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Sansamp Bass Driver Vs. Tech 21 VT Bass?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Livewire, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. Livewire

    Livewire Yahtzeeee Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hey guys

    Looking for a pedal that will help mold my tone. I've heard nothing but great things about both pedals, but which would you guys prefer? Thanks
  2. dkhp124


    Nov 14, 2007
    I use a Sansamp BDDI, and i absolutely love it. But it seems that most people on TB prefer VT Bass..

    the VT Bass has a much stronger mid range presence than the BDDI because the BDDI has a bit of a scooped-mids kind of tone. i think they did that to kind of emulate the warm SVT tone w/ the BDDI.

    But i also hear the BDDI is more versatile in tone shaping than the VT bass. like... the BDDI will get you a bunch of different great sounding tones and the VT Bass will get you a single or a very few AMAZING tones.

    That said, I have no complaints about my BDDI and i love it.
  3. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 GAS resistance is utterly futile... Supporting Member

    Both are great pedals, IMO.

    I use the Bass Driver Programmable because of the flexibility offered by storing presets in the 3 channels and the XLR connection. Also, I don't need as much gain as the VT offers.

    Hope this helps
  4. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    If you don't want/need the XLR output go with the VT bass. If you want an XLR output then go with the BDDI or, if you want a mid control, ParaDriver DI.
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups

    BDDI: OK but doesn't quite do what it claims

    VT: Pedal of the future
    jimmybc91 likes this.
  6. Love my BDDI......get's the tones I'm after and having the XLR gives me a back up if my amp should ever go "tit's up" during a gig.
  7. dkhp124


    Nov 14, 2007
    god!!! i was JUST getting over GAS!! i think the BDDI is awesome but all these crazy raves about the VT makes me wanna try it...
  8. I need a VT wait support group....Im in the states and my VT bass is in Okinawa!
  9. MonsterTruck88


    Sep 4, 2008
    I had a BDDI and personally didn't care for it... but I really dig the VT bass.
  10. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Same here.
  11. MikeyP23


    Sep 22, 2009
    Aiken, SC
    I have a BDDI, it's ok. Doesn't knock my socks off. I'm still trying to decide between the VT or a Tone Hammer. Too bad I don't have the money to get both!
  12. J-Razz


    Sep 24, 2009
    I've been having the same question about these two pedals. Subbed.
  13. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    Ditto. Not only that, but I had a BDDI, ended up tossing it for a Programmable BDDI, then added an XXL bass, but didn't care for it all that much. Apparently the VT is a cross between a BDDI and XXL (ironic), and I love it. It's on almost all the time!
  14. TESPE


    Oct 25, 2009
    Siegen, Germany
    I have both and imho the VT sounds warmer than the BDDI.
  15. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Warm-sounding Jazz Bass + GEB7 EQ + BDDI = Music to my ears!
  16. Ahh.... so there is where the difference in price comes into play. I'm going with the VT. Only thing I think I might do is strip the finish of it (so it's bare metal or just go with a flat-black) and give it a one-off/homemade look. Maybe re-label the controls for the hell of it. This may be the pedal that keeps me from going crazy and buying an all-tube amp .
  17. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Well it's your pedal, but I think that's wack. It's one of the prettiest pedals out there. But if you do it, just let me know if you ever decide to sell it. I'll be happy to take it off your hands for a fraction of what you could have sold it for with the finish ;)
  18. .

    Especially with the Drive knob turned up just enough for some grit. Goodness Gracious!:eek:
  19. dkhp124


    Nov 14, 2007
    Really? I think it's one of the uglier pedals I've seen... :bag:
  20. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    It's half B-15 blue checker tolex, half SVT blue/silver grillcloth! What's ugly about that?