Designed to preserve the natural tone of your instrument, the Z-TONE DI is an active DI/preamp with advanced tone shaping.
Chances are, you don’t think much about 1/4” inputs. As long as they work, right? But here at IK, we’ve spent decades studying the entire guitar/bass signal chain and we think the inputs on most mixers and audio interfaces leave a lot to be desired.
That’s why IK created Z-TONE™ DI, a premium active direct box packed with unique new features. Whether you want more flexible routing on-stage or superior tone shaping in the studio, Z-TONE DI borrows the input circuits from our award-winning AXE I/O interface to let you do a whole lot more, and sound better doing it.
First and foremost, Z-TONE DI is designed to keep your tone pure. With exceptional 114 dB(A) dynamic range and extended 3 Hz - 30 kHz (+/- 1 dB) frequency response, whether it’s for long cable runs on stage, or to capture DI tracks in the studio, Z-TONE DI ensures every nuance and detail is carefully maintained.
And Z-TONE DI is made in IK’s Modena factory and packed in a rugged metal housing for years of reliable performance. Z-TONE DI offers a high-quality instrument preamp with exceptionally low noise and wide frequency response, and multiple circuit topologies to adapt to any type of guitar, pick-up and style.
Guitar pickups can dramatically change their character depending on the impedance of your preamp. That’s why the tone and responsiveness of your guitar can change when plugging into different gear.
Z-TONE DI puts you in control, with the same variable impedance control as our award-winning AXE I/O audio interface. Dial in impedance from 1 MOhm to 2.2 kOhms to shape your sound In unique ways. At the maximum impedance, you’ll find your sound tighter, sharper and more precise. Increase the load and the sound becomes thicker and more bold.
You’ll quickly find yourself using this to give your guitars even more sonic character, dialing in sound that fits beautifully into the mix without the need for EQ.
Z-TONE DI offers a range of useful output options. First, the balanced XLR output offers a switchable ground lift, to eliminate noise and hum caused by ground loops. An unbalanced ¼” output offers additional flexibility.
Z-TONE DI also offers a Hi-Z Link out, which mirrors the input signal to connect to pedals and amps. This lets you easily record DI tracks alongside your real amp’s tone in the studio, or blend direct & amp sounds live on stage for even more sonic flexibility.
And an optional 20 dB pad extends the useful range of the unit, letting you use instruments and sources aside from guitar & bass. Many keyboards, synths and more still benefit from Z-TONE’s unique PURE / JFET circuits and ground lift feature, for flexible routing and tone shaping. Z-TONE DI runs off a 9V battery for easy portability, but can also be powered by +48v phantom power from your mixer or interface to run longer sessions without worries.