tube direct box == indirect box ?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by nonsqtr, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    What's the deal with "tube direct boxes"? Doesn't a tube stage mean it becomes an "indirect" box? Is this only so you can EQ the feed to the board, or is there something more to it?
  2. Many direct boxes include a preamp, so that you can get a pleasing tone by actually plugging your bass directly into the box, and then go to the board. I know that is a twisting of the name, but it might help to think of it that way. This includes boxes like the sansamp bass driver DI and I'm guessing the tube DIs. A true DI (afaik) just cleans up the electrical signal and sets it to the right level to go into a mixing board or recorder.