ART ZDirect 1-channel Passive Instrument Direct Box

High-quality Passive Direct Box with Low Noise, Input Attenuation, and Phase Shift Switches
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ART ZDirect 1-channel Passive Instrument Direct Box
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The ART Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box is a high-quality totally passive interface that lets you connect instrument, line, or speaker level signals to a mixer or other balanced input thru a high performance audio isolation transformer. Its high impedance single-ended 1/4" input is converted by the transformer into an isolated balanced low impedance signal source. The Zdirect has an extremely flat and wide frequency response and can handle high signal levels while still maintaining an isolated balanced low-impedance output. This gives the Zdirect a very clean and neutral sound with a wide variety of signal sources and over long signal runs in high noise environments.

Unlike traditional direct boxes, the Zdirect features a switchable lowpass filter that cuts out all very high frequency interference. This Bessel filter on the output is placed out of the audio range and is reduces radio frequency interference before it gets into the main system. The filter is also very effective in reducing any digital computer noise artifacts when using the Zdirect as an interface between a computer DAW and monitors.

The Zdirect's Input Attenuator switches allow for a wide range of signal levels and the Input Thru jack allows for tapping off of your signal chain. The Ground Lift switch lets you totally separate the input and output signal grounds, when appropriate, to isolate two systems, thereby reducing hum and ground-loop noise. Another non-traditional feature is a Phase Inversion switch that allows you to switch signal polarity right at the source. This is especially handy when you are combining a direct tap with a microphone feed in the mix.

The compact black anodized all aluminum case and its flexible power design allow the Zdirect to provide years of trouble free service in live sound, permanent installations, DJ booths, and virtually any PA application. The full feature set, rugged construction, and high-end specifications make the Zdirect the obvious choice whenever you have to interface high impedance sources with a low noise balanced system.

ART Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box Features at a Glance:
    Single-channel passive direct box
  • A stylish and very compact durable aluminum chassis
  • Input Attenuator switches for a wide range of signal levels
  • Phase Invert switch on the box for quick phase corrections
  • An "input thru" jack that allows for tapping off of the signal chain
  • A ground lift switch which lets you totally separate the input and output signal grounds, to reduce hum and ground-loop noise
The ART Zdirect Professional Passive Direct Box: Affordable and Essential!

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ZDirect Spec Sheet

Tech Specs

Type Passive DI
Channels 1
Inputs 1 x TRS
Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS thru
Height 1.75"
Width 4.2"
Depth 3.5"
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ZDIRECT

Customer Reviews

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Simple, Effective, Perfect for Me

The ZDirect was exactly what I needed: a way to get my guitar rig hooked up to my mini-mixer and computer. Everything sounds great and set up took about 10 seconds. I was surprised to find that this little guy feels very solid for only a $25 dollar item.. In a world of plastic this DI has a great metal casing that feels plenty durable. A few switches on the box for certain scenarios, which is a great addition, but even without that this box sounds great. Shipped quickly and even arrived before the estimated time. Will NOT be doing business with anyone but Sweetwater from now on! Great service and very friendly staff kept me updated from the time I placed my order to the moment it arrived, even for such a small order! Thank you Sweetwater, you've earned a new fan.
Music background: Bassist, Songwriter

Great little box for simple applications..

I'm using this with my Boss rc3 loop pedal. I send it right into our soundboard at gigs. Works perfectly for what I'm asking it to do. I would probably drop more cash on a pricier box if it was for a primary instrument like bass, acoustic guitar, keyboard etc. But for a looper, it's great. Small too, fits right on my pedalboard. For the price.. can't beat it!:)
Music background: Pro guitarist

Good Value

I was nervous about buying a direct box that was so inexpensive. After using it, I was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely recommend this box to anyone looking for an inexpensive
Music background: Musician

ZDirect Box

Plug and Play whoweee and zero problems. But, how much would it be better not to have protruding plastic switches on it though? I'm waiting for the first one to get broken off accidently.
Music background: extensive

Artcessories Zdirect

Sorry; This direct box failed after only 10 gigs. I kept it in a padded case and carried it in hard side gig suitcase. Just up and quit on me, Cannot recommend it
See also: Direct Input Boxes, ART, ART Direct Boxes