Radial J48 vs Countryman Type85 vs VT Bass DI
Sort of a potential mix of forum topics here, but there's at least one "effect pedal" involved so...
I recently sold my Genz Benz, and along with it the awesome DI from the amp. So I'm considering an external DI to augment my GK MB200. The GK's DI seems fine messing around at home, but I've had at least one sound guy complain about the weak signal strength and want to just nip all that (while avoiding the beatup passive boxes they throw my way). $200 would be max budget, and I play all passive basses, so I'm looking at the three boxes in the thread title. I'm just playing bars and smaller weddings.
I've never tried a Countryman. I've recorded with the J48, and it sounded great. I have briefly owned the VT Bass DI…didn't record with it or play it through a sound system, but I have full confidence in its DI based on the BDDI I had before. A VT Bass DI wouldn't be used on my pedal board, as I have no need for the tone shaping. I would use it more as its designed purpose of sending a tone-shaped signal to the PA. Would be nice to have the option of going amp less if I ever needed. I may have answered my own question there, but figured I'd toss it up for some feedback.
The option of going ampless (or in case my amp dies mid set) is exactly why I decided on a VT bass deluxe. I actually really dig the "rig in a box" thing they have going. Sounds really good to my ears. So, I vote VT Bass DI.
VT. I hate plain SS DI's...no balls. VT's not as good as a REDDI, but it is $500 less and you can dial in some balls with it.
I use a J48 three times a week every week and I really like it!
I also play passive basses so I liked the idea of the 48v phantom power.
I can't use something like a BDDI anymore without it bumming me out, even set flat it just changes my tone in a way that I don't really like and I'm not interested in trying to dial in all the knobs on a BDDI or a VTDI (although the concept of an svt in a pedal is very intriguing! I've only used the BDDI, I've never fiddled with a VT).
The thing I like about the J48 is that it's signal is really strong, but really transparent. I don't really want my di to change my tone I just want it to deliver a good signal.
The Reddi is pretty much out of my $$ reach but I'd LOVE to try one to see if it lives up to the hype
Another option would be to buy an XLR attenuator to tame the output of the amp's DI.
The complaint was that the signal was too weak, not too strong. I edited my OP to clarify. I also gig occasionally with a Micro VR, and the DI on that head (mine, at least) just sounds really bad. I definitely need a stand alone box.
I like that the Radial has the 80hz hpf built in; that's about the setting I run my Fdeck HPF3. As for dialing tone, I have a very nice Ginger pedal that gets me SVT-ish tones from my pedal board; I don't necessarily need that kind of thing in a DI, but it might come in handy. I could of course bypass that in the VT if I don't want it.
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