* Load box with 100%, 50% and silent attenuation
* Let's you
drive your amp hard for best tone
* JDX Reactor direct output for PA and
* Built-in headphone amp for practicing
The Headload Prodigy™ is a combination load box and DI that lets you
drive your guitar amp at a higher output in order to maximize the tone, yet
produce a lower stage volume when needed.
Like the larger Headload™, the Prodigy employs custom made cement-encrusted
ceramic-coated resister coils to convert the excessive power from the amplifier
to heat and is able to comfortably withstand up to 100 watts RMS. The Prodigy
may be used in three different ways, depending on the need: First, it may be
used as a direct box via the built-in Radial JDX Reactor. The hugely popular JDX
combines a reactive load with a proprietary filter bank to emulate the tone of a
4 x 12 half stack. This features 100% discrete class-A circuitry for optimal
tone and transformer isolation to eliminate hum and buzz caused by ground loops.
Designed to replace a microphone, the JDX delivers greater consistency while
eliminating concerns such as stage resonance, bleed from other instruments and
problematic room acoustics which can play havoc on the tone.
Second, the Prodigy may be used as a load box where you can attenuate the
output from 100% down to 50% to drive your amp harder while keeping the volume
down to a comfortable level. Finally, the prodigy can be used without a speaker
cabinet for completely silent recording. This is particularly useful in small
venues where the speaker cabinet on stage may conflict with the sound in the
room. It is also great for silent recording where you want to take advantage of
'high power' amp distortion without upsetting the neighbours.
In order to optimize the playing experience for in-ear monitors, a dual
band EQ lets you optimize bass and treble settings. Two additional ¼" outputs
enhance connectivity: The first is direct from the amp while the second is post
EQ - post JDX. These are used to feed additional amplifiers or effects and
adjusted using the front panel level control. A second level control is used to
adjust the built-in headphone amplifier for silent practicing.
Housed in 14-gauge steel to help keep magnetic radiation at bay, the
Headload Prodigy features a handy carry handle plus Radial's unique book-end
design that creates a protective zone around the switches and controls. The
internal I-beam construction adds tremendous rigidity, protecting the sensitive
PC board from being torqued which could lead to solder joints going cold
prematurely. One or two Prodigies may be rack-mounted into a single 19" rack
space using an optional rack kit and power is supplied by an external 15VDC
supply with a cable clamp to prevent accidental disconnection. Available in the
8 ohm model.
The Headload Prodigy… a load box made to deliver a load of