Awesome DI blind comparison

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Nuage420, Aug 14, 2022.

  1. Nuage420

    Nuage420 smile Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2014
    Georgia


    Great blind test!
     
  2. ebo

    ebo

    Jul 15, 2012
    Bay Area, Ca
    Wow..this was by far the best conversation and side by side comparison I’ve seen on DI’s. I own one that isn’t included on this video, but I understand the subtleties a bit more now. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. Nuage420

    Nuage420 smile Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2014
    Georgia
    What DI do you own?
     
  4. Cave Puppy

    Cave Puppy "Humph Bo, he's wond!" - John Lennon

    Jan 13, 2015
    creamyj.bandcamp.com
    That vid popped up on my recommended list. I’ve yet to watch it.
     
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  5. ebo

    ebo

    Jul 15, 2012
    Bay Area, Ca
    I have an MXR M80. I’ve tried others as well. I don’t use the distortion side other than the smallest amount of grit and a boost.
     
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  6. Nuage420

    Nuage420 smile Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2014
    Georgia
    I had that one as my very first bass pre and it's so good! With the gate too you is hard to beat for value.
     
  7. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Oregon
    Wow, I liked the JDI the best and I already have it!
    Some of the fuzzier ones came through a little thin to my ears.
    Sounds like some effort was made to match levels, but that can still be a huge deal when it comes to affecting our perception.
     
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  8. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Oregon
    I wonder how the cheap passive unit would fare with an active bass.
     
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  9. Cave Puppy

    Cave Puppy "Humph Bo, he's wond!" - John Lennon

    Jan 13, 2015
    creamyj.bandcamp.com
    I have a passive whirlwind IMP on my board. It sounds fine to me. I haven’t recorded with it yet.
     
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  10. Nuage420

    Nuage420 smile Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2014
    Georgia
    I've considered getting a reddi and noble but as a hobby player this tells me to just get a JDI and call it a day. I knew right away that 3 and 4 we're the color box or ampeg, not a fan of either, and the Amazon sounded really bad. Between the rest I had guessed 2 and 5 as the reddi or noble but I'm the mix everything but the 3,4, and 6 sounded great.
     
  11. klyph

    klyph Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    Cape Cod
    It’s too bad he chose the “total @sss” setting on the color box. Still… very useful shootout. I would still like to mess around with the cb.
     
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  12. moon-bass

    moon-bass They call me El Jefe Supporting Member

    May 10, 2004
    USA, New Orleans
    I have a CB and it's great. Sounds like this wasn't EQ'ed correctly.
     
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  13. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    Interesting !
     
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  14. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    I use a Behringer passive direct box, $30, for all my gigs with my active 5-string. Clear, neutral, great definition, reliable, rugged, no need for any further buffering. My sound man loves it.

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  15. tothemax

    tothemax

    Nov 1, 2013
    Annapolis Area
    I'm not sure if that's the same DI, but I've seen him do a shootout before and go with the $30 DI's he keeps on hand for when he's working gigs.
    My bad, different video...
     
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  16. Sub-Frequency

    Sub-Frequency

    Sep 19, 2017
    I wish he he compared the Ampeg without the scrambler mixed in. Really don't like the scrambler at all, but wanted to hear how the ampeg compared clean.
     
  17. Flog

    Flog a Viking in Tejas Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2017
    Denton, Tx.
    Interesting and well done. while technically more than a DI, would love to see how the Arkham boxes compare. The Zephyr recorded really makes a bold statement on the bass. commanding tone even listening back on a cell phone.
     
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  18. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Thanks for this!
    I don't ever want OD from a DI and would have also like to hear the Ampeg without the scrambler so I left this out of my decisions.
    For me the top three were 1,5, and 7. An even solo'd the difference was minimal and something I don't think ever would be heard in a busy rock mix. I did not care for #4 or #6.
    The Radial JDI was by far the best performance vs. cost for me.

    And remember kids, all your favorite rock hits from the 60's & 70's were for the most part recorded with a passive line matching transformer (like a Jensen) until the Countryman 85 came out in the late 70's early 80's.
     
  19. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Fantastic video. Lots of stuff to chew on. Thanks to the OP for sharing!

    I've always had great results with a Countryman Type 85... wonder how that would've fallen into this test.
     
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  20. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Oregon
    I was impressed by how various players & producers were able to discern the more expensive units in the blind. Also, apparently a little bit of dirt might be part of that "sauce" they are looking for. (I'm sure there's plenty of that going on in the post-power sends from my 50W tube heads.)
    One thing that got me curious was the mention of the Noble's power supply adding to its value. That got me wondering, exactly what price tier of power supply would the Noble equate to? (Not that I'm going to be needing a $350 power supply for my tuner.)
     
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