The beauty of the Red Box 5's clear, direct sound is that it does not sound like a mic'ed cab – it sounds like the cab itself! This makes it ideal for all sorts of live and studio situations, for guitarists playing in any genre.
Weighing in at just 200g, Red Box 5 (£89.99 UK RRP) features the classic Ground/Lift and Pad switches to adjust input gain, and there are also three sliding switches that provide some unique sound-shaping filters and allow you to subtly tweak your sound and EQ to that of your favourite cab:
Loose/Tight: Tight gives you a taut, dense tone that’s great for throatier riffs, while Loose conjures up an airier, softer sound.
Vintage/Modern: The Modern voicing gives you the bark and honk of modern speakers, while Vintage yields a warmer, woollier tone associated with old-school cabs.
Small/Large: Small captures the compressed sound of a small housing, and Large gives the you greater girth and added bass of a sizeable cab!
The Ground/Lift switch severs the Red Box 5’s ground circuit to eliminate humming or buzzing caused by ground loops and Lift, as the name suggests, severs the connection.
Finally, the 0 dB/-26 dB switch selects your input gain level.
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, and one balanced XLR connection lets you feed the processed signal to a mixing console.
An incredible tool for home recording, studio work and even live shows, the Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5, which is in stores in Summer 2013, is your key to an authentic cabinet sound – without the cab!
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