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LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Jebomusic » Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:49 pm

Hi folks,
Got a conundrum I wondered if anyone could help me with.

I have an LR Baggs Para DI box that I use with my acoustic. I also use a Strat that has a Fishman Powerbridge fitted. I was hoping to use the Para DI for both guitars by just changing the inputs over as needed. However, when I use the Strat I seem to get ground hum, which can usually be eliminated with a normal DI box that has a ground lift switch, but of course the Para DI doesn't have one!

The only option I can think of is to use my old Fishman Pro EQ II for the acoustic side of the Strat, into a DI box with an earth lift. This is a shame as the LR Bags DI sounds so much better.

Any other suggestions?
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby ef37a » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:45 am

A guitar in isolation cannot, by definition create a hum/ground loop.
You DO know that Strats and most single coil pup' guitars are noisy beasts?

You can simulate a ground lift from the DI XLR by making up a lead with the shield disconnected at the box end. This assumes the DI box is not phantom powered? In which case you are jiggered!

If indeed you are creating a loop, two items must be linked that go to separately earthed equipments, break the earth in THAT link. Best way is a 1:1 transformer but a "screened one end" lead will do the job. Remember to mark up any such non-standard leads.(best way for XLR is to make up a "special" 300mm male-female "stub")

......DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BREAK ANY MAINS EARTHS!!!

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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby ef37a » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:57 am

Just found that DI on Google.
Looks good but how could they have missed fitting a ground lift switch?

They boast of "studio" quality, well in the rats nest of most studio setups an earth lift must be regarded as essential I would say, over and above many other bells and whistles.

Pretty easy to fit/get fitted but as I said before you loose spook power. Then I suppose the switch does not HAVE to be in the XLR line but that would depend on the particular setup you are using. If you are thinking of trying some re-amping, the Art Cleanbox One (not two) will do for both jobs....Never ends this GAS malarkey does it?!

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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Findo » Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:16 am

I've got one too, and i can testify that its proper shame that they left out ground lift. A great box - but at times unusable.

2 things would make this box outstanding: a ground lift switch, and a footswitch for the effects loop!
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:08 pm

If it has a transformer output then it would be trivial to fit a small switch and a suitable tie-down network to provide the conventional earth lift facility.

However, I note that it is designed to be phantom powered (although it can run on an internal 9V battery), which makes a ground lift slightly harder to deal with.

I also get the impression that it may not have a transformer output at all -- there seem to be hints that it is an actively driven output, and that also makes including a ground lift tricky.

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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Findo » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:39 pm

Not sure what drives the output - they are a bit woolly in the description / specs.

I bodged mine to run off my pedal power 2, which also powers the other effects in the loop, so lack of phantom power is not a problem for me. Needless to say that didn't solve the ground loop issues. Do you think a cable with the ground lifted is a good way to go here? That certainly would be the easy option.
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:36 pm

If you don't need phantom and the output is feeding a balanced input, then yes. It's quick and simple to try out and if the problem is down to a ground loop, cutting the screen will cure it.

I'd recommend cutting at the destination end of the cable. And ideally, the cut screen should be reconnected to pin 1 via a 100 ohm resistor with a 0.1uF capacitor in parallel. This isn't critical, but is a good idea...

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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby ef37a » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:32 am

The ground lift switch would need delving inside to do but you can buy or build a simple A/B switch box for the FX loop.

Err...Actually! If the earth issue is in the XLR line just make up a shield disse'd stub.

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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Jebomusic » Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:27 pm

Thanks for your thoughts on this issue guys.Sorry for the late response but I have been away.

Just as an addition let me tell you how I have this wired.

The stereo lead coming out of the Strat terminates at a male XLR connector, this then connects to a female XLR. Inside the female connector is where the signal split takes place, via 2 lengths of finer screened patch cable to two jacks, both having their screens connected to the earth terminal on the XLR. One jack then goes into the DI for the acoustic pick up and the other into my pedalboard and onto the amp.

Please let me know if there is a better way of doing that?
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Jebomusic » Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:11 pm

Anyone?
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby ef37a » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:41 am

"Anyone? "

No one! The reason being I think Jeb is that we are all totally confused by your connection regime. For starters, Hin H do you get a "stereo output from a Strat on XLR"???

Strats are TS to TS lead into the box; Start from that!
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Jebomusic » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:06 pm

If you read the original post you'll see that the Strat is fitted with a Powerbridge .
This then goes to an onboard pre-amp and wired to a stereo output socket along with the magnetic pickup signal. The signal from the Powerbridge then goes into a DI box and the signal from the magnetic pick-ups goes into the amp, via a stereo lead that splits.
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby ef37a » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:25 pm

Ah! My apologies!

Can I assume your setup is akin to the right hand diagram in page 5 of the user manual?
I would lift the earth on the lead feeding the amplifier. No need to butcher it, just wire the hot(tip) only side of two jack sockets together and use a second standard lead. If that sorts it put the jacks in a tin and earth the tin to the amp feed jack and couple the sleeve of the other via a 1nF capacitor or thereabouts.

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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Jebomusic » Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:57 pm

Thanks for that Dave.
Yes, exactly like that. You lost me at
earth the tin to the amp feed jack and couple the sleeve of the other via a 1nF capacitor or thereabouts.

I am handy with the old soldering iron so that's no problem but if you can clarify for me the above statement i'll give it a go. :?
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby ef37a » Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:37 pm

If I could add an attachement I could give you a drawing and a schematic but sadly not possible on THIS forum AFAIK!

You can Email me via pm.
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby Jebomusic » Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:11 pm

PM sent.
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem - SOLVED

Postby Jebomusic » Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:53 am

Well folks, I would like to thank Dave for his 'Earth Lift Box' schematic. It works a treat.

I did find it only worked when used before the LR Baggs DI rather than before the amp as suggested, but that's where the earth lift would normally be anyway I suppose.

Nice one Dave 8-)
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby eisich.winter » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:47 am

Hey Folks,

I got the same humming problem with the L.R. Baggs Para DI here.
Even though this conversation is 7 years old. Could one of you send me that schematic?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby ef37a » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:36 pm

eisich.winter wrote:Hey Folks,

I got the same humming problem with the L.R. Baggs Para DI here.
Even though this conversation is 7 years old. Could one of you send me that schematic?

Thanks in advance!
Isaac

Yes, PM me and we will go from there.

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Re: LR Baggs Para DI - lack of earth lift problem

Postby lukatosh » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:59 pm

Hi everyone,

i'm Lucas and i'm writting from Chile! Well... i've arrived here looking after a solution to the same issue.

Apperently, I can't send PM since i'm a new user (i think...) is there a way that you could share the schematic trough mail?

Best regards!
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