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joelvan77

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The "best" acoustic DI
« on: January 11, 2013, 02:22:55 PM »
What is your favorite way to plug your guitar in live?
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ericjungemann

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 05:57:29 PM »
Direct to a Loudbox Mini (656ce).

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texasdw

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 08:17:10 PM »
Depends on the guitar.  But for a Taylor steel string I like the Taylor K4.  It is however darn expensive.

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2013, 10:48:02 AM »
with the ES system I use a 1/4 TRS to XLR straight to snake and then to board. No need IMO for anything else.
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Herb Hunter

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2013, 04:57:23 PM »
Because a Taylor has a balanced, low-impedance output, a DI is superfluous. For other guitars, I would want a Radial JDI.


Some people when using the term, DI, don't mean a direct input box (a device that converts an unbalanced, high-impedance signal to a balanced low-impedance not) but rather a preamplifier with an output that is compatible with balanced, low-impedance equipment.

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2013, 09:55:33 PM »
While more than a DI (which the ES doesn't need), the Taylor K4 is an impressive piece of kit.  I have one that I use with my ES-equipped Taylors and it sparkles.
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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2013, 09:16:57 PM »
I use an 1/4 TRS to XLR to an Audix T50k Impedance Transformer into my amp (either a VOX AGA 70 or Fishman Loudbox Mini).

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2013, 04:02:31 PM »
L. R. Baggs Venue.

And I'll totally agree with others who say it depends on the guitar. I love the Venue and how my guitar sounds through it.
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MrTing

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2013, 05:24:12 PM »
I use a Baggs Para DI and love it.   However, the Radial active DI is amazing.   I played through a couple and it was noticeable how much headroom they have.    Adam Rafferty went through everything and tours the world with a J48.

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2013, 06:20:14 PM »
We plug our Taylor guitars and Kala tenor ukes and Val's Kala U-Bass ino a pair of Bose T1 Tonematch preamp/mixers.

From there, out to either our Bose L1 model 2 or AER Alpha Plus or the venue house system.
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soma89

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2013, 09:04:06 PM »
I really like the tube Di boxes....the one i have in mind is a long red box...and its gone from my mind.

soma89

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2013, 06:32:21 AM »
ok...it`s called the A-Designs Audio REDDI.

And for much cheaper..the Radial JDI Mk3

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2013, 05:26:19 PM »
I liked all the features of the Baggs Venue, but found the tuner very disappointing. I also wish they'd sell it with the foam pads separate, so it was easier to velcro it. The Para DI was also great, especially the notch filters. I like DI boxes which have extra functions like loops and boosts.

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2013, 02:26:29 PM »
I just came across this thread.  I didn't realize that the Taylor has a balanced output.  I've been plugging in using a standard TS -TS cable.  Will I get a better sound using a TRS-XLR cable when plugging into a PA mixer/head?  I haven't had any noise issues doing it the way I have been, including plugging into my Tascam US-800 audio interface

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Re: The "best" acoustic DI
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2013, 06:21:42 AM »
...Will I get a better sound using a TRS-XLR cable when plugging into a PA mixer/head? ...


Maybe, maybe not. You will be sending a stronger signal to the PA (3 dB louder) which means less noise because the gain doesn’t need to be turned up as much to achieve the same volume level and because the added shielding better resists induction noise.