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Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI

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This killer rig-in-a-box is a tone-shaping monster with all-analog circuitry and drive, bass, treble, presence, blend, and level controls. Tweak the knobs on the Tech 21 SansAmp Programmable Bass Driv... Click To Read More About This Product

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This killer rig-in-a-box is a tone-shaping monster with all-analog circuitry and drive, bass, treble, presence, blend, and level controls. Tweak the knobs on the Tech 21 SansAmp Programmable Bass Driver DI until you find a tone, double-tap on a footswitch, and it's saved in that channel.

FEATURES

  • 3-channel, programmable rig-in-a-box
  • Drive, bass, treble, presence, blend, and level controls
  • All-metal construction
  • Operates via a 9V alkaline battery, phantom power, or the optional Tech 21 DC2 power supply
  • 7.25"L x 5"W x 2"H
  • 25 oz.
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Tech 21SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow

By Manic Al

from corvallis. or

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

I have been playing bass since 1967 and been around the world, played every imaginable amp cabinet combination and tried various effecte pedals. I just got this rig today, I plugged it in to my normally docile 600w 2x10-1x18 carvin red eye,,this thing woke up my 12 yr old amp from the graveyard. I was impressed right out of the box. I flattened everything on the amp and started adjusting the driver and it immediately sounded better than my rig has ever sounded, and I have tried a few pedal's and such over the years.I usually don't go for too much preamp or pedal use, but I think I have found an excellent tool to blow my band away with. My hopped up 77'Precision never sounded so alive. It also woke up my 78" stock Precision, I will play that one more on stage now. Cant wait to get this on stage and let'er rip. The only downside I noticed was a little hiss with the treble and presence all the way up, might just be operator error on my part being new to this device. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone. Go to your local Guitar Center and give it a try.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver

By Kyle Morrison

from Texarkana, TX

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

This is a must have for all serious bass player. A friend recommended it to me saying, "I've never seen a professional bass player without it." Upon receiving the driver and getting it set like i wanted...the sound was amazing. Fat. Thats a good word to describe it. It makes everything loud but yet does not distort it. There are so many different sounds you can get from it, and the 3 channel and saving ability makes it so easy to switch from style to style. It's a must have!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Single most important piece of gear beside my bass.

By Jamison Rasbury

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

I had never seen a piece of gear so universally cherished and endorsed before, so when I decided to switch from digital multi-fx to an analog signal path, I gave it a shot. Wow. When sound guys joke about hitting the 'talent button' on their board, this would be it for bassists. With just a little bit of fiddling and experimenting on the knobs I was able to make a friends Squier P sound like a Mike Dirnt special. Full and round.... articulate and clear with a defined bass presence. It makes makes cheap basses sound very respectable and good basses sound like something Rick Rubin would respect. I'm really picky about a gain or distorted sound on basses. I think most distortion effects out there lose bass tone, become inarticulate and cloudy, or both. This little beauty has some extremely tasty levels of edge to its gain setting. Give it about 25% on the gain and you get just enough snarly edge to it to bring a Flea (Higher Ground) tone... 50-70% is enough for me for spots where gain is called for, and when I a-b the channel I set for clean tones and the channel for gain, ZERO LOW END IS LOST, it just added the growl over the top. Why is that so hard for other pedal manufacturers to master? You're a metalhead? the same applies to pushing the gain to its limits. You can get a crazy buzzsaw distortion with no loss of that crucial low end. I have several pedals on my board, but if someone stole everything and left the sansamp behind, I'd confidently play the biggest gigs and record without batting an eye. Here are a few tips that would have saved me a little time had I known this from the beginning. Lets say you've dialed in on channel 1 a great clean tone that will be your primary. Copy those settings to channel 2, but add gain and slightly decrease level until you find your sweet spot. Here's the kicker that i wish i had known... when you turn a knob, the led will start to flash. It flashes more slowly as you dial further away from the current programmed setting. As you get closer to the previous setting, the led flashes more and more quickly until its solid. when its solid, you're back to that channels current setting. Smart, Tech21. It's a big help! When you play and transport gear alot, knobs sometimes get moved accidentally or when you're not looking, but this box will tell you just where your favorite settings are. Summary. If you're unsure, borrow one and try it out... if you can find a bassist who will let it out of their sight! Aside from the bass itself, its the only piece of gear I'd label as an absolute requirement. And the standard boss power supply fits just fine.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Overdrive or Direct - Still great

