CUTTING THE NOISE
On any stage there is always a range of audio and power cables running all over the place, often crossing each other multiple times. What results is an always unpleasant array of unwanted noise and ground loops. So, with your sound being what you strive to perfect, why not start with removing the noise. The StageBug SB-6 Isolator is a really simple device that allows you to run longer cables to your mixer and not be concerned about the noise they may attract. The simple design allows for two 6.5mm inputs, either a stereo pair, or two separate mono signals. These can be on balanced or unbalanced connections, the SB-6 will treat each one accordingly. The same goes on the other end, with balanced and unbalanced cables being an option. This allows you to run either way with your signal through the SB-6 and take care of ground loop issues and isolate the audio signal from interference before converting it to a balanced signal.
A RANGE OF APPLICATIONS
I first thought of keyboard players when I got my hands on this unit. But, then I started to think a little more and considered the wide range of uses for the SB-6. The output of a DJ mixer was the next most obvious option in a modern environment. Then, that all too common problem area, plugging an iPod into a mixer with a long cable needed. All of these scenarios will allow you to run short unbalanced cables to the SB-6, and then continue the signal with balanced cables for as long as you require. As this is a passive device, there is no power needed to be supplied. So no phantom power, no batteries and best of all, no messy power supplies. As its passive design is created with the interest of the audio signal in mind, it doesn’t take anything away from your tone. The SB-6 simply isolates the signal from any noise that it might attract along its journey. A very handy device and something that just about every musician playing live gigs should have.