Which preamp\DI is better to go directly in the mixer during gigs?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by loud bassist, May 10, 2019.


  1. EHX battalion

    3 vote(s)
    7.0%
  2. MXR m80

    4 vote(s)
    9.3%
  3. Ampeg SCR DI

    8 vote(s)
    18.6%
  4. Eden WTDI

    2 vote(s)
    4.7%
  5. other

    22 vote(s)
    51.2%
  6. tech 21 VT

    4 vote(s)
    9.3%
  1. loud bassist

    loud bassist

    Apr 15, 2019
    Eden WTDI vs Ampeg SCR DI vs EHX battalion vs MXR m80 vs others
     
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Which bass and rig are you using?
     
  3. danster

    danster Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    Connecticut, USA
    I'm using a AVRI P bass into the MXR M80 into XR18. Works great.
     
  4. BLDavis

    BLDavis Master of Snarks. Gold Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    Sansmap BDDI v2.
     
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  5. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Ft.Worth/Dallas
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    NO offense to the OP, but that question is like asking "Which bass?"... so, so, so-o-o-o MANY variables to address.
    NOT one single CORRECT answer.
     
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  6. loud bassist

    loud bassist

    Apr 15, 2019
    I'm using a mim jazz bass, I only have a small practice amp
     
  7. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Luthier and Instrument Tech at Kala Brand Music Co.
    I used to groan when an engineer wouldn't just take the XLR off my head but after becoming an engineer myself, I realized why they would insist on using a separate DI. It takes a variable out of the equation and for an engineer that's a comforting thing.

    I don't play with pedals anymore so when I'm playing out I always take a Radial JDI with me and it sits on the amp. It is without a doubt one of the best passive DIs you can buy and it's very small and portable. There seem to be a ton of pedal preamp/DIs out now but I haven't tried many of them. The Noble seems to be very highly regarded.
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2019
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  8. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    I always bring my JDI as well, I have a non Jensen Demeter HPB-1 800w amp. The di is good, but sometimes the sound guys just want something they know. In doing sound I know one issue I have seen in taking a di off a markbass head particularly is that they have a di out knob on the amp, I really dont like that as a sound guy in case someone turns it up or down during a show.
     
  9. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Luthier and Instrument Tech at Kala Brand Music Co.
    Ah yes. A lot of them have that send control on the front panel now right? That could definitely be concerning for an engineer with an overzealous bassist.

    The old usual was the Countryman DI which I always felt made the sound a little thinner but thankfully I'm seeing more quality DIs with output transformers in venues across the country.
     
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  10. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    In my pa set up, I now carry 6 radial pro di's it's actually surprising to me if you gig an acoustic guitar or keyboard that you dont have a di for it, maybe I'm just too much if a control freak as I want to use what I want to use. I have done alot of gigs where they are using cheap di boxes, so I like having that Jdi handy.
     
  11. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    My (small) PA kit consists of Radial JDIs and J48s, but my personal DI is a REDDI tube DI.

    I don't leave home without it.
     
  12. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Germany
    The Sansamp product line is missing from that list.

    I'm using either a BDDI v2 or a PBDDI for going direct.
    Never had any complaints - but got lots of compliments from FOH people.
     
  13. loud bassist

    loud bassist

    Apr 15, 2019
    you're right! BDDI v2 or VT?
     
  14. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Another vote for "other"!
    I use Radial JDI.
     
  15. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Ft.Worth/Dallas
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    The poll should clarify the distinction between pre-amp pedals and DI's and add some DI's to the list.
    All that is listed is pre-amp pedals. They are NOT the same thing as a DI like the Radial JDI, J48, etc.
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2019
  16. Yeah, but why miss out on the chance to spend someone else's money?

    Trace Elliot Transit-B is very high spec and not too expensive.
     
  17. The clue is he actually wants a preamp!
     
  18. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Tone Hammer and Mesa Subway would the preamps I would be choosing between. The Nobels is just way too expensive for me
     
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  19. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! Supporting Member

    I see OP's request as being for a preamp with an xlr output as opposed to a preamp designed as a pedal in front of an amp exclusively.

    Mesa Engineering D800+ pedal would be my suggestion.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2019
  20. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Germany
    My vote is for the BDDI - I just like it better than the VT.
     
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