1/4 from pedal board vs DI from pedal board

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Tony Flow MMMM, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM

    Dec 4, 2012
    So I been gigging quite a bit and amtired of hauling my oversized rig for a mostly acoustic gig. I been considering bringing my pedalboard and running from it to our PA. (One or two 15" powered speakers on stands) my only question is in this basic setup what would I gain from using a DI?
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    for bass?

    you'd be asking a lot of a single pole-mounted box that was already doing everything else, unless it was a really low-volume gig. a small bass rig would be really useful, or even just a small cab for your regular bass rig.

    as for 1/4" vs XLR, the XLR out will be louder and will go longer distances without loss, but whichever one gets your signal to a close-by PA will do the job.
  3. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM

    Dec 4, 2012
    You think it's a bad idea? :( alright....
  4. themacinator

    themacinator Always looking for the perfect gig

    Oct 8, 2009
    8,600 feet in the Colorado Rockies
    Endorsing Artist: Babicz FCH Hardware
    Unless you are going to have subs and a crossover in your PA then running to the board in a small setting is nearly useless in my opinion. Seems a nice, efficient 210 or 115 cab would be fine.
  5. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Without a sub, just 15's on sticks, might be pushing it.

    I run IEM's and use a tuner and DI but we have stereo subs as part of a 3 way system.

    When I play smaller gigs where there isn't all that PA, I have a small, 300 watt 2x10 that works great.