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Offline achincuanco

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Hi,

So I have a Samson S Direct Plus. However, I can't rely on the following to power this device:

1. 9V Battery Power
-Don't know the lifeline of the battery
-Expensive to buy new sets of batteries everytime

2. Phantom Power
-Can't rely for all venues to have phantom power in their main mixer

Are there any other ways I can have this powered?

I'm thinking of using my M-Audio Fastrack's phantom power to do the job. I'm not sure though if I can power the M-Audio using the USB to 220V converter. I don't even know if this will work. Don't want to break my M-Audio.

What do you guys think?

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« Last Edit: July 17, 2016, 06:18:11 PM by achincuanco »


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Offline Ralph_Petrucci

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Re: What are some alternative methods to power Samson S Direct Plus?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2016, 10:38:44 AM »
Hi,

So I have a Samson S Direct Plus. However, I can't rely on the following to power this device:

1. 9V Battery Power
-Don't know the lifeline of the battery
-Expensive to buy new sets of batteries everytime

2. Phantom Power
-Can't rely for all venues to have phantom power in their main mixer

Are there any other ways I can have this powered?

I'm thinking of using my M-Audio Fastrack's phantom power to do the job. I'm not sure though if I can power the M-Audio using the USB to 220V converter. I don't even know if this will work. Don't want to break my M-Audio.

What do you guys think?

http://s1311.photobucket.com/user/Achincuanco/media/20160717_173427_zps9oysfzv2.jpg.html?sort=3&o=4
http://s1311.photobucket.com/user/Achincuanco/media/20160717_173403_zps2mnmyqry.jpg.html?o=5
http://s1311.photobucket.com/user/Achincuanco/media/20160717_173443_zps3xhnejcb.jpg.html?o=1
http://s1311.photobucket.com/user/Achincuanco/media/20160717_174544_zps5cmp4oyc.jpg.html?o=0


if that's the case, then get a passive DI like the RADIAL StageBug. that's the problem with Active DI's. it is dependent on a power source. best to have 2 dis in your bag. an active and a passive.

the passive will be saving your ass more often than not, and will be enough to balance your signal. as you are sending signals from your M-Audio (which is already considered an active signal), a passive DI is more often than not preferred.

if you're not liking the tone in the passive di, it means youre using a subpar DI with cheapo transformers. good passive DIs sound transparent imho.


if you still prefer the active DI, you can buy those newstar adaptors with oldschool 9V battery heads to power your DI, I really advise against this tho (noise issues)
good luck!
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Offline achincuanco

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Re: What are some alternative methods to power Samson S Direct Plus?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2016, 11:18:53 AM »

if that's the case, then get a passive DI like the RADIAL StageBug. that's the problem with Active DI's. it is dependent on a power source. best to have 2 dis in your bag. an active and a passive.

the passive will be saving your ass more often than not, and will be enough to balance your signal. as you are sending signals from your M-Audio (which is already considered an active signal), a passive DI is more often than not preferred.

if you're not liking the tone in the passive di, it means youre using a subpar DI with cheapo transformers. good passive DIs sound transparent imho.


if you still prefer the active DI, you can buy those newstar adaptors with oldschool 9V battery heads to power your DI, I really advise against this tho (noise issues)
good luck!
Hello.

Thanks for your advise. I'm actually considering getting a stagebug now. Just curious, how does the passive DI basically power itself?

For getting the newstar adaptor, will it destroy the unit?

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Offline Ralph_Petrucci

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Re: What are some alternative methods to power Samson S Direct Plus?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2016, 11:28:24 AM »
Hello.

Thanks for your advise. I'm actually considering getting a stagebug now. Just curious, how does the passive DI basically power itself?

For getting the newstar adaptor, will it destroy the unit?

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A Passive DI needs no power to work. it uses internal transformers that require no power to balance or amplify signals. that's the beauty of a passive DI. get a stagebug. its life changing hahahaha


the newstar wouldn't destroy the unit, but newstar adaptors however do not have noise filters in them hence, there is a risk of introducing noise in your signal chain just because of the adaptor.
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Offline achincuanco

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Re: What are some alternative methods to power Samson S Direct Plus?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2016, 11:42:57 AM »
A Passive DI needs no power to work. it uses internal transformers that require no power to balance or amplify signals. that's the beauty of a passive DI. get a stagebug. its life changing hahahaha


the newstar wouldn't destroy the unit, but newstar adaptors however do not have noise filters in them hence, there is a risk of introducing noise in your signal chain just because of the adaptor.
Yeah seems like a really good investment. Will try to source localy for the Radial Stagebug.

Thanks for your help!

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Offline Ralph_Petrucci

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Re: What are some alternative methods to power Samson S Direct Plus?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2016, 12:49:11 PM »
Yeah seems like a really good investment. Will try to source localy for the Radial Stagebug.

Thanks for your help!

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Yes bro it is! I used to have an S Direct as well, swapped it for a Radial Stagebug SB-2. never looked back!

it can be bought from JB Music.

good luck brother!
hahaha ako binibiyak ko muna yung wetpaks para makita kung may yellow thingy hahahaha