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Tech 21 SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI  

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Overview

  • 3-channel, programmable rig-in-a-box
  • Drive, bass, treble, presence, blend, and level controls
  • All-metal construction
Description & Specs
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    $275.00
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Leave your rig at home and go live through the PA!

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

Shape your tone with the SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI. Order today!

 
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Tech 21SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Well built and sounds good

    Bought to use in a church setting. I was looking for a pre-amp to beef up our bass signal (running direct into the board), and this unit does a great job. If...Read complete review

    Bought to use in a church setting. I was looking for a pre-amp to beef up our bass signal (running direct into the board), and this unit does a great job. If you're looking for a wide range of effects this obviously won't do the trick, but it's not designed to do that. It's essentially an EQ and overdrive pedal, and it does those things pretty well. On its more extreme gain settings the drive tends to get a little fizzy for my tastes, but some may find that sound useful. I really like the way it rounds out the tone at lower-gain settings, and some of the suggested presets in the manual are really excellent. The all-metal construction feels solid and the switches are quiet; I have no worries about its durability, especially in church where it's not likely to take a beating.

    I like it quite well for our uses, and I can definitely see it coming in handy even running into a full bass rig.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not For Everyone

    If you have a good bass amp and always use your amp, you do not need this Sans Amp. It is intended for connecting between your bass guitar and a mixer, PA or...Read complete review

    If you have a good bass amp and always use your amp, you do not need this Sans Amp. It is intended for connecting between your bass guitar and a mixer, PA or recording equipment, so that you have more control over your sound. I purchased it and I do not need it because I always use my amp. I will keep it because I know that one day I will play somewhere and just plug into the available equipment; this DI (Direct Box) should come in handy then. By the way, it is very easy to program and it comes in a sturdy medal casing.

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    5.0

    Lives up to the hype!

    By ClayHinson

    from Athens, GA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Live Show
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      As a bass player your equipment needs are pretty simple. A quality instrument, A versatile and powerful amp, and a good DI. Sound guys in most clubs do not except the DI you have included on your amp. This DI is so much better in that it provides your pre amp, eq, and overdrive. The presets deliver a very good starting point, 1 SVT, 2 B15, 3 high gain overdrive. This unit is very responsive to your playing. If you dig in and attack the strings hard you get a nice break up overdriven sound. If you smoothly play you will get a nice R&B sound. Last but not least is the power versatility of this pedal, 9v battery, power supply, and best of all phantom powered. Sansamp really delivers!

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      5.0

      amazing

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Gets The Job Done
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Portable
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        This thing is sick, it gets anywhere from a dirty tone to a clean one and everything in between, the presets in the little manual is helpful to

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        How did I ever play without it?

        By dC

        from Albany, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          This box is essential and irreplaceable whether I'm playing live shows, recording at home or in the studio, or just practicing and songwriting. No matter what I'm playing through (amp, PA, etc), I can always and reliably call up the exact tone I want. It replaces a $500+ tube amp (which would then need to be miced!) with a box that fits in my gig bag and requires zero set-up - I can just plug in and I'm ready to go.

          The lack of a mid EQ knob doesn't cause a problem for me, it just requires thinking differently about how to set your other knobs. Want a mid cut? Raise both treble and bass and lower level. Want a mid boost? Lower both treble and bass and raise level. Even if you think you know how to work an EQ, spend at least half an hour with this thing slowly and methodically experimenting with each dial and their combinations...the range of tones you can get out of this easily surpasses what can be done with any amp I have worked with in the past. Especially impressive is the blend knob, even with the drive set all the way up it never sounds like two basses playing in parallel, but one solid tone. The manual suggests you will usually want to keep your blend on full wet and adjust drive to taste, but the opposite works as well if not better, maintaining a strong fundamental even as things start to get nice and crunchy. Honestly I like the drive on this better than any dedicated overdrive pedal I have used in the past, though that is of course especially subjective.

          I would use this over amps with more than double the price tag any day - the added flexibility of the programmable switches, the convenience of never dealing with micing a cab on a small loud stage, the fact that it can even run on phantom power from the XLR output (or a 9v battery) - other than my bass itself, this is by FAR the most important piece of hardware I own.

          There's no real reason to buy the normal BDDI over this, the price difference is minimal and the flexibility of the footswitches is much of the reason I will choose this over an actual tube amp any day. The deluxe adds a few cool features, but they aren't necessary for most musicians - the big one is an effects loop, like on your amp.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wow...

