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

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Essential for piezo-equipped guitars.

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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BehringerADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (11)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Good selection of effects (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (6)

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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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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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2.0

Dissapointed

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By Sohno Studio's

from Avon CT

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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.

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5.0

Great deal on a solid box

By Douglas

from undisclosed

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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!

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5.0

the Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic Driver Direct Recording

By 'Youngie'

from Rhode Island

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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

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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      4.0

      Great bang for your buck !

      By JD

      from Frankfort,Ky.

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • 9 volt ac adapter

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      I use it to give my or lr baggs pickup more tone control. It's does the job well, it's a great value the only con I have is that I wish the 9 volt ac adapter came with it. You just have to remember to bring extra 9 volt battery along.

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      5.0

      Outstanding Product!!!

      By Mike

      from Pensacola, Fl

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        On a limited budget, but didn't want a limited sound. Took a chance on this DI Box as an inexpensive answer to a preamp for my acoustic guitar playing in a large room (Church Sanctuary). Went ahead and bought the power adapter to go with it. The tone this thing puts out is incredible. The sound quality is comparable to a high end fishman preamp used for the same purpose. If your on the fence about this product, DON'T BE! There are some pretty strong opinions out there when it comes to Behringer, but they knocked this one out of the park. Very warm bass tones, punchy mids, and crisp highs. Having the ability to adjust all three directly on the box is awesome. You can stomp the box to eliminate the tube/mic modulator whenever you want/need and it emulates a passive direct box. A little too big to fit the inner compartment of your guitar case, but I would hardly define that as a problem given the performance. Can't wait to use this for recording. Playing live far outperformed my expectations. Simply Outstanding!

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        5.0

        Great buy!

        By JohnB

        from Twin Lake, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          Needed something to warm up the sound of my Ovation and Guild while performing on a worship team and the Behringer ADI21 does the trick. It had a hard plastic body instead of metal but, it is sturdy and sounds great. Great price, great sound!

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          5.0

          little sucker works!

          By Balzafun

          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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