di-box user guide - Unika Electronic Co., Ltd

USER GUIDE
DI-Box
Made in Taiwan
DI-BOX
Index
01 Overview
01 Features
03 Audio Connection
04 Input PAD Attenuation
04 Eliminating Hum and
Buzz and the Ground Loop.
06 Specifications
Unika Electronic Co., Ltd.
www.unika.com.tw
6F, No.168, Xin-Hu 2nd Rd.
Nei-Hu District, Taipei City. 11494.
Taiwan, Republic of China.
+886 2 27933017
+886 2 27928264
unika@unika.com.tw
UNiKA DI-BOX
User Guide
OVERVIEW
The DI-BOX is a single channel active direct box, it is very easy to use, simply plug it in,
turn on the power and it goes to work. However, there are a number of features built in
that should be understood in order to get the most out of the DI-BOX. So please take a
few minutes to go through this user guide to ensure you get the most out of it.
unika@unika.com.tw
If you still need further clarification, please send email to us and we will
do our very best to reply in short order.
FEATURES
•
Single channel high impedance direct inputs with XLR-1/4" TRS combo
connector for electronic musical instrument signal feed.
•
The ¼" TRS LINK socket carries a parallel-wired direct feed from the input.
•
Selectable 3 steps attenuator for Hi-Z direct input.
•
Accept power from plug-in 9V battery or +20V to +48V phantom power.
•
Single channel XLR Balanced Low-Z output with isolation transformer.
•
Ground Lift Switch: lifting pin-1 on the output XLR isolating the DI box
grounding system from that of the rest of the system.
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②
④ ⑤ ⑥
⑦
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③
⑧
④ POWER ON/OFF LED indicator &
Phantom Power indicator.
① Input PAD:
0dB, -20dB & -40dB selectable 3
steps attenuator reduces the input
sensitivity to prevent overload.
⑤ POWER switch:
Used to switch the power ON/OFF.
② XLR-1/4" combo socket High
impedance direct input for electronic
musical instrument signal feed.
⑥ Ground Lift Switch:
lifting pin-1 on the output XLR
isolating the DI box grounding
system from that of the rest of the
system.
③ ¼" TRS LINK socket carries a
parallel-wired direct feed from the
input.
⑦ XLR Balanced Low-Z output with
isolation transformer.
⑧ Battery holder.
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AUDIO CONNECTION
Instrument direct input & Parallel link connection
As with all audio gear, always ensure audio system levels are turned down or
equipment turned off before making connections. This will avoid plug-in or turn-on
transients from damaging more sensitive components such as tweeters.
The DI-BOX feature XLR-¼"TRS combo jack INPUT, a ¼" thru-put LINK and a balanced
XLR OUPUT.
Connect your source instrument to the input and the balanced XLR output to the PA
system or recorder. The LINK connector output provides the means for connecting the
signal to a stage amp or personal monitor system. Simply connect the LINK to your
amp or monitor.
Unbalanced cables are much more susceptible to noise than their balanced
counterparts. Keeping unbalanced cables under 8 meters (25') in length is good
practice while balanced cables can easily extend to 100 meters (300').
The balanced output of the DI-BOX is mic level, meaning that it should be connected to
the mic input of a mixing console or mic preamp. Once connected, make sure phantom
power is activated.
When 2 or 3 keyboards are used by a single performer, it is possible to reduce the
number of DI boxes needed if a mixer/amplifier is used by the performer for his personal
monitoring. A single DI box can be fed either from a line-level output from the head (pad
set to -20dB) or from the amplifier power output (speaker output) (pad set to -40dB).
Using the amplifier's output means that the signal being fed to the console is post any
effects units and the power stage of the amplifier, and so will be more representative of
the signal being fed to the speaker, including any deliberately introduced overdrive etc.
Use the -40dB setting for this application.
Female
2
1
3
XLR-TRS Combo input
Male
1
2
2-Signal Hot +
3
1-Ground
3-Signal Cold -
Fig-2: XLR-¼"TRS Combo
Fig-1: XLR Plugs Balanced connection:
socket for direct input
1-Ground
2-Signal Hot (+)
3-Signal Cold (-)
For Unbalanced connection, pin-3 should be connected to Ground with pin-1.
