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Author Topic: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System  (Read 6459 times)

Steve M Smith

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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2015, 12:29:33 pm »

An active direct may have more extended high frequency response over a passive due to the higher input impedance not loading the pickup, but given that we often cut the HF on violins, the choice of DI could be subjective.
A high input impedance with a piezo pickup is usually required to bring out the low end of an instrument rather than the high end.

Plugging a piezo double bass bridge pickup into a normal line input loses the bottom end.


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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2015, 01:19:44 pm »

The linked box was their most ambitious.  There are two other models, each simpler with fewer suck knobs, but designed by the engineering staff to match up with the pickup thingee itself.

Me, I'd play a full out electric fiddle if I had to work in a band with  amplified instruments.  No messing around...solid body, plenty of signal, no feedback.

I agree-we've been tempted to go that route on and off for years.  A nice Jensen 5 string with the Barbera bridge...

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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2015, 04:00:35 pm »

A high input impedance with a piezo pickup is usually required to bring out the low end of an instrument rather than the high end.

Plugging a piezo double bass bridge pickup into a normal line input loses the bottom end.

It also makes the mids sound really bad.
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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2015, 02:51:28 am »

I'd go with a PZDI.  Whether or not the PZ buffer sounds better on that pickup, it will likely sound better on whatever is on the backup instrument.  (If you are in the UK and it's hard to get Radial, try an Orchid active DI.)
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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2015, 08:54:57 am »

It also makes the mids sound really bad.

Doesn't help the high end much, either.
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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2015, 01:32:58 pm »

Doesn't help the high end much, either.

So apart from the low end, the mids and the highs, it sounds fine!


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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2015, 03:17:12 pm »

I'm loving the new Rupert Neve Designs RNDI in this application. It only has a 2MOhm input impedance, but it seems to be enough.
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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2015, 10:46:22 am »

Avenson mini DI


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Steve M Smith

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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2015, 12:33:24 pm »

Avenson mini DI

That looks good.  I see no reason for a DI to be much bigger than that.  I have no idea why the industry standard (at least over here) BSS DI is so large.


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Re: Direct Box for Headway The Band Violin Pickup System
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2015, 12:38:23 pm »

That looks good.  I see no reason for a DI to be much bigger than that.  I have no idea why the industry standard (at least over here) BSS DI is so large.


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