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Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI  

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A preamp DI that's made believers out of bass players because it makes ordinary gear sound so fantastic! Exclusive Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry delivers the warmth, presence, and punch of a soup... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

A preamp DI that's made believers out of bass players because it makes ordinary gear sound so fantastic! Exclusive Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry delivers the warmth, presence, and punch of a souped-up bass system and it produces 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 or 9V battery. Highly recommended by our bass guys.

Features
  • Preamp, stomp box, 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
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

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  • Excellent sound quality (4)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(37 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply The Best

By LA7

from Parma Heights, Ohio

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

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.

(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

every bassist should own one

By bryanonbass

from dover, nj

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

This pedal just kills. It adds so much clarity to your bass sound. I carry this with me to every gig. Sometimes the bass rig is broken when I arrive at the club. No issue, just use this as a DI and your set. My sound is always the same no matter what I am running through. Plus this pedal lets you dial in some great usable tones. Want an SVT like overdrive tone, no problem. Want some dub lowend, just turn a few knobs. I use this as a preamp for most gigs, so I just run the bass into this and then the Sansamp into the effects return on my amp. My tone, all the time. Its built like a tank. It also sounds GREAT on guitar. It really just spices up the tone and bring everything out front in the mix. Its a staple in my gigbag and it should be in yours to.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beefcake

By Roger Shattuck

from Ft. Knox, KY

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

I've had this little guy for about 8 years. This thing is a tank. I used it on tour when I went to Afghanistan and never once had a problem. The Phantom is probably one of the smartest things I've ever seen for a stompbox, wish more folks would use it. The controls are straight to the point and functional. I can go on for hours about knob twiddling. I've also used this for acoustic and electric guitar, and had very good results. The overdrive and amp simulation make the home studio a much less noisy place. I guess the biggest compliment I get is the "Wow, you've got a Bassdriver". That and the folks that want to steal it!

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

just right

By andrew Wiegerig

from OH

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

was in the market for a new pedal that did a little bit of distortion but mostly overdrive and refined my sounds. THis box does just that. My sound is just a little more edgy and slightly distorted but nothing crazy. I still feel like im in control and still am holding down the rhythm.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet!

By Michael C

from OH

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

This is the sound we were looking for. Attention sound guys, ever wondered how to get that rich crisp punchy sound from your bass player. This is it! I bought this at our bass players request and we are super pleased with the results. As some of the other reviews mentioned, you can even lose the bass amp if your sound system has good low response. Your bass player will come alive again with the Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI. Batteries not included... not needed. You can even power this direct box with phantom power... how cool is that. Its the little things guys.

(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Handy SVT emulator

By peeder

from San Francisco

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

This producet remains propular after 10 years or so because it's so reliably useful and durable. Not to mention a bit easier to move than the 8x10 SVT that it emulates! The controls are all very intuitive and the thing keeps working. You'll have to plug in to actually get a taste of it, but the ability to blend in direct tone as well as overdrive and presence makes this thing actually quite versatile. Can be powered with internal battery (you have to unscrew the thing to get at it) or via phantom power from the mic preamp. Great for stage use but sounds good enough for studio use as well.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

magic box

By Humungo Bass Monster

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

I've had a Bass Driver DI for about 6 years. They just can't be beat as a way to give your bass a nice tube sounding overdrive. The EQ on it is simple and flexible. The only thing better than having one is having 2. I use the first one as a distortion out to my amp and use the second one as a DI with the treble rolled off so it doesnt sound raspy in the PA.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sansamp Bass Driver DI

By sock_monkey5

from Front Royal, VA

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

The Sansamp is a great product, it takes care of any impedence problem I have encountered, sounds better than any other pre-amp I've used and has great fuzz effects, I give it two thumbs up. I've used it with an SWR amp and an Ampeg amp, and it enhances the sound on both. The Presence dial is fantastic as well.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Convincing

By Kevin Glenn

from Palatine, IL

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

Sounds like a tube pre-amp. Even though I own an all-tube amp, the BDDI sounds very warm and tube-like. The overdrive on this unit sounds like: a partially distorted/fuzzy growl. You can dial in the overdrive very tastefully and the unit never gets insane distortion wise. The overdrive reacts to your playing style and will growl/distort more if you hit the strings harder. The downside is that this unit will scoop out the midrange or your tone. To compensate, increase the mids on your amp. Using this unit before an amp will make nearly ANY amp sound incredible. If you don't have the money for an expensive bass rig, try the BDDI with your setup.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Seriously Funky

By Paul

from New Rochelle, NY

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

This thing is terrific. Used it as a pre-amp into my Bassman 250/210 at a gig last week and it was great.... nice and funky to deep and smooth. I haven't used it solo into a PA yet but I'm looking forward to it.... built like a tank as well!

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