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  • Student453440
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    interface info
    My interface has a DI and it has a switch. Normally you use it switched in for electric guitar. But if I used a stand alone pre amp or something like a Boss 1000 I would go in a 1/4 inch jack on the back instead because its already line level. I was wondering if I didnt switch the DI in...would it be ok to go in the front with a separate pre or any box that has some kind of signal boost in it.. many devices do.... I know this is a tech question but you probably know what I mean.... I am trying to get a better knowledge of elec. and signal stuff... all part of the recording process....thanks as always for your knowledge..
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  • Joe A
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    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: interface info
    The answer depends on the specific interface you're using. Some interfaces can accept both DI guitar signals and (hotter) line-level signals via the same 1/4" jack, as long as the switch is in the correct position. Others might have one jack dedicated only to guitar DI and a second jack for line-level signals. Let me know what the brand/model of the interface is, and I should be able to find the answer in the docs. Of course you could try it—you wouldn't hurt anything, but you might get a distorted or less-than-ideal-quality signal if the front (DI) jack isn't meant to be dual-purpose. But it should be simple enough to look it up and be sure.. The video below explains in more detail (the section most relevant to your question starts around 2 minutes in)..
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  • Student453440
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    Joined: Dec 25th, 2019
    Re: interface info
    mine is the SteinbergRT2 with a switch on the left front mic input.
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  • Joe A
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    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: interface info
    Ok, with the Steinberg UR-RT2 both 1/4" jacks on the front can be used as standard line-level inputs (in addition to line inputs 3 & 4 on the back)—all accept balanced (TRS) 1/4" cables. If you push in the Hi-Z button on the front, then Input 1 (only) will function as a DI for electric guitar/bass, as long as you use an unbalanced (TS) 1/4" cable (the button shifts to the higher input impedance required for EG/bass DI). See page 6 of the manual for more detail on the line inputs & Hi-Z switch and appropriate cables: http://download.steinberg.net/downloads_hardware/UR-RT2/Manuals/UR-RT2_UR-RT4_Operation_Manual_en.pdf
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