Radial Engineering is a Canadian manufacturer of professional audio electronics and accessories. Its products range from guitar pedals and mixing console solutions to cables, snakes and other devices.
The Specs: Radial says it engineered the SB-7 to allow users to turn off one side of their headphones to stop the audio from their headphones from bleeding into their recording activities.
The SB-7 incorporates a 1/4-inch stereo TRS input on one side that accepts a standard headphone mix, along with a level control. The unit’s output side features a choice of standard 1/4-inch headphone or 3.5mm (1/8-inch) headphone outputs to eliminate the need for a 1/4- to 1/8-inch adapter, and a mono switch that enables users to sum the left/right stereo content to mono so that all instruments are routed to both sides of the headphones. Once that’s been done, Radial points out that all users need to do is press the “mute” button to turn off the left headphone.
The SB-7 can used in a variety of ways, including as a stereo to mono sum solution, as a local volume control, and in the commonly used setup of turning the left headphone off as described above.
Solutions: Radial Engineering’s StageBug SB-7 Earmuff Headphone Silencer can be used in live concert environments and in recording studios.