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  • Session DI with TC Helicon Play Acoustic

    Hello,

    I am new to this forum and new to LR Baggs equipment, and I just bought the Session DI which seems to be a great tool for live, use, which I do about 5 days a week at gigs.
    I currently use a TC Helicon Play Acoustic to get effects on the signal (reverb, delay, chorus) and also I use some compression.

    My question is, where would the Session go better? Before or after the TC (effects), also, can I continue to use the compression from the TC and then the Comp EQ from the Session after (or before) all together? Or is it better to just use the compression from the Session?0

    I actually don't use the EQ in the TC Helicon, I run it flat in the pedal and actually use the EQ in the Guitar's onboard preamp.
    The guitar I am using is a Godin Multiac Nylon SA.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks a lot!

  • #2
    Hi angelreagan,
    Thanks for posting.

    From what I can tell, the Voicelive Play Acoustic doesn't have a 1/4" output to go out into additional effects. Because of that, it will probably be best to run the Session first, then then into the guitar input on the TC.

    The compression on the Session is more for tone-shaping, rather than dynamics, so you should be able to use it with the TC compression and get a good balance of both features.

    The Session isn't optimized for Nylon strings, but it sounds like you've already tried it enough to know that you like what it's doing.

    I hope that helps!

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    • #3
      Hi Caleb,

      Thanks for your response!

      I actually run a XLR to 1/4 inch cable out of the Play Acoustic, because I run it through a Pigtronix Infinity Looper afterwards, with that said, do you still suggest me to run the Session before the effects of the Play Acoustic?

      I didn't know that it was not optimized for Nylon (bummer ) I actually haven't gotten to use it yet, because it will arrive tomorrow by mail, but I got it at a pretty low price in eBay, so if I don't like it I think I might be able to sell it at a reasonable prize.

      Thanks!

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      • #4
        Ok,
        In that case, I would run the Play first, then the Looper, then the DI into the mixer. That way, you'll get all the features, with the benefit of the Session's high quality DI output.

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        • #5
          I'll go that way once I get it.
          Thanks a lot for your help Caleb!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Caleb_Elling View Post
            Hi angelreagan,
            Thanks for posting.

            From what I can tell, the Voicelive Play Acoustic doesn't have a 1/4" output to go out into additional effects. Because of that, it will probably be best to run the Session first, then then into the guitar input on the TC.

            The compression on the Session is more for tone-shaping, rather than dynamics, so you should be able to use it with the TC compression and get a good balance of both features.

            The Session isn't optimized for Nylon strings, but it sounds like you've already tried it enough to know that you like what it's doing.

            I hope that helps!
            Hi Caleb,

            Just as an update, even though the Session is not optimized for Nylon, I can tell you that it does improve the sound of the guitar very much. The Saturation has to be kept low, because you get a growl/overdrive type sound fairly quickly, right before 12'o Clock in the knob, but the Comp EQ does wonders to the sound, it automatically makes all the frequencies smooth up. It does take down a bit much of the bass frequencies, but it is easily fixed with the onboard preamp of the guitar.

            I can say that it is a keeper.

            Thanks!

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            • #7
              I'm glad to hear it!

              Thanks for following up.

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