Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI

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The Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI is a 3-channel, programmable rig-in-a-box similar to the TRI-A.C. for guitar, but made for bassists. The all-analog circuitry features drive, bass, treble, presence, blend, and level controls. Digital only in its programmability, you just tweak the knobs until you find a tone, double-tap on a footswitch, and it's saved in that channel. Works great on stage or in the studio. Rugged 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.

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
 

SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI Specifications:

  • Bass & Treble: Are active EQ controls, specifically tuned for bass guitar, that cut or boost +/- 12dB.
  • Blend: Allows you to mix the direct bass signal with SansAmp Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry (which is particularly useful for basses equipped with piezo pickups).
  • Drive: Adjusts the overall gain structure and overdrive.
  • Level: Regulates the XLR and effected 1/4" output levels.
  • Presence: Controls the amount of definition and upper harmonic content.
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5.0

My Trusty Sidekick

By Casey Ess

from Mpls, MN

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Reliable

Cons

  • A Little Spendy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

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

Here's why I love this thing.
First, I prefer passive basses.
Second, when gigging I need fast access to three basic tone signatures -- a mid-boosted one for a balanced mix with the band, a bottom-heavy grindy one for heavy lifting, and a scooped one for funk and solos. Program those in, and good to go, with the option to tweak them a bit for conditions without permanently altering the setting.
Third, after years of lugging heavy, bulky head units I now feed the Sansamp into a 1000W ultralite power amp and have all the headroom I need, without the pain.
Fourth, whenever I meet a new sound man at gigs the first thing I hear is "Sweet, a Sansamp DI."
Fifth, hand-built like a tank in NYC.
I'm sure I can list more, but you get the idea. I've been using it for three years now and won't ever go back to onboard preamps, either on the bass or on the head unit.

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5.0

Sansamp makes the bass world go round!

By Jason Mintz

from Philadelphia, PA

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

I've been playing bass now for over 18 years and every once in a while I come across a piece of gear that makes so much of an improvement in my tone that it actually improves my playing. Last year I picked up the Sansamp Programmable Bass DI, and it did just that. This thing makes it possible to get a nice sounding tube grit, scooped slap sound, a clean boost for soloing and so many more tonal possibilities. With three memory locations, it makes it pretty easy for me to store patches to change sounds for when I have to play gigs with the two bands that I play with. I really prefer the sound of the analog circuitry that the BDDI uses as opposed to some of the digital processors (like the Bass PODxt) that are popular right now. I use a Modulus Bass and SWR and Mesa Boogie amps & cabinets and the Sansamp BDDI adds depth, grit and musical highs that I was not able to achieve before, plus it helps my bass to sit well in the mix when playing wtih bands. Sound guys love it too! Buy this pedal , you will not regret it!

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