By Michael

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

I've had this little dandy for about a year now and I don't think I can take the stage without it. You get the growl of the overdrive that you really can't achieve through most amps (I'm running this in front of a SVT3-Pro and a 610), and the icing on the cake is the programmable settings. Playing multi-faceted styles of music means you're having to calm down in the valleys and get up-close and personal at your peaks. Can't really do that with a single channel overdrive. This pedal allows you experiment with your sounds and really find your niche. Another thing is letting this little guy act as your pre-amp. Most amps will have an input in the back that will let you plug in a preamp. No more fussing trying to get your tone out of an amp that doesn't have any. This can fix a bad sounding bass head. The last great bonus is the DI built in. No more sound techs trying to mike your cab: just plug the mic cable straight into the side and you're pumping through the venue like a beast. All in all, this a must-have for any musician who's serious about versatility and reliability.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tone

By decay34

from Columbus, OH

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

This pedal will make your tone sound 100 times better through a solid state amp. I play through a 200W Acoustic B200H head and a Hartke 4 X 10 4.5 Bass module. Not only does it give me a smoother tone but it also boosts the volume and makes my lows much more responsive. Like someone said before, it is difficult to change settings on the fly because you have to remember where the original was and go from there, but with 3 save options I have never needed to. My friend had the one channel which is why i decided to buy this. Sounds just like the 1 channel Sansamp bass driver but is only $10 more for 2 extra channels. If you want it, BUY IT! Awesome Pedal.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing box for your bass

By Anthony Alonzo

from Eagle Mountain, UT

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

A friend of mine who plays bass recommend this box to me. He just raved about it, and explained how it is one of the most important and valued pieces of his entire bass setup. This SansAmp just arrived today. I spent the last hour messing around with it, to learn how it works. I can honestly say this is the coolest and most useful piece of equipment in my music room (and I have a mini GuitarCenter in my basement). I have an Ibanez bass with flatwound strings, and a Fender Rumble 100. I hooked this up (Monster bass cables) and it defaulted to switch #1. The sound was exactly what I expected my setup to sound like, but hasnt until this point. The 2nd and 3rd switch is pre-programmed as well. Switches 1, 2, and 3 are programmed to the first 3 examples in the booklet that comes with this box. This box is analog (other than the digital memory for the programmable switches), and it shows in its sound. It creates a tube sound, although, I do not think there is a tube in the box. Sure does sound like it. I now have so much control over the sound of my bass. Its amazing how much a small turn of a couple dials totally changes what you hear through this thing. I also like that I can run this directly into my USB recording interface, and capture the tonal output in my recordings. Before this box, I would just record the direct signal into my interface, then digitally manipulate the sound with bass effects and such. Although I have a bunch of guitar effect pedals, I know that this one box is going to keep my bass sounding awesome, and provides me with so many different sounds. It doesnt do modulation effects, or reverb / delay, but thats not what its designed for. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to gain control over how their bass sounds, and improve the ability to get your signal to an amp, PA, or recording input.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Buy It

By audioninja

from Houston Tx

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

I bought this to remedy my situation of not having the space for a bass amp, hence the name "sans amp". Well, if you need something to record with or simply beef up your rig, this little puppy is KILLER. Im able to get a ton of different sounds from this thing and can power it from the balanced XLR out straight into my audio interface, so there's no wasting batteries or trying to find a space for a wall wart. Plug it in and go. Makes my cheap bass sound like a much better guitar! Hee hee..

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Tom

from NY

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

If you haved a tube amp, dont bother. If you have a solid state like i do and you want some tube-esque distortion this is the pedal for you. I can get any level or type of distortion or overdrive i need. I play a Rickenbacker 4003 into this into an svt450 and i get a great tone out of it. Great for players who want opetions with their tone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bass Driver!!!!

