Whats a DI for ?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by DreamJazz, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. So can some one explain the practical applications of DI for me ? Not just the technical mumbo-jumbo about what it is.

    When recording is it better to go Amp>DI>Mixer>Computer than it is to go Amp>Mixer>Computer ?

    Is a Direct Box the same thing as a DI ?

    And Finally does anyone know how the MXR M-80 Bass Direct Box with Distortion preforms ?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    While you can record from your line out into the mixer, a DI is usually better, it also enables you to run a balanced signal (2 signal cables run with opposite phase, so that noise that bleeds into the cable is canceled out), and it also enables you to do a groundlift to avoid 60 cycle hum.


    I don't.
  3. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    I personally like it. A lot of bassists don't. It sounds different on different gear I would take your bass to the store and try one out and hear it for yourself.