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Question about preamps, DIs, and PA systems

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by jaroh24, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. jaroh24

    jaroh24 Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Louisville, Kentucky
    So I love the sound of an SVT 4 pro, but don't have the money to get it. I found an SVT iip preamp for sale for a fraction of the cost. My question is, if I bought this preamp, could I hook it up directly to a PA system or would I need a DI? Also could I hook this preamp up to a combo amp as well? It would be nice to have an amp behind me too.
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yep, you can go directly to the PA using the XLR out on the back of the preamp. You don't need a DI at all. And, yes, using the main outs you could run into a combo. HOWEVER, you may want to read up on various inputs on the amp before you buy. Some have an input that allows you to bypass the preamp on the combo and use the power section as a "slave amp". This would be best because the signal coming off the preamp might be too hot for the regular input on the amp.
  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    What's this svt iip you speak of
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    It is, like he said, a preamp made by Ampeg.
  5. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
  6. Tuned


    Dec 6, 2007
    I use an Ampeg SVP-CL preamp, quite ideal to use it as the DI. On mine the output is pretty hot since I hit the tubes hard, I modified mine with a 20dB pad on the DI output.
  7. spector_boogie

    spector_boogie No Limit Honky

    Apr 15, 2012
    The Woodlands, TX
    Short answer, yes.

    Long answer, definitely. When I used to gig at church I'd normally always use some sort of dedicated preamp type unit for my DI signal. Demeter and Avalon were my favorites.