Welcome to the H.o.T. Direct Recording Guide/Index to all the parts of this special Direct Recording series of articles.
This is a multi-part, deep-dive into Direct Boxes, Impulse Responses, and How to Record Direct. If you play and record electric guitar or bass in an apartment or somewhere it’s not cool to make loud rock electric guitar tones, you’re going to find new perspective and options here.
PART 1: WHAT’S A DIRECT BOX?
Explains what basic active and passive direct boxes are and why you might want one or more.
PART 2: WHAT IS DIRECT RECORDING?
An in-depth look at “Direct Recording”, getting rid of amps, speakers, microphones and volume.
PART 3: WHAT ARE REACTIVE LOADS AND IMPULSE RESPONSES?
BASIC DIRECT BOXES REVIEWED
PREMIUM DIRECT BOX REVIEWS
RUPERT NEVE DIRECT INTERFACE, RNDI D.I. box
WARM AUDIO ACTIVE, D.I. box
KLARK TEKNIK DN 200, Stereo Active Direct Box
SPECIALTY DIRECT BOX REVIEWS
DSM HUMBOLDT ELECTRONICS SIMPLIFIER DLX
Zero Watt Dual Channel & Reverb Stereo Amplifier
UNIVERSAL AUDIO OX AMP TOP BOX
Reactive load with impulse response technology, stereo unbalanced output,
Reactive load and impulse response technology, Mono balanced mic-level output
mono balanced line-level output
Amp Simulator and Direct Box, unbalanced guitar signal-level with XLR mic-level output
BEHRINGER D21 SERIES DIRECT BOXES
ADI 21 for acoustic guitar
BDI 21 for electric bass
GDI 21 for electric guitar
mono, unbalanced guitar signal-level, XLR mic-level balanced output.
IMPULSE RESPONSE DEVICES FOR DIRECT RECORDING
Impulse Response loader, speaker, amp and mic simulator. Direct box XLR output, dual footswitches and easy to use editing.
Impulse Response effector, guitar signal-level, two mono channels, unbalanced inputs and unbalanced outputs
Impulse Response effector, guitar signal-level, mono, unbalanced input and output
TWO NOTES TORPEDO C.A.B. M+ SPEAKER SIMULATOR
Impulse Response Technology, guitar signal level, tube amp options, balanced mic-level XLR output and stompbox-level unbalanced output with processing.