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DI Boxes Comparative Review

Seven DIs on the Spot
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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017
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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5017

DI from Rupert Neve Designs belonging to the Portico series.

In the studio and on stage, DI boxes are indispensable to match impedances, make re-amping or avoid noises. However, it's not easy to choose a DI box from the multiple options available. So, when French distributor Juke Box Limited decided to make a comparative review of the different DI boxes in its catalog, AudioFanzine had no choice but to forward the information...

You'll hear seven active and passive DI boxes tested with different instruments (bass, electric and acoustic guitar). On the menu this evening:

 

As for the protocol, the signal was sent either to a preamp (the Prism Orpheus' preamp stage) with passive DIs or to the line input of the interface with active DIs.

 

And here are the links to the 24 bit/48 kHz WAV files:

 

Countryman Type 10

Countryman Type 10

Bass

Electro-acoustic guitar

Electric guitar

D.W Fearn PDB

Bass

Electro-acoustic guitar

Electric guitar

Grace Design M101

Grace Design M101

Bass

Electro-acoustic guitar

Electric guitar

Manley Labs Tube Direct Mono

Manley Labs Tube Direct Mono

Bass

Electro-acoustic guitar

Electric guitar

Rupert Neve Designs 5017

Rupert Neve Designs 5017

Bass

Electro-acoustic guitar

Electric guitar

SPL Gain Station 1

 

Bass

Electro-acoustic guitar

Electric guitar

Universal Audio Solo 610

Universal Audio Solo 610

Bass

Electro-acoustic guitar

Electric guitar

  • Steve_Boudreaux 1 post
    Steve_Boudreaux
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    Posted on 09/30/2011 at 18:26:19
    Great to see a DI comparison, but only the first two- the Countryman Type 10, and the D.W Fearn PDB, would be of any use on stage. Stage DI boxes are kicked, dropped, tossed and generally thrown around- things like out-board power supplies (wall warts?? Are you KIDDING me??) gain controls and rack mounting are just a distraction during set-up and performance. KISS- keep it simple, stupid.

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