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Radial Engineering


Radial Engineering Cherry Picker Mic Pre-Amp Selector

The Radial Cherry Picker is a unique tool designed to improve efficiency and workflow in the studio by simplifying the process of matching the best preamp with a microphone for a given track.


      Select the best mic & preamp combination

      Passive 'straight wire' color-free signal path

      Built-in 48V phantom power for condenser mics

      Improve the workflow efficiency in your studio

      Four front panel 'radio style' selector switches select the active preamp while automatically disconnecting the mic from the others. Completely passive and 100% discrete, the Cherry Picker features a 'straight wire' signal path. There is no active circuitry whatsoever in between the mic signal and the preamp. The audio signal switching is performed by a series of military-grade gold contact sealed relays for zero coloration and distortion to ensure a fair and honest comparison between preamps.

      The rear panel is equipped with a balanced XLR input for the microphone and four balanced XLR outputs to feed the various preamps. When using a studio condenser, the Cherry Picker internally generates 48V phantom power so that switching between preamps will not disrupt the phantom power going to the microphone. This could otherwise cause severe popping in the audio system and headphones. Separate ground lift switches for each output help reduce noise by eliminating ground loops plus a handy mute switch turns all outputs off, enabling the engineer to leave the preamp settings untouched when testing out other mics.



      Audio circuit type:

      Passive signal path with active relay switching

      Frequency response:

      10Hz to 40kHz

      Dynamic range:


      Equivalent input noise:


      Residual noise:


      Maximum input:


      Maximum output:


      Total harmonic distortion:


      Phase deviation:

      < 0.001 degrees at all frequencies

      Intermodulation Distortion


      Input impedance:

      10 000 Ohms

      Common mode rejection:

      -97dB @55Hz


      0.0dB – Unity gain device




      Balanced XLR female


      4 x XLR male


      Individual on/off for each output

      Individual ground lift for each output

      Mute all function

      Phantom power:

      48V phantom on each channel with recessed switch

      XLR configuration:

      AES standard (pin-1 ground, pin-2 hot, pin-3 cold)




      +15V DC/400mA power supply included


      14 gauge steel chassis & outer shell


      Durable powder coat

      Size:  (W x H x D)

      4.5" x 2" x 6" (121 x 64 x 147mm)

      Shipping size: W x H x D:

      4.75" x 2.5" x 10.75" (121 x 64 x 273mm)


      2.8 lb (1.3kg)

      Shipping weight:

      3.05 lb ( 1.4kg)