Countryman Direct Boxes are an integral part of the performance equipment at the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp.
Based in Northern Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp promotes finger style guitar performance by way of networking and education. The organisation holds an annual camp, where aspiring musicians receive instruction and the opportunity for one-on-one training with internationally known recording artists.
“Presently, we use five Countryman Type 85 DIs at the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp,” Mike Harrington, president of the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp explained. “We use these to interface the guitars with the house sound reinforcement system for both concerts and rehearsals. Our sound techs have been enthusiastically using the Type 85 for several years and they have been in use at the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp for the past three years. Presently, we plan on purchasing five additional units prior to the start of the 2018 camp.”
Unlike many active DI boxes, the Type 85 can isolate ground, even when running on Phantom power, to help eliminate hum and buzz from ground issues. With a straight forward, intuitive design, the Countryman Type 85 is easy to use, and its form factor is very durable.
When asked why the Countryman Type 85 is the direct box of choice at the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp, Mike offered the following thoughts: “Our sound technician regularly uses this equipment. The Type 85 DI is trouble free and produces a very high-quality signal. This direct box has a very intuitive layout and it provides excellent battery life. Equally important, it’s also built like a truck, so its reliability is something one really needn’t be concerned about.”
For any sound engineer or others involved in the setup and use of electronic equipment for music performance, the ability to ask questions and receive a timely response is very important. Here too, Mike was very complimentary of Countryman.
“Having access to the highest quality, professional grade equipment—such as our Countryman Direct Boxes—demonstrates that the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp is one of the top guitar instruction events of its kind.”