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Palmer Speaker Simulator
Palmer Speaker Simulator

List Price: $859.98
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Product Code: PDI03

Description Technical Specs

The PDI03 Palmer speaker simulator combines load impedance, a signal splitter and DI box especially designed for guitars. All functions are optimised for live and recording applications. Instead of being connected to a loudspeaker, the PDI03 is connected directly to the amplifier output. The signal is no longer picked up by a microphone, but after passing through a special filter section is fed directly into a mixing console, tape recorder, etc. This permits power amplifiers to be operated to saturation without troublesome volume problems. Two switches select between the 9 filter presets simulating various types of speakers and enclosures. Open back 2 x 12'' combo or 4 x 12'' cabinet characteristics and the punch of a full-out stack with a graphic EQ ''V'' setting can be selected as well as ''American'' or ''British'' speakers and ultra brightness. Four paralleled unfiltered outputs are available for further processing. Both filter and line out level are adjustable. For live monitoring, speakers may be connected while the reactive load is automatically switched off. Power handling capacity is 100W RMS without speakers.
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Palmer PDI-03 Speaker Simulator

By Tested by Barry Cleveland | October 2006

The PDI-03 (5 retail/street N/A) is a combination signal splitter, DI, and load box designed specifically for guitar and bass. According to designer Martin Schmitz, this reissue is nearly identical to the original, which won raves from major artists such as Keith Richards, Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani, and Eddie Van Halen for its ability to capture the complete sound of an amp—including the power-amp section—without the use of microphones.

The PDI-03 is a passive device that takes the signal from an amp's speaker output, and converts it to balanced and unbalanced signals suitable for feeding the input of a mixer, recorder, or power amp. The unit is preset for an 8-ohm load, but can be factory modified for 4 or 16 ohms. You can go direct and use your speaker simultaneously if you choose by using the Thru jack, and there are also four additional unfiltered 1/4" outputs with a separate level control. Two three-way filter switches allow you to adjust high-end response to simulate "American," "British," or "bright" speaker types, and adjust low-end response to simulate closed-back 4x12, "neutral," or open-back 2x12 speaker cab sounds.

I routed the PDI-03 to a MOTU 828MkII via a balanced XLR connection and tested it in a studio environment using several guitars and amps. Whether handling clean, crunchy, or distorted sounds the results were uniformly impressive. In all cases, the PDI-03 effectively captured the personality of the particular amp, and the only aspects of the original sound that didn't make it through were hum and noise. Although pricey, the PDI-03 is arguably the best-sounding speaker simulator you can buy.



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5 of 5 Black Sabbath Guitar Rig August 10, 2014
Reviewer: Michael Clement from Herefordshire, United Kingdom  
We were recommended the Palmer unit by our FOH engineer, Greg Price. We used one of his units for all the touring we have done over the last 2 years. When he wanted it back at the end, we had to get one of our own....Tour Supply had the best price and fast delivery...end of story!

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5 of 5 Great product and service! August 3, 2014
Reviewer: Evan Haymond from Los Angeles, CA  
First of all Tour Supply has great customer service, which few companies in the digital age have! The product itself is great! Besides being a great tool for sending another line to FOH it also is helpful in the age of computer recording technology. The ability to DI and go without a cab from your amp head is great for certain sessions where a cab isn't practical. The sound is very very close and you only really miss that airy sound of a mic. Great product! Gives lots of options.

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