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Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 Classic DI and Amp Simulator   

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Fewer products in musical instrument retail have made as big a splash in the last 25 years as the Hughes and Kettner Red Box. At its debut, it was re...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Speaker simulation refined.

Fewer products in musical instrument retail have made as big a splash in the last 25 years as the Hughes and Kettner Red Box. At its debut, it was revolutionary. Now in its fifth reimagining, the H&K RED BOX 5 is positively evolutionary.

Since its late-'80s release, the original Hughes & Kettner Red Box has been the standard tool for capturing the sound of guitar amps without using microphones. The Red Box 5 is the latest version of the award winning industry-standard DI box with speaker simulation, now with new filtering options for small/large housings, modern/vintage speakers, and loose/tight response of the cabinet. It delivers unvarying sound quality at every gig or recording session, putting an end to crosstalk with other instruments or hassles of experimenting with microphone placement.

Thanks to this clear, direct sound, Red Box 5 will endear you to every seasoned PA tech and studio engineer. The Red Box does not sound like a mic´ed cab, it sounds likle the cab itself! And the secret behind many of today's best sounding guitar tracks is that they are double-tracked with a microphone and a Red Box, or that the pure Red Box signal is run through microphone- and room-emulating software plug-ins. This enables a perfect mix of ambience and ultra-direct attack.


Connections
The 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. One balanced XLR connected lets you feed the processed signal to a mixing console. Note that some mixing consoles do not provide phantom power. In that case, the RED BOX 5 is ready for an optional power supply and comes with a compartment accommodating a 9 V battery.


Control features
The RED BOX 5 features the usual Ground Lift switch and Pad switch to adjust input gain. There are also three sliding switches that provide some unusual sound-shaping filters. Providing rather more subtle than dramatic EQ, they help you conjure the sound of your favorite cab. These filters' action is most evident in slightly overdriven and heavily distorted lead sounds.

Loose/Tight: "Tight" gives you a taut, dense tone that's great for throatier riffs. žLoose" conjures an airier, softer sound.

Vintage/Modern: The žModern" voicing gives you the bark and honk of modern speakers, while žVintage" yields a warmer, woollier tone associated with old-school cabs.

Small/Large: "Small" captures the compressed sound of a small housing; žLarge" gives the you greater girth and added bass of a sizable cabinet.

Ground/Lift: This switch severs the RED BOX 5's ground circuit to eliminate humming or buzzing caused by ground loops. As the name suggests, "Lift" severs the connection.

0 dB / -26 dB: Your choice of input gain level can make or break your sound. If it's too high, you'll get undesirable distortion. If it's too low, the noise floor can degrade your signal. As a rule of thumb, go with ž-26 dB" for speaker signals and ž0 dB" for line signals. There are some instances where ž0 dB" is the more sensible choice for speaker signals: The amp's master volume level determines the speaker's output level directly, so of course the signal level drops markedly when you turn the master volume well down, for example, when you want to record at home at moderate volume.

FEATURES
  • Authentic cabinet emulation
  • Sound-shaping filters
  • Broad attenuation range

Order before your next gig or session to save time, hassle and bad takes.

SPECIFICATIONS

Red Box 5 Classic DI and Amp Simulator

  • Dimensions 113x38x60 mm
    Weight 200 grammes
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Hughes & KettnerRed Box 5 Classic DI and Amp Simulator
 
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5.0

Excellent !

By nuudle8

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Professional Functions

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 Classic DI and Amp Simulator:

    Wow, wish I would have gotten one of these years ago ! Excellent speaker emulation even from a solid state amp plus it has a few little switches to tweak the cabinet style and they are effective. The instructions could have been a little more explicit about the phantom power, you have to use phantom power or a 9 volt battery, but it will not work at all without one or the other, not a big deal but now I know. I record a lot of high gain guitar parts in my home studio, works good for that.

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    3.0

    Solid but very specific application

    By Nebo Daggett

    from Sonoma Mountain

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      • Limited Functions

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        Comments about Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 Classic DI and Amp Simulator:

        This seems like a great, solid box but it didn't work out for me. The reason is that I bought it to use in a way that it is not built for, based on reviews I had seen on the web. So, to help others avoid making the same mistake: This is not a direct box to put between an instrument or a pedalboard and a PA or FOH system. It is made to go between a power amp and amp's cab, with another line out to go to the PA. This other line out has several cab simulation configurations. The idea is to eliminate the need to mic your guitar amp. Some combo amps don't have the built-in capacity to but a box like this directly between the power amp and speaker. My didn't, and when I tried running the RedBox directly from my pedal board to the PA the results were very unimpressive; only the tiniest improvement in sound. So I just kept it simple and went back to mic'ing the amp with an SM57, problem solved in the old-fashioned way.

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        5.0

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        from HAZLET, NJ

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        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

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          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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          Darn Good!

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