I'm not knowledgable about DI boxes so I figured I would ask around here to see if any of you could fill me in. Lately (past 9 months or so) I've been getting into amp sims/vsts a fair bit. I have a nice interface, Focusrite Saffire 6 USB, nothing pro but it sounds great for the prosumer level and there is certainly a noticeable difference from the m-boxes and fast tracks that I've had in the past (for the better). Anyways when I am playing/recording with amp sims I usually go straight into the hi-z input on the interface it sounds pretty good. But lately I've been deciding to go into the strobostomp first (mainly so I don't have to unplug stuff retuning between takes ) and then using the DI function of the strobostomp with an XLR cable to go into my interface. For some reason this makes everything sound cleaner and better overall. Could anyone stipulate as to why this is?
Also, is the Strobostomp considered a "Professional level" DI? I haven't done research, but how does it compare to the DIs that producers use to save DIs before reamping? I'm assuming that being a reasonably expensive unit it preserves the tone at least moderately well? I'm not looking for the best quality, but if there is something signifigantly better at a prosumer price I would be interested in getting something like that.
It'll work fine as a DI.
I have an Avalon U5, and Matt J has a Radial JDI, and when reamping, we couldn't hear any difference between tracks recorded with one or the other. We didn't try a punch in with them (we'd probably hear a slight difference there), but for leads cut on one or the other we couldn't hear a difference.
I think any quality DI will fine, you don't need the $500 Avalon, or $1,000 Manley. I can't say for certain the quality of the DI in the Strobo, but it's quite believable that it's better than what's in the Focusrite.