          By pmfman

          from Winnipeg, MB

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • It Can Do Almost Anything
          • Settings Stay In Place
          • Versatile
          • Xlr 14 Out

          Cons

          • It Is Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          The Sans Amp is a very versatile piece of equipment (calling it a simple driver limits it too much) which can do just about anything, provided that you know how to use it and have the patience to dial it in. Another advantage is that it is hard to accidently change the settings, since programming an effect takes more than just turning a knob at random.

          The only negative thing that I can say about it is that it is a bit bulky, although if that is a problem the non-programmable unit is a bit smaller.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Well built and sounds good

          By jocfan1

          from Edmond, OK

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Gets fizzy at high gain
          • Limited Selection Of Effects

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Bought to use in a church setting. I was looking for a pre-amp to beef up our bass signal (running direct into the board), and this unit does a great job. If you're looking for a wide range of effects this obviously won't do the trick, but it's not designed to do that. It's essentially an EQ and overdrive pedal, and it does those things pretty well. On its more extreme gain settings the drive tends to get a little fizzy for my tastes, but some may find that sound useful. I really like the way it rounds out the tone at lower-gain settings, and some of the suggested presets in the manual are really excellent. The all-metal construction feels solid and the switches are quiet; I have no worries about its durability, especially in church where it's not likely to take a beating.

          I like it quite well for our uses, and I can definitely see it coming in handy even running into a full bass rig.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great item !!! - SansAmp 3-Channel Programmable Bass Driver DI

          By Art

          from Undisclosed

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

          Overall rating is 10.....
          What can i say? I read the reviews online and that pushed me to buy this item. And the review are true. This item is a must. Unless you have a very high end Bass rig.
          The item is tough enough to survive the road gigs..

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid pedal

          By Chaff67

          from Catonsville, MD

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

          I have never been into a wide variety of bass sounds. I prefer one good bass tone and run with it. However with this pedal I found three great sounds that I use quit a bit. My main sound is the SVT setting. I also have a setting for a slap bass sound and a distortion setting.
          I had been looking for a good quality bass DI to connect my bass to our P.A. After much research I narrowed my decision to either the Sansamp or the Eden pedal. I deicded to go with this pedal for the versatility of having three different presets available with the press of a footswitch.
          Like others have mentioned, this thing is built like a tank. Switches and knobs are high quality. The in and out jacks are solid. The plastic battery jack doesn't bother me in the least. It holds the battery and that is what it's supposed to do. It's located under the unit where there would be very little chance of damage to the plastic.
          Considering it is only $10 more than the single channel Sansamp it is a no-brainer that this is a great value.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Product

          By Octopus

          from Under the Sea

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

          Just received this pedal yesterday in the mail and spent hours messing around with it. I use a solid state Carvin head and Carvin cabinets, with American Standard Jazz (primarily) and the SansAmp does exactly what I want. With the boost on there is a little buzz, but once I adjusted my head a little it sounds fine. A very small amount of buzz won't hurt anything. If you want to bypass the channels (but why?) this thing is silent. The factory presets give you a good starting point, and there are endless capabilities for your sound. I personally like the "SVT" setting with a digitech bass overdrive pedal and it sounds fantastic. I did try my dunlop wah pedal with it and it sounded like garbage, still working on that...A mid control really isn't necessary. This thing has everything you need; if you want a little dirt in your sound, lots of fuzz, or a clean boost then it is worth the money. It is built solid, all metal, plastic battery cover. If you are considering this product, then quit wasting time and buy it!

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          (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not that great

          By Young Thug

          from C-Town

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

          I bought this pedal hoping it would warm up my solid state head with its tube emulation. It really just added some unecessary bass and treble and sucked away all the mids. Maybe if there was a mid control on this pedal it wouldn't be so bad but I couldnt seem to dial in a good tone. Its either really bassy or really trebley and nothing in between. Do yourself a favor and save your money

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Interesting tool

          By Dr Groove

          from Corvallis, OR

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

          This is an interesting tool. I have always had trouble getting a "usable" tone at a Jam session without mangling (so to speak) theEQ of the bassist in the host band. With the Sansamp I can get a decent usable tone that completely overrides the tone of the host amp. I can then program the box for that venue. This gives me the potential to permanently program 3 different jam session venues so I don't have to hassle with that problem each time. The host bassist was grateful by the way.

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