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Best Way to Tame a Hot DI (clipping interface)

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by chaosMK, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    My Bass 400 has a hot DI. It sounds awesome, but even at moderate amp volumes- less than what I'd use for rehearsal- it slams both of my recording interfaces, clip city. I have to run the interfaces at 0 on their input and I still have to run my amp lower than normal and cant slap without cutting my bass volume down to like 30-50%. Without driving my tubes the way I like 'em I get a shadow of my real tone. This is cramping my style basically.

    Anyone else have a similar problem? What's the best way to handle it on a budget?

    I can't even record with my D180 its DI blows stuff up.

    I was thinking some kind of mic pre may be able to control things.
  2. Here is something to know about DI outputs- some are at a mic level and others are at a line (1volt) output level. Sounds like the DI on the Bass 400 is at a line level, there are a few solutions. Having the same issue with the output on my Zoom B2.1u here is what I have found. If your interface has a line level option try that or even use the 1/4" output into the interface. Failing that you can always use a passive DI box to go into the interface, Whirlwind and Switchcraft among many others offer a decent passive DI that is very affordable, and should be in every bass players bag of tricks anyway. I made xlr pass thru box with a transformer to step down the signal but there are several products that are affordable to consider. ART makes the Pro Split that has a nice pad that might work for you for 50 bucks, that is handy & effective. Rapco offers the CVPBLOX mic pad but I have not used that particular item.

    A mic pre with an input pad would be another option there are many solid state and tube options that can be affordable, I have gotten satisfactory results using an ART Tube MP.
  3. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Thanks, I appreciate the explanation and options. I should be able to figure something out now :cool:
  4. mystic38


    Dec 4, 2012
    Mystic CT
    if you have a line level DI and you are connecting it XLR>XLR into a mic/instrument input then you will certainly overload it.
    Cheapest option is XLR>1/4 TS cable and put into a line level input, and if you have an interface with balanced inputs, get XLR>1/4 TRS and you are golden.

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