Do i need an active di?

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  1. docgorpon

    docgorpon Member

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    I have a 12 string that I'd like to amplify. I think ill get a soundhole pickup as I don't want to install a whole system. Being that the soundboard pickup is passive, I assume I'll need an active di box? I can't just go straight into a board, right? I have a nice radial passive di. But I don't know that it'll give enough signal for a passive pickup?
     
  2. Synex7254

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    An active DI will give you more signal and make the guitar a little louder but depending on the board/mixer/PA it's being plugged into...it may not be necessary and a passive DI would work just fine.

    I have a passive DI I use when live gigging and plug both active and passive acoustics into it. They both sound fine although the passives may need little increase of the gain/fader.
     
  3. mark norwine

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    To me, it's like horsepower under the hood: you may not need it right now, but when you do need it, it's nice to have it.

    An active box will never let you down. A passive might, depending on what you're feeding.

    If you don't carry your own PA (and therefore can't control what you'll be feeding), spend the extra few bucks and get a good active box. And while you're at it, make sure it has a ground lift and a polarity reversal switch.
     
  4. dgonz

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    You don't "need" one, but after you play without one, you'll definitely want one. It will help boost the signal, control and shape the tone much better, give you a better response, and help curb or eliminate feedback.

    After many years of gigging with only active and passive pickups, I bought a used LR Baggs Para-DI off Ebay for about $90. Best investment I made in regards to live acoustic tone.
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    if you do go with the soundhole pickup and already have the nice passive DI, all you need is a buffered pedal in between, say a boss tuner pedal.

    a plain ol' graphic EQ pedal can be really useful as both tone-shaping and preamp/buffering before the DI box.
     
  6. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    Just any one component with battery or power supply is all you need. If you are plugging a passive pickup into a DI straight to the board, an active DI is the appropriate choice. Radial's active DI in the $99 range is really good. I think the Stage Bug series is great as well.
     

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