Passive or active di box

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  1. Koloss85

    Koloss85 The Doomslayer

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    Hiya guys,
    Could you help me out with selection? I have a guitar with a passive pickup (black winter) which is ceramic and high output.
    I'm reading some conflicting info that I should use and active di with a passive electronics and vice versa. What's the real deal? Does it matter?
    Fyi I'll just be plugging into Di>interface>laptop
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    Just plug the passive guitar directly into your interface. Most of them have high impedance instrument inputs, which is what you want.

    The only reason I'd use a di box would be:
    1. You only have low impedance (mic) inputs on your interface, or
    2. You want to record a dry signal but still play thru your amp.
     
  3. Koloss85

    Koloss85 The Doomslayer

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    Hi thanks for the response.
    I having trouble with the set up with lots of cutting out and feedback and was told a di box would clean up the signal. At this point I'm willing to try it but just wanna make sure I get the right kind (active vs passive di box)
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    Passive should be fine. If it's cutting in and out that might just be a bad cable though.
     
  5. Koloss85

    Koloss85 The Doomslayer

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    Thanks I'll try it out
     
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    Descent SS.org Regular

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    Radial Passive
     
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    Koloss85 The Doomslayer

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    Exactly the one I picked up
     
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    sharedEQ SS.org Regular

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    I have compared the Radial X-amp (reamping) vs their passive reamper and the X-amp was slightly better/brighter. The passive there was some minute high end / detail loss.

    Conventional wisdom, an active DI might be slightly better at least it would eliminate losses from cables. Active pickups are already low impedance and don't experience loading from cables, thus a passive DI is fine.

    I think you will hear the most difference from an active DI if you are using single coil passive pickups with long cable runs. Hot humbuckers with short cable? Meh, probably can just use passive and boost the presence later in the signal chain.
     
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    Koloss85 The Doomslayer

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    Thanks
    Thanks for the insight. This is all new to me so I appreciate it. Gonna try all this tonight when I get home and report back
     
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    For guitars I always prefer active - they have a considerably higher input impedance on average (10M ohm in a Countryman Type 85 vs 140k in a Radial JDI) and that loads the pickups in a way more similar to a guitar amp (average ~1M).
     
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    Koloss85 The Doomslayer

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    So I picked up the radial passive di. admittedly I don't have much knowledge or background on this stuff.
    My guitar has a high output passive ceramic pick up.
    I looked into the j48 and other active di's.
    Would the active make much a difference to justify double price? Did I mess up getting the passive di with my passive guitar?
     
  12. Koloss85

    Koloss85 The Doomslayer

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    Just contacted radial the said go with active with my passive guitar do I went pro48 for same price. Thanks for everyone's input this is all new to me
     
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    Guitars with PASSIVE pickups, use an ACTIVE DI. Guitars with ACTIVE Pickups, use a PASSIVE DI. Same goes with Bass guitars.
     
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    Koloss85 The Doomslayer

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    yup, returned the passive di and got the pro 48 active
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    Having both really is nice. You can use the passive DI as a reamp box as well as a DI for active pickups.
     

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