A Designs REDDI for home recording......do I need preamp?
Getting ready to plop down some cash and invest in a home recording setup. Getting tired of relying on others for something I need to learn how to do.
Basically, I think (90% certain) an A Designs REDDI is in my future. The REDDI would be a nice piece as it can serve double duty for me.....nice recording piece as well as a nice live DI. It seems to get RAVE reviews doing both functions....live performance and recording/tracking. I am exploring other DI options. But again, 90% certain I'll be picking up a REDDI.
So I'm curious....do I really need a preamp in front of the REDDI. More than likely, I'll be recording with a passive J bass....maybe an active one. But more than likely, a passive bass. I just watched a video on YT where an engineer used a REDDI>comp>board.....then from the thru out went REDDI>sansamp bass driver>board. He used the sansamp to dirty up the sound and add some eq. He then mixed/blended both channels to get a pretty darn good bass tone. Obviously, he could have used went straight from REDDI>comp>board and used some emulation software to get close to the same effect. Granted, the sansamp driver is kind of like having an external preamp. So curious, how nessescary is an external preamp when trying to get a good all around bass tone? Is it worth the investment. I've seen outboard pre's go for $500-$1000. Just wondering if it's worth the cost?