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  1. This one really does my head in. My Markbass Multiamp (pre 2015, don't know if they fixed it with the later one) does this, why would it ever be useful?
  2. Yeah, it's worth remembering that they do things that aren't on the configurator. Mine was configurated as a start and then had a couple of extra things to make it perfect.
  3. I would only worry about shielding with single coil pickups anyway, and even then I thought it was more of a guitar thing, because of the high gain which will amplify any hum. I did it on a Telecaster, but I've never worried about it on a bass.
  4. I think a few people do switchable ones, I'll have a look around.
  5. Woah. Whatever I was expecting, it was not that. So many questions...
  6. There's nothing in the Darkglass software to change the DI, I think they have just gone for the amp approach of line level DI, but with an XLR socket. It's probably the same circuit they use in amps. I might get hold of one of these to stick in my gig bag for the times when the sound bod isn't happy with line level: https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/accessories/a15la
  7. I hadn't come across those, they look good - I've got a JDI but I want another DI box that's very transparent and will definitely take line level input, for the odd times when the sound engineer can't cope with the fact that my amp DI is line level not mic level, or when I've only got a mic pre to go into. Sounds like the EMO would fit the bill?
  8. This seems pretty generally useful so I'll put it here... I've been looking at DI and DI boxes recently and came across this, sods law says it won't have the DI you're interested in but it does show the differences between them, and the way that some of them are deliberately not transparent which can be good or bad depending what you want. I love my Radial JDI because I don't need anything except a bass and the DI for it to sound good, and that's because it does smooth things out a bit. Anyway: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/direct-box-comparison-bass-guitar/
  9. Ah, it never occured to me that I might be able to change it via USB, I'll check that out. Doing a bit more reading, it seems like a common problem with amps and DI, many of them use line level from a balanced XLR and at least some sound engineers don't know how to deal with that at the desk. It looks inconsistent with pedals - some definitely do DI like a DI box would (MXR, Palmer pocket amp, Bassbone).
  10. The DI out from the darglass seems massively too hot for a mic input, it's not a case of tweaking it, it's a case of having to turn everything down to absolute minimum and then if you accidentally press the "bypass" footswitch (or wanted to use just the cab sim) you will suddenly get a signal that sends all the meters very red. It's line level, so literally 1,000 times the voltage of mic level.
  11. I've never really undertood DI on pedals and amps being line level when a DI box, with the same output jack, produces mic levels. It's easy enough to use an XLR -> TRS cable and I do at home, but for gigs it seems to throw some (admittedly fairly amateur, or maybe just old school) sound engineers. Just the thing of having the same connector handle two kinds of signal seems weird. Case in point is the DG Vintage Microtubes Ultra I just bought, where the DI is line level. Are all powered DI pedals like that? It seems like when the stage has a snake the XLR cables all go to the mic inputs on the desk, so if you have line level DI do you put it through a nice clean passive DI box, or do you try and get it run into a line input on the desk? Or am I just missing something? My passive Radial JDI is mic level, as are most things that call themselves "DI Boxes" as far as I can tell, and that has caused way fewer problems than anything else, no power required either, but obviously not much flexibility which is why I was after a pedal with a few more options and DI out. Are there any like that which produce mic level?
  12. Yeah, I was thinking that I'd only need one out of parallel and single, I've done it with guitars and found that there's not much between them. Parallel / Series is probably favourite.
  13. The TIs sound nicely balanced to me, on both my current basses (5 string) and they did on the 6er I had before that. For the amount I play I doubt I'll ever change them I was playing with a pick and palm muting last night, that makes a lovely sound as well.
  14. My Jake (Delano P pickup + Humbucker) has had roundwounds on it since I bought it a couple of years ago, and I've never really managed to get the sound I wanted. I've got an Elwood (Haussel J pickups) with TI flats but that hasn't really done it either. So, over xmas I put some TI flats on the Jake... wow. That's the sound I want, bang on. They need to play in a bit so I might need minor tweaks, but with any of my favourite amps from the Multiamp (mainly the MB ones) it just sounds perfect to me. Why I've not done it until now I do not know, my previous bass (Ibby BTB) had TI flats and I loved it. Maybe because I've not had a Jazz style bass before and didn't realise how much difference there would be. It's just a genuine "finally nailed it" moment, getting a Barefaced cab for the multiamp really brought the amp / cab sims to life and now the bass is sounding spot on as well. Sorted! Time to put some roundwounds on the Elwood I suppose. I'll try and stick a clip of it on soundcloud when I get chance.
  15. If you're using an amp sim, give it a try straight in to the 2i4 in "inst" mode, that's what Focusrite say in the manual. If you've got an XLR cable anyway, try the DI method as well and see which sounds best. 🙂 @Sibob of this parish is involved with Focusrite and might also be able to advise.
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