Behringer DI20 Ultra-DI - active 2-channel DI box, jack in, XLR out, -20/40dB pad (up to 3000W), 9V battery or phantom powered (15-52V), ground lift, battery off switch, also doubles as 2-way signal splitter. Dimensions: 150 x 130 x 60 mm. Weight: approx. 650g
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At this price get a few for your tool kit. You can either use this to take a stereo signal from a laptop (with 3.5mm to 2 mono jack cable), 2 mono channels such as 2 acoustic guitars, or use it in split mode to take a DI of an instrument and send it to the front of house and an onstage amp. I have never used these for any other purpose so can't comment on using fro larger signals.
They work perfectly, I always get a nice clean signal, and if the PC signal is too hot, I can add a 20db or 40db pad to lower the gain. Although I always start my gain path with the PC to ensure its not overcooking its output and distorting.
I have used these from small intimate settings of acoustic music, to medium sized pub gigs upto 500.
These can run off battery if needed, or phantom power from the desk. I always use phantom power as why add the expense of batteries? But I always have a battery on hand incase my phantom power fails.
You dont need to spend more money. This does the job pure and simple. You get a great clean strong signal and thats what matters at this stage. They are also fairly light but metal construction so will take a beating. Been using the same one for 7 years now, Adding more to allow for more complicated set ups.
This little box from Behringer is a very handy addition to the home studio, mobile record rig or stage setup.
I have 2 of these and use them for live gig recordings with my mobile rig where I often don't know what I'm going to encounter until I arrive. These little boxes are very versatile and allow me to connect a wide range of instruments to my recording interface via balanced connections for best low noise performance with long cable runs.
For example, I've used them as classic DI boxes, to insert between instrument and amplifier and to simultaneously take a balanced line level output out to the interface, I've used a single unit to feed an unbalanced stereo output from a keyboard into twin balanced XLR inputs. I've used them to interface with a drum machine via the headphone output (the drum machines' main outs were broken).
They are powered via phantom power from the XLR connection or via 9V battery. You can connect instrument amplifier speaker outputs to them and use the inbuilt attenuator to match the signal. Other features include a ground lift, and the ability to use as either a twin channel single in single out DI box, or a single channel box with single in, multiple out.
Compact and lightweight, they seem rugged enough in day to day use, no issues with noise or build quality, and of course, excellent value.
To sum up, don't be put off by cheap reputation these are very versatile little tools and very competitively priced.
Not really much to say about this one, It works really well and delivers. Used many times now and works perfectly, I personally use quite a bit of Behringer kit as I have not yet won the lottery and find it does what it says on the box. This may be a cheap piece of kit but I am struggling to see how you would get any better results from paying twice the price? Its not bomb proof but if you treat these things right I reckon they will last for a good few years, I keep mine attached in my pedal board case so it is well protected, but if you just throw your stuff in a bag they are cheap enough to replace.
I bought 2 of these DI's for radio outside broadcasts of live music events and studio recording applications and they've worked amazing for both.
The double DI is really useful for live settings where we need to attenuate a hot signal. I've generally used them between the feed from DJ's into our broadcast mixing desk.
I've also used these classically for live concerts and studio recordings, for directly inputting an electric, acoustic, bass guitar or keys into the desk. You can set the DI to act in 2 channel mode (so you get 2 DI's for the price. Although you can only set an attenuation that applies for both at the same time) or in single channel mode, where you get a 1/4" jack output which is perfect to go into an amplifier on stage for monitoring etc.
Even used these to connect a phone/mp3 directly into an active speaker when no mixer has been available!
They're phantom powered via a mixing desk. Or when phantom power is unavailable, 9v battery powered with an on/off switch. There's a red LED that illuminates when power is received, which is really helpful to check you have an initial connection to the desk in the event of issues during an event.
Overall, don't be put off by the low price. Really good product at a great price point. Can't recommend it enough!
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