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Best Bass DI for live ????

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by BassGuy09, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. BassGuy09


    Nov 4, 2005
    What is the best DI for live? I have herd alot about the Sansamp DI but not much else. Any other suggestions out there?
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You know, I have yet to hear a truly bad DI for live. I usually use the DI out on my SWR amp, but when I use an amp that doesn't have a DI out, I will often turn to a simple little Whirlwind Imp 2 DI that costs all of $50. It's cheap but it's great for live. I've used it in situations ranging from small clubs to arena shows, and it's been completely trouble-free and always sounds good. You can spend a lot more for one, and quite honestly, the more expensive ones like Avalon, Radial, and Countryman do sound better, but not that much better in a live situation.

    As for the SansAmp, it's a good sounding DI, but its tone-shaping leaves a lot to be desired.
  3. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    Sans has got to be the most popular dI in the states. MXR M80 maybe next and the EBS desireable but expensive.

    You're not going touch any of those for $50. They'll be double that used and the EBS probably 4x's that if you can find one.

    I have the Sans and MXR and they can enhance tone significantly but they're not a cure all by any stretch. As often as not, I prefer the tone bypassed. In as much, the Whirlwind is probably worth checking out.

    You may want to do a TB search in effects - really where this thread should have been posted. There are also lots of user reviews at harmonycentral.com
  4. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    ...it's no contest-- the Avalon U5 wins hands down!
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Radial makes the ones some of my favorite players use. The Avalon is also a great choice... many of my other favorites use them ;)

    I've always considered the sansamp an effects box more than a DI.
  6. remo


    Jan 15, 2005

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    I have used a lot of DI's in various settings and I continue to go back to Radial.all I can say is Clean and quiet every time.
  8. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    My first choice is the U5 the Avalon just adds warmth that you didn't know was there! The Grove tubes brick is a nice box if you upgrade the tube. The Countryman is kind of the "entry level" into the "good stuff". And I've also heard good things about the radial stuff. One note about the Avalon, Bass player did a live rigs of the pros issue last year and about 60% of the players had a U5 in their rig and their not doing endorsement deals!
  9. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    My JDI Duplex is awesome!
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I must say that I love that Avalon U5, and I quite like the Radial, although I got to try it out in less than ideal conditions. But nowadays I just go out of my amp and use the Imp 2 as a backup. I'm not willing to spend that kind of money on a DI. The older I get, the cheaper I get about spending money on equipment, although my wife sure doesn't think so!