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ART dPDB - Dual Passive Direct Box

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ART dPDB - Dual Passive Direct Box 


The ART dPDB Passive Direct Box features two high-quality direct boxes in one portable enclosure. It is a tough, roadworthy DI for connecting the outputs of electronic musical instruments (or other audio sources) to the balanced inputs of mixer consoles and other balanced ins. It also allows connection of a music source to an instrument amplifier while simultaneously patching it to a mixer.


The dPDB features switchable input attenuation (0 dB, -20dB, -40dB), a 50k Ohm instrument input, 50k Ohm parallel link jack, a 600 Ohm XLR Output Jack, and a switchable Ground Lift.


For cost-effective impedance matching and tone improvement, the dPDB is a must-have. Count on tough, quiet, reliable performance.


dPDB Applications:

  • Electric guitar and bass - High impedance signals from a guitar or bass pickup are converted into a low-Z, balanced signal required by mixing consoles.
  • Keyboards and line level signals - The dPDB automatically balances and matches the line-level keyboard output. For multiple keyboard setups, the dPDB can replace individual DI boxes. 
  • DJ console outputs - The dPDB converts the -10dB signal from a typical DJ mixer to a balanced line level signal, before it reaches the console (which also allows longer cable runs).
  • Speaker level signals - Send post-eq and effects signals from a power amp's output directly to the console (to send a particular effect or amplifier sound directly to the mix).

Why We Like It


ART makes sensible, cost-efficient solutions in a smart, reliable package. We like being able to offer their DI boxes, especially for home recording applications, or anywhere that doesn’t demand the most tour-tough, industrial-strength construction. They get the job done for less!


  • Passive Design
  • Converts High-Impedance Balanced / Unbalanced Inputs Into 600 Ohm Balanced Outputs
  • Switchable Input Attenuation (0, -20, -40 dB)
  • Independently Switchable Low Pass Filter on each Channel
  • Independently Switchable Phase Invert on each Channel
  • Independently Switchable Ground Lift on each Channel
  • 1/4" TRS Connector Inputs and Thru Connections
  • XLR Connectors for Balanced Outputs
  • Rugged Steel Case