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Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI 

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An active DI Box for guitar with fantastic speaker simulation.

The Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI Box features a switchable speaker simulation that so realistically emulates a 4x12 cab you may never mic your speakers again. Features include switchable input attenuation allowing levels of up to +48dBu, a ground lift switch to eliminate loop problems, and a rugged roadproof aluminum case. An internal battery automatically shuts off when phantom power is connected.

FEATURES
  • Realistically emulates a 4x12 cab
  • Switchable input attenuation allowing levels of up to +48dBu
  • Ground-lift switch to eliminate loop problems
  • Rugged roadproof aluminum case
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BehringerUltra-G GI100 DI
 
4.7

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Professional functions (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for playing direct to PA

I gig and tour quite often, and I perform solo: I play electric guitar and sing while using synths and samplers running direct to PA.

Because I need to keep...Read complete review

I gig and tour quite often, and I perform solo: I play electric guitar and sing while using synths and samplers running direct to PA.

Because I need to keep track of the samplers, I don't like having a guitar amp blaring behind me. Also, miking an amp results in a muddier sound when everything else is going through the PA.

I considered a number of options (modelers, etc) before I stumbled on this box. It's so cheap, and I know from experience that using a DI to play electric guitar into a PA results in great levels---but the tone is usually wretched. But I saw that this DI has a speaker cab emulation, so I checked out some YouTube vids and bought it from this website, because it's so cheap.

Wow. This box has changed my live rig! Now, I play my guitar into my distortion and delay pedals, then run it into the DI box with the cab switch engaged, which goes into the PA. It is SUCH a wonderful guitar tone!

Now, my setup and teardown times are drastically reduced, because I'm not fiddling with an amp. I can hear myself better on stage, because I can get whatever amount of guitar I want in the monitors, without having a loud amp blaring behind me.

There is no hiss, no noise, no loose connections. The unit is very tough metal.

I suggest running the unit with one of the pads engaged, and always with the speaker cab sim ON. If you're using this DI to record in the studio, then you can leave the cab sim off and just use whatever amp/cab sims you want on your DAW.

Hugely recommended!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great when it works.

Those guys who are saying the cab simulator adds hiss must have defective units. It should not add any hiss and it works quite well. My first one died right away, but the...Read complete review

Those guys who are saying the cab simulator adds hiss must have defective units. It should not add any hiss and it works quite well. My first one died right away, but the 2nd is still working. It is a great alternative to micing.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

it really works

By Slim

from Bangkok

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Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

I come from a rock background, and only ever used DI boxes in the studio. Recently I've started playing gigs with DJs - yes gone over to the dark side! - as well as electro bands who use programmed sequences. Using a traditional amp-and-guitar setup in such situations is less than ideal I've found. The guitar just doesn't sit in the mix right that way. So I thought I'd try running direct through the PA so that all the channels could be mixed from the board. Yes you could do this by miking the amp but it crossed my mind that if i was just going to go through the PA that way I might as well give a DI box. So I shopped around, and bought this one because it was cheap.What a pleasant surprise, this thing sounds great and as other reviewers have mentioned, the cab sim is far better than any I've tried in regular multi-fx processors. I also have a Digitech RP1000 I can go direct to the board with, and get an infinite number of sounds with. I like it but it's a bit of a beast to and I find it's easier, and sounds better, just to run a small lineup of pedals in front of the UltraG. I'm getting really fat tones using this in combination with an MXR carbon copy analog delay, Route 66 comp/OD, and an RMC Picture Wah. I might add a Whammy and/or auto-wah to get more electro-compatible sounds soon. With this thing, my amps are just gathering dust now.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It works well...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

I have three of these things, and they work well. We use them in our church and small venues where amps would overload the room. Feedback and balance issues went away when we started using the DI Boxes. They have been in use for several years, with no problem. Battery life is very good. The cab simulation is probably not going to suit some, but again, I think it works well for what we do.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for playing direct to PA

By ComingToAmerica

from Brooklyn, NY

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Pros

  • Durable Build
  • Excellent Cab Emulator

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

    I gig and tour quite often, and I perform solo: I play electric guitar and sing while using synths and samplers running direct to PA.

    Because I need to keep track of the samplers, I don't like having a guitar amp blaring behind me. Also, miking an amp results in a muddier sound when everything else is going through the PA.

    I considered a number of options (modelers, etc) before I stumbled on this box. It's so cheap, and I know from experience that using a DI to play electric guitar into a PA results in great levels---but the tone is usually wretched. But I saw that this DI has a speaker cab emulation, so I checked out some YouTube vids and bought it from this website, because it's so cheap.

