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Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver (programmable)

3.9/5, 3.9 from 4 reviews
DI/Preamp/EQ/Overdrive
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Recent Reviews

  1. onda'bass
    Sansamp Bass Driver
    2.5/5, 2.5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 23, 2023
    Build Quality:
    5.00/5,
    Features:
    3.00/5,
    Value:
    2.00/5,
    Cons
    • - tone
    I had high hopes for this bass driver but was not happy after giving it a fair shot. The tone is very baked in and scooped to my ear. The dirt was just a fizzy mess and made me feel like I got lost in the mix where it mattered. There are many better options out there nowadays.
  2. Outbush
    Really like this.
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jan 9, 2018
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Features:
    5/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros
    • + Very versatile. Easy to program.
    Cons
    • - Not a fan of the footswitches.
    I've used on of these having upgraded from the single channel version I had before. I use it in front of an EA Doubler with a Wizzy 10 and Wizzy 12 M-Line.

    The EA amp and speaker set-up is absolutely beautiful for my EUB but was a little dry for my American Standard Jazz bass. The Sansamp is used very much as a modeller to overcome that limitation and I have an SVT, a traditional Fender Bassman and a 60's - 70's distorted sound very much reminiscent of Cream programmed in. There are a vast array of sounds in it and, actually, I regret not buying the Deluxe which is not really much more expensive but would give me a few other settings I think I'd enjoy.

    However, I'm not a big fan of the foot switches which I have had some problems with when the humidity has been up. I live in a dry, dusty environment and perhaps the dust gets into the switches and the humidity turns it into "mud". What-ever, Sansamp were very quick to respond and helpful with a fix and it works so can't complain about that.

    Would I recommend it? Yes, especially if you are after the sort of tool that will give you authentic sounds for bands with a wide range of song styles. Will it turn a J-Bass into a P-Bass or visa versa? No, not to a bass-players ears but you'll fool most of the audience.

    Recently I've started playing a P/J bass (Ibanez 755 NTF) and I actually use it a little less now. However, to give some context, with a band like my previous band that spanned country and 60's to contemporary I would not be without it.

    Would I love it even more if it had the parametric mid like the recent single channel model? You bet!
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  3. edervjo
    Bass rig in a box
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Dec 3, 2016
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Features:
    4/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros
    • + Simple, consistent, 3 channels of fantastic tone. I can get my tone from a bass rig, or a studio.
    Cons
    • - No mid freq control. Rear 1/4" jack cover broke on 1st gig.
    I have used the rackmount Sanamps in various studios setting before, both the RPM and the RBI.And was very impressed with the range and power.
    I was a little bored with my tone, but didn't want to invest in another rackmount single-tone preamp. I wanted something much more portable AND a variety of voices. This pedal is that!
    I can dial the same tone out of my live rig, that I get going direct!! That means what I am getting onstage is what is going from FOH.
    I like the 3 channels, I use a crunch, a smooth and an "extreme", perfect for mood shifts in a live setting, without being a shoegazer worrying about a billion pedals.
    For those that need more variety, they do have the "Deluxe".

    I have a RPM as well, so the pedal does leave me a bit wanting for the mid controls of it's big rackmount brother, but again, if the point is compact simplicity, this pedal is the industry benchmark.
    Price Paid:
    $209
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Item Details

  1. Pedal Type:
    DI/Preamp
    Batteries:
    Qty x1, 9V
    Price:
    272.00 CDN
    Features:
    -Direct Out
    -Drive, Bass, Treble, Presence, Blend, Level
    -Phantom/Ground Switch
    -XLR Pad Switch
    -1/4" Boost Switch
    -Fully analog signal path/True Bypass
    -Digital memory for recall of 3 settings
    Other Specs:
    -Metal casing

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