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StageDirect™ Using & Applications

Getting Started

Before making any connections, always ensure your audio system is either turned down or turned off in order to protect more sensitive components from damage due to turn-on or plug-in transients.

48V Phantom or AC Adapter

The Radial StageDirect is unique in that it may be powered using either 48V phantom from the PA system or by using the included 15VDC power supply. Most musicians will likely use phantom power as it is convenient. The 15VDC power supply gives you the option should phantom power not be available. A cable clamp is provided to lock down the power cable. Use a screw driver to loosen and loop the cable through before re-tightening the clamp. There is no power switch on the StageDirect. As soon as you plug in the power supply or turn on phantom power, it will come to life. One of the top panel LED indicators will illuminate to let you know power is being received.

Making Connections

Plug the hi-impedance (Hi-Z) ¼" instrument cable from your guitar or bass into the StageDirect INPUT A. Connect a standard low-impedance (Lo-Z) XLR cable from the BALANCED OUT jack on the StageDirect to the PA system. If you are using a stage amp, connect a second Hi-Z cable from the AMP output jack to your amplifier. The AMP output is transformer isolated to help eliminate noise caused by ground loops. For best results keep Hi-Z instrument cables under 6 meters (20').

Using and Testing

Slowly bring up the level on the PA system. It is good practice to always test at a low volume to ensure proper connections have been made and all devices in the signal chain are working. This way, should a device not be turned on or a connector not fully pushed in, it will not create a loud transient ‘pop’ in the PA which in turn could blow a tweeter or annoy your audience. If you are using a stage amp, slowly turn up the volume and test it as well.

The -10dB Pad

If you hear distortion, check to make sure the trim control on the PA is set correctly. If the problem persists, your instrument signal is likely overloading the StageDirect input. This can happen when connecting high-output electronic instruments like keyboards and bass guitars with active electronics. To eliminate distortion, engage the StageDirect’s PAD using the switch on the top panel. When set to the -10dB position, this switch reduces the sensitivity of both instrument inputs.

The Tuner Output

The StageDirect is equipped with a separate output for an electronic tuner. The tuner output is not affected by the MUTE footswitch and is always on to let you quickly adjust your tuning on the fly or in silence when the MUTE footswitch is engaged. The connection is made using a standard Hi-Z ¼" instrument cable.

Using the Mute Footswitch

The top mounted mute footswitch adds another dimension by enabling you to turn off the signal going to your stage amp and the PA system by simply depressing the footswitch. Once muted, the tuner output remains active to let you tune in silence without bothering the audience.

The mute footswitch also lets you silently disconnect a guitar or bass to exchange instruments on stage. This is particularly beneficial as it eliminates the need to set your amp on standby or have the audio engineer turn down your channel on the PA system each time you want to change instruments. When the outputs are muted, the red LED adjacent to the footswitch will illuminate.

Using the Remote Mute

The StageDirect may also be remotely muted using a ¼ tip-sleeve momentary (non-latching) footswitch. These are available from your local music store and are often used as a sustain pedal for an electronic piano.

Simply plug the momentary footswitch ¼" connector into the REMOTE input jack to test. The local footswitch on the StageDirect will continue to function allowing you to control the mute function from either footswitch.