DI stands for Direct Input, and DI boxes are one of the most misunderstood pieces of gear there is. Simply put, when you’re onstage, this little box allows you to send balanced output from your electric guitar or bass to the mixing desk, and an unprocessed signal to your amplifier.
In a professional or home-based recording studio, you can record both signals coming out of your instrument, which means you have the original signal available for re-amping or adding extra texture when mixing. We’re confident we’ve got the best di box for your guitar or bass, but we’ve also set up our online store with search filters to make the process a whole lot easier for you. Choose between premium brands such as DBX, Kemper and Radial, and choose between a passive or active model. You can also check if the chosen DI box is in stock to avoid disappointment.
If you’re hitting up the live gig circuit and are playing electric guitar, bass, keyboards or an electric drum kit, opt for a passive DI box. Finding an extra powerpoint on stage might prove quite difficult when you’re sharing the stage with other musicians.
If you are playing the bass, when it’s run through a DI box you’ll achieve a clearer and more defined tone. This is great for time spent in the recording studio, and also cutting through rooms that are boomy when you’re playing live shows. If you’re producing in a home studio, a DI box will make a huge difference to the sound you produce: it’ll be of the highest possible quality.
We’ve brought together a catalogue of the best DI boxes in Australia. We’ve got passive and active DI boxes, and the main difference between the two is that the passive option doesn’t require batteries.
A quick way to remember which one is the best for you is by remembering that active DIs work best with passive instruments, such as guitars and bass. This is because they utilise an active electronic buffer circuit to boost the signal, which is great for guitar work.
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