Passive or Active Di for my situation.

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by whatisacup, Dec 23, 2013.


  1. whatisacup

    whatisacup

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    I know the general unwritten rule for di's is passive bass>active DI, active bass>passive DI.

    I play only passive P basses, but I run a VT Bass pedal in my signal on 99.9% of the time. Since the VT Bass makes the signal a bit hotter (I would assume), which kind of DI would work best?
     
  2. silky smoove

    silky smoove

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    The VT has a buffered output, which would put it more in line with an active bass, so a passive DI may be a good bet. I've used a VT with a Radial JDI in the past, and it worked just fine. I've also used that JDI with nothing but a passive bass, and it was fine. That said, if you were to use an active bass like a J48, or a Countryman, I'm sure you'd be just fine.
     
  3. whatisacup

    whatisacup

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    I haven't used a Di in quite a while, since I haven't been gigging much. I plan on start gigging again, and I have a MarkBass Super Pro DI Box that I used to use with my active basses.

    I'm hoping the VT and the Super Pro DI Box will be a good fit. I would prefer not to buy another piece of gear right now.
     
  4. silky smoove

    silky smoove

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    If you've already got both of those boxes, it couldn't hurt to just give it a shot. It's likely to work just fine.
     
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