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Nice DI

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by FDR Jones, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. FDR Jones

    FDR Jones

    Apr 7, 2018
    Hey, I bought a UA 610 Solo to use as a bass DI. I thought it would be fun to hear the difference compared to the built-in DI on my Focusrite 2i4. To be honest, I’m not sure I can tell the difference (listening with Sennheiser HD5XX).

    Of course, the UA is plugged into the interface. Is this a case of a chain only being as strong as the weakest link?
  2. guts


    Aug 13, 2018
    I think it's more a case of two devices trying to do the exact same thing.
  3. FDR Jones

    FDR Jones

    Apr 7, 2018
    Cool... guess I can sell this thing.
  4. FDR Jones

    FDR Jones

    Apr 7, 2018
    Anyone using an Eden Glowplug?
  5. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    UA solo/610 is what I'd consider a "color" DI. Push the gain up for bigger, "sticky" bass notes—you should be able to hear it.

    Also nice on snare and for getting some girth on thinner voices.
  6. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    It might be a matter of weakest link. Since the UA610 has balanced line level out, the best option would be to do directly from that to the ADC. Focusrite doesn't have a block diagram of the 2i4, so I don't know if your signal is going through it's own preamp before hitting the ADC.
  7. FDR Jones

    FDR Jones

    Apr 7, 2018
    I think I remember reading something a while ago that it’s not possible to avoid the preamp in the 2i4.
  8. FDR Jones

    FDR Jones

    Apr 7, 2018
    Thanks for the reply... I’ll try it with the gain up higher. Since I don’t go for distortion, I’m in the habit of turning the level pretty much all the way up and then slowly increasing the gain from zero until I can hear it.
  9. Aloe


    Apr 10, 2016
    2gen Scarlett's DI is pretty decent (first gen had some clipping problems).
    in fact, I prefer it to some big named external DIs.

    if you cannot hear a $1000 tube device improves the sound, probably the Scarlett's DI is pretty good for you as well.
    if you're running your Scarlett at 96kHz, it should not be the bottleneck.

    buying and plugging a $1000 preamp in a $80 audio interface to me looks like you're desperately not happy with your tone. but just throwing a grand in equipment does not mean it all will sound like $1000 better.
  10. FDR Jones

    FDR Jones

    Apr 7, 2018
    I’m not desperately unhappy with my tone. My basses sound perfectly fine straight into the interface and perhaps I should be happy with that. The dollar amount doesn’t really mean anything to me— I bought it used and I can easily turn it around.

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