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Tip-Signal Hot (+)
Ring-Signal Cold(-)
Sleeve-Ground
Sleeve-Ground
Fig-3: ¼"TS Unbalanced connection
Fig-4: ¼"TRS Balanced connection
INPUT PAD ATTENUATION
The most common use of the direct input is with guitar pick-ups or keyboards. The optimal
setting for this is most likely with the pad switch set to 0dB, although with some high-output
pick-ups the performance of the direct input may be improved if the pad switch is set to
-20dB to prevent possible clipping of the input signal.
The instrument is connected to the XLR-1/4" Combo jack socket, and a parallel link feed
taken from the other jack socket to the instrument’s own amplifier.
The direct input can also be fed either from a line-level output from the head ( pad set to
-20dB) or from the amplifier power output (speaker output, pad set to -40dB).
ELIMINATING HUM AND BUZZ AND THE GROUND LOOP
The DI-BOX is equipped with output isolation transformers to eliminate hum and buzz
caused by stray DC voltage and ground loops.
Computers, optical projectors and other consumer equipment can be particularly noisy,
Anyone that has incorporated audio with a projector knows that noise can be a serious
problem, so transformers can be incredibly useful when combating system.
A ground lift switch on the outputs takes this one step further by lifting pin-1 on the
XLRs. Computers are often the source for noise problems in audio systems, so greater
care is certainly needed to keep things quiet.
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ELIMINATING HUM AND BUZZ AND THE GROUND LOOP
Battery Installation
A To install or replace the internal battery, first undo the knurled screw on the battery
compartment - DO NOT undo the flush panel screws.
The battery cover should now fold back towards the edge of the unit, revealing the
compartment. Attach the flying lead battery terminals to your battery, and slide the
battery into the compartment, with the connector towards the outside of the DI-BOX.
For best reliability and long life, we recommend you use only high quality alkaline
batteries in your DI-BOX.
Phantom Power
The DI-BOX can work reliably on a wide range of phantom power voltages, although of
course the typical supply provided by modern consoles is +48 volts.
The DI-BOX accepts supply voltages of +48 volts down to +20 volts without loss in
performance.
While the DI-BOX is receiving good phantom power, the power LED is lit continuously.
Should the supply fail for any reason, the DI-BOX will switch over automatically to run
from the internal battery (as long as one is fitted!). Under these conditions, the power
LED flashes approximately every 2 seconds.
Power ON/OFF Switch
The On/Off switch is used for both phantom power and battery. To avoid battery drain
when the unit is not in use, ensure that this switch is set to the upper OFF position
when storing or packing the DI-BOX.
Optionally, an internal link can allow phantom power to activate the DI-BOX regardless
of the On/Off switch setting.
This link must be changed by an Authorized Technician only. Please refer to your
Dealer/Distributor for details.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Direct Input
Link Output
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(Specifications are subject to change without notice.)
Unbalanced, XLR-¼"TRS combo jack.
(Pin-2 Hot, Pin-3&1 Ground).
Unbalanced, Parallel link output ¼"TRS jack
for feeding to other equipment.
Direct Input pad
at 0dB
at -20dB
at -40dB
Direct Input Impedance
1 MOhm
47 KOhm
47 KOhm
Max. Input level before Clip
+9 dBu
+29 dBu
+49 dBu
Output level
Maximum +9dB output level before clip.
Output impedance
600Ω matched, Transformer Balanced.
Output
Balanced transformer isolated
(XLR-M, Pin-1 Ground, Pin-2 Hot, Pin-3 Cold)
Frequency response
30Hz to 20KHz, +0/-1 dB
Dynamic range
>109dB
Noise floor
<-105dBu, unweighted 22Hz to 22KHz.
Total harmonic distortion
Less than 0.005% at 1KHz, 0dBu output
Ground lift
Lifts pin-1 on both XLR outputs
DC Power
Construction
plug-in 9V battery or
+20V to +48V Phantom power
Ultra-rugged,
Aluminum Alloy case with rubber pads
Size ( W x D x H )
151mm x 135mm x 64mm(5.9" x 5.3" x 2.5")
Weight
650gm, 22 oz. excluding battery
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