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Adding an instrument input to a mic preamp?
Old 16th December 2014
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Try out a NPNG "Diehlio" Active Direct box.
I second this recommendation. It's very nice on guitar for sure.
Old 17th December 2014
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Indeed the Radials are a sort of standard for this purpose, but if I'm going to buy one I was curious to know if there was something even better, even if a bit more $$. "Better" being more transparent in this case.
Countryman are supposedly more transparent than radial. I use radial myself. I use JDI for active instruments and I use j48 for passive. It depends. I think anything with a transformer is going to add some color albeit very small. I also have a Creation Audio Labs MW1 and that is ultra transparent. I would recommend that for totally clean non-altering signal, but it's a little pricy and has features you may not need. I haven't ever used a DI that was cleaner and more transparent. Radial I think have a little more punch to them though comparatively. And with bass guitar I really like that aspect of the JDI. JDI sounds amazing with EMG pickups. If you have passive pickups on a bass, you should really use an active DI. Passive DI will be noisier and generally have more distortion. It's all situational though.
Old 19th December 2014
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Indeed the Radials are a sort of standard for this purpose, but if I'm going to buy one I was curious to know if there was something even better, even if a bit more $$. "Better" being more transparent in this case.
I tested the Radial JDI and DW Fearn's passive DI, and slightly preferred the latter. Seemed to keep the transients a tiny bit better. They are both excellent, however.
Old 19th December 2014
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I went with the NPNG Diehlio. I'll chime back with a review.
Old 19th December 2014
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I went with the NPNG Diehlio. I'll chime back with a review.
Old 19th December 2014
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congrats!
you're gonna love that thing!




It transfers emotion....
Old 21st December 2014
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Radial JDI. Have tried others and is still my favorite. By a longshot actually.
Old 21st December 2014
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congrats!
you're gonna love that thing!




It transfers emotion....
Indeed. It arrived today and I'm thoroughly impressed. So far I've tried it into a Neve and a Germanium - with bass and a couple of guitars - and in each case it sounded great. Better than great. And using the phantom power of the preamp to power this thing instead of a wall wart is king.

Highly recommended. Great job, Karl, as usual.

I'm dying to put this thing before my Avedis MA5. The only gripe I had about the Neve's tone (I wished for a touch more high end and the lows could have been tighter) are "fixed" by that preamp.
Old 21st December 2014
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Fire-Eye Development

This is the best sounding out there. It sounds terrific on bass, guitar, piezos, Rhodes, etc.....
Old 24th December 2014
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned this yet: you might not even need a DI. Have you tried a simple 1/4" to XLR cable? Especially if your mic preamp has a high impedance it may sound best without any DI box in the way. I'm not a big Millennia fan but for example an instrument direct into a Millennia mic input can sound great and clean and punchy.

No DI box: If you're looking for clean that's as clean as it gets.
Old 25th December 2014
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Or a Gordon preamp,
2 mega ohm input impedance.
Just plug right in.
Old 25th December 2014
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No DI box: If you're looking for clean that's as clean as it gets.
That'd depend on loading.

I'll vote the Countryman & BSS active DIs for transparent use.

Wirlwind and MTR for less expense.
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