At our gig the other night we asked for more keys in the monitors and couldn't get it because the keyboard was pegged on the PA. All other instruments had plenty of volume and room to move around. If this were a bass I would say, "Dah, you need a DI before running into the PA!" However, it aint a bass, its a keyboard. I told my none-technical keyboard friend I would look into it. He plays a Kawai (http://www.kawaius.com/main_links/digital/PRO/mp5-specs.html ) and runs the 1/4" out into the board. That night it went through a passive DI to go from 1/4" to XLR for the snake. Should he have an active direct box to control the signal level? If so, any recommendations? Thanks!