The Tale of the Smiling Man - Short Version
I have been a guitar player in clubs, sessions, and touring bands for more
years than I want to admit to here. (See picture of Smiliní Man.)
This story begins in Ď97 or Ď98 --I canít remember when exactlyÖ
But you know how the story goes. You get to the club and go set up your amp.
Everything is working fine. You go to the bar to get a little go juice. You
come back to the stage, andÖ
GREAT GOOGLEY MOOGLEY!!! An
octopus with something that looks like a microphone has attacked your amp!!
No offense to you sound guys with a tight budget (and a tight club owner), but
usually guitar players end up with the last mic in the bag. You know, the one
that looks like it got slammed in the trailer door the night before. PLUS you
get a mic stand with 3-foot long legs that you keep tripping over all night.
OR you get a mic cable tied through the handle of your amp with a plastic mic
hanging sideways in front of your speakers.
Not good. A real groove killer.
So, when I finally heard about this filtered DI called the
PDI-09 "The Junction" made by Palmer especially for guitar amps,
I knew I'd
have to try it.
I borrowed a Palmer PDI-09, took it to the club that I was working, and talked
the soundman into using it in place of a microphone. After the first set, the
engineer was really happy with the way it sounded. The Palmer sounded nice and
full, and he was happy since he didnít have to worry about another mic on
stage causing feedback and bleed-over from the drums. But, just because the
soundman was happy, didnít mean I was happy. Even though the amp sounded great on stage, I wasnít convinced it sounded good out front.
So then, on a break, a couple of my guitar buddies came up and said, ďMan,
your tone sounds GREAT out front! What are you mic-ing your amp with? ď
Thatís when I told them it was a PDI-09 filtered DI by Palmer. Now Iím happy
because I know it sounds really good out front and does what it says it would
do with NO MESS! NO STRESS!
Well, so I went ahead and bought my own Palmer PDI-09 and started using it
everywhere I could talk the engineers into trying it. When they tried it,
they loved it--the PDI-09 made THEIR life easier. I carried it around in my
guitar bag for 3 or 4 months and realized I was using it, pretty much, all the
time. Thatís when I got really smart. I Velcro-ed it into the back of my
amp, patched the speakers through, installed a panel mount XLR, and hard-wired
the PDI-09 XLR output to the panel mount XLR.
That way itís always there and all you have to do is plug the mic line into
the back of your cabinet--and let it rock! EVERYBODYíS HAPPY! There