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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by thumb master, Dec 22, 2002.
Is the MXR Bass D.I. + worth it
I'm actually a bit bumbed that it didn't come out a bit sooner. I bought a Sansamp Bass DI/Driver/preamp which is good, but it only has one footswitch. Which means that you can only use it as EITHER a pre-amp OR an overdrive.
THe MXR version came out shortly after and it has 2 footswitches. So you can use it for both simultaneously without having to bend down mid-song and muck around with knobs. I'm actually considering selling the Sansamp to get the MXR version.
Worth what? If you're asking if it's worth the money ($135.99 at MF), I would say yes. You get a decent preamp/DI and a decent overdrive/distortion in a solid box. I took mine back, because I wanted a dedicated distortion, and I already had plenty of tone-shaping available, but it's a cool box.
As far as Sansamp BDDI vs. M-80, I don't think it's really a direct comparison. They share some functions, but the Sansamp is more of an amp and cabinet simulator, and the M-80 is a preamp/distortion.
I've had them both and the Sansamp kills the M-80 tonewise.The M-80 is more of a weak fuzzed out distortion and the Sansamp sounds like an overdriven SVT.The clean sound on the Sansamp is way fatter also.Much more tube sounding instead of just a sterile clean sound like the M-80.Trust me, if you've played a Sansamp and then get the M-80 you will most likely be dissapointed with the tone.IMO the flexibility of the M-80 is not worth the tradeoff/loss in tone.
I use the M-80 with a Q-tron to get a wild overdriven bootsy sound. I use the BDDI for tone shaping.
I'll toss in a contrary opinion. The sansamp sucked all the high-end and clarity out of my sound. Sansamp + band situation = no cut-through.
The Dunlop was the answer for me. I don't use the distortion at all but for a transparent DI through the PA the Dunlop is the "clear" winner.
PS ~$115 at Zzounds (and GC will match that price so you can buy it locally and check it out and return it if you don't like it - just print out the Zzounds page with price and there you go)