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ART Passive Direct Box

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  • Switchable Input Attenuation
  • 50k Ohm Instrument Input
  • 50k Ohm Parallel Link jack
  • 600 Ohm XLR Output Jack
  • Switchable Ground Lift
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ART Passive Direct Box

The ART PDB Passive Direct Box is a rock solid, roadworthy DI for connection of the outputs of electronic musical instruments (or other audio sources) to the balanced inputs of mixer consoles and other balanced inputs.

The PDB also allows connection of a music source to an instrument amplifier while simultaneously patching it to a mixer.

  • Switchable Input Attenuation
    • 0dB for electric guitar and bass pickups
    • -20dB for line level signals, such as keyboards and cd players
    • -40dB for speaker feeds
  • 50k Ohm Instrument Input
    • The PDB matches the signal level and impedance with unity gain, without any
      adverse effects on the source signal.
  • 50k Ohm Parallel Link jack
    • The 50k ohm parallel link jack output enables you to connect the output from the
      PDB directly to power amplifiers without a separate preamplifier.
  • 600 Ohm XLR Output Jack
    • The 600 ohm XLR output jack enables you to send a balanced signal to a mixing
  • Switchable Ground Lift
    • A switchable ground lift is provided to help eliminate hum caused by ground
  • Electric guitar and bass pick up output signals - The high impedance signal from a guitar or bass guitar pickup is translated by the PDB™ into a low impedance balanced signal required by mixing consoles.
  • Keyboards and line level signals - The PDB automatically balances and matches the line level outputs of modern electronic keyboards. If you are using a multiple keyboard setup and your keyboards are all plugged into a single instrument amplifier, the PDB can be used to replace individual direct boxes. Simply send the output of the instrument amplifier to the PDB™ and then to the console (instead of a separate DI box for each keyboard).
  • DJ console output signals - DJ mixers often supply only an unbalanced -10dB signal. The PDB™ converts this signal to a balanced line level signal before it reaches the console, while providing a convenient method of connector transition with the capability to run long cables.
  • Speaker level signals - The PDB's ability to accept speaker level inputs from a power amplifier's output allows post-amplifier, post eq and effects signals to be fed directly to the console. In this manner, a particular effect or amplifier sound can be sent directly to the mix.
Dual Passive Direct Box
Ground Lift Switchable
Input Attenuation Switchable (0dB, -20dB, -40dB)
Instrument Input
50k Ohm
Output Jack 600 Ohm XLR Output Jack
Parallel Link Jack 50k Ohm
Frequency Response 10 Hz - 50 kHz +/- 0.5dB @ +4dBu
Dimensions 3" x 5" x 2"

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