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LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp  

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The LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Direct Box offers a discrete acoustic guitar preamp. It combines a transformer-coupled DI output for maximum isolation, an EQ specifically tuned for acoustic guitars, a ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Direct Box offers a discrete acoustic guitar preamp. It combines a transformer-coupled DI output for maximum isolation, an EQ specifically tuned for acoustic guitars, a variable-boost control to complement your playing styles, and a chromatic digital tuner to help you stay in tune. Combining features from at least three stompboxes into one pro box, the LR Baggs Venue D.I. brings a new level of fidelity, confidence, and usefulness to performing acoustic musicians. The Venue D.I. is one of the most comprehensive and best-sounding tools ever to tame the surliest stage.

Features
  • High-end audio transformer coupled XLR for full immunity from ground loops
  • 100% Discrete circuitry and EQ for sweet transparent and ultra quiet sound
  • Adjustable gain to handle most passive and active inputs
  • Garret Null notch filter to non-destructively handle feedback
  • Full chromatic tuner with footswitch mute/tune function
  • Bomber construction with metal shaft potentiometers
  • Phase inversion for best sound and feedback control
  • Works with 9V battery or DC adapter (not included)
  • Tunable low and high mid controls
  • Adjustable solo boost foot switch control
  • Real VU meter to accurately set gain
  • 4-segment battery status gauge
Specifications
  • 1/4" input
    Input Impedance 10 mOhms
    Preamp Gain -12dB to +26dB
    Input Level -25dBv to +1.8dBv (.053Vrms to 1.23Vrms)
    EQ
    Notch -21dB, sweepable from 60Hz to 320Hz, 1/8 Octave
    Bass +/- 12dB @ 90Hz
    Lo Mid +/- 12dB @ 250Hz, sweepable from 100Hz to 500Hz
    Hi Mid +/- 12dB @ 1kHz, sweepable from 500Hz to 2.8kHz
    Presence +/- 12dB @ 3kHz
    Treble +/- 12dB @ 10kHz
    Effects Loops
    Send Level 0 dBv (0.707Vrms)
    Output Impedance 600 Ohms
    Return Level 0dBv (0.707Vrms) Maximum before clipping
    Input Impedance 80 kOhms
    D.I. OUT
    Output level -1dBv (0.88Vrms) Balanced
    Output impedance 600 Ohms (Transformer coupled)
    LINE OUT
    Output level -1dBv (0.88Vrms) Un-balanced
    Output impedance 200 Ohms
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty. (Self-installation voids warranty.)


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LR BaggsVenue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp
 
4.5

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Improves sound (14)
  • Functional (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (10)
  • Practicing (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (13), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Highly Recommend

This is a great device. I highly recommend. IMHO it is a bit over priced. But make no mistake it does a great job and is built a little better then most other...Read complete review

This is a great device. I highly recommend. IMHO it is a bit over priced. But make no mistake it does a great job and is built a little better then most other similar devices.

It REALLY ought to come with an AC power supply/transformer... it does not and on that note... if you choose to use an AC power supply/transformer as opposed to 9V batteries all the time... THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT

WARNING WARNING WARNING
This device requires an AC power supply/transformer 9VDC w/100mA (or 1 Watt Min)

THIS IS THE IMPORATANT PART
The POLARITY IS BACKWARDS from about 90% of the rest of the world.

The POSITIVE (+) must be on the outside of the tip and the GROUND (-) on the inside. BE SURE you purchase and/or use the correct power and plug configuration or YOU WILL FRY your new Venue DI Direct Box.

That's just another reason it should come with a factory supplied power supply.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's OK

I love L.R. Baggs stuff; I think they make the best pickups on the market. I really wanted to love this DI, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. The...Read complete review

I love L.R. Baggs stuff; I think they make the best pickups on the market. I really wanted to love this DI, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. The tuner is sub-par (it seems like people have been complaining about this for a while now; why haven't they done something about it?). And it seemed like no matter how much I tweaked the levels, there was always a little bit of a boxy sound in the high-mids. I used it with some older Fishman electronics in a 2002 814ce, a Baggs M1A in a Yamaha FG730, and a Baggs Lyric in a Martin 00015m. I did think that it maintained a natural tone to the guitars (it sounded best with the Lyric), but the boxiness got to me. It's also quite large, so if you're putting it on a pedalboard, you will have to get/make one with plenty of room. I compared it with Fishman's new Platinum DI, and I ended up choosing the Fishman. It sounded a bit more processed, but overall the tone was smoother and clearer. I was very biased toward the Venue, but in the end Fishman won for me.

The pluses to this are that it is very well built (rigid), and it's a good looking box. I'm sure others would love it, but it wasn't for me.

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4.0

I like it.

By Jeffrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

So far, I love it. Nice sound and plenty of juice.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Preamp for Acoustic Guitar or Mandolin

By Jamie

from Miami, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

    I bought this used through Guitar Center to boost the output of my Eastman 815 acoustic-electric mandolin, which has an internal microphone but was too quiet. I'm a hobbyist but play in worship settings. I was able to EQ the output to sound like the natural mandolin tone and to boost the volume which was important to me, since, on occasion, I play outdoors or in a large church sanctuary. The tuner is a great asset, making clip-on tuners unnecessary. The tone boost gives the mandolin even more volume for those times when you want to play a solo. The unit runs on a 9V battery or a 9v DC adapter. I happened to own already own a 9v DC adapter, and it gave the unit much more power than the battery, which was great. I definitely recommend getting a 9v DC adapter. This was a good buy!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pro Grear

    By Captain Ledge

    from Oklahoma....

