Anyone who owns a DI box, do you having running on all the time?

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  1. ambissonnett

    ambissonnett

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    This is a topic I've always been curious on. I bought a Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver about 2 months ago, and I absolutely love the pedal. Although, there are times I feel that sometimes my sound gets limited to that at times. But I feel I don't like the stock tone that comes from my bass just plugged into my amp. Does anyone else feel this way? I know DI's help enhance certain tones for certain styles of music, so this has always been on my mind.
     
  2. Downunderwonder

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    You mean pedals always on. The answer is many do as you do with BDDI and other overdrives.

    BDDI is a historical happy accident. It's meant as FOH amp simulation / DI, but found a lot of use as an effect pedal.
     
  3. Dug2

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    yes, my tech 21 di stays on, it enhances the overall tone
     
  4. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing. Supporting Member

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    Yep! I use mine selectively in my chain like any other pedal, but I also use it as one of my DI options...so I built a bypass for it (the BDDI isn't true bypass) lets me keep it lifted, inserted, or live but out of my signal chain. Now I can use it however I want and keep it completely lifted out when I'm not using it. The BDDI is swell like that.

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  6. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    To clarify, DI's don't enhance tones (well there's the whole Jensen transformer and tube thing, but that's not what we're talking about here). DI's simply convert your instrument signal into something a PA or recording console can use. Preamp pedals enhance tones in the way your are talking about, and many preamps in pedal form have a DI built into them. The Sansamp is one and a bit different from most because it's actually made to emulate a mic'd amp sound when going direct into a PA or recording interface, and it just happens that a lot of people really dig it as a tone-shaping pedal going into their amp, too. It's really versatile that way.

    It can be "limiting" in that you will always have that baked-in sound, which is the case with most preamp pedals because most are going for a signature sound. There are other options that go for a more neutral tone that just enhances your bass tone without coloring it too much. 3 Leaf Audio's "The Enabler" is one example that also has the DI option. Other popular "always on" effects around here that don't have a DI include the Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk B and Fuzzrocious BDPG. I like to use a Runoffgroove Ginger for tone-shaping, but like you, I find having one pedal always on to be a bit limiting. There's always a trade off, I suppose.
     
  7. ambissonnett

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    Yeah you make some excellent points. I think I run into a little trouble because my two basses I use have different pickups in them. So I'm constantly changing the EQ settings to get the proper sound I want. It can be a hassle at times.
     
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    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    Have you considered the BDDI deluxe? Get your presets on and swap basses with confidence.
     
  9. ambissonnett

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    Yeah, I do like the presets. I just don't have $270 bucks to blow freely right now haha Life's tough as a poor college student. I can handle changing the presets right now. Plus, I also think for gigs I might just use one bass at a time, that way I'm not constantly changing all the EQ settings. This problem just occurs with every practice, I usually switch them every time so their getting equal playing time.
     
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    for several years the Sansamp BDDI Programmable was my only bass pedal. & as bandmates moved their bass gear away, it & my bass became my entire bass rig for recording tracks & noodling in the garage. i eventually built up a pedalboard around the BDDI & after much deliberation kicked it off the board due to the fizzy fart (amp emulation) sound it makes that wont go away. it's DI/amp duties were replaced by Radial Bassbone & a B3K Overdrive which allows me to shut off the fizzy grit if I want a clean sound. Great pedal though, especially if you don't play really clean. I got many years of recording & playing out of it before moving on.
     
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    I got the same pedal in November and do exactly the same thing you do with it.
     
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    No pedals for me. If the amp sounds bad, it's the wrong amp.

    I know a lot of guys bought SansAmps to get a tubey sound, esp. SVT sound. My take is if I wanted the Ampeg sound, I'd go buy an SVT...done!!
     
  13. bigswifty1

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    I don't play without my Aguilar db900 tube DI even if I'm not going to the pa.

    It takes out what I don't want, leaves what I do want, applies a soft natural compression and takes the harsh edges off my Darkstar P.

    Mike
     
  14. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    And my take is if I wanted to haul a 100lb hunk of steel machinery to every rinky dink little gig I play instead of getting a good sound with something that fits in my gig bag pocket, I'd go buy an SVT, too.
     
  15. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing. Supporting Member

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    Yup! And my take is that I like how my SansAmp sounds and I don't care about Ampeg.
     

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