LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp

Plug into a top-quality DI/preamp! This direct box features 3-band EQ with sweepable mid and notch filter, FX loop, phase reverse, and XLR and 1/4-inch outs.
Get your acoustic axe ready for some discrete Class A FET signal integrity with the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI acoustic guitar preamp. This extremely low-noise, compact DI/preamp gives you a five-band EQ with controllable notch and midrange bands, XLR and 1/4" output options, a built-in effects send and return loop, a total gain boost of up to +24 dB, and a phase inversion switch. This direct box can be powered via phantom power or a 9-volt battery for up to 200 hours of usage. You'll struggle to find another DI preamp that offers as much versatility and tone shaping prowess as this little baddie does.

Class A FET Input and Superb Inner Circuitry

The Para Acoustic DI's FET input allows your signal to harness a sought-after characteristic of amplifiers: a high input impedance and a low output impedance. This keeps your signal clear, clean, and as free of buzz or unwanted noise as possible -- and a high-input impedance also allows enough room to accommodate virtually any pickup. All these top-notch components reside on a heavy double-sided glass epoxy pressed circuit board, housed inside a protective steel chassis to keep out unwanted elements like dirt or dust, extending the overall lifespan of your DI preamp. The Para Acoustic DI is handmade in the USA, and it's designed to kick around in your gig bag for a good long while.

Shape Your Acoustic Sound with Five-Band EQ Control

This baby gives you a ton of room to shape your sound with dynamic five-band EQ control. read more From left to right, you have your low control with +/-12 dB of movement at 85 Hz, a precision notch filter to eliminate feedback with +/-6 dB of movement from 98 Hz to 247 Hz, a sweepable midrange control with +/-12 dB of movement from 400 Hz to 1.6 kHz, a presence control with +/-6 dB of movement at 5 kHz, and your treble control with +/- 12 dB of movement at 10 kHz. A volume control at the top determines your overall output level, and a fixed low filter at 35 Hz keeps out thumps, bumping, and any other unwanted low end rumble. If your acoustic guitar's pickup sounds a bit thin or dull, this DI can help get it in shape

Phase Inversion Switch and Flexible Connectivity

On the front side of your DI box is a phase inversion switch. This sweet little feature allows you to play around and figure out the best sound for your output. It's also a great friend to have onboard in case you're having a difficult time controlling any feedback issues.

Dependable Power Source

Your LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI preamp can be powered via +48V phantom power or a 9-volt battery. If you go the battery route, you'll have around 200 hours of usage. Your LED indicator light flashes on and off when your battery gets low, and the circuitry of this preamp is wired to seamlessly turn off your battery once phantom power is engaged to increase your battery's life.

Features:

- Five-band EQ controls with movable notch and midrange bands
- 1/4" and XLR outputs
- Phase inversion switch
- Adjustable gain for both active and passive pickups
- LED light turns on when DI box is engaged and flashes when battery is low
- Powered via phantom power or 9 volt battery
- Battery life provides 200 hours of usage
- Gain provides +2 dB to +24 dB of output control
- Intelligent power circuit monitors phantom power to engage/disengage 9 volt battery power source for longer lasting battery life
- High input impedance
- Heavy double sided glass epoxy PC board
- Rugged protective steel outer casing
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Size: 5.6" x 3.6" x 1.9"
Weight: 14.5 oz.
Battery Type: Single 9V
Current Consumption: 2.9mA
Battery Life: 200+ Hours (alkaline)
External Power: 30-48V Phantom Power
EQ: Low: +/- 12dB @ 85Hz
Notch: +/- 6dB @ 98Hz-247Hz
Midrange: +/- 12dB @ 400Hz-1.6kHz
Presence: +/- 6dB @ 5kHz
Treble: +/- 12dB @ 10kHz
Low Cut Filter: Fixed, 12dB/oct. @ 35Hz
Sensitive: -3dBu
Gain: Internal Adjustable: From 4dB-24dB
Input Impedance: 10 Megohms
Signal to Noise: -88dB, unweighted
FX Send Impedance: 12k
FX Return Impedance: 100k
Output Impedance: 600 ohms
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LRB PARADI
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 805-929-3545

LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI Guitar Preamp

The LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI is a studio quality direct box combined with a feature packed, state-of-the-art preamp and equalizer. The Para Acoustic DI's proprietary Quasi-Passive EQ circuitry is totally transparent and allows control over voicing without sacrificing tone - a big advance over conventional equalizers. It brings out the best in any pickup and will make you sound better. The Para Acoustic DI is quickly becoming a key component in the acoustic setups of both professional and amateur musicians alike.

L.R. Baggs electronics are the product of 20 years of relentless improvement and the quest for perfection. Their quality has been recognized with great reviews and numerous awards. They have also garnered a well-deserved reputation as the most advanced and best sounding circuitry for pickups on the planet. They are magic. You can be assured that you will sound your absolute best when you use the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI preampp.

Features

- Discrete Pure Class A Fet Input -- for pure audiophile sound and very low noise.
- Proprietary Quasi-Passive EQ - unlike most equalizers, the Para Acoustic D.I. does not pass the signal through any active stages to achieve the EQ function. This allows control of voicing without sacrificing tonal purity.
- 5 Band EQ Including: - Sweepable Mid EQ with 2 octave range for the crucial midrange frequencies. - Precision Notch Filter eliminates feedback without destroying the sound quality.
- Presence Control adds sparkle to a dull PA or removes the glare from a bright PA.
- Low Band EQ tuned to best enhance the acoustic guitar.
- High Band EQ adds "frosting" & "air" without adding harshness.
- Adjustable Gain - up to 24 dB, allows the best performance and lowest noise with a variety of input sources, including low output pickups.
- Runs on 48V phantom power or 9V battery
- Intelligent Power Circuit works in the background to monitor phantom power status and turns the internal battery unobtrusively on or off as needed.
- Phase Inversion - for feedback control and optimum recording mix. XLR balanced output
- Ultra-High input impedance - delivers the full potential of any pickup.
- Series Effects Loop - is essentially an insert point that allows you to use a stereo Y-cable to inject effects through this point.
- External battery compartment - access allows quick and easy battery changes.
- Low cut filter - eliminates thumps and pumping.
- Battery status LED - stays on when unit is on and flashes when the battery is low.
- Phantom Power Indicator - alerts you to phantom power status with a green LED.
- High current buffered output - drives long cables into difficult, low impedance loads without fidelity loss.
- Roadworthy - a steel box, heavy double sided glass epoxy PC board with through plated holes, highest quality components and 100% QC testing ensure years of trouble free service.
- Low current consumption - 2.9 mA, provides 200+ hours of play time on a single 9V battery.
- Made in the USA
- 1 year warranty
(61 ratings)
Submitted January 20, 2006 by a customer from monkeystack.com
"Great sound, good features"
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I'm actually at this site because I'm buying another one so I can have multiple instruments plugged in simultaneously.
Sound
I've recorded and played many different venues with this. EQ features help with feedback at loud clubs. For general amplification or 2nd signal in recording, it sounds great setting all the nobs to center. I've had a lot of good feedback from soundguys saying this DI sounded much better than any other acoustic guitar/mandolin they've had. I use it coupled with McIntyre Acoustic Feather.
Features
Top features - xlr or 1/4 inch output - EQ with sweep on two bands - power - utilizes phantom power - easy to access battery for on-the-fly changes - clear indication when its about to die
Quality
I've never had a problem with mine. And the battery lasts for a long time. I have one friend whose gone through 2 in less than a year - they just keep dying on him...
Value
Its a little high priced. But its versatility and sound make it well worth it
Manufacturer Support
NA
The Wow Factor
Its brown. The acoustic 'earthy' people like brown, right?
Musical Background:
Gigging Musician
Musical Style:
Country, etc...
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