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Direct Box Question

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Rush Fan, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. After playing bass and plugging straight into the amps playing live, I have potentially a silly question here. I've been doing computer recording since last last year by going straight into the M-Audio 410 (keys, GTR, and bass) and haven't had a problem. I just picked up a new jazz bass last week and it seems to record at a lower volume than my P bass. Will I need to get a direct box to correct this problem? If so, does both the input and outputs have 1/4" jacks?
    Ideally I plan to go the VST route and record that way but in the mean time I have to make do with what I've got. Mic'ing the amp isn't a possibilty sine I live in a high occupancy dwelling so that's out.:(

    Rush Fan
  2. bluestarbass


    Jul 31, 2007
    Im not exactly sure what your asking but ill try and answer. A DI may help your problem, but just turning up the gain on your preamp will help more. I think the firewire 410's have mic pres on them. Sometimes a DI will help clean up your signal a bit and help with recording, but i'm not sure itll increase your gain a bunch. I have a radial j48 and its active, so im guessing an active DI would increase your headroom, but your gain is still the root of your problem.

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