The Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic DI Box Preamp is equipped with piezo acoustic input signal boosters to allow both add-on instrument pickups and built-in, integral active preamps to be combined for a more... Read More
The Tonebone PZ-Pre Acoustic DI Box Preamp is equipped with piezo acoustic input signal boosters to allow both add-on instrument pickups and built-in, integral active preamps to be combined for a more natural rendering. It is compact yet full featured, designed for both studio and live performance.
The Tonebone PZ-Pre instrument preamp begins with two inputs for two instruments, which can be toggled using the toggle footswitch. If you want to use two pickups on a single guitar, a unique Mix function is provided that converts the two channels from "either-or" to both. There are separate level controls for each input.
The tone shaping on the PZ-Pre preamplifier is simple yet extremely musical. It features powerful bass and high controls with a semi-parametric mid. This is supported with a feedback eliminating notch filter with variable frequency sweep control and choice of normal and extra deep notch filtering. To help eliminate troublesome resonance, a dual slope low cut (high pass filter) is also provided. An internal polarity reverse can also be engaged to help eliminate run-away feedback.
To augment on-stage performance, the PZ-Pre Direct Box Preamp is equipped with a combination power booster and effects loop bus. This allows you to introduce an effect such as a chorus, or boost the signal for soloing with a simple foot stomp. A separate tuner out has also been provided along with a mute footswitch for on-the-fly tuning.
To facilitate all kinds of monitoring, the Radial PZ-Pre offers the most comprehensive output array ever: A standard instrument amp output sends the instrument signal to your personal amplifier. A pre-EQ balanced lo-Z balanced output is used to route the flat, pre-equalized signal the signal to the front of house mix position, while a second XLR out is post-EQ for onstage monitoring and in-ear systems so that the musician can get the sound he wants. XLR outputs are equipped with polarity reverse and ground lift.
Like all Radial products, the PZ-Pre features heavy-duty 14-gauge construction and is supported with a 3-year transferable warranty. Comes equipped with an external 15VDC power supply.
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Been playing for almost 40 years and it's interesting to reflect on all of my gear changes over the years. Teenage years and into my 20's - full stack Marshall and Les Paul. Went to a half stack and a bazillion pedals in my 30's. Changed to combo amps and modelling amps in my 40's. I can now basically sell the entire works of it because it can all be replaced with the Yamaha THR-10 and the Tonebone PZ-Pre. Remarkable engineering.
I am a professional player with over forty years playing/touring experience. It is a rarity to find such a fine unit as the Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre Preamp. It is built like a tank, has a very useful layout, and excels both in sound quality and it's superbly quiet electronic design. Everything sounds great through it, not just acoustics, mandolins, or basses. But Tele's, Strats, Gretches, the works...even through guitar amps. Fantastic addition to the sound of any instrument which is (normally) plugged straight-in to a PA. I am really glad to have purchased this item, as it solved problems that were "worked around" at best for many years. Cheers Radial!!!
I've used a Boss AD5 for years, but recently thought it was time to simplify and upgrade my acoustic rig. The PZ-Pre is the best-sounding box I've ever heard. Top-level signal path with excellent sound-shaping options. I love the on-board mute and looping chain as well as all of the routing options. It delivers a strong, pristine signal straight into the PA as well as through my Loudbox. My Taylor and Larrivee guitars sound killer. My only wish is that the mute switch was a couple inches lower on the left side. I have to be careful not to hit the Boost and Bass buttons above it when stomping. That aside, serious acoustic players should take a serious look at this this box.
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