06-24-2013 01:43 PM
Musicians are sometimes asked to bring their favorite DI boxes to connect into the PA, and being musicians they will sometimes forget to do so if it isn't in their gig bag. How do you handle this scenario? How many spare DI boxes do you keep on hand and any recommendations on brands/models?
06-24-2013 01:54 PM
06-24-2013 02:09 PM
Agreed on a couple of passive DIs being most useful (hey they're relatively cheap as well) but if you really want to be thorough, having at least one active box on hand in case someone with a passive instrument pickup forgets theirs might save the sound you are in charge of. However, if a person has much experience with a passive instrument pickup I'll bet they'll either rely on a preamp stomp-box or will make sure they bring their own active DI as it makes a substantial difference in the quality of sound from their instrument.
06-24-2013 03:25 PM
I have 6 active DI's, 2 passive DI's, and 2 stereo passive DI's, so I guess that's a total of 12 channels of DI. Most of them are Radial, but I have a couple EWI and Whirlwind mixed in. That's enough for most of the shows I do, but I plan on getting 2 more active and 2 passive DI's, which should cover the rest of the stuff I do.
General practice is that the PA provider provides all mics and DI's, as specified by the band's rider (or whatever you want to use if they don't have a rider). The exception is that some bands have their preferences and will bring their own mics and/or DI's, but they usually specify that in advance. Either way, you should be prepared to provide all the mics and DI's that the band needs, and then they can change them out if they have special ones they want to use.
06-24-2013 03:27 PM
06-24-2013 05:59 PM
06-24-2013 07:21 PM
Guys, thanks for all the responses. I'll sort through the recomendations and pickup a few. I run sound for my band and have been asked to provide sound at a few local festivals. That side of the business is picking up a little bit. Usually we're working with bands I know, but sometimes, like this last job, I got caught not having a DI for someone that forgot theirs. We borrowed one and the show went on. It seems that most acoustic players like using their own boxes for the sound quality and control versus a basic in/out DI.
By the way I'm always lurking on HC and very impressed with the quality of the advice from the folks that hang out in this forum. You guys are awesome.
06-24-2013 07:44 PM
06-24-2013 10:16 PM
06-25-2013 01:27 AM
06-25-2013 08:49 AM
Andy, where do you use the 1:1 transformers most? I've got a pair floating around and I can't remember ever using them. Rapco DBBlox version, XLR to XLR.
I use one when I submix from stage into the FOH mixer, as a sort of audio condom to prevent problems.
I'm sure there are other applications, but that's the reason I finally picked one up, a few years ago. We started playing a folk club/dinner theater type venue with a decent house system but no house engineer. It was easier to mix from stage with the compact mixer we normally use, but I didn't want a direct connection in case there was any weirdness with the venue wiring.
06-25-2013 09:25 AM
Miko Man wrote:
Although slightly OT, a couple of 15' guitar cables are probably worth carrying for the guy who forgets his, or has one that snaps, crackles, and pops. You would think they should know better, but luck favors the prepared. I have a couple of 5' ones for the keyboard player, too, just in case. Mark C.
Good advice. A variety of small and cheap items you can have around as backups is always a good thing. For instance, once our drummer forgot his stick bag and had to drive home and get it. Luckily it was a local gig. Since then I've carried a pair of drum sticks in the backup bin. I also have a set of guitar strings and a few picks. Chances are you'll never need them, but you're a superhero if you ever do. Oh, and stuff like nail trimmers, advil and other things that are good for you to carry around for yourself are always appreciated when offered up to a band in need.
06-25-2013 09:59 AM
I carry three stereo 1:1's :
I use them on keys and laptop and DJ rig isolation. I also carry 6 passives.
Two of the former and 4 of the latter would be plenty but better to have more than you need than less .
The last couple times I had a pair of stereo keys I cheated and just used the four line inputs on my DL1608 - making sure that the keys and DL1608 were on the same circuit.
06-25-2013 02:08 PM
For me it depends heavily on the gig - rock vs. jazz vs. corporate, and the size/fame of the band.
That being said, I like Radial if the name on the box matters. If the name doesn't matter but you want good quality for a great price, EWI. If you do a lot of acoustic instruments with pickups then the Countryman 85 is the gold standard, though the Radial PZ DI is also good.
06-25-2013 09:23 PM
06-25-2013 10:32 PM
Note that the DB-BLOX is not 1:1 but is 6:1 and is generally wired as a DI not as a 1:1 isolator. Pin 1 is connected to sleeve as well.
Note that the ART unit has input sleeve connected to chassis and to pin 1 of XLR channel 1, without a lift switch. Again, this may be problematic.
I use 1:1 line level isolation between anything in my system and the outside world (like broadcast trucks, house systems front fills, balcony fills, video dicks, etc. I also isolate everything that comes to me from the same sources, especially video dicks.
06-25-2013 10:53 PM - edited 06-25-2013 10:54 PM
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