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Di necessary with my motu?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Bjazzman, Mar 12, 2008.


  1. Bjazzman

    Bjazzman

    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    If im running directly into my motu, do i need a di at all? I have a countryman but im thinking about a REDDI eventually. Is this even necessary or does it add anything? I've heard getting a split signal from micing the amp and running direct is a good way to record bass. what do you think?
     
  2. It is definitely worth performing an A/B. A DI means that you are going to be using the mic preamp, where if you go in with an unbalanced 1/4" plug you will probably be bypassing the pre. If you are coming in through a line input (or using the mic/line switch, you don't say what model interface you have) then you are basically using the internal "DI", designed for a hi-Z source.

    I have done it both ways but since I often have a DI set up anyway I will use it. I'm using a Radial ProD2 most of the time. I was using the DO out on my Read Purity until I sold it, and before that I was using an Aguilar DB900. The Radial is their bottom of the line passive DI, but it still sounds fine. I have access to some better options if I feel the need, but I rarely do.
     
  3. Bjazzman

    Bjazzman

    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    i have the original motu 828. im pretty sure there is only 2 mic pre's on it but i don't know. there are 8 or 10 in's and outs though.
     
  4. Kael

    Kael

    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    I am almost positive that the 828 just has a preamp on the first two channels. I've tried running direct into my motu 896HD as well as using a couple different external preamps. I prefer using an external preamp blended with a dry signal usually.

    PS: I am unable to bypass the preamp on my 896. It is always on on all 8 channels. That can ocassionaly be very annoying.
     
  5. Bjazzman

    Bjazzman

    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    sorry im so new at this. how do you blend a signal?
     
  6. Kael

    Kael

    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    I will usually run a dry signal (ie: not going through the preamp, or at an uneffected send from a preamp) into a seperate channel, and then run through a preamp into a different channel. That way when I am mixing in my DAW I've got two differing channels of bass to toy with. Sometimes I will just roll with one or the other, but occasionally having both is a real boon.

    Example: I am currently mixing a track that is a fretless J strung with chromesteel flats but has a prominent harmonic melody played on bass in a couple sections. Flats and harmonics don't sit naturally well together. No problem. I ran a dry signal out the uneffected send into one channel then used a SABDDI and ran into a second channel. That way I EQ'd the dry signal for a lot of upper mids to make the harmonics pop out, and then EQ'd the SABDDI wet signal for the booty. I kept them both panned dead center and you can't really tell that it is two channels. They blend.
     

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