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Radial Workhorse WR8 500-Series Rack

Radial Workhorse WH-R8 Rack, an 8-slot lunchbox frame, upgradable with the WH-M8 summing mixer module!

Radial Workhorse WH-R8 Rack Details

The Radial Workhorse WH-R8 is an 8-slot 500 series rack frame that is 100% compatible with all standard 500 series modules. Individual XLR inputs and outputs are complimented with parallel 1/4" TRS connectors and Pro-Tools compatible 25 pin D-Subs. This enables any of the 8 module slots to be easily integrated within the framework of today's popular digital workstation environment. A special feed function also enables modules to be connected in series without having to hard patch using a cable. It is also possible to add the Radial Workhorse WH-M8 Mixer Module summing mixer section, which turns the unit into a full-fledged Workhorse.

As a 500 series rack, the Workhorse still gives you complete patching capabilities including D-sub connectivity and all of the extra features you get when using the Omniport. You also enjoy the advantage of the FEED switch that makes setting up channel strips easy while reducing cable patching. Finally, the high performance power supply means you get more headroom and less distortion when using your Workhorse at full throttle.

The Radial Engineering Workhorse 5000 is a three-rackspace unit that accommodates up to eight 500 Series modules. Besides providing 16VDC and 48-volt phantom power for each of its eight module slots and input, direct out and summing connections on 8-channel D-25 sub jacks (for direct-to-DAW or P.A. feeds), each module has 1/4 inch and XLR I/O, mono/stereo link switches and a mix/feed switch for internal patch routing of the output to feed the next module or to the master output section.

OmniPort connectors on each input provide module designers with custom options, such as integrating keying inputs, a footswitch port or a tuner output on a direct box/instrument preamp. Designed to allow on-the-spot mixing or stereo recording, the mix bus section has pan/level pots and mute switches for each module, rotary main out and aux out controls and a headphone monitoring section.

The rear panel has XLR and 1/4 inch aux and transformer-isolated main outputs, insert jacks for the master outs and bus in/out jacks for connecting additional sources and/or multiple Workhorse units.

The Workhorse derives its main power from a custom-designed universal switching supply that delivers more juice than most others. Its external power supply eliminates issues with hum due to magnetic coupling between power supply transformer and the plug-in module's internal transformer. As an extra measure, additional power filtering has been incorporated to eliminate noise. The power supply is also auto-tracked, which means that should a module fail, other modules will be protected against harmful voltage swings that could potentially cause damage.

"The Workhorse is one of the most exciting products we have ever developed," says Radial President Peter Janis. "Not only has it forced us to challenge ourselves with historic compatibility, but it's forced us to go back to the drawing board and redesign several modules that were essentially set to go. But once you get into a project of this magnitude, you really cannot go backwards. We truly believe that the Workhorse will set a new standard in analog audio interfacing. We plan to openly publish our design specifications to enable other module producers to take full advantage of the feature-set we've incorporated into the Workhorse. Ultimately, if it's easy to use, fun and spurs on creativity, we will have achieved our objectives."

Like all Radial products, the Workhorse is made from 14-gauge steel and finished in a rugged baked enamel finish.

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