Hi Roadhog 69,
I need to use a Female XLR adapter and wire it to a guitar cable with the #2 pin to the tip of the 1/4" guitar plug and pins #1 and #3 to the ground shielding. The Strobostomp 2 Active DI is proving the Balanced Low Impedance signal at the 3 pin male XLR socket. After the XLR connection using the Female XLR adapter, it will have a totally Balanced Low Impedance signal throughout the rest of the cable to the amplifier.
Using a simple adapter as described above would work, but the signal would no longer be balanced and the impedance might be mismatched at the amp. Can't hurt to try it out, though.
With the Impedance matcher adapter that you recommended to use, it is designed to take a Low Impedance signal at the XLR end of the plug and transform it into a high Impedance signal at the 1/4" plug. Isn't this a little backwards from what I'm trying to achieve here? Sounds like it would be starting out with a High Impedance signal, then converting it to a Low Impedance signal, then transforming it back to a High Impedance signal. Maybe I'm missing something and you can set me straight if you would.
What it does is to take the signal from the DI output, and match the signal to the input impedance of the amp while preserving some of the benefits of a balanced line, technically you need a balanced output plugged into a balanced input (3 conductor all the way through) to have a balanced "system", that does not exist in the electric guitar/amp world (with very few exceptions).
It would be much easier to just buy a Buffer pedal made for guitars. They are made with 1/4" jacks so that you can just plug a cable into and get the same effect without any special wiring or adapters. I just thought it made more sense to just use the existing Active DI in the Strobostomp 2 because it's already there and not being used and should be able to provide the same results.
You could do that, the downside would be extra space needed and cost. A DI's main role is to interface unbalanced backline instruments like keyboards, acoustic guitars and basses to the balanced world of the PA system.
What we're doing here is not the same, because the world of guitar amps is largely unbalanced with high Z inputs.
The Active DI in the StroboStomp2 gives the signal a slight boost as a side effect to its main duty mentioned above, but balanced inputs on guitar amps would be needed to have an-all balanced system.
Are you looking to compensate or boost the signal because you think your signal path is very long? What are the cable distances involved in your setup?
Peterson makes a good product and offers very little information in the owners manual about this unique feature. I've contacted them a few times with questions about this and never received any acknowledgement on the subject. This is why I posted this question here on this Forum. Their customer service doesn't seem to be what it should be and I'm grateful your here to offer some help.
Much of the info is right here on the forum, there's also a Help Desk
, but don't forget the telephone, anyone with questions can call us,contact numbers and a full list of staff are on the Peterson Tuners website.
I Wonder if an adapter like this one would do all the above mentioned if it was to be plugged directly into the Strobostomp 2 Active DI XLR socket? What do you think? http://www.computercablestore.com/9_in_Dua...e__PID7994.aspx
Its essentially the same thing as the unit I mentioned in a post above, just a little less compact and costs more.