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1976fenderhead

Recommend me a cheap, small, good passive DI box (without a preamp)

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I use the Ampeg SCR-DI but have no use for the Scrambler part and the pedal is heavy and massive so I think I may just get the Ampeg Classic Preamp and a passive DI box... Which do you recommend?

Would something like this do? http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/processors/s-max/md1/

That's about 30 quid. Can I go even cheaper? Edited by 1976fenderhead

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Orchid electronics. UK made and you won't find better for the price. John is brilliant to deal with

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[quote name='sk8' timestamp='1509478999' post='3399325']
Orchid electronics. UK made and you won't find better for the price. John is brilliant to deal with
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Thanks mate, but had a look and they're all active... Really want it to be passive.

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You want cheap? Here's cheap:
[url="https://www.thomann.de/gb/millenium_die_dibox_passiv.htm"]https://www.thomann.de/gb/millenium_die_dibox_passiv.htm[/url]

Give it a try - what's to lose? It might be perfect for your needs!

Why do you particularly want a passive one? My own choice would be another vote for the Orchid Electronics ones recommended by sk8, but they are active, as you noted.

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Thanks, I don't have much reference regarding DIs so don't know how cheap is too cheap to be good. If something like that will do fine, great!

I don't want to have to bother with powering it, since I really don't need it to be amplified, just want it as basic as possible without degrading the sound.

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[quote name='1976fenderhead' timestamp='1509478002' post='3399315']
I use the Ampeg SCR-DI but have no use for the Scrambler part and the pedal is heavy and massive so I think I may just get the Ampeg Classic Preamp and a passive DI box... Which do you recommend?

Would something like this do? http://www.samsontech.com/samson/products/processors/s-max/md1/

That's about 30 quid. Can I go even cheaper?
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I’ve got the stereo version of the Samson so I can get a pre and post pedalboard signal. Works great, as well built as a Radial.

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Personally I'd advise against going for the cheapest one possible as it may well end up breaking apart sooner, or just won't sound as good. Buy cheap, buy twice as someone wiser than me said....

Passive DI with a nice transformer will help your bass sound (/record) better IME. Up to a point, quality of DI does make a difference... Radial does make excellent stuff incidentally.

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[quote name='1976fenderhead' timestamp='1509491226' post='3399461']
Looks good... Do you think the Samson one I posted would not be as good? (it costs half)
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It could be, I just prefer the size of the radial

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I use a fender microDI. It's tiny, has a cab SIM, and a boost/attenuator switch. Its size means no space for batteries, but if you already have a power supply (a daisy-chain/trex type box/gigrig type system) then I'd doubt you will find a smaller Di.

Edit: sorry I completely missed the passive bit of title. Edited by elephantgrey

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+1 for the Radial Stage Bug SB2 (the green one). Rock solid construction and is nicely versatile. You can run a stereo signal, like keys, into it too. Does what you’re looking for perfectly. It’s totally passive.

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[url=http://www.emosystems.co.uk/Products/Passive_Direct_Injection_Boxes.html]EMO[/url]

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[quote name='elephantgrey' timestamp='1509526422' post='3399572']
I use a fender microDI. It's tiny, has a cab SIM, and a boost/attenuator switch. Its size means no space for batteries, but if you already have a power supply (a daisy-chain/trex type box/gigrig type system) then I'd doubt you will find a smaller Di.

Edit: sorry I completely missed the passive bit of title.
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I have to say though, that is quite tempting.

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[quote name='Cuzzie' timestamp='1509543172' post='3399764']
Radial JDI

It's the beans
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It is indeed

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Orchid Electronics any day! They'll even do customised ones if you need a slightly different flavour.

Si

Edited by Sibob

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11 hours ago, kodiakblair said:

Behringer Ultra DI 100. £30,built like a tank,no preamp just a DI box. Needs a battery unless there's phantom power involved.

http://www.music-group.com/Categories/Behringer/Signal-Processors/DI-Boxes/DI100/p/P0062

Of course, everyone is able to do what they please, but why someone would spend £30 on a Behringer DI rather than £36 on an Orchid is beyond me :)

http://www.orchid-electronics.co.uk/classic_DI.htm

Si

N.B. I have nothing to do with Orchid further than being a customer, just think they make great products.

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4 hours ago, kodiakblair said:

@Sibob 

If I'd known about the Orchid for £36 I'd have bought one :-)

It's never too late haha

Si

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I have the red version of the behringer and it sounds pretty crap. I'm no recording wizard so it's possibly down to something else but the bass straight into the focusrite sounds nice and bright whilst through the DI it sounds dull and lifeless. I wouldn't recommiend one

Edited by Phil_T

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