The BBE DI-100X Active Direct Box offers "no compromise" transparency not found in any other direct injection device. While giving wonderful results with acoustic, semi-acoustic, electric and electric bass guitars, it is also the perfect solution for "re-amping" in the studio.
The BBE DI-100X is designed for recording studios that are very demanding when it comes to the kind of high-integrity audio they expect from a direct injection device. BBE completely hand-builds the DI-100X in California and it gives any studio that wishes to be a cut above the others the option of exceptional quality and sound clarity.
The DI-100X's class A/B circuit topology, with its transformerless output stage, delivers an open, intimate sound with a level of detail that goes well beyond the requirements of the most demanding recording applications. This BBE direct box has an airy top-end unlike any other. It will translate the instrument with uncompromising clarity and transparency. The DI-100X is extremely quiet, extremely flat through the entire frequency spectrum and phase degradation is effectively nil.
As a tool for the creative recording process, the BBE DI-100X makes getting great sound effortless. The renowned BBE Sonic Maximizer, which is an integral part of the DI-100X' design, offers engineers and producers the ability to give back to each instrument its unique voice. The Sonic Maximizer reveals detail and nuance that are all but obscured with budget DIs.
Rugged aluminum housing, military spec circuit boards, extra-wide double-thick traces, and circuit board-mounted pots, switches, and connectors give the BBE DI-100X stage-toughness and studio-level sonic integrity. Incorporated Sonic Maximizer gives any instrument you plug in more clarity and presence. Balanced XLR and 1/4" tip-sleeve outputs, 1/4" tip-sleeve input and thru-put, 15dB pad switch, and ground lift. The DI-100X Active Direct Box has recessed switches and a non-skid bottom pad for added utility.
Loudspeakers have difficulty working with the electronic signals supplied by an amplifier. These difficulties cause such major phase and amplitude distortion that the sound reproduced by the speaker differs significantly from the sound produced by the original source.
In the past, these problems proved unsolvable and were thus relegated to a position of secondary importance in audio system design. However, phase and amplitude integrity is essential to accurate sound reproduction. Research shows that the information which the listener translates into the recognizable characteristics of a live performance are intimately tied into complex time and amplitude relationships between the fundamental and harmonic components of a given musical note or sound. These relationships define a sound's "sound".
When these complex relationships pass through a speaker, the proper order is lost. The higher frequencies are delayed. A lower frequency may reach the listener's ear first or perhaps simultaneously with that of a higher frequency. In some cases, the fundamental components may be so time-shifted that they reach the listener's ear ahead of some or all of the harmonic components.
This change in the phase and amplitude relationship on the harmonic and fundamental frequencies is technically called "envelope distortion." The listener perceives this loss of sound integrity in the reproduced sound as "muddy" and "smeared." In the extreme, it can become difficult to tell the difference between musical instruments, for example, an oboe and a clarinet.
BBE Sound, Inc. conducted extensive studies of numerous speaker systems over a ten year period. With this knowledge, it became possible to identify the characteristics of an ideal speaker and to distill the corrections necessary to return the fundamental and harmonic frequency structures to their correct order. While there are differences among various speaker designs in the magnitude of their correction, the overall pattern of correction needed is remarkably consistent.
The BBE Process is so unique that 42 patents have been awarded by the U.S. Patent Office.