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SansAmp: Bass Driver vs. Para-Driver vs. Classic...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BassGod, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. SansAmp Bass Driver

  2. SansAmp Para-Driver

  3. SansAmp Classic

  1. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    I'm really interested in buying a SansAmp for a grindy, slightly overdriven tone that won't drop me right out of the mix as soon as I step on it. The Bass Driver seems to be the most popular around here (duh) but the Para-Driver interests me in that it has a mid knob, and I've heard terrible things about the Bass Driver scooping all of the mids (and I have quite a mid-heavy tone). The Classic also interested me with all it's seemingly easy-to-use switches, which I assume would allow for more tone shaping capabilities, yes? So which would you choose: the Bass, Para, or Classic, and why?

    Graeme :bassist:

    P.S. How much more expensive is the programmable unit over the other three I mentioned?
  2. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    The mid scooped tone only happens in the 100% wet settings. keep a bit of the clean signal, don't boost the lows and highs to much and everything will be ok. I have been using my different SansAmps for a long time and I am a "Mids" fan too:)
  3. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I'd say the BBDI, but that's mostly because I have the most experience with it. If you want mid growl, here's what you do. Level 12 o'clock, blend at 2, lows at 10, highs at 10, and then take the gain up to about 2-3. Adjust level for unity gain, so if you happen to turn it off, your sound doesn't disappear. What I have noticed is that when you take down the bass and treble, the mids seem more pronounced by comparison, then I use the gain to bring it back up to normal output level (within reason, I don't use a drive sound generally).
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I'd say para driver. The mid control lets you counteract the mid scooping that goes on with blend above 50%