My Personal Recommendations for a Ukulele DI

The Fire-Eye Red-Eye, the Radial JDI or J48 are the two pedals that I go to for the ukulele live. Get the Jenson equipped Radial.

2019 Update: The LR Baggs Align Series Avtive DI is promising. I have the Reverb, Chorus and Equilizer pedals testing out for my ukulele.

Been using the Fire-Eye, Red-Eye exclusively with my ukuleles. Simplest the best and easiest to use DI i've ran across. Going to get a few more of these for our Funky Frets store main stage.

I love this Red-Eye for is lack of additional knobs and controls - less to mess up. And, for the boost part for taking solos at loud jams with a full band - guitar and all can drown out the ukulele.

Checkout these links for some great info on sorting out just what a DI - active or passive - does.

The Funky Frets Main Stage

@ Funky Frets Music Store, 124 N. Chestnut St., Boyertown, PA USA

Some performers just like to play on and on!

The Funky Frets Main Stage can accommodate up to 60 for a House Concert atmosphere.

Fire-Eye Development, Inc.

3800 Mia Tia
Austin, Texas 78731
USA

Tel: 512-346-6944

Hand-made in the USA

Latitude: 30.354115
Longitude: -97.760925

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from the Fire-Eye Development, Inc. web site

Flat response and high headroom - no knobs to fiddle with on-stage.

The Red-Eye is an all analog, handmade, high input impedance DI and clean boost. Designed and improved over the course of several years to meet the needs of performing musicians, the Red-Eye is crafted from the highest quality components available. Engineered by an electronics engineer with over 50 years of professional experience, the Red-Eye design focuses on high fidelity, low noise and simple plug and play performance. This no frills precision approach to amplification offers a truly satisfying experience for musicians and their audience.

Red-Eye DI/Boost

Red-Eye

Also available a twin for switching A/B instruments.

The Red-Eye DI/Boost is flat-out the BEST and easiest DI that I have ever used. It is my go to pedal for all situtitions.

Hoping to have these available at our Funky Frets Music Store in the near furure.

More information available on the Fire-Eye Development, Inc.'s web site.

Even more information, discussion and comments on this listing.

Radial Engineering

Radial Engineering
1588 Kebet Way
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
V3C 5M5

Latitude: 49.239849
Longitude: -122.757858

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from the Radial Engineering web site

Radial Engineering Ltd. is a manufacturer of professional audio products based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The company offers a wide array of products that are sold under brand names such as Radial, Tonebone, Primacoustic, Reamp and Zebracase. These are offered through a network of dealers and distributors that span the globe. Quality construction, exceptional audio performance and superb customer service are the underpins that have served to make Radial one of the most respected and trusted brands in the industry.

Which DI?

DI Family

A simple rule of thumb:

  • If the source is active, use a passive DI box
  • If the source is passive, use an active DI box
Source Instruments - Ukulele with Piezo Pickup

SB-4 PZ-DI PZ-Deluxe PZ-pre

these are the same for a Classical guitar

Radial has a great page for selecting the right DI for pretty much any instrument and pickup combination: Comparing DIs

More information available on the Radial Engineering's web site.

Even more information, discussion and comments on this listing.

L. R. Baggs

483 N. Frontage Rd.
Nipomo, California 93444
USA
Phone (805) 929-3545
Fax (805) 929-2043

Latitude: 0
Longitude: 0

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from the L. R. Baggs web site

We started this in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, California, with a hope and a dream, and no business sense whatsoever. The first L.R. Baggs product was our LB6 Series Pickup. We would like to thank Leo Kottke for his early support. Stores would call us and say, "Leo Kottke said he was using your pickup." We could literally track his touring route as the stores would order in his wake. Early endorsers were Steven Sheehan of the Judds, James Taylor and Kathy Mattea. These endorsers gave us the encouragement and support that sustained us when we had more enthusiasm than business sense. They spread the word and gradually our business grew.

LR Baggs Para DI

The Para Acoustic D.I. is a studio-quality direct box, featuring a five-band equalizer with tunable notch and midrange controls, adjustable gain and phase inversion. Our proprietary Quasi-Passive EQ circuitry is totally transparent and allows control over voicing without sacrificing tone — a big advance over conventional equalizers. In short, the Para D.I. Is engineered to bring out the best in any pickup.

( Curt - This is my go to performance DI for ukulele.)

More information available on the L. R. Baggs's web site.

Even more information, discussion and comments on this listing.

Additional D.I. / Preamp Resources

I'm sure there are a few more out there. Let me know if you have a favorite for ukulele.

Fishman Transducers, Inc.

Fishman Transducers, Inc.

Fishman is dedicated to helping acoustic musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug in.

BBE Sound

BBE Sound

BBE Sound is a premier audio technology company dedicated to improving the quality of amplified sound for all people, from everyday consumers to music and sound professionals. BBE High Definition Sound technologies are found throughout the audio entertainment production spectrum; from the stage and studio, where world-renowned musicians insist upon using BBE professional audio processors, to consumer electronics manufacturers who implement BBE High Definition Sound technologies into their products so that they provide a more satisfying audio experience to their customers.  

K & K Sound Systems, Inc.

K & K Sound Systems, Inc.

Our mission is to establish K&K as the premier manufacturer of the highest quality acoustic amplification products in the world while maintaining the highest respect and service to our customers, employees, and community.

Whirlwind USA

Whirlwind USA

Whirlwind manufactures and distributes a wide variety of products through our worldwide network of independent dealers. Some only sell pro audio, some only service the install and contracting markets and others are music stores which primarily sell our snakes, cables and interface boxes.

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