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Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box  

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The Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box gives you an unplugged sound that's rich, loud and electrifying. This amazing little box will make your acoustic guitar sound ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box gives you an unplugged sound that's rich, loud and electrifying. This amazing little box will make your acoustic guitar sound come to life!

By their very nature, piezo pickups tend to be very bright, with somewhat reduced bass response and warmth. The ADI21 combines the features of an active DI (direct injection) box with Behringer's proprietary microphone/tube emulation. If you don't want to use the emulation feature, the ADI21 also functions as a superb active DI box. The Blend control allows you to mix the amount of modeled tone with your instrument's normal output. The resulting sound is more natural with smooth saturation.

Armed with an onboard 3-band EQ, with sweepable mids to keep feedback under control, the ADI21 effectively eliminates the harsh harmonics of piezo pickups. The output is laid out on 1/4" TS or balanced gold-plated XLR connectors, which can be used to send a low-impedance signal to the mixing console or straight to tape. You also get a ground lift switch to eliminate annoying ground loop hum problems. You can power this little lifesaver with a 9 V battery or our PSU-SB DC power supply (not included).

Putting some acoustic glory into your recordings or live performances has never been this easy-or sounded this incredible.

Features
  • Blend control
  • 3-band EQ with sweepable mids
  • DI recording output
  • Authentic tube/microphone modeling
  • Super-high impedance
  • Dual DI mode
  • Ground lift switch
  • High-quality components and rugged construction
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1 year warranty. 3 year warranty if registered within 90 days of purchase.


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BehringerADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Sound at a Better Price

I have a Taylor T5 and a Taylor GA214CE. Both use an under saddle PU that sounds pretty good, but still has that "plinky" piezo sound, even when run through a...Read complete review

I have a Taylor T5 and a Taylor GA214CE. Both use an under saddle PU that sounds pretty good, but still has that "plinky" piezo sound, even when run through a dedicated acoustic guitar amp (Fender AcoustiSonic). The Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box gets both guitars much closer to sounding like I'm just micing the guitar. Works great with the acoustic amp, but even better, it works just as well directly into the board or a regular guitar amp (I have several; mostly use either Fender SuperSonic22 or Fender Blues Jr). The box is pretty straight forward, just plug in and twiddle the knobs until you get the sound as close to the real acoustic sound as you can. For me, this means dialing back the mids and playing with the treble and bass depending on what system you're running through. Uses either a 9v or wall wart, and has both 1/4 inch or xlr outputs, so it can go into just about any amp or board. I've played several gigs with it and am tempted to buy another for backup, more out of fear that they'll discontinue it than that I'll kill this one as it seems pretty solid. And considering it's about 10 percent the cost of the Taylor preamp, it's a steal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Soften the Piezo "quack"

Best feature by far is the softening of the piezo pickup. The tones are warm (almost tube like), but you will have to use an EQ if you want to truly blend the...Read complete review

Best feature by far is the softening of the piezo pickup. The tones are warm (almost tube like), but you will have to use an EQ if you want to truly blend the sound for a fuller, richer tone.

Mine didn't like the 9V wal-wart...smoked a bit, then I disconnected it. Mids are a bit punchy and there is a noted HISS (as is common with most DI units). I used a simple compressor to squash it. Overall, it does a pretty good job for the price. Nothing fancy, just does the job.

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3.0

Great for the money

By raygunriot

from Las Vegas

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Economical

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

I bought this for little acoustic gigs. Seems to be ok for that. The controls aren't that responsive and don't expect this box to make your acoustic sound great. It's more like a direct box with some limited EQ'ing. That's the best I can describe it. It seems to have a metal chasis and the price is perfect for what I needed.

 
5.0

Good Investment

By David

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Practice

    Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

    The comments read on the MF website about this box influenced my purchase. It was a good one. The product features-to-price ratio of the ADI21 is better than any other pedal I've purchased. For the price - it is a bargain. Low noise. It smooth's out the pluckiness of the under-saddle bridge transducer and offers a good range of filtering options.

     
    4.0

    Very usable for the price!

    By Mk

    from TACOMA, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Fragile design

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

    A good budget option if you need a pre-amp. I use it with a K&K passive pickup with good results. The "footswitch" is junk and more of a hand-switch. Also plastic case doesn't seem that durable. I am really impressed with the tone and other features for the price. A good option for a backup or just something to get started.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Dissapointed

    By Sohno Studio's

    from Avon CT

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

    Dissapointed in the product it really did not give the sound I was expecting.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great deal on a solid box

    By Douglas

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

    I added this solid little unit to my acoustic guitar rig for use with a Taylor ES-go pickup. Whether playing through my amp or straight to the PA, this gives me handy control over volume and EQ. Nice and quiet operation. Nice heavy feel. Smooth controls. Great deal!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording

    By Rob

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

    Hey This Is Rob,From Rhode Island,
    This basic review as i was asked to write a individual one per every thing(I'm a Blues Guitarist,not a typist) ... So this will be the dealio! not to be redundant, all that was purchased was used on my Acoustic Rig. So My Comments and pix will be ditto as per all,The Adi21 to the MXR 10 Band to my Boss Rc-1 Looper then to the Boss FS5U non latching foot switch for said looper

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Deal!!!

    By Jose

    from San Francisco

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

      Nice pre-amp/direct box. It does everything that was advertised. When testing it, I moved it next to a wall wart and it picked up a lot of 60hz hum from the wal-wart. Granted, I put the top of the ADI21 close to the wall-wart. I wouldn't necessarily do that in real life. Taking the thing apart, I noticed it had a nice base plate made of sturdy and thick metal, but the purple plastic cover did not have any shielding. I took it apart and lined the box with copper foil. No more hum from anything. It is very quite now. While it was apart, I noticed the foot switch was held in place by two screws into plastic standoffs directly molded into the plastic case. Eventually, plastic dries out and looses strength. I expect this is where it will most likely fail 10 years from now. Nonetheless, for what I paid you can't go wrong with this box. Great for violin.

       
      3.0

      Great little DI box but with a HOT sound

      By Dave B

      from Butte, MT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

      • 9 volt wall wart a bit scarey

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

      Great device with nice features. The sound can be nicely modified and shaped. The only thing with mine is that the power adapter started to smoke then caught on fire! Now there's a hot sound! I just use the battery now because I'm scared now.

       
      2.0

      Good tone, very dirty sound. Not reccommended.

      By Reeeeviewed

      from Australia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Great tone production

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

        After playing around with the pedal for 30 minutes: It does produce a nice sound. BUT: It's dirty and/or quiet. Single notes are ok, but strum some chords and you get that horrible "I can't process that much sound" crackle. If you turn the volume and blend down it seems to get better, but then it's so quiet I need another darned preamp to boost the signal again. Disappointed because it really does sound nice besides that.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        little sucker works!

        By Travelin' Jones #2

        from Climax,NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Wish It Had A Belt Clip

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box:

        I have only used this unit twice. The good news is it has exceeded my expectations both times. My band mates, and folks in the audience have commented on how much fuller my guitar sounds. I had been having trouble with the guitars natural bass sound coming through the PA, not any more! I'm getting the same time of clarity as when i combine a mic and the internal pickup. For the price, a great buy. ( just wish it had a belt clip. )

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