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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...Read More

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Get the perfect acoustic tone.

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

Clean up your stage and your sound with the Venue DI box.

SPECIFICATIONS

Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp

  • 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
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LR BaggsVenue DI Acoustic Guitar Direct Box and Preamp
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (9)
    • Practicing (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (12)

    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.

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    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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    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.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great unit!

        By musico

        from Midland, Tx.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        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

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            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.

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              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.

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                (1 of 1 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!!

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                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.

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                  (0 of 1 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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Sound and EQ

                      By Ciscomusic

                      from San Juan, Puerto Rico

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

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

                        I use this for an electric violin and it solved all my sound related problems.

                        First of all the Equalizer is amazing. Electric violins usually have very metallic sound and very hi treble, and it's hard to balance it out with a normal amp. with the EQ on the Venue DI I made it sound like a classical violin.

                        My second problem was that my instrument has a passive pickup and that results in a very low volume. The gain and volume controls gave me a lot more sound than I expected without loosing quality even when using the boost button.

                        It's grate that It has line out (that I use for my amp) and a balanced XLR output to pug in to the sound console of wherever I'm playing. I love the fact that the direct box, Eq and preamp are all in one because I control how I want my instrument to sound without having to carry extra equipment (just the Venue DI and my amp). All I tell the sound guy is to send it to the main speakers and I don't have to depend on him for it to sound good.

                        One of the main complaints that I have read is that it dose not have a power button. technically it's true, but if you unplug the cable from the input (that is the cable that goes straight from your instrument to the venue) it powers off, even if it's plugged in or using battery.

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                        5.0

                        A Step Up

                        By dolinger

                        from Winston Salem NC

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts

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

                          Excellent DI box! I've been using the LR Baggs Para DI box for several years. I was hesitant to try anything else. I bought the venue and I'll be continuing to use it. There are so many tone shaping abilities. The boost pedal is also a useful feature.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          I really do like it

                          By Singer

                          from Bloomington, IN

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Ask me a question

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Overpriced
                          • Rally Needs Dual Input

                          Best Uses

                          • Anything With Strings
                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

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

                          I REALLY DO LIKE the mute, the tuner, the eq/effects, the illumination, the sturdy switches, the size and shape.

                          I REALLY DO NOT LIKE there's only 1 input (s/b 2 inputs), using batteries, there's no power supply included (for this price a really nice power supply should be included),

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