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LR Baggs Venue D.I. Acoustic Guitar Preamp

LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp

The LR Baggs Venue DI offers amazing stage performance. The LR Baggs Venue DI's high-end transformer ensures excellent sound in any live situation.

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Submitted December 12, 2013 by John H in Warrenton, VA
"Nice tool. Swiss Army Knife of DI boxes. Helps make Taylors sound reasonable."
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I bought this last year from ZZ in the hopes of simplifying some stage setup and getting more control over the final sound of various instruments. So far so good.
Sound
The Venue seems essentially transparent. Unless you modify the tone with the controls, it does a very good job of sending your guitar signal to the board.
Features
The tuner, while not the easiest to use, does function and is there when you need it.The built in effects OUT/IN loop has become surprisingly handy. I had no intention of using this feature, but my Boss CE20 Chorus pedal has become a reliable and useful addition to the stage setup. Thus with just two floor pedal devices I have the function of Tuner, Direct Box, EQ and Chorus. Pretty nice. The only thing missing is a source selector ability for when I have two guitars on stage at once (rare).The ability to mute (when in tuner mode) has become an essential attribute.My number 1 favorite feature is the fact the XLR signal does NOT have an output volume control. I do sound as well and use this box for the guitarists to ensure I get their signal the same way every time. This is similar to the idea that stage microphones should not have an on/off switch... ever.I've not needed the feedback notch yet so have no report.The EQ provides enough flexibility to modify sounds without going over the top. any more controls would be too many for frantic state adjustments. It has enough flexibility to make those tinny Taylors sounds a bit more like an acoustic.
Ease of Use
This thing is pretty straight forward. If you need the effects loop, you need to understand voltage signal levels and such. The tuner is a bit quirky to use.
Quality
The case seems quite robust. Time will tell if the foot switches and knob controls hold up. I would expect the knob controls to not take abuse well, but the design of the assembly recesses them a bit to help protect from wayward stomping... not foolproof, but much better than exposed knobs.
Value
Some cringe at the price, but I say it is a good value for the tidying up it does on stage. If it lasts like it appears it might, costs becomes less an issue. Once this thing is in your gig bag and your past the "why oh why did I buy this" stomach ache, you'll likely forget its cost.
Manufacturer Support
No support needed yet. No report.
The Wow Factor
It just seems like this unit is designed by musicians for musicians. The look is cool. It sits unassumingly on stage. You can barely see it from the audience yet has a good user interface from above. Slick.It has enough Wow factor for my son who constantly borrows my Venue. Guess what he's getting for Christmas.
Musical Background:
Been playing since 1977 and focus on acoustic stuff at Church.
Musical Style:
Been there, done that. Focus now is praise and folk music.
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Submitted April 27, 2010 by a customer from gmail.com
"Awesome acoustic preamp!"
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I am hoping this product will last a few years. The only thing that might be handy is a built in AB input selector. I just added an external one for handling multiple instruments ...
Sound
I play Celtic style acoustic mandolin and need clean amplification to let the original sound of the instrument come through. This preamp produces a clean sound with minimal effect on the original acoustic instrument sound. The preamp is compatible with any style music. The equalizer settings allow you to tune it to a variety of venues.
Features
I really like the feedback filter, the boost button and the cool tuner. It could use an on/off switch to save battery life.
Ease of Use
The interface is fairly intuitive. But if there are questions, the owners manual covers the details carefully.
Quality
Well made. Seems rock solid so far. I am using in the studio and on the road. It packs up quickly it it's own custom case.
Value
It seems a tad pricey, but I shopped around carefully and it is very competitive compared to similar models on the market.
Manufacturer Support
No repairs needed so far.
The Wow Factor
The design does have a professional appearance.
Musical Background:
Active musician, band leader.
Musical Style:
Folk, Celtic, Contra Dance
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Submitted June 1, 2014 by Michael G in Baltimore, MD
"Excellent DI"
