Preamp or D/I for Melodica

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    Binyomin
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    I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to buy a preamp or D/I for my Hammond 44 and 44HP, as the output level from the built-in pickup is simply too low in many circumstances.

    Any recommendations? What are you guys using?

    I recently bought an electric bass, so my ideal solution would work for both, but my primary purpose would be to use it for melodica.

    Thanks!

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Binyomin.
    #8904

    Melodica-Me
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    Hello Binyomin, I use a few things to boost the volume and they all work good. I would start with an inline transformer, from Melodica It’s a phono to xlr then xlr to phono, I purchased it at radio shack but you can find them on eBay. This is the cheapest way to go. The next option is a DI with EQ and drive, I use the Sanamp Paradrive dI a bit more about $175 depending on who you buy it from. You can use a clean boost pedal, like the Katana clean boost the simple mini version actually works good and it is 1/2 the cost out the larger version. I recently purchased a API Tranzformer pedal that is fantastic with the great API EQ, a driver and compresor all in one pedal, unfortunately this one carries a large price tag and it is externally heavy for a pedal. All these items will bring your level up, some will help with color (tone) but if all you need is a line boost start with the in line transformer first and see if that works for you. If you email me on my monsters of Melodica Facebook page I will shoot you a picture of my set up. Here is the one available on eBay

    http://m.ebay.com/itm/Hosa-Technology-1-4-TS-HiZ-to-XLR-Male-LoZ-Inline-Impedance-Transformer-MIT-129-/181748577633?hash=item2a510f3561%3Ag%3A87oAAOSwKrhVWTbo&_trkparms=pageci%253A67904bf8-3c66-11e7-9b15-74dbd180f7cc%257Cparentrq%253A1fa666a715c0aa46b6e425ccffffd041%257Ciid%253A4

    Thanks
    Hope this helps
    Melodica-Me

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Melodica-Me.
    #8907

    Binyomin
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    Thanks for this, Mel. That API looks sweet for bass too… Naturally, it’s expensive, but I just may bite the bullet.I’ll look at all of these. At least it gives me a direction to check out. Do you use the compressor on your melodicas?

    #8908

    Melodica-Me
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    Hello Binyomin, yes I use the compressor quite a bit with the Diamanté and the Hammond 44 not so much with the Hammond Hyper it tightens the sound up nicely. I am pretty happy with my set up and only have plans to replace the volumn and reverb pedals. I use an Ernie Ball junior and there are voids or drops when I do slow swells and sometimes, I am planning on getting Mission engineering pedal to replace the EB pedal. I also want to replace my Cathedral reverb pedal by Electro Harmonixs with a Eventide space reverb. There are a lot of trial and errors with pedals when it comes to using them with a Melodica. definately try the I line boost transformer first. It may do the job and there would not be a need to buy something you really don’t need. Let me knows how you do.
    Thanks
    Melodica-Me

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