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Is a DI box needed for an electric guitar when using the 16.4.2

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asked May 9 in Classic Mixers by kevintrappe (150 points)
Using 16.4.2 as my digital converter for audio going into my DAW.  Is a DI recommended for use with electric guitar/bass or can you plug directed into the 1/4" input on the back of the 16.4.2?  When using an old DI, the signal was way too low when it finally reached my DAW.... could be a bad DI, but, is one really needed?

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answered May 18 by paulclarke2 (26,970 points)
 
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As the StudioLive 16.4.2 does not have a dedicated Instrument input, yes you will need to use a DI.

The following articles may be helpful:

http://blog.radialeng.com/have-you-ever-tried-a-di-for-your-electric-guitar/

http://www.recordingmag.com/resources/resourceDetail/203.html

If the output of the DI you used was low, it might be worth checking if a Pad button (used to attenuate the signal) was engaged.
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