What's in your D.I. closet?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by redbort, Feb 17, 2006.

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  1. redbort

    redbort Active Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    we have threads and threads about mics
    so i'm starting one about Direct Boxes

    how about you list the ones you got, why you like them
    do we have any DI whores on the board?
    anyone with a complete DI closet?
    can we even compare buying a DI like we do a Mic?
    what options do you look for in a DI?
    when do you use passive DI? active DI?
    what are you favorite DI's for what recording situations?
    lets get all our bases covered
    from 20$ begriger, to avalon u5 and everything inbetween
    yet lets leave out all 'preamp'/DI boxes
    cause that'll just lead to a preamp conversation that we have alot of already

    i've only used them on bass, so i've got
    SansAmp Bass Driver DI
    MXR M-80 Bass DI
    and sometimes i use the direct out out on my ampeg head or gallien head
    (but they don't count, cause we're talking strictly DI)

    has anyone ever A/B'd Ampeg SVTDI Tube Driven Direct Box to the direct out on a SVT tube head (classic or svt-2)?
  2. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
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    2 Whirlwind IMP2s - suck for anything serious, but extra hands
    1 Visual Sound (the awesome guitar pedal company) custom built thingy that sounds excellent on most anything, but especially guitars, natch.
    2 Groove Tube Ditto - tube D.I.s with massive transformers - outrageously great sound on synths and bass.
    Toft ATC-2 - ehh. Better than the IMP2s, though.

    Also have great sounding D.I.s built into my Peavey VMP-2 tube preamp.
  3. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    I have not done so, however if memory serves me right. The Ampeg DI box you are referring to has only one 12AX7 in it.
    Now I do own an Ampeg SVT pro, bass preamp and it has four 12AX7's in it and one other tube. Making it a total of 5 tubes. And for just those reasons, IMO it's gonna be a WAY different sound, just on the topic of tubes and gain, or in the DI's case (lack there of).
    Moving on...
    I also own a SansAmp DI
    Avalon U5
    Line6 POD
    Marshall SE100 (DI for tube amps)
    And I know you said not to list preamp/DI' boxes
    But since you mentioned one, I will too...
    Great River, awesome preamp, incredible sounding DI
  4. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
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    Oh yeah. I forgot the DI built into my recently purchased Eden Highwayman head. It actually sounds amazing. Better for bass than even my Dittos.
  5. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
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    12 Whirlwind Hot boxes
    4 Horizon Passives

    For my mobile tracking needs, these cover most of the bases and are servicable. The Hot Boxes do accassionaly get hooked into a bass amp or KB that just plain hums no matter what you do. Then I have to break out the passives. The passives are only OK. But when you gotta' have a passive, you gotta have one.

    Guess I need to snag a couple of Counryman's though.


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