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New video! DI Boxes Part 7: Amplifier Emulation DIs

In March of 2015 I published a video entitled “Stompbox/Pedal DIs” featuring the Sansamp Bass Driver DI, a relatively early solid state emulation of a classic tube bass amplifier. Since then, amp emulation technology has come a long way! In this video I discuss how to deal with this type of DI as a live sound engineer, and cover specific features of the Origin Effects Bassrig ’64 Black Panel, one of the best current examples of the type.

As mentioned in my previous post about the MXR M81, the idea of having a DI box with EQ convinced me to leave me bass amp at home for the first time in 20 years. This unit takes things to the next level, and gives you an entire vintage Fender Bassman amplifier in a DI. The only variable remaining is having a sufficiently power and well-adjusted stage monitor system to take the signal back to the bass player.

Yamaha MG10XUF vs. Mackie ProFX8v2 | FSB #7

Prompted by a viewer who asked me about the differences between the Yamaha MG10XUF and the Mackie ProFX8v2. These mixers look very similar but that belies a whole host of important differences.

In this video I compare the following attributes of these mixers:

02:18 Price
03:09 Release date
04:29 Number of input channels
07:50 Input channel configuration
12:05 EQ section
12:51 Number of aux sends
15:29 ON vs. MUTE switches
16:57 Pre-Fade Listen (PFL) function
18:34 Onboard graphic EQ (Mackie only)
19:18 Onboard effects (FX) processor
20:40 USB Audio Interface
23:27 Studio Monitor Output (Yamaha Only) 25:29 Internal vs. External power supply
27:26 Aesthetics and Ergonomics

This purpose of this video is not to give a comprehensive overview/review of either of these mixers, but rather to educate end users about how to systematically analyse the differences between two apparently similar pieces of equipment. The aim of this being to avoid any nasty surprises after purchase!