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Workhorse works with current and older 500 series modules and meets the VPR Alliance specification.
Joe Chiccarelli & The Workhorse
Joe Chiccarelli explains recording guitar with the Radial Workhorse
  • Radial Workhorse and Kevin Churko
    Radial Workhorse and Kevin Churko

    "The Workhorse is absolutely fantastic. The ability to quickly sum mic pres in the analog world really organizes and speeds up getting a guitar tone. Plus the ability to adjust phase through the module PhaseQ efficiently is priceless."

    Kevin Churko
    (Slash, Ozzy Osborne, Shania Twain, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams)
    Kevin Churko
  • Radial JDI and Cub Colby
    Cub Colby

    "The workhorse totally blows my mind! I can get unheard of tones and combinations with all of my 500 series units that before were not possible"

    Neil Zaza
    (Solor Recording Artist)
    Neil Zaza
  • "The Workhorse has quickly become one of my essentials at Slack Key Studio. Once again, Radial knocked the ball out of the park for me!"

    Randy Kohrs
    (Producer Country Artist)
    Randy Kohrs
  • "The Workhorse certainly lives up to its name. The feature set is deep, the system is scalable, const- truction is solid and it sounds great. What's not to like?"

    Mix Magazine
  • "From its build quality to its feature set and open-ended architecture, the Workhorse is currently unrivalled for supremacy."

    Recording Magazine
  • "Radial can't seem to leave well enough alone! Oftentimes, they take what might be otherwise mundane and turn it into a must have."

    Tape Op Magazine
  • "Every connection and function worked as promised. The Workhorse is truly professional grade and worth the cost."

    Pro Audio Review Magazine
  • "The Workhorse makes a terrific host for modules - solidly built with useful routing features and extensive connectivity."

    Resolution Magazine
  • "No other manufacturer currently offers anything like this level of functionality in a 500 series rack."

    Audio Media Magazine
  • "The Workhorse is one of the most versatile and well equipped racks I've ever tried, and exudes the typical Radial Engineering detail and thoughtfulness…"

    Sound on Sound Magazine
  • "The Workhorse is the perfect choice for bringing analogue processing to a DAW-based studio."

    Music Tech Magazine
  • "The Workhorse is a more sophisticated, more capable, and more costly re-thinking of what a 500-series rack frame should be."

    Electronic Musician
  • "It's hard to imagine squeezing any more functinoality into a 3U device like this, and Radial is to be congratulated for putting plenty of thought and design smarts into such a compact and attractive package."

    Audio Media

Radial Workhorse™

Part No. R700 0100 00

  • 500 series 8 slot rack with 8x2 summing mixer
  • Bulletproof design is backwards compatible
  • Plenty of current for power hungry modules
  • Dual output headphone buss for monitoring

The Radial Workhorse is a modular rack and mixer that combines the popular 500 series platform with an incredibly flexible patching system to let you create the ultimate studio environment.

Equipped to handle up to eight modules, the Workhorse lets you mix and match preamps, EQs and compressors and bring them all together in one rack. Individual modules may be accessed on the rear panel following the traditional API™ format or bussed to the built-in 8x2 summing mixer for left-right signal panning, level control and muting. Once mounted, a unique 'feed' functon lets you configure modules to feed one another in series to create the channel strip of your dreams!

The master section features a traditional virtual ground mix buss combined with the superb sonic performance of Jensen Transformers on the main mix outs. A separate stereo monitor output provides playback, plus a super-loud dual-output headphone amp lets the engineer share the mix with the artist. Multiple Workhorses may be ganged together using the expansion buss to build 16, 24 or even 32 channel systems.

Rear panel connectivity is extensive: Each channel is equipped with traditional XLR input and output. This is augmented with ¼" TRS jacks for balanced or unbalanced connectivity. A special Omniport™ jack delivers module-specific functionality that can range from an extra output, ducking input or effects insert depending on the module design. The Workhorse comes ProTools™-ready with 8-channel D-subs for the inputs and outputs plus third D-Sub gives you access to the built-in summing mixer for those that prefer the added warmth of analogue summing. Powering concerns are addressed with a unique 'pooled' supply that shares 1200 milliamps of current between the available 8 slots. This allows high current demand modules to exceed the usual limitations of other 500 series racks without the worry of brown outs.

Plug and play easy to use, the Workhorse brings the fun, excitement and creative advantage of warm-sounding analogue to the modern \ digital studio.

SHUTTLE

Insert Loop

SIXPACK

6 Slot Power Rack

FILLER PANELS

Filler panels to fit the our 500 series racks

Workhorse™ - Applications
Live Recording
The Workhorse is easily arranged to create an 8 channel recording system. Add 8 PowerPre mic preamps and you are set to go! Use the expansion slot for 16, 24 or even 32 channels.

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Flexible Channel Strip
The Workhorse is ideally suited to create the optimal channel strip. Combine your favorite preamp with an EQ and compressor and send the signal to your recorder and the headphones at the same time.
Recording and Reamping
The Workhorse is an awesome tool that lets you record the instrument with a preamp and then use the Radial X-Amp and EXTC for Reamping(TM) signals back out to effects and guitar amplifiers.