Whats does the D.I jack on the back of my amp mean?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Grunge_Rocker, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. I own a Laney 100 watt Linebacker bass head. I was useing it with my 4 track today. Well I usually just plug the head into the 4 track useing the line out jack. Then I noticed this other jack near the speaker jacks, and its has D.I over it. I didn't know what it was used for. So I plugged it into the 4 track to test it, and it send a sound to it.

    So is the D.I some other type of Line Out Jack? Would I use it, or my line out while recording? :confused:
  2. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    The DI is very similar to your line-out jack except it's a balanced output. All that means is that the signal doesn't lose strength over longer distances. So if your were playing live, you'd be better off using the DI balanced output so the signal arrives at the mixing desk as strong as possible . Over short distances, you will be hard pressed to notice any difference.
  3. TxBass


    Jul 3, 2002
    Frisco, Texas
    yeah...what he said! :cool: Always trust the guy from Down Under :)
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    D.I. = direct injection AFAIK
    usually also referred to as D.I. out = direct injection output

    D.I. = balanced line out
  5. I think you are right. Though never seen an output labled on a amp with D.I.
    DI Output, Ballanced Output or Direct Out sounds indeed more logical to me.

    Anyway good to know.
  6. I really appreactiate the help guys thanks. :)