New Gear Review: A-Designs Reddi V2 Dual Mono Tube Direct Box

a-designs_reddi_v2After the huge success of their single-
channel standalone REDDI Tube Direct
Box, A-Designs now offers the dual-chan
nel REDDI v2 model in a 2U rack mount
cabinet. Exactly the same circuitry as the
REDDI, the v2 model uses a single 6N1P
dual triode tube for each channel along with a gigantic, custom-wound Cinemag output transformer.

Also inside the all-steel case I saw that both tubes are solidly mounted in ceramic sockets. The front panel has a Switchcraft 1⁄4-inch thru jack, gold-pinned Neutrik XLR output and Combo input jacks, and the rear panel has a fused IEC AC connector and ground lift switch.

I tried my Fender Strat and found the REDDI v2 to have the same great sound as the original REDDI unit. The unit’s 1 meg-Ohm input impedance does not change the sound of my guitar by loading down its delicate passive pickups. Icing on the cake is its two-channel capability making it the perfect direct box for synths and electronic keyboards.

Great for studio, live sound work or a recording musician, the A-Designs REDDI v2 Dual Mono Tube Direct Box sells for $1,999 MAP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com