1. Welcome to TalkBass, the Premier Bass Player Community and Information Source. Register a FREE Account to post and unlock tons of features!

Which DI for my direct/IEM board?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by SteveC, Nov 12, 2012.


  1. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Hey all. We're going IEM at church. I have everything for my little IEM/DI board except the DI.

    I'm using a Boss TU-2, a Rolls PM50 amp and Yamaha EPH 50 ear buds. Not super high end but does the job.

    Anyway, I'm playing a passive Geddy Lee these days and am wondering if I need to have an active DI. The cable runs aren't very long.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. your PM 50 is a DI...

    MXR M80 is a durable and affordable di
     
  3. Sponsored by:


    to hide this ad and more.
  4. Line 6 pods are very well represented in the church circles... so are zoom b2
     
  5. David A. Davis

    David A. Davis Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Christiansburg, VA
    Radial J48. I run a JDI and love it. The rule of thumb with D.I's, passive bass=active box, active bass= passive box.
     
  6. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I'm not looking for effects and pres - at least not at this time. Just a DI.
     
  7. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I was thinking J48...
     
  8. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Countryman Type 85 or the J48 would be a great option. I'd go for the Countryman personally. I've got one and it sounds great. It can take phantom power or a battery, I believe the J48 is phantom only.
     
  9. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    I agree with this 100% - the J48 and Countryman are both great active DIs, but the 9v option was the deciding factor for me - I use my DI as a "backup amp", and didn't want to be dependant on phantom power if I needed to press it into service... If you shop around, a used Countryman 85 can be had for around $100 - it's tough to spend better money than that as a gigging bassist, IMO...

    Lastly - I used a JDI quite a bit for over a year, and switched to active DIs because the JDI didn't work as well with a couple of my passive Fenders - the Countryman works great with my passives and actives...


    - georgestrings
     
  10. TimmyP

    TimmyP

    Nov 4, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
  11. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005

    Although I feel the J48 and JDI are industry standards for good reason, I'm less than impressed with the Pro48 or ProDI - IMO/IME, those aren't any better than DIs by Whirlwind, Rapco, EWI, or even Behringer - and not worth the additional cost... I'll take my used Countryman 85 for $100 over a Pro48 for nearly the same money, every time...


    - georgestrings
     
  12. Opinion - if you're playing churches


    1- don't rely on having a supplied phantom power

    2-some type of tone/eq etc is really helpful as the rooms are commonly lacking acoustic treatment
     
  13. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I play at one church. There is phantom power on all boards.

    Do I need more EQ than what is available on the board?
     
  14. If you play at other churches they may not have (or know about) phantom power

    eq----- yes ..... I can't tell you the number of times I've had my bass turned down on my bass .... And still asked to turn down
     
  15. Eq.... Churches have notoriously bad acoustic treatments .... Commonly they're tuned to a natural male voice ---a bass will conflict with this
     
    TXLawDawg likes this.
  16. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    So I played at church and a "corporate" gig yesterday. Used the wired IEM System of Boss TU-2, Rolls PM50 and Yamaha EPH50 single driver buds. Sounded pretty darn good. Better at the corporate gig - had a better board and a better (Radial JDI) DI as well.

    The experience with the better board (PreSonus which we will have at church - my main gig - soon) and DI got me thinking I shouldn't skimp on my DI. I was thinking of a Radial JDI or J48, but after using a JDI with my passive Geddy with great results, I'm thinking I could go JDI without worry.

    I was originally thinking of using a small board that would have my Tuner, Rolls and DI all wired up/powered up ready to go so I'd just have to plug in the DI out, Monitor In, my bass and earphones and be ready to go in 2 minutes.

    Now, I have also liked using an Avalon U5. It's big and not travel friendly, but I really only play at church so it's not in the band van getting roughed up. A little board would be easier and more convenient, but if I'm using IEM I want to get the best sound I can to my ears. I also want to get as good a sound as possible sent to the FOH.

    Any ideas how I could use the Avalon but in a convenient way like a small pedal board? I know it's not possible, but thought I'd ask.
     
  17. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I could also use my Shuttle 3.0 head as a DI. Would fit on a board as well.
     
  18. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Radial JDI is my favorite at this point. Still debating an Avalon U5 but think convenience and small size/weight will win the day.
     
  19. I'll recommend what I use → → → → → → → → → → → → → ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓
     
  20. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Gonna try a JDI for a series of gigs the weekend to be sure, but I think I'm going with one for my little IEM board.
     
  21. newbold

    newbold

    Sep 21, 2008
    Toronto
    my eden WTDI needs its own power but its compressor is great to work like a speaker and you can eq it to your delight.

    or not and run it as a buffered/active DI.

    i like mine a lot.
     



Share This Page