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The Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI is a preamp DI a lot of bass players will like because it makes ordinary gear sound fantastic! Exclusive Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry delivers the warmth, pres... Read More

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The Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI is a preamp DI a lot of bass players will like because it makes ordinary gear sound fantastic! Exclusive Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry delivers the warmth, presence, and punch of a souped-up bass system, and it gets monster overdrive sounds too. Includes an XLR out for DI and a parallel 1/4" out for running an unaffected signal to your stage amp. Has Presence, Drive, Level, and Blend controls; active Bass, and Treble EQ. Can use phantom power, 9V battery, or optional DC power supply. Highly recommended by our bass guys.

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  • Preamp, stompbox, and direct box in one
  • Offers a wide range of bass amp sounds
  • Active EQ boosts/cuts up to ±12db
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Tech 21SansAmp Bass Driver DI
 
4.8

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Simply The Best

Simply the best piece of equipment a bass player can buy. It will transform your sound more than you can imagine. This little box makes everything sound better, your amp, your bass,...Read complete review

Simply the best piece of equipment a bass player can buy. It will transform your sound more than you can imagine. This little box makes everything sound better, your amp, your bass, your recording. It puts all other processors to shame no matter what they cost. It's built so well it's bullet proof. If you are considering anything else consider this, run to Guitar Center, and please try this first, no exaggeration, it's that good.

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Good For Lesser Gear

Definitely makes your amp or bass sound better but its not the same feel as a tube rig. The direct line-in is pretty awesome for recording and running thru a PA. It doesn't work...Read complete review

Definitely makes your amp or bass sound better but its not the same feel as a tube rig. The direct line-in is pretty awesome for recording and running thru a PA. It doesn't work for all setups (pickups/amps). I fried this pedal but luckily it was under warranty. Kinda costs more than most pedals. I knocked it cuz it broke in less than 6 months and it did sound like it took away on some amps(usually 4 band eq rigs). But again it redeemed itself for me for laying down bass tracks by going direct. All in all its still is worthy of being in the gear collection!

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5.0

The secret to making your bass sound amazing, without pushing tubes or clipping SS amps

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from Michigan

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

I own 2 of these units, the RBI Rack model and the pedal, this is the best investment for any bass player, This pedal brings out the best in any amp or bass! For example I own a modern telebass with humbuckers that gives a really nasty-unwanting boomy bass tone to my taste, it has no clean attack or drive but when I use it with present and and blend cranked, I get a wonderful emulated bass tone WITH the good boomy humbucker tone! Its amazing how this pedal works, I got the pedal bored version because rack cases get too heavy and wide so just bringing a sansamp pedal head (svt7pro/svtclassic) and boss a tu-2 loadin/out to a show is lightwightwieght (depending on if I use my 8x10 and SVT-CL or 4x10 and Svt7) and SUPER POWERFUL! Sansamps are also really good on your actually bass amps, as rock/metal bass players we tend to be loud so we tend to push the tubes on your amp for solid state players you will clip, the sansamp helps you achieve volumes without pushing your amps tubes so you will have a better tubelife on your amp.

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4.0

DI Box, but not effects pedal

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from Saint Louis, MO

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

What this is and what it is not; It is a DI box, and a pretty good one from my experience in recording studios. If you plan to be in the studio, get one of these instead of using one with no controls. Or, if you plan on using the PA (with subwoofers) playing live and do not want to drag around your amp, get one. If you plan on replacing your effects pedal with this, don't. It has 5 buttons, 7 knobs, a foot button, 1 input, 3 outputs; INPUT - Input from your bass here, before going to any other pedals. The manual says to zero out your bass controls for active bass and set normally for passive bass, but actually don't change anything on your bass. Parallel output - this bypasses any of the device's mods and is great for going to a tuner pedal or clean amp. XLR - For going to the PA or in the studio. Don't use the phantom power unless the XLR will supply power to your device. You will need a 9v battery or 9v standard pedal power connection (not supplied) with this unit. LEVEL - Set to 12 o'clock to match the power output with the stomp button off. Otherwise, this is your volume. BLEND - How much of the signal gets processed and how much goes clean. Set to max (5'oclock) to get full effects of pedal. Anything less is probably not worth using. MID - Actually probably a mid-high CHARACTER - High or treble knob DRIVE - DIrty fuzz, sounds like a broken speaker. You will need some level on this, probably set to 9 o'clock. LOW - Low HIGH - Mid high actually Buttons; Phantom power (to power unit from XLR) +10db - bumps up output. Not really needed BITE - Adds a touch more of high SPEAKER - Makes the output sound like you have multiple speakers, like 10's. This unit does not do effects per se, but gives you enhanced lows, mids, and lots of highs from which to choose. Comes in a metal box for transporting safely. Overall, you will notice some richer lows and crackling highs using this product. Again, if you need a DI it is the best one I have used so far.

