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what DIRECT BOX do you use live ????

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jarrod cunningham, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
    im thinking about running a direct box into a powered cab of some sort for smaller shows , so tell me what you are using ???
  2. dezspet


    Mar 21, 2007
    Bassbone. The Best.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I wouldn't use just a plain DI. I'd use a preamp/DI. Bassbone, EBS Microbass II, something along those lines.
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    ... Tone Hammer. Shoot, the Tone Hammer costs less than a Radial JDI or J48, which are fine DIs but may not have enough oomph to drive an amp.
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    A programmable SansAmp BDDI. Haven't actually used it live - yet. But it's time is coming...

  6. CraigG


    Mar 14, 2006
    Mechanicsburg, PA
  7. CElton

    CElton I'm a new note finder...

    I usually use the DI out on my amp, but if I need one it's either a Tone Hammer or Groove Tubes Ditto. IEM gigs are getting more and more common for us and the Ditto is a little bulky. So, I picked up the Tone Hammer to slide into the gig bag. As Munji mentioned above, the TH will drive a power amp and give you some EQ.
  8. I hear behringers D.I. is actually one of their strong points, not to mention its like, free.

  9. Humblerumble


    Feb 22, 2004
    TONE HAMMER! Previously Sansamp
  10. fishtx

    fishtx Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Genzler Amplification/Spector Basses/Mojo Hand FX
    I want to pick up a tone hammer...I've had the tonebone, and liked it..I'm using a paranormal now (or just the DI off my head)...but wish the paranormal had a volume control...
  11. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I use Radial JDI.
    For your situation, I'd go with more of a preamp/DI though for a little more control.
  12. dunamis


    Aug 2, 2004
    Avalon U5.

    I agree with SteveC's suggestion ^^^.
  13. Visirale


    Mar 23, 2003
    I use onboard... Mesa has pretty good DIs.

    When I was using a LMII I used an avalon U5 and that worked beautifully.
  14. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars

    Every one of my preamps has a direct out, but I rarely use them. It usually works out best (for us) if the FOH man gets just the bass>pedalboard>DI signal, and the preamp is there for making the sound happen onstage.
  15. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    D.I. off of my NeoPak. Very happy with it thusfar.
  16. adge


    Jun 8, 2006
    sydney, australia
    Another vote for the Countryman T85...

    I used to give the sound guy a send from my Sansamp, but it didnt work for all soundies and thier systems, so i figure just give them plain ol' signal and let them "shape" the sound out front...
  17. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    'zactly. :bassist:
  18. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    Sadowsky pre/DI at the end of my pedalboard.
    Very good DI and excellent pre for improving the tone of any bass.
  19. basslinejam


    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City
    I agree with every one of these suggestions for onstage - except using the DI on the head, even though a lot of them sound great. I prefer to have my FOH signal completely separated from my stage amp. If the stage amp goes down at least the show goes on without interruption...

    I use JDI and Whirlwind Direct JT boxes.

    As has already been stated, to drive a powered speaker you'll need something a lot hotter than a DI.
  20. Willy2911


    Sep 11, 2008
    OC California
    I use a Sansamp - that is what I would recomend

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