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

      The Venue Direct is paired with an LR Braggs radius PU in a mandolin. All this run through a Marshall AS50D amp.
      The layout of the EQ was a little different but once I read the direction it was super easy to dial in the sound. The Preamp works great. EQ is accurate. The only odd thing was the control for the boost is not on the face of the unit. Tuner works fine and is easy to use.
      Structurally this thing seems very solid and the controls are smooth and have a qood quality feel to them.
      Our group, The Captain Ledge Band, is a recording and festival band that also does some small venue shows. We've recently had a video in rotation on ZUUS Country. (just to give you an idea of where this is being used.) At times we run all the instruments direct especially in smaller venues. I've only plugged this in direct once just to test it and it preformed as expected. We're very pleased with this.
      I first became familiar with the Venue Direct when I saw another musician using it in a fairly large festival situation. I had the opportunity to ask them about the unit and they were VERY satisfied. Yes, it cost a little bit more more and you'll definitely want to buy a power supply but it's worth the money.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It's OK

      By Joey

      from Sioux Falls, SD

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

          I love L.R. Baggs stuff; I think they make the best pickups on the market. I really wanted to love this DI, but it just didn't live up to my expectations. The tuner is sub-par (it seems like people have been complaining about this for a while now; why haven't they done something about it?). And it seemed like no matter how much I tweaked the levels, there was always a little bit of a boxy sound in the high-mids. I used it with some older Fishman electronics in a 2002 814ce, a Baggs M1A in a Yamaha FG730, and a Baggs Lyric in a Martin 00015m. I did think that it maintained a natural tone to the guitars (it sounded best with the Lyric), but the boxiness got to me. It's also quite large, so if you're putting it on a pedalboard, you will have to get/make one with plenty of room. I compared it with Fishman's new Platinum DI, and I ended up choosing the Fishman. It sounded a bit more processed, but overall the tone was smoother and clearer. I was very biased toward the Venue, but in the end Fishman won for me.

          The pluses to this are that it is very well built (rigid), and it's a good looking box. I'm sure others would love it, but it wasn't for me.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great unit!

          By musico

          from Midland, Tx.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

              I bought the "LR Baggs Para Acoustic Guitar DI and Preamp" several years ago and what I liked the most is the immediate difference in the sound quality. I love pedals that you can plug in and play with little tweaking. The "Venue" proved to have the same quality with added features. The features on this unit are great. The separate volume control from the 1/4" output for running an amp while going direct to the board from the line out is an amazing feature. My house has old wiring and electrical noise is totally eliminated with the ground lift. I use this unit every Sunday to record a live televised church service and the sound crews at the "live" mix and the separate recording boards compliment the great tone and ease with the mix. I use an A/B box to switch between a classical and steel string and the tone and response are superb. Only drawbacks are that it doesn't come with a power supply and the tuner is a little slow

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love the notch filter

              By Jon Manners

              from Minnesota

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound
              • Notch Filter For Feedback

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Gigs

                Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

                I play at times with considerable onstage volume. The notch-filter is a fantastic feature for suppressing feedback. The unit is very easy to use, and has an excellent eq section. The volume boost is very handy when playing with others and it's time for leadwork.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect solution!

                By IndianaJon

                from New Albany, Indiana

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Carrying Case
                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Very durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

                  A fantastic DI. The venue is a great tool for the stage. It is durable as a tank. The tuner is a little slow but its still great to have at your feet. The boost is a great feature. I have used this with over a half dozen guitars on several different PA systems and its very handy at dialing in your tone for whatever stage situation you might be in. Highly recommend.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Solid, clean, and full of control

                  By Jsun

                  from Wilmington, NC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • 14" Xlr Out
                  • Boost Switch For Leads
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Fx Loop
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound
                  • Muted Tuner
                  • Notch Filter

                  Cons

                  • Weak Tuner For Mandolin

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Live Di
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

                  I am a mandolin and guitar player. I have read a lot and done a lot of research throughout the interwebs on a solution for getting the most drive and natural tone from my mandolin especially. I got to try it out once and was very impressed.

                  Our Folk Rock band is loud and I play a lot of leads, so feedback and cutting through the mix is tough. I soldered a K&K twin pickup to a 1/4" internal jack on my Breedlove mandolin (Which are conveniently crafted in the factory for future retrofitting an internal jack...genius!). Superglued the piedzos to the body internally under the ends of the bridge.

                  Running it through this pre/DI balanced and gave me the control I was looking for. Stoked!!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Works great

                  By WheelHoss

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                  • Ain't Cheap

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

                    I'm pretty low-tech and still learning my way around adjustments for live sound. Initially, I leaned toward the Para DI, but didn't want under-buy my needs, and the additional adjustments and pro features made it worth the extra coin. This is more dynamic than the para DI (boost switch, and mute/tuner switch) and it lets me leave my tuner at home.

                    This has been an easy way for me to hear the differences in isolated adjustments. Paired with the Baggs Lyric mic system, this thing is great. Large knobs make for easy use, built in mute and tuner work great for me. Very low noise. Adjustable boost up to 9db adds drama and punch to face-melting acoustic solos.

                    Really, it's all I'll ever need and construction seems like it should last a long time. For the money, it should come with a plug-in transformer so you can save the battery for when you really need it.

                    Works great for me, and you'll like it too. It costs more to go cheap because you end up buying again later. Do it right the first time.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    worth the $$$$$

                    By Pazzo

                    from San Francisco CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp:

                        This box is exactly what it claims to be- a very easy-to-use direct box with plenty of variables for dialing in your sound. I would have preferred that this unit have a low-z output option like the regular L.R.Baggs direct box that we all use.
                        For the price, that should have been a no-brainer.
                        Outside of that, this is a GREAT direct box. Highly recommended.

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