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5.0

Fantastic sound

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from MI

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

I mainly use this for playing morning worship at my church and the sound I get from this is fantastic. I run a Fender American P Bass through it and it puts out such a smooth sound. And for touring I don't need a huge amp anymore, granted there is a PA. This DI can be used for any size venue, from a small club to a huge outdoor outing. It is by far worth the price, the tube emulation circuitry works phenomenally. Well done Tech 21. I recommend this DI for every bass player, it's definitely necessary.

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5.0

Makes My Flatwound Sound Fat

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from Aurora, ll

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I play using flatwound strings which make for easy action but can be thin sounding. We use this on the stage amp I play through at church and the sound is amazing. It makes my bass sound fuller and fatter. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to deepen their sound.

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5.0

So Far So Good

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from Atlanta, Georgia

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I am a amateur Recording Engineer with a background in guitar. I've always heard about how great the Sans Amp is but never bothered with it. My first impressions are: WOW!! Great punchy bass tones without an amp; awesome. I haven't even begun to use the full potential of this little box but I can say with out a doubt if you're recording bass, get one.

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5.0

That tube emulation is legit

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from Michigan

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

This DI box made my gallien-krueger sound better. I didn't think it would make a huge difference, I just needed a good DI box. The osund through any amp will become warmer and more natural sounding. I put it through my Acoustic B20 and it made my little 20 watt practice amp sound like a legitimate bass rig, which also highly surprised me. I'm very happy with the purchase, if you find it necessary, then buy this product. It makes a huge difference in sound for your bass.

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5.0

Amazing Tone....

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from Tuscarora, Pa

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I was looking for something to give me that "Tube" sound for a while. After doing a lot of research, this seemed to be what I was looking for....that was within my budget. I demo'd this unit, along with a few others, and loved that slight warm "tube" sound it gave my bass. What really impressed me is that when playing on stage I noticed a new "clarity" in my sound. I believe "presence" would be the correct term....but I don"t want to confuse the sound with what the "presence" dial offers on the unit. I am very impressed with this DI Box. I own a Boss ME-50B which does a lot of things well....but the Sans Amp does only a few things...Awesomely! I have found the "Tone" I've been searching for, and this unit has officially replaced my ME-50B. Remember, not every one is looking for the same "Tone". So try before you by. GC allows musicians to do just that, and that's why I like to purchase my gear from them. The unit is well built and feels sturdy. There is no noise from the unit....however, with the presence turned up full it does bring out the flaws in my bass' electronics. :-) I am very pleased with this product and admit that it would be immediately replaced if lost or broken!

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4.0

Helpful little pedal

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from Greensboro, NC

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This pedal is nice to have if you are a traveling musician playing through unfamiliar sound systems or if you run DI rather than putting a mic on your cab. I have found that mixing the DI signal and a sm57 signal sounds the best for my playing style. I have it on my pedal board but I don't send the signal to my amp; I only use it as a DI box to send my signal to the house. It definitely helps you shape the sound the crowd hears. For me that is all it helps with. I run through an ampeg svt classic and ampeg 610hlf and it just messes up my tone when I run the signal through my amp. It gives it a soupy, undefined sound. I can clear it up a little with a compression pedal but overall it just gives me worse tone. If you don't have a great amp setup for using a mic or if you don't trust your sound guy to mess with your Direct signal then get this pedal. If you are wanting it to use as an overdrive pedal I would say spend your money elsewhere, but it is great as a tone sculpting DI box.

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5.0

An svt in a little black box

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from houston, tx

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This pedal is the closest thing you could get to 1 lb affordable svt in a box. I use it to kick in some grit but... i've used it to record, d.i. live, and bypassing cheap preamps on amplifiers(google it). It's a must have for any bassist. It sounds amazing there's a good reason almost every pro rig has this or the m-80. It's a pro preamp in a box. It's worth every penny...you have no idea...unless you have one. Get one!

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5.0

OMG!!!

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from CA, San diego

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So many friends recommended this little thing, so i decided to buy it and in my first practice with the band, me and my band dudes just say OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! finally i got the sound i always looking for my bass & my band without spend a thousand buck̴��s ... definitely highly recommended..

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