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November 7th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Why you need a direct box if you can connect a guitar or keyboard directly to a mixer without problems? That's a great question! It's easy to ignore DI, but play a vital role in the process of recording in the studio and especially live recording. There are several different types of direct boxes, but all have two main purposes: they function as impedance matching devices, changing the line-level signals in a microphone signal level and offer capacities of elevation to avoid that ground loop hum caused by unpleasant faulty wiring.

More importantly, a direct box you allows for a thicker sound cleaner than connecting directly to a mixer. This is due to a balanced signal can run over long distances without collecting EMI (electro-magnetic interference) or RFI (radio frequency interference). If you've ever heard a radio station suddenly out of your speakers, then you know what I mean.

A DI usually a ¼ "input, XLR output and a ¼" through the socket that can be used to send the input signal to another sound source. This configuration allows a balanced microphone signal to be sent to the console through the XLR output and at same time, lets you connect your instrument to an amplifier through the stage through the plug. DI also equipped with a cargo area switch, which allows you to dig up the soil safely, without fear of shocking yourself. This method of soil lifts the audio signal, but no electric field recommend.

DI's come in two types - passive and active. The most obvious difference between them is, you need the power and the other not. A passive DI is ready for use straight from the box and requires no external power. They are very easy to install - just plug and play. However, a DI with active electronics need some sort of external energy to run the internal circuitry. You can run from standard 48 volt phantom power directly from the mixer or, if phantom energy not available, can be operated through an internal 9 volt battery. Active DI can accept many different types of input signals, which make them much more versatile than their passive counterparts, but are also more expensive.

Applications:

• Keyboard - boxes provide the most direct clean sound possible

• Electric Guitar - direct box signals to be executed through an amp simulator, and a Line 6 POD to some additional processing to fatten up

• acoustic guitar - a direct box provides a clean, but sound sterile. The DI signal can be mixed with a microphone signal to add warmth / depth

• Bass Guitar - a direct box provides a cleaner sound. The DI signal is usually be mixed with a microphone signal to add a more robust bottom

I recommend:

Countryman Direct Boxes Radial and its robustness and quality.

SPEECHLESS Studio Remix at XLR Studios Maine by Trish King

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