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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
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Tech 21SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI
 
5.0

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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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 (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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    • Experienced (5)

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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.

              (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

                Sounds Awesome

                By Ryan Hill

                from Orange County, CA

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

                This thing sounds great! The manual lists some example tone settings, and my favorites are pretty close to their Fat Tube, SVT, and Distorted Bass settings for rock. It's nice to have three great tones at the push of a button.

                (5 of 5 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.

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