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  • I think I need a DI box...recommend one please!

    I'm adding a small synth (Roland Juno DI) to my rig for live use. Having never hooked up keys before, I'm wondering if I need a DI box??

    I think I do because I just have an unbalanced "mono" out. I would like to adapt that into an xlr so that it can go into our board or into the snake at venues where the system is supplied. I have NO IDEA what to look for in a DI box...I've never even used one.

    What should I be looking for, and any recommendations on what to get? Looking for something solid for road use, small enough to mount on my guitar pedal board, and maybe not top of the line (I see them from $30 to $200) but solid quality.
    Christian

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    Can't go wrong with this.. http://www.audiopile.net/products/DI_Boxes/FDB-101/FDB-101_cutsheet.shtml

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      Radial

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        Can't go wrong with this.. http://www.audiopile.net/products/DI_Boxes/FDB-101/FDB-101_cutsheet.shtml



        Agree.

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            Can't go wrong with this.. http://www.audiopile.net/products/DI_Boxes/FDB-101/FDB-101_cutsheet.shtml


            Good enough. I'll pick one up! Nice price too!

            I'm sure our sound guy will tell me if I need to do anything different hooking it up...but I assume it's just mono out of the board, into the box, and xlr out from there? Should the attenuation switch generally be left at 0 for keyboards or is it usually necessary to lower the signal?
            Christian

            SpaceCat
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            "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix







            Originally Posted by wheresgrant3


            Our singer is basically butchering the Grade A material into deli meat, but don't fear... the crowd is there for big sandwiches.

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            • #7
              Good enough. I'll pick one up! Nice price too!

              I'm sure our sound guy will tell me if I need to do anything different hooking it up...but I assume it's just mono out of the board, into the box, and xlr out from there? Should the attenuation switch generally be left at 0 for keyboards or is it usually necessary to lower the signal?


              My Keyboardist usually leaves it at 0.

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              • #8
                You leave it at zero unless you are providing too much gain to the FOH mixer.
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                  Countryman type 85 or Radial

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                    Countryman type 85 or Radial


                    I have a Countryman Type 85, as well as one of these;

                    http://www.audiopile.net/products/DI_Boxes/LDB-101/LDB-101_cutsheet.shtml

                    And one of these;

                    http://www.audiopile.net/products/DI_Boxes/LDB-202/LDB-202_cutsheet.shtml

                    For live, bar band work, I can't justify the cost of the Countryman. In a studio or on an "A" level tour, maybe, but I'd rather use my Avalon U5 in that case.
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                      Countryman type 85 or Radial


                      A countryman 85 will work fine, but there is no added benefit to using an active DI for a keyboard.
                      http://LBPinc.com/di

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                        I have a Countryman Type 85, as well as one of these;

                        http://www.audiopile.net/products/DI_Boxes/LDB-101/LDB-101_cutsheet.shtml

                        And one of these;

                        http://www.audiopile.net/products/DI_Boxes/LDB-202/LDB-202_cutsheet.shtml

                        For live, bar band work, I can't justify the cost of the Countryman. In a studio or on an "A" level tour, maybe, but I'd rather use my Avalon U5 in that case.


                        True, but when you consider how much $$$$$$$ is usually invested in everything else, even a better quality DI is a pretty small investment.

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                          True, but when you consider how much $$$$$$$ is usually invested in everything else, even a better quality DI is a pretty small investment.


                          Even with more than $100 difference, I think you'll find that the EWI DI's are well thought of around these parts. I've used the Countryman and the EWI"s on bass, keys, and electronic drum modules in a live setting and I can't hear a difference. I just think that that $100 is better invested somewhere else, where it will make a difference.
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                          • #14
                            Countryman type 85 or Radial


                            WHY?
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                              True, but when you consider how much $$$$$$$ is usually invested in everything else, even a better quality DI is a pretty small investment.


                              Hint, for this application, the Countryman is a worse choice because of increased noise.
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