Rupert Neve Designs tells us that, with over 25,000 channels shipped since its launch in 2015, their RNDI Active Transformer Direct Interface is firmly established as the DI of choice for many of the world's most discerning musicians and engineers. Now, a new release, the RNDI-8, puts eight channels of this circuit into a single rack space, making it, says RND, the ideal solution for high-end stage rigs, studios, and synth enthusiasts.
A Rupert Neve Designs spokesperson told us, "The heart of our RNDI circuit is its custom-designed output transformer, which adds musically relevant harmonics that enhance the richness of the original signal and provide a distinctly musical response. Coupled with giant headroom, wide bandwidth and unquestionable reliability, this unit has found its place in studios and on stages all over the world – and now in addition to the mono RNDI and stereo RNDI-S, we are happy to be able to provide an 8-channel solution with the RNDI-8."
Here's more details direct from the company...
The RNDI-8 consists of eight independent RNDI channels, providing instrument direct injection for electric guitar and bass, synthesizer, keyboard, piezo pickup, or any other instrument or line-level source. Its +48V phantom-powered discrete class-A topology is built around Mr. Rupert Neve's custom transformers, resulting in outstanding sonic performance and extremely natural sound from 5Hz all the way out to well beyond 90kHz. Each channel can handle input levels up to +21dBu (+31dBu with the -10dB pad engaged), the high input impedance ensures consistent performance across a wide variety of instruments, and the low impedance transformer-coupled output drives long lines with minimal loss.
In addition to the eight standard "Pin 1 Isolate" switches on the rear panel, the RNDI-8 also includes eight ground lift buttons on the front panel which separate each channel's circuit ground from the chassis ground, providing another helpful option to detect and eliminate unwanted ground hum. The rugged 1U steel chassis is designed to provide a lifetime of use in the studio or on stage, and includes reversible rack ears for versatile mounting options.
Pricing and Availability:
The RNDI-8 is now shipping worldwide, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,999 USD.
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