Published On: Mon, Jul 15th, 2013

Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5

H&K have unveiled their latest upgraded Red Box DI unit for guitarists

Hughes & Kettner's Red Box DI for guitarists has a sound more akin to a guitar cab than a mic'ed up cabinet and offers a hassle free solution to home recording, studio and live work!
Here's the info…
German amplifier specialists Hughes & Kettner have updated their industry standard DI box for guitarists with the introduction of the Red Box 5.
The beauty of the Red Box 5's clear, direct sound is that it does not sound like a mic'ed cab – it sounds like the cab itself! This makes it ideal for all sorts of live and studio situations, for guitarists playing in any genre.



Weighing in at just 200g, Red Box 5 (£89.99 UK RRP) features the classic Ground/Lift and Pad switches to adjust input gain, and there are also three sliding switches that provide some unique sound-shaping filters and allow you to subtly tweak your sound and EQ to that of your favourite cab:

Loose/Tight: Tight gives you a taut, dense tone that’s great for throatier riffs, while Loose conjures up an airier, softer sound.
Vintage/Modern: The Modern voicing gives you the bark and honk of modern speakers, while Vintage yields a warmer, woollier tone associated with old-school cabs.
Small/Large: Small captures the compressed sound of a small housing, and Large gives the you greater girth and added bass of a sizeable cab!
The Ground/Lift switch severs the Red Box 5’s ground circuit to eliminate humming or buzzing caused by ground loops and Lift, as the name suggests, severs the connection.

Finally, the 0 dB/-26 dB switch selects your input gain level.
Red Box 5 provides one unbalanced ¼" (6.3 mm) jack input (IN) for line and speaker signals and two different outputs: one unbalanced ¼" (6.3 mm) jack (THRU) lets you patch through the unprocessed signal to the cabinet, and one balanced XLR connection lets you feed the processed signal to a mixing console.
An incredible tool for home recording, studio work and even live shows, the Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5, which is in stores in Summer 2013, is your key to an authentic cabinet sound – without the cab!
Hughes & Kettner is distributed exclusively in the UK and Eire by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. For more information, visit the JHS website.
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