View Full Version : Best DI to pair with K&K PU?
06-24-2011, 01:25 PM
I've got a K&K pure mini in a Gibson of mine and I'm about to put in one in another guitar. I've heard these pickups are best paired with a preamp of some kind as they don't have one (let me know if this is not the case). Does anyone have a recommendation for a direct box that pairs well with the K&K transducer pickups? Or, would someone recommend the "Ultra Pure Mini" over the standard given it has a preamp?
06-24-2011, 02:58 PM
Yes get a preamp for it.
I have been using the K&K pure xlr for years and am very happy with it. It is simple and sounds good and built like a tank.
another popular option is the baggs para di. It is a good di but there will be a impedance mismatch with the pure. That usually just leads to a bump in the lower frequencies and can pretty much be dialed out.
There are other nicer preamps out there but they start to get spendy.
I have used and tried so many pickups and I always come back to the Pure western.
It just sounds good and has never let me down. My favorite acoustic pup.
06-24-2011, 03:03 PM
I had a Taylor with a K&K Country Western, GREAT pickup, but definitely needed a DI. I found that a Fishman Dual Parametric DI sounded the best to my ears.
06-24-2011, 04:12 PM
So a DI preamp would cost $150 to $200. Would getting the K&K Ultra Pure Mini(has built in preamp) essentially accomplish the same thing? It would save me a lot of money.
06-24-2011, 05:03 PM
Well, the kit for the Parametric EQ that I built only cost $99, so that's a pretty good deal...
06-24-2011, 07:31 PM
I use an Acousticmax with my mini western. You don't need to add a lot with this pick-up. It made my 1970's BC Rich B 28 come alive.
06-24-2011, 08:45 PM
I use the pure xlr and it sounds fantastic, I have pure western minis in a collings and another steel string and they sound markedly better when using the pure xlr preamp.
I asked K&K about preamps, and why there was all this woofy bass going on when I plugged into my aer amp. Apparently the pure western minis want to see a particular input impedance, one that just about most acoustic preamps don't have.
anyways now I plug into the pure xlr and then into the aer, pure acoustic amplified bliss :-)
the only preamps that could handle the pure westerns was the Sarno Black Box (which has adjustable input frequency) and the DTar which is so flexible
06-25-2011, 08:08 PM
Love my Orchid Muting DI from the UK with my K&K.
06-25-2011, 08:18 PM
Getting great tone out of a Headway EDB-1 and a PWM in my Collings.
06-25-2011, 08:27 PM
I've got a K&K preamp from some years back. I use either that, if I'm playing mandolin and guitar, or a Baggs preamp.
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