Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI

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Direct to the board or direct to your amp, SansAmp makes it full, fat, and funky!

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.

Features
  • Preamp, stompbox, and direct box in one
  • Offers a wide range of bass amp sounds
  • Active EQ boosts/cuts up to ±12db
 

SansAmp Bass Driver DI Specifications:

  • Type: Direct Box
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Tech 21SansAmp Bass Driver DI
 
5.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get one

By Mastro

from Merrick, NY

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

I finally bought one of these after many years of playing. My first reaction was "Where have you been all of my life?" Yes I know it seems pricey, when you hear the tones you can get out of this it is actually a bargain. You can dial in almost any sound you want. It is great for recording and live. It is built like a tank so you know it will last. As a bass player you have no excuse not to own one. It will take the place of all kinds of gizmos you might use in the search for your sound.

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5.0

True upright bass tone!!!

By Jim Humphreys-Q7mlI

from Santa Rosa, CA

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

After minimal tweaking the sound this driver helped produce was awesome. My upright bass actually sounded like one when amplified. You can't go wrong with this one.

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(64 of 113 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent construction

By Mike-lkpB5

from Boston area

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

In an age of disappointing, poorly made products, this box is extremely well made. Mine got submerged after very intense rain and flooding. I was certain that I'd need to buy a new one, but I unscrewed the back and let it air dry. After 5 or so days, I reassembled it (I also might've changed the battery). I plugged in an old bass and couldn't believe it worked like new. I'd definitely buy another one if, say, a bulldozer runs over this one. Also, before I buy any box, I'll first check out a Tech 21 product.

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(38 of 73 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great tone!

By Casey

from Bakersfield, CA

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

Finally! The tone I've been looking for! It takes some time to figure out how to dial in the right tone, but after a bit of playing with it, you'll figure it out. It gives you a lot of growl and has a chorus effect to it when using more treble. I ordered it with some DR lo-rider strings and they go great together, it gives me a rat/cannibal corpse bass sound... the low growls yet still really bright sounding.

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(65 of 112 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous preamp

By Neil-I6jQ8

from Australia

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

I use the bass driver as my main pre-amp, plugged straight into the poweramp input of my Peavy heads. With the controls set flat, you get a fantastic punchy tone that you can then adjust to suit the venue, bass, speakers etc. I have Labsystems 2x10 and Labsystems 2x12 cabs driven by two power amps, slaved off the bass driver. I used to use the inbuilt preamps of the bass heads (heavily graphic equalized) with Yamaha NE-1 parametric equalisers, but the bass driver is better, way better. Instant tone..I have a Musicman Stingray. What a Bass! (sold my fenders.. No comparison.I will certainly look at buying the rackmount version as it has the middle control plus some extra level controls and effects loop.

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(56 of 107 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Brilliant Way to Tighten Your Tone

By Andrew Long

from Toronto

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

I bought this box about ten years ago. At that time I had a Fender Bassman 1x15 cabinet and a Gallien Krueger amp. The Cabinet always sounded loose and sloppy. When I started using the BassDI my rig suddenly sounded tight, punchy and clear. Wicked! Ten years later and I'm still using the DI, although it's now a pre-amp for my electric guitar. Still works like a charm.

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(111 of 173 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best thing you can do for your tone

By Chad-Ccqjl

from Houston, TX

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

This is the best piece of equipment you can buy to improve your tone. I coupled mine with a Peavey Kosmos and the sound is massive, and I only use a 2x12. I used them both this past weekend with my friend's Ampeg and 8x10. It sounded like a huge wall of bass! The tone is impeccable. You cannot go wrong with it!

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(20 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best preamp for 190$

By Stevan Svilokos

from Yugoslavia

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

This thing is the best thing I've bought in last... ever since I play bass! I use lot of FXs (chorus, flange, delay...) and the good thing is that they are affected by the pedal in the right way! I use it with behringer ultrafex PRO rack, and a pedal EQ (soon I'll have graphic rack EQ), so I can make virtually anything I want with this. It can get a little bit noisy, but have in mind that I have lot of bad pedals in my lineup! For this price, THIS THING ROCKS! Buy it, and you'll see for yourself!

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(52 of 91 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent piece of equipment

By Allen-OddOI

from Newark, DE

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

This bass driver is awesome. It really makes your tone much clearer and the overdrive is cool. It's amazing how much it changes your sound. I don't play without it because my amp sounds cheap to me now when I don't. You can get really sharp and trebly with it too if you want. The only thing I don't like about this DI is that there's no midrange control.

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(101 of 156 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

insane

Comments about Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:

I bought this a few months back to use with my Ampeg BA115. it added great tone to an already great amp. the distortion for it sounds like the bass from sick of it all. 2 band EQ lets you cut in stead of just boosting it. the only down side is having to unscrew the back to remove the battery, only because its an inconvienience. the good point to it being inside the box is so you wont break a cheap plastic handle and end up having to duct tape the battery so it will stay in place. highly recommended.

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