LR Baggs Para DI Acoustic Preamp, 5-band EQ, and Direct Box

Acoustic Preamp and Active Direct Input Box with a 5-channel EQ and Filters
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Put A Legendary Live DI/EQ in Your Rig

For over a decade and a half, the Para DI has been one of the mainstays of live music world. It's small enough to fit in just about any instrument case, yet the impact the Para DI makes on the sound quality of your acoustic pickups is simply profound. It's built road tough and versatile enough to run for up to 200 hours on a single, field changeable 9V battery power or to run off of +48V phantom power, and the signal of either active or passive electronics. And you're sure to love the way that the Para DI's 5-band equalizer sweetens your sound.

When you need a rock-solid direct box that brings out the best qualities of your acoustic guitar's tone, accept no substitutes! The Para DI's discrete, Class A FET input provides a crystal-clear internal sound path, and an adjustable gain parameter makes matching the levels of active or passive electronics easy. It's equalizer offers +/-12dB of correction with 6dB high- and low-mid frequency notches and an adjustable -12dB/octave low-cut filter. A built in FX send and return loop also assures you get the most of the Para DI's signal quality regardless of the rest of your signal chain. On the way out, out can chose from balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs. Finally, a total gain of up to +24dB ensures that you'll get a sufficiently powerful signal.

LR Baggs Para DI Acoustic Preamp and Active Direct Input Box Features:
  • Adjustable gain for both passive and active pickups
  • 5 band EQ with tunable notch and midrange bands
  • Phase inversion for best sound and feedback control
  • XLR and 1/4" outputs
  • Works with 9V battery or 48V phantom power
  • Size: 5.6" x 3.6" x 1.9"
  • Weight: 14.5 oz
  • Gain: +2dB to +24dB
  • Input impedance: 10megohms
  • Output: 600 ohms
  • Battery life: 200+ hours
  • Phantom power: 48V
Get top live DI performance with the LR Baggs Para DI!

Additional Media

Para DI 5-Band EQ and Direct Box User Manual

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number PARA DI

Customer Reviews

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Best thing ever for many things

I have two of these. One kicks around the studio and gets used on stand up bass, banjo, mandolin, and whenever acoustic instruments that have pickups walk in the door. The other one is permanently part of my own violin/fiddle rig. Of all of the properly loaded piezo preamps this one is the most pleasing, most properly tweakable, most rugged, and has no more or less than the features you actually need to get a good tone from all but the crappiest of instruments. I also use the one in the studio as an electric bass and guitar input into my recording rig often, especially for those older lower output bass guitars. With some gentle tone shaping applied on the way in, so good! I was also pleased to discover that if you blast the input into distorting it has a nice warm fuzzy surprise. This thing is rugged. I have casually abused the one that lives with my fiddle for over 10 years and it has yet to really show any signs of wear. Also, the battery lasts a VERY long time.
Music background: Engineer, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist

Crisp and Clear

This DI is something I first learned about a few years ago running sound. I would run sound for a lot of musicians using acoustic in a worship environment. The church used a venue sc48 and seats about 1700 people. We have 2 subwoofers and EV line array setup speakers. There was a guitar player who sounded better than other players each time, when I asked what he was using I noticed he was playing a taylor guitar, but others were too. I then noticed he had the LR Baggs DI, The clarity, quality of sound and overall realness to the acoustic tone was unbelievable. I know after listening to so many different DI's and pickups for acoustic that this is TOP Notch. After purchasing my own, I am using a dean markley pickup to quarter inch. When I plug into the LR Baggs the quality of sound makes this run of the mill pickup sound INCREDIBLE. Definitely worth every penny, quality craftsmanship.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician

Para DI

I'm pleased with the Para DI. I play an autoharp & this is what I needed to be heard in a group that consists mainly of guitars! Autoharps DO have a great sound but need that boost to be heard. Now they tell ME to turn my volume down! I was also impressed (once again) at the speed in delivery. You guys are fantastic & I will continue to let my fellow 'jammers' know that.
Music background: Music loving senior

Perfect compliment

I was generally happy with my acoustic guitar sound and equipment ( top of the line Martin into a BOSE LI compact system) Upon adding the LR Baggs it brought out a deeper, wider sound with natural shine and polish over it all. With the guitar tone and presence now perfectly centered it brought out the perfect canvas for vocals to thrive and soar. Now that I know what the LR Baggs Para DI adds I cant see myself ever playing without it..
Music background: working acoustic musician in a male female duo

The Acoustic Comforter

The LR Braggs DI is a little miracle worker. If you don't want to spend thousands for a Taylor or Martin try the LR Braggs on your four hundred dollar Takemine or Yamaha or Alvarez. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the fidelity it brings to the sound. Do you get feed back from your acoustic when you play live? This little puppy will put that problem to bed. Tuck you in and wrap your sound in a warm feedback free blanket! Thanks Sweetwater I'm glad I thought of that and glad you guys had one...(
Music background: Singer/songwriter/guitarist
See also: Direct Input Boxes, LR Baggs, LR Baggs Direct Boxes