Radial Workhorse 5000 Lunchbox Frame Details
The Radial Workhorse 5000 Lunchbox Frame is a modular rack and mixer that combines the popular 500 series platform with an incredibly flexible patching system to let you create the ultimate studio environment.
Equipped to handle up to eight modules, the Workhorse lets you mix and match preamps, EQs and compressors and bring them all together in one rack. Individual modules may be accessed on the rear panel following the traditional API format or bussed to the built-in 8x2 summing mixer for left-right signal panning, level control and muting. Once mounted, a unique 'feed' functon lets you configure modules to feed one another in series to create the channel strip of your dreams!
The master section features a traditional virtual ground mix buss combined with the superb sonic performance of Jensen Transformers on the main mix outs. A separate stereo monitor output provides playback, plus a super-loud dual-output headphone amp lets the engineer share the mix with the artist. Multiple Workhorses may be ganged together using the expansion buss to build 16, 24 or even 32 channel systems.
Rear panel connectivity is extensive. Each channel is equipped with traditional XLR input and output. This is augmented with ¼" TRS jacks for balanced or unbalanced connectivity. A special Omniport jack delivers module-specific functionality that can range from an extra output, ducking input or effects insert depending on the module design. The Workhorse comes ProTools-ready with 8-channel D-subs for the inputs and outputs plus third D-Sub gives you access to the built-in summing mixer for those that prefer the added warmth of analogue summing. Powering concerns are addressed with a unique 'pooled' supply that shares 1200 milliamps of current between the available 8 slots. This allows high current demand modules to exceed the usual limitations of other 500 series racks without the worry of brown outs.
Plug and play easy to use, the Workhorse brings the fun, excitement and creative advantage of warm-sounding analogue to the modern digital studio.
Radial Workhorse 5000 Lunchbox Frame Applications
The workhorse is a modular device in the full sense of the word. As such, the possibilities are truly unlimited. You can route signals to and from individual modules, split them to send signals to other devices, introduce effects, and then mix the signal back together using the master section. The scope is broad and as you get familiar with the Workhorse, your creativity will take over and you will find yourself in places you never thought possible.
In the simplest form, the Workhorse provides power to eight modules. Following the traditional approach, you can connect to and from each module using standard XLR or ¼" TRS patch cables. A typical application could be applying analog compression to a stereo drum feed during mix down using two Komit compressors and send the direct feed back to the recording system.
Once the signal is inside a module, the Workhorse further opens options by providing tons of rear panel connectivity. For instance, you could feed the same stereo drum track into the recorder and use the 1/4" TRS connectors to 'mult' the signal to the EXTC where you could then add some grit to the tone using a Tonebone Classic tube overdrive.
Where the Workhorse differs from older API type racks is that it incorporates a mixer into the design. This does not inhibit the use of traditional connectors – it adds even more creative options. And because the Workhorse has been augmented with functions such as a FEED switch, patching is greatly simplified
For instance, say we want to set up a customized microphone channel strip that incorporates a mic preamp, EQ and compressor. In the past, one would plug in the three modules and then connect each one in series using an XLR cable. With the Workhorse, you simply use the FEED switches to do the patching.
You could then patch the instrument track stereo feed into the Workhorse via the summing input on channels 7 and 8, route the vocal track into the mixer via channel 3 and monitor everything in real time using the headphone outputs.
Using the Workhorse Live
The Workhorse is not only for the studio. It can easily be adapted for live use in many different ways. For instance recording a live band: the Workhorse can be outfitted with eight PowerPres to capture the sound right from the stage microphones. The individual XLR outputs can then be split to the PA system while the 25-pin D-Subs can be used to feed a recorder. The Workhorse's built-in mixer opens up more possibilities by allowing the engineer to record a stereo mix of the concert while monitoring via the headphones.
The workhorse can also be used on stage. For example, you could setup an elaborate acoustic guitar or upright bass preamp to finally deliver a great sound. Start by connecting the instrument mounted microphone to a PowerPre which is turn would feed an EQ and a compressor. The piezo pickup would connect to a Radial JDV which would also feed and EQ and compressor. We would then add a Phazer to the second stem which would allow us to time-align the two sources. Phase aligning the fundamentals delivers amazing realism. Outputs from modules 3 and 7 would be mixed together. Mains would feed the PA system and monitor would feed the on-stage amp.
Summing with the Workhorse
The Workhorse built-in mixer can be used in many ways. It can be used as a return path for program material when overdubbing; as a mixer to combine the sounds generated from various modules; or as a stand-alone analogue summing mixer for those that prefer to mix 'outside the box'. (i.e.: Not in computer - in the analogue domain)
This is done using a 25-pin D-Sub cable connected to the 8 channel D-sub input on the rear panel. This ProTools/Tascam compatible input will accept balanced or unbalanced signals. The signal is first unbalanced before it feeds the Workhorse's internal buss where it then can be mixed using the front panel controls.