    Wow. This box has changed my live rig! Now, I play my guitar into my distortion and delay pedals, then run it into the DI box with the cab switch engaged, which goes into the PA. It is SUCH a wonderful guitar tone!

    Now, my setup and teardown times are drastically reduced, because I'm not fiddling with an amp. I can hear myself better on stage, because I can get whatever amount of guitar I want in the monitors, without having a loud amp blaring behind me.

    There is no hiss, no noise, no loose connections. The unit is very tough metal.

    I suggest running the unit with one of the pads engaged, and always with the speaker cab sim ON. If you're using this DI to record in the studio, then you can leave the cab sim off and just use whatever amp/cab sims you want on your DAW.

    Hugely recommended!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great device

    By EJ Lynch guitars fan

    from Redding, CA

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    Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

    Works great. I got it, when it was a little cheaper. The amp simulator is a joke, but as an active direct box it works great. I totally disagree with the comment that using it instead of miking an amp is better. Any guitar amp with a mic, will always sound better than line-in. Clean, yes, it can sound great in-line, but as soon as you start using distortion and overdrive it sounds awful. I use it for an acoustic guitar most of the time, and it works great. I actually usually use the pad buttons to cut off the level, because my acoustic is active, and it seems a little too high of a level when it goes through the d-box.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Already Blown Away

    By HighGain1000

    from Oregon

    Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

    This box with 4x12 cabinet simulation is a must have if you are tired of fooling around with mic placement. I run a BBE Boosta Grande into a Randall RH200 (Overdrive Channel), and use an MXR 10 band EQ with a Smart Gate in the effects loop. Then, I am running line out of the Randall into the ULTRA-G and then into my board. The 4x12 simulation kills all of that high end fuzz, and is near silent. I love the phantom power option, and I am trying to think of something bad to say about this but can't. Just learn to use the db padding as to not clip your signal, and then dial in more gain at the mixing console; you'll get it. There is no need to change the sound of your amp to accommodate the mixing board, this will do it for you!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disappointing Performance

    By Oldasdirt

    from Dallas, TX

    Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

    The box inverts signal polarity. That alone makes it unacceptable for any serious use. The speaker sim sounds mediocre to me. That could possibly be improved with some EQ tweaking, but the polarity issue makes it a moot point.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amp died last night & this sucka rocked!

    By JLeonard

    from Lafayette, LA

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    Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

    So last night during sound check, my Epi Blues Custom 30 died. Luckily I had this thing with me. Ran out of my pedalboard into it, then XLR out to the board.BLEW my band's minds on how good it sounded. This coming from 2 high brow sound guys too.'So, I am not going to replace my amp with a big rig. Gonna to use a little practice amp for a reference monitor and use the DI for the house sound.Will pickup a backup too!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works great

    By The A Room

    from ny

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    Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

    This thing works great. Used it direct outa my line out. You can A/B between the amp sim and really hear the difference. And it cheap. Built like a tank. I wish you didn't need batteries like the Palmer but I hooked up a universal 9volt and mounted it right in the amp. It lives up to it's intention. And I did not notice any noise. Handy little do-dad don't cha know.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Top soundmen don't lie

    By Adam Taylor

    from Mount Vernon, Ohio

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    Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

    I purchased my Ultra-G direct box out of intrigue, and I'm glad I did. I am an experienced player, performing at some of the top night clubs in Columbus, OH with built in sound and experienced sound engineers. Every one of them has complimented the sound of the Ultra-G box, and at least two of them have decided to buy some of them based on hearing how good mine sounds. It's better than a mic in a live setting when used through a conventional line out, hands down. If you think otherwise, you must be using it incorrectly.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    1 year later, great results

    By Gibsonguy-FJyth

    from Louisville, KY

    Comments about Behringer Ultra-G GI100 DI:

    I bought this primarily to use instead of a mic on my low wattage tube amp (blackheart little giant head). I was tired of running a mic and having to worry about placement, cables, etc.I run it straight into a mixing board, that feeds my computer. It sounds great on recordings- fairly transparent, and soudns even better with the speaker emulation.I also found a second use. I love the tone of my blackheart amp, but 5 watts wasn't enough for medium gigs. Now, I also use it live by running the signal out of the Ultra-G into the preamp-in on a crappier 60-watt tube amp. I use the 1x12" cabinet that gets fed directly by the amp for a monitor, and use the 60watt tube amp as the main sound source (or I could feed the house PA directly using the Ultra-G if I were so inclined).There are some slightly more transparent units out there, and if cost is no issue, feel free to use them. But this does a solid job for $40. Can't ask for too much more. I've had little to no hiss, and no reliability issues at all with pretty regular use over the past 13 months.

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