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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

    Call or click to find out just how affordable great acoustic sound can be.

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

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Responsive (4)
    • Excellent sound quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Makes My Guitar Sound Like It's Mic'd

      By GH8S_qOGw

      from Alabama

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I've wanted something for a long time that would get rid of that annoying piezo quack and give me a warmer sound. But all the other acoustic drivers seemed a bit overpriced though I was afraid that if I bought something this affordable it would be wasted money. After all "you get what you pay for". After reading many good reviews I decided to give it a try. BOY AM I GLAD I DID! This thing sounds awesome. There's no notch filter but there's one on my guitar. Between that and the sweepable mids feedback isn't a problem. The sound is sweet, natural, and warm. I would also like to add that you can use both the quarter inch and the XLR outputs at the same time to send a signal to your amp and to the house system. The biggest complaint people seem to have with Behringer pedals is that they are made of plastic. Well have you noticed how thick the plastic is? Unless you plan on running over them with your car they aren't gonna break. Also I use a power supply with it and haven't experienced the problems others have listed. In fact I accidentally left it plugged in and turned on for 24 hours and it still works fine.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good for the money

      By dave

      from Houston, tx

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

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

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

      good sound, easy to use, small footprint. My first outing with it doing a live performance, I needed a notch filter for feedback and it does not have one. The sweepable mid frequency control has too wide a cut for feedback purposes. It is a good unit otherwise.

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      3.0

      Soften the Piezo "quack"

      By Fergiemiester

      from California

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      Pros

      • Adds Warmth
      • Responsive
      • Straight Forward Design
      • Subtle Ehnancement

      Cons

      • Dc Outlet Smells Funny

      Best Uses

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

        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 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good value for a little cash

        By Lynn Hopewell

        from North Dakota

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Flexible
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Footswitch A Bit Noisy

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

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

        I needed an acoustic DI box quick and with a small budget for the project. This unit absolutely did the trick. I used the battery option because of the questionable power supply at an outdoor event. The tone absolutely dialed in with just a couple minutes of working the knobs. The footswitch is a little noise and I would hesitate to use this in a small studio or home studio with an open mic while kicking it in. I have a mid-90s Telecaster that got a very nice acoustic-like tones through this box. Just for fun, I ran my Seagull S6 through it for a post-festival wind-down. It gave my acoustic electric a nice full sound and actually helped me overcome a less-than-perfect tone in the house mix. I'm considering getting a second one. At this price, it's an absolute bargain.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sound at a Better Price

        By leegordonjones

        from Falls Church, VA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

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

          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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