This of course is only a small sampling of the many setups that can be created using the Workhorse. The Workhorse Manual goes into greater detail and delves into all kinds of other examples that will surely get your creative juices flowing.
Radial Workhorse 5000 Lunchbox Frame Features
- Slotted for action - Eight slot Power Radial employs standard card-edge connection for the modules. Fully compatible with old and new 500 series modules
- Feature rich mixing - High-performance virtual ground buss stereo mixer with individual module selector, left-right pan control, level adjustment and peak indicator for each channel.
- Quiet & flexible routing - Separate main and monitor outputs for studio or live setups plus inserts for added flexibility. Jenson transformer isolated mains eliminate hum and buzz from ground loops
- Built Radial tough - Radial's legendary 14 guage steel construction provides durability and maximum shielding against noise. Standard 19" rack compatible
- Easy-guide tray - Easy-guide raised tray lets you insert and remove modules without fumbling around. Fits both single and double wide. It can be removed when using non standard sizes. No more frustration!
- Pooled current flow - Current pool lets you share 1200 milliamps among eight slots so that you can connect power-hungry tube preamp modules and get maximum performance.
- Quiet... men at work! - Mil-spec double sided PC boards with full surface ground plane ensures signal purity is maintained while noise and crosstalk are kept to an absolute minimum
- Team listening - Dual headphone output allows the engineer to share the mix with the artist - a particularly handy feature for setting up the Workhorse for a live recording.
- Personal growth plan - Need 16 channels, how about 24? The Radial expansion buss lets you combine several Workhorses in a master-slave configuration using a simply 1/4" patch cord.
- Stereo link - Lets you combine stereo modules with the flip of a rear mounted switch. Stereo dynamics anyone?
- Feeding the beast? - Feed lets you configure the Workhorse slots in series to create your own channel. strip without cables. How about a mic preamp, into an EQ and then a limiter.
- Inside Connections - The Workhorse gives you individual XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs and outputs on each channel slot to super easy connectivity to the outside world. Connections galore!
- Listen to the music - Choice of Jensen transformer isolated main outputs. Separate monitor sends and dual stereo headphones to let you monitor under any condition.
- Call me Mr. Personality - Omniport allows each manufacturer to "design-in" a special function to best suit their needs. Radial calls it the personality jack. Who know what someone might think of?
- Deep power pool - Shared current pool with 1200mA between 8 slots gives you plenty of power to feed the hungriest of modules. Delivers up to 300mA per flot for tube preamps.
- Well grounded Individual - Star grounding is no problem with easy access external ground lugs. the Workhorse integrates perfectly with your million dollar professional studio!
- Summing it all up! - Analog summing lets you mix down tracks "old school" via the low noise mix section. Can also be used to patch in vintage API modules to the master mix selection
- Octupus handshake - The Workhorse is equipped with 8-channel D-sub connectors for easy connection to your ProTools rig and all the other tools and options in your studio
Radial Workhorse 5000 Lunchbox Frame Specifications
- Circuit type: Virtual earth mix buss Integrated operational amplifier - Class AB
- Max output level: +22dB (20Hz to 20kHz)
- Voltage Gain: Up to +23dB on the main output
- 0.007% @ 1kHz with 10dB in and 10dB out
- 0.05% @ 20Hz with 10dB in and 10dB out
- Crosstalk: -65dB
- Signal to Noise: -91dB with +20dB output
- Card Slot Inputs: Eight balanced XLR, ¼" TRS, D-SUB
- Card Slot Outputs: Eight balanced XLR, ¼" TRS, D-SUB
- Card Slot Impedance: Depends on modules used
- Internal Mix Buss: 4.75k Ohms input coupling resister
- Summing Mixer Input: DB-25, Unbalanced +4dB/-10dB with up to +20dB capacity; input impedance = 4.75K Ohms
- Main Output: Balanced stereo output; XLR, ¼" TRS; Jensen™ transformer isolated; +4dB (to +22dB)
- Main Inserts: ¼" TRS - tip = send; ring = return
- Monitor Output: Balanced stereo output; XLR, ¼" TRS; transformerless; +4dB balanced (to +22dB)
- Connector Wiring
- XLR: pin-1 ground, pin-2 (+), Pin-3 (-)
- TRS ¼": tip (+), ring (-), sleeve ground
- Headphone Out: ¼" TRS Stereo - 2.8VRMS @ 8 Ohms (up to 7VRMS depending on headphone impedance)
- Red: audio
- Black: chassis
- Power Supply Input: 100V - 240V AC with 48V Phantom
- Power Supply Output: 1600mA - External switching type with 5-pin XLR, 48V phantom;
- Dimensions: 19" wide x 5.25" tall x 7.44" deep 482.6 wide x 134 tall x 189mm deep
- Weight: 22lbs / 10kg
Radial Workhorse 5000 Lunchbox Frame Specifications
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