Acme Audio Motown WB-3 Passive Direct Box

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The Acme Audio Motown WB-3 is a classic recreation of the original Motown direct box which was used in about every Motown recording session throughout the 1960′s-70′s. If you are playing or recording any type of throwback style funk or soul and looking for that distinct colorful distortion then the Motown WB-3 needs to be a part of your chain.

Let's face it, if it's good enough for Jake and Sam Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet, the Acme Motown WB-3 is clearly a killer DI - and good enough for all of us (and it is). How did Acme Audio recreate this recognizable sound? Transformers, Transformers Transformers! The Motown WB-3 features transformers that were painstakingly reproduced to exactly standards of the ones used used in the original version of this direct box. Acme Audio tracked down the original manufacturer of those transformer and after 35 years enlisted them to start making them again. As a result, the Motown WB-3 is built to the exact specs with the same materials as the original, and exhibits the same audio character that sets it apart from all similar devices.

There have been some upgrades to the original direct box. Acme Audio has improved the variable attenuator for high level input devises and the case is now made from durable steel, instead of aluminum. These units are hand-crafted in Detroit with care and passion.

Acme Audio Motown WB-3 Passive Direct Box Features

  • (2) 1/4 Inputs
  • Direct Attenuator Pad Switch
  • Ground Lift Switch
  • XRL Output Connector
  • Rugged steel Case
  • Powder Coat Finish

Acme Audio Motown WB-3 Passive Direct Box Specifications

  • Input Impedance: 60K
  • Attenuator Pad: -20db to -60db
  • Output Impedance: 200ohms

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  • 5
    Love it!
    Dave D

    Fantastic DI!

  • 5
    Nice Product

    this is nice product

What We Think


The Acme Audio Motown WB-3 is a blast from the past DI box. It offers one of the most recognized bass sounds from the funk era. Once you hear it you know it! The natural break up and distortion of this box will make you feel like you are sitting in on a Bob Babbitt session, its just plain awesome. But the WB-3 inst used just on bass. With the attenuation pad you can plug in your synth rig to take advantage of the warmth and saturation of the transformers.

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