Re: Is there any point in DI'ing keyboards?
Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:12 pm
Hugh Robjohns wrote:In the majority of cases electric and electronic keyboards provide an unbalanced output at a level which is typically 10-20dB below standard line-level.
I must bow to your knowledge of the official standard (if there is one). However, it's always seemed like the "keyboards" (mostly synth modules and samplers) I've used have had more than enough level to happily drive line inputs.
It's always seemed abit odd going all the way down to mic level, just to amplify stuff back up again. But not normally a problem in practice of course, particularly live.
As an electronic musician, I'm interested what happens if I take some sort of line-level balancing transformer (like Dave B seeks) to a gig, and give that to the soundman, instead of using a regular DI. By default he'll be expecting a signal at mic level - so there could be a surprise. Can he simply turn down the gain ? Or will he need to repatch the relevant snake channel (which normally goes to an FOH desk mic input) into a line input instead ? (which might involve a balanced TRS jack rather than XLR) ?