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Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Preamp Pedal

With XLR, line and 1/4" outs, the Bass Driver DI is a direct box, preamp and overdrive pedal in one! Hone your tone with EQ, presence, drive and blend knobs. (109) Read 10 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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A Bass Amp Emulator and DI Box -- All in One Pedal!

Give your bass signal some love with the Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Preamp pedal. This pedal is a bass amp emulator, distortion pedal, and DI box in one -- all you need to craft the warm and alluring tone you're looking for with just a few simple tweaks. This dynamic pedal features a processed unbalanced out, a parallel output, and an XLR out. Potent two-band EQ controls give you +/-12 dB of movement; and level, blend, presence, and drive dials give you even more sonic control. This baddie is powered via phantom power, a 9-volt battery, or an external power supply. Experience the warm tube-like tonal contour by firing your signal through this powerful and dynamic preamp pedal.

Warm Tube Bass Tone Minus the Amp

Imagine getting the commanding output and sonic contour of a tube amplifier without having to lug around a head or a cabinet for your shows or rehearsals. Your Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Preamp pedal acts as a bass emulator and a DI box all in one. You get that warm and alluring tonal color of a tube amplifier that is surprisingly precise and thick. Want to play through a full-range PA? Put the Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI in front of it, and help yourself to killer bass tone.

Powerful Two-Band EQ Control

You'll be surprised at how much EQ movement is right at your fingertips when you start playing with the Tech 21 Bass Driver DI's treble and bass EQ controls. Aside from providing +/-12 dB of movement, moving each control knob in mirror settings will also affect your signal's midrange frequencies. When you raise both your treble and bass controls, you'll notice a slight drop in the midrange area. When you lower both controls, your midrange will start to increase. In essence, you're getting the benefits of three-band EQ settings without the middle control dial. And that's not all...

Blend, Drive and Presence Knobs for Dialing in Your Targeted Tone

This dynamic pedal features level, blend, drive, and presence controls. The blend control mixes in your Bass Driver's tube and amplifier emulation. Bring it up to hear more of that warmth and tonal color. Your drive control will determine the amount of grit your hear in your signal. Crank it up to bring in some distortion, and dial your blend control back a bit to maintain tonal articulation. Your presence knob determines the high-end harmonics, almost like a high-end distortion control to bring in a bright and sparkly distorted effect.

Versatile Power Supply Options

You have three options to power this pedal up. Phantom power allows you to utilize the house's mixer, or you can use a separately sold Tech 21 Model #DC2 power supply. You can also power this baby with a 9 volt battery if you don't want to worry about having too many cords crowding up in your pedal space.

Built Tough for the Road

Whether you're in the studio, in your rehearsal space, or touring on the road, your SansAmp Bass Driver DI pedal will hold up well to the strenuous atmosphere of the regular gigging musician. This baby's tough outer chassis keeps out dirt and dust, and its protected inner circuitry keeps your signal flowing in uninterrupted fashion stomp after stomp.

What's the one pedal you'll keep engaged 100% of the time? Your Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI. With this preamp-in-a-stompbox, you get what you pay for and then some!

Features:

- Bass amp emulator and DI preamp
- Provides warm and accurate tube tones to your signal
- Level, blend, treble, bass, drive and presence controls
- Phantom and ground connect, line insert and output, and line insert and XLR switches
- Basic DI box setup when pedal is disengaged
- One 1/4" input
- One 1/4" line output, one 1/4" parallel output, and one XLR output
- Powered via phantom power, 9-volt battery, or Tech 21 Model #DC2 power supply -- sold separately
- Emulation circuitry works particularly well with piezo pickups
- Bass and treble controls allow for +-12 dB of movement
- Rugged and protective outer chassis

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Tech 21 products.
Phantom power operable, or uses optional DC power supply, Tech 21 Model #DC2, or 9V alkaline battery (not included).

Size: 4.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 in.

Weight: 14 oz.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 2 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 973-777-6996

Product Description

SansAmp Bass Driver DI gives you the warmth, presence, and punch of a miked-up bass tube amp system in a conveniently portable direct box/pedal format. SansAmp Bass Driver DI can be used as a preamp or stomp box with your existing stage rig. You can drive a power amp and speaker cabinets. Or go direct into the mixer of a recorder or PA. You can also plug into a power amp or conventional bass amp and a PA system simultaneously.

The controls offer a broad range of traditional bass amp sounds, including such meaty styles as Bassman and SVT, as well as raunchy, crunchy overdriven sounds that would typically require a multitude of effects units.

Features:

- Presence: controls the amount of definition and upper harmonic content
- Drive: adjusts the overall gain structure and overdrive
- Level: regulates the XLR and effected 1/4" output levels
- Blend: allows you to mix the direct bass signal with SansAmp Tube Amplifier
- Emulation circuitry: particularly useful for basses equipped with piezo pickups
- Bass and Treble: active EQ controls, specifically tuned for bass guitar, that cut or boost +/- 12dB

For studio and live applications, SansAmp Bass Driver DI is engineered with 3 outputs: an effected XLR, and effected 1/4 in., and a parallel, uneffected 1/4 in. The footswitch activates the Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry. Disengaging the circuitry enables you to use SansAmp Bass Driver DI as a standard active transparent direct box.
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Sound: the tone is awesome on this little beast, it truly is a pre-amp in a stomp box. Feature: the only thing i don't like about it is the power plug jack is too close to the 1/4" out jack. other than that its easy and strait forward to use to get phar tones a tube overdrive sounds Quality: very sturdy metal construction a stomp box you can actualy stomp on Value: a bit pricey Manufacturer Support: n/a never needed it The Wow Factor: clean design, other musicians always notice it, powder black is always visualy pleasing Overall: If the price came down on the rack version i would consider replacing it. Other than that I will use this till it dies then probably get another as fast as possible
Style of Music: covers mostly- classic and contemperary rock, old school metal ect
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Sound: It's great to have the controls right at the, for punching up the volume when I need it. Without the effected sound, the DI gives a nice warmth, or it can send a very true and natural sound. The only drawback is that the mid-frequency range peak seems to be right in that nasty 1 - 1.5k region, and seems to be a bit un-natural when boosted. I've worked around it, though, and would probably buy another if this one went out on me. Feature: I like stomping on the switch and getting an immediate and predictable boost at settings that I have entered. I've even used it with a six-string electric guitar for soloing with decent success. A carry case would be a nice adder, especially at the price. Quality: Very solid box and ac adapter Value: A little pricy The Wow Factor: It fits the need. Overall: Probably would buy another one, unless a good, clean, quiet bass effects box came out at a marginally higher price.
Style of Music: Fusion, Jazz, Funk, R&B Groove
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