By Whitemoon

from Miami, Florida

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

This Thing is sick!! And I can't play without it !!! I have it running on the GK MB115 and an Ibanez sr 300! Can only imagine what my sound would be be with sper full on Rig!! Get it players!!!!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very happy camper!

By gwen59

from Loretto, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

This was bought as a Christmas gift for my son who is a bass player. After looking at all the reviews on this product, I decided to purchase it for him and he was THRILLED! He had done his own research and was so happy that this is the item I choose for him.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A MUST HAVE for any bassist with multiple basses!

By DFWBassplayer

from Rowlett, Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

    My brother and I spent the day working on his pedal oard, and both of us use multiple basses when we gig. One of the key features is adjusting the level for each channel, so this can also serve as a "buffer" for basses with extremely HOT outputs (I use a Spector Euro with a non adjustable Tone Pump, P/J pups; another Spector with the adjustable Tone Pump and soapbar pups).
    One of the problems I was having was I needed to adjust my EQ on my head (SWR SM1500) everytime I changed basses....with this, just change the channel!
    Another awesome feature is that this also served as an AMAZING preamp for home recording, as you can literally capture any amp tone you are looking for, without a lot of clipping.
    If you're gigging with multiple basses, or in multiple bands, this is pretty much essential to any "tool box".

     
    5.0

    Yes

    By Alleycat

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

      Great tone. I'm able to get the tone I like through a PA or different amps.

       
      5.0

      Worth the money!

      By Jared

      from undisclosed

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

      It is everything it says it is! Super low noise with an awesome tone. Would definitely buy again!

       
      4.0

      Great Purchase!

      By ralph

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

      I was looking for a more prominent sound, something that was warm yet driven. This programmable Sansamp did what I needed. I running it with an active "Sub" Sterling bass. The pickup on this bass is really hot so I dialed down my treble and bass knobs to half volume. I like that I have three different sound settings programmed, gives me versatility and more dimensional. I am impressed with this driver. Highly recommend it.

       
      4.0

      Great Product

      By Beorn the Bear

      from Arlington, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Practice with headphones
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

        I use this because I mainly practice at night using headphones, and this sounds like a good amp and speakers. My Ibanez BTB575 with stainless steel round wound strings sounds really good through it. I'm not sure what Geddy Lee uses, but he gave up amps and uses an emulator running through the PA. One note: Remember or save your sound settings, as a very slight change can make a dramatic change in sound.

         
        5.0

        Good deal with the 20% discount

        By Moonie74

        from Charlotte NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

          Great deal for the price with the 20% discount. Found a few used ones for the same price that made it the right price. Shipped to store two days earlier than promised

           
          5.0

          Very nice!!

          By scott

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

          I love it. Sounds great. I read the reviews and ought one. I like that you can save the sounds you like and then you can ply around with it and the lights blink the garter or closer you get from favorite settings. Makes it easy and fun to experiment with different t settings.

           
          5.0

          Must-Have for every bass player!

          By Blindside Avenue

          from Akron, Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Ease of Use
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

            I got this gem for christmas one year. I mainly use this as a tone control paired up with my Darkglass Microtubes B3k, and it is the gnarliest bass tone you can get. The pedal by itself has a great clean sound, you can also adjust the drive to make it more or less distorted. One thing i will say, the sound of the drive isn't my favorite; but that is completely subjective to other musicians. Fantastic pedla, and i will ALWAYS use it on my pedal board. If i could give it 6 starts, i would.

             
            5.0

            So much sizzle

            By apulianas

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

              Love using this box to get my jazz bass to really sing. I love Geddy Lee's bass tone and I'm able to dial it in nicely with thus box. Great for gigging and going straight to the PA or recording in your home studio.

               
              5.0

              Great Purchase

              By HB

              from San Bernardino, Ca

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Ease of Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI:

                  I'm really impressed with this product. Right out the box it was ready to go with presets. After a little familiarization I was able to set my own setting. Before I purchased the Sansamp my sound guy always asked if I could turn the low end up on my bass guitar. I had limited options with the bass I had. When I connected the Sansamp I was able to give the sound guy what he needed to make me sound great.

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