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I run the Venue at the end of my board using the XLR out into a mixer most of the time. I play mainly Taylor guitars, which have pretty low output pickups but very nice tone. The Venue sends along an excellent, uncoloured sound and gives me a tone that's very close to my 816ce unplugged, which is exactly what I want in a DI. This thing is built like a tank, it's quite heavy and well made. I wish it weren't so large, simply for pedalboard real estate, but it's well worth it. A word of advice - this DI outputs damned near exactly what you put into it, with whatever you add through the preamp - a great guitar will sound even better, but a poor quality guitar will still sound poor. Cheap cables (by cheap, I mean the stuff guitar center will throw in when you buy an inexpensive guitar, or the $8 / 25 feet stuff) will degrade your sound quite a bit. I personally use Mogami gold, which is probably over the top outside of a studio, but I did test a few garbage instrument cables against Mogami and the new D'addario American stage cables and there was an audible difference.
Sound
Great sound quality. The frequency boosts and cuts are nice and subtle with small adjustments but can also be used to add or remove quite a lot of sound. I often cut treble a bit and add to the bass and lower mids when using a smaller bodied Taylor (my 612ce, for example) for fingerstyle songs, I get a great deal of extra warmth. I have no complaints whatsoever with the Venue's sound.
Features
The preamp portion is easy to use and offers user selectable frequencies for the mids, which is ideal for getting your guitar to come forward in the mix or to tone it down a bit. The boost is solid and adjustable with very clean sound, I have it set at 5db and switch it on for some solos or when playing fingerstyle when set up for a pick, it gives back the volume I'd usually lose. I personally run a J Rockett Lemon Aid boost as the first pedal on my board and keep it on 99% of the time, so I don't need the boost on the Venue continually. I have played with JUST the Venue, however, and I used the boost to match the volume on my friends Martin D-28 with LR Baggs Anthem electronics while playing a 612ce without having to mess with any of my settings. The tuner is quite good, it's accurate and saves me needing to use a standalone box.
Ease of Use
I find the Venue to be extremely user friendly. I had mine up and running with the tone I wanted inside of twenty minutes of taking it out of the box. Everything on it is self explanatory and well labeled...if any of the features aren't familiar to you the instruction manual will sort you out in no time. It's not the typical one sheet of paper you get with most pedals, it goes into detail on what each knob does and how to set it up properly. Also included is an insert showing how to use the tuner, though I find it to be the same as using the Boss TU-3 that most of us would be familiar with.
Quality
This thing honestly feels like it's built to take a beating. The knobs are plastic, but the metal housing rises up at the top and bottom of the DI and all of the controls are recessed a bit, so it'd be very hard to accidently step on anything that isn't metal. The control knobs have a very smooth feel and are nice and tight, making it very easy to make your adjustments in small increments. The metal switches and input / output jacks are very high quality, I expect this product to last for years.
Value
Yep, it's worth the money. Sure, $300 is a little steep for a DI, but the build quality, tone and features just put it over the top.
Manufacturer Support
I've dealt with LR Baggs in the past regarding an Anthem system I bought to install in my Santa Cruz OM. The rep I got was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and gave me technical details that I needed in order to get the sound I wanted from the Anthem. That was part of the reason I went with another LR Baggs product.
The Wow Factor
I personally got exactly what I wanted from a DI with this box. I was previously using a Baggs Para DI and a Boss TU-3...the sound quality on the Venue is better, without a doubt. It's also a gorgeous box. I like the fact that if I don't need effects I can just pull the Venue off my board and zip it into the case it came with to go out and play, rather than needing a DI and a tuner as well as either 2 AC adapters or a 1spot. The Venue accepts a 9v battery, which many other DIs do not...also a very handy backup & convenience feature.
Musical Background:
Guitar, keys.
Musical Style:
Alt-rock, lots of 90's stuff, fingerstyle singer-songwriter kinda things.
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Submitted August 14, 2014 by Phil L in Rio Rancho, NM
"Review of DI Acoustic Preamp"
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I like it a lot, esp. the tuner. The preamp has made a big difference in the way my guitar sounds thru our system. Thanks.
Musical Background:
I have been playing guitar for 51 years, leading worship for 18 years steadily. Only had one year of guitar lessons.
Musical Style:
Christian worship
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Submitted March 10, 2015 by Tim Malcuit in Sugar Land, TX
"Good piece of gear"
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I haven't used the box in a performance setting yet, but so far (in the practice room) I'm loving what the Baggs does for my Taylor. The soft shell case that comes with it is nice for storage/transport and the DI is so simple to use. EQ, tuner. Can't wait to hear it in a live setting.
Musical Background:
Playing music for 20 years, guitar for 18 years, vocals for 20 years. Been a hobbyist the last 5 years, but back gigging now
Musical Style:
acoustic rock, acoustic covers
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