DI box advising please

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  1. alvaro

    alvaro ... dat chugga

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    Hey guys, got a question about proper setup: What kind of DI box (active, passive) would be more suitable for this studio setup?

    guitar (Fishman Fluence Modern set active pickups)

    Line 6 G30 wireless

    ISP Decimator

    Xotic SP

    Whammy DT

    Overdrive pedal (Precision Drive)

    DI box

    audio interface (via XLR cable to its mic preamp)

    Revalver VST​

    p.s. I am also not sure about compressor's best place: some people say it's better before the overdrive, others say after. My poor logic sense tells me that it belongs between the gate and the Overdrive.

    I will appreciate any advise. Thanks a lot.
     
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    Since your pickups are active you can go either active or passive DI box. I have the BOSS DI-1 and its really nice. The Radial, Countryman, or Littlelabs DI boxes are good too. I'm no expert but I think you want the DI at the beginning of your chain, but I could be wrong. I'd put it after your wireless unit and see what your wave forms look like as opposed to putting it after your OD pedal.

    Edit: I'd actually do exactly what I mentioned, and use the parallel out for your FX chain. This will capture 2 signals. Your completely dry signal, then the one with your FX chain. That way if you need the DI for any reason, you have it.

    Guitar -> Wireless -> DI BOX -> Preamp
    Guitar -> Wireless -> DI BOX (Parallel Out) -> ISP Decimator -> etc.
     
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    Also your Decimator should be the last pedal from your guitar (right before the amp/interface)
     
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    I understand your approach, however, the reason I want a DI Box is for achieving a balanced/low impedance signal, and therefore being able to use the high quality mic preamps of my audio interface, instead of the Hi-Z input (which I think is not as good in quality converters). So, setting it before the pedals (which seem to be mono/unbalanced)... would it preserve those characteristics? Please note that I own all of those devices for DAW recording purposes, exclusively (I'm a "bedroom musician")


    Ok, but he Precision Drive has its own gate, so IMO it would be kinda useless to put Decimator after it. I think would be more useable to locate the Decimator in other point of the signal chain.
     
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    I'm kind of confused why passive DI cannot be used with passive electronics, I know the impedance but what it really does in term of physics if you use one?
     
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    The purpose of a DI box is to capture the DI. I would make sure that signal is correct and how you want it, before you go adding FX to your chain. Guitar -> DI -> Preamp is going to give you the absolutely best DI given the gear you have listed. I would for sure be recording 2 tracks simultaneously in your situation, capturing just the DI signal, then having another signal (in parallel) capturing your wet signal. My BOSS DI-1 has 3 outputs, one 1/4 and XLR for the impedance, and one parallel out to bypass the DI box impedance matching. Try and get a box that will give you options. IMO though, the DI is the most important thing, regardless of what fancy distortion pedals and compressors you have.

    I don't think there are any rules that say you can't use a passive box with passive pickups, but generally its just not enough juice compared to an active box. I don't know the scientific details, I just did some research and saw that the consensus was active pickups = passive box, and passive pickups = active box, so I went with it, and am happy.
     
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    ok. i think im going to buy a Radial Pro 48, seems good priced unit for the specs and has good reviews on inet. I liked that Boss DI-1 too, but seems out of stock here in EU.

    Thanks everyone for the advising
     

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