along on every session. And for Broadway shows, the dual input is a godsend."

    Frank Filipetti
    (James Taylor, Korn, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, David Sanborn, Foreigner, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Celine Dion.)
    Frank Filipetti
  • "While traveling around the world, I can relax about my bass tone with the Firefly plugged in. It consistently gives me great sound at the amp as well as FOH. For bass this is the cleanest and true-ist sound you can get."

    Philip Bynoe
    (Bassist - Steve Vai Band)
    Philip Bynoe
  • "I am definitely impressed by the clarity and detail of the Firefly tube DI. Not at all mushy or lacking punch. It has all the attributes and features that I look for in a bass DI. The Firefly is a GREAT BOX!!"

    Ross Hogarth
    (Engineer - Van Halen, Ziggy Marley, Keb' Mo')
    Ross Hogarth
  • "The Firefly has been the ANSWER in achieving the upright bass tone I'm after. It's warmth and punch are as evident when I'm playing at my softest as when I'm shaking the roof. I never play a show without it."

    Mike Devol
    (Bassist - Greensky Bluegrass)
    Mike Devol

Firefly™ Tube Direct Box

Part no. R800 2020

  • Class-A front end drives 12AX7 tube stage
  • Two inputs with separate gain & remote switching
  • Drag Control load correction for optimal tone
  • Variable high-pass filter to eliminate resonance

The Radial Firefly™ is a high output tube direct box designed for stage and studio. It combines Radial's award winning zero negative feedback class-A front end with the warmth and character of a 12AX7 tube drive circuit and Radial's legendary transformer coupled output.

The Firefly features A and B instrument inputs with easy access level controls to accelerate instrument changes on stage. This enables the artist to switch between two different instruments and deliver a consistent signal to the PA system and on-stage amp. Switching can be done via the front panel or with the optional JR2 remote control. This connects to the Firefly using a balanced cable and adds a mute function for quiet on-stage adjustments.

To optimize performance with electric bass, the Firefly is equipped with Drag Control™ load correction that lets you adjust the load on a magnetic pickup so that it 'feels' as if connected to a tube amplifier. For 'fussy' piezo transducers, Drag can be bypassed to increase the input impedance to 4 meg-ohms to eliminate the squawk and peaks that plague these types of pickups. A fully variable high-pass filter may be dialed in to eliminate low frequency resonance that can cause feedback on stage or muddy sound when recording.

The rear panel sports two stacked ¼" instrument A & B-INPUTS and a THRU output for the on-stage amp. The THRU offers a choice of pre or post tube configuration. Additionally a TRS insert jack enables external effects to be shared between both inputs. A buffered 'always on' tuner output can be used to split the instrument signal in the studio or it can be dedicated to an electronic tuner. The tuner output can be used for silent tuning when the optional JR2 remote is connected. The balanced XLR output is equipped with a ground lift switch to help eliminate buzz and hum caused by ground loops and a 180° polarity reverse to tame feedback hot spots on stage or help phase align the PA system with the on-stage amp. The Firefly may also be rack mounted alone or in pairs by ordering the optional 19" rackmount kit.

The Firefly combines the warmth, character and feel of a vintage tube device with the low noise and performance of today's most advance audio technology.

"The Firefly has changed my life!! My rig is complete now thanks to you! Not only did we get fantastic results in the studio on the new Fourplay CD, but my first Firefly Live gig was Kennedy Center with David Foster, Chaka Khan, Jewel, etc... and my instruments sounded amazing in the concert hall! To be able to plug my electric bass into input A and my upright bass in input B, balance the levels, control switching via the JR2 foot switch and mute for tuning while enjoying the the great tone makes this the most valuable DI I have ever used! This is highest level engineering Peter and you really understand our professional needs. I like the Firefly so much that I named a song after it that will appear on the new Fourplay CD. So thank you again Peter, little did I know when I stopped by your booth at NAMM what I was in store for. Obviously, you have a new poster child for this great DI! : )"
Best always from, Nathan East
POWERTUBE

Tube Preamplifier

JR2

Dual Remote

RACK ADAPTORS

SA Series Rack Adaptor

Firefly™ - Applications
Switching between passive & active basses

The Firefly is equipped with two inputs and level controls to make switching between active and passive basses easy. Add the JR2 remote control for added switching convenience.

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Firefly with an acoustic guitar and mandolin

The Firefly is perfectly suited for doubling on stage using two acoustic instruments. The 4 meg-ohm piezo input enables direct connection without a preamp.

Using the Firefly with an upright bass

Whether you are connecting via a pickup/preamp combination or just direct from the passive piezo, the Firefly is perfect for string instruments. Use the variable high-pass filter to eliminate low frequency resonance and feedback.