Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable

SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable, Bass Amp Simulator from Tech 21 in the SansAmp series.

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iamqman's review

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
Tech 21 in one of the most resourceful companies on the market today They have products in the hands of amateur musicians and professional musicians around the world. They have successfully provided the industry with pedals and effects that have been used to accompany many players rigs and clubs. They have successfully developed one of the most used power amps on the market today.This little pedal is the smaller little brother to the Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver Deluxe. This one has three channels where as the Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver Deluxe has four channels. Basically the same tones just a little more smaller.

Tech 21 Programmable Bass Driver DI Features:

* 3-channel programmable DI box especially for bass instruments
* Drive, Bass, Treble, Presence, Blend and Level controls
* Go live with just your Bass Driver DI straight into the PA
* Bounce into any studio with a Programmable Bass Driver DI and plug directly into the board
* While larger than other SansAmp pedals, the Programmable Bass Driver DI still fits into a gig bag
* Actual size is 7.25" L x 5" W x 2" H.
* Roadworthy all-metal construction, yet weighs a mere 25 oz.
* Operable with a 9-volt alkaline battery or optional Tech 21 DC2 power supply, and also phantom powerable


Type Active DI/EQ/Preamp
Channels 1
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x XLR
Height 2.25"
Depth 5.25"
Width 7.25"
Weight 1.6 lbs.


This unit does sound pretty good for what it is. It works with any bass guitar and any style of music. It has three possible presets for you to tailor each tone and store it upon each selected foot switch. You can recall these presets on the fly at a gig or a show with easy.

If you are looking for a tube tone this won't get you there. The tone is warm but not tube warm so if you are looking for that tube warmth this is not going to be you thing. This is a function unit that sound great and helps push the tone where simple pickups can only go so far. This floor preamp allows a bass guitarist to choose from four selections of sounds and push his bass playing through the house without having to lug around a hug rack and stack of equipment. There is a built in effects loop which allows the user to selection external effects such as other distortion pedals, delays, chorus, etc. This helps a musician play comfortably without having the stress of having one generic sound all night long at the gig.


At new these units come in right at around $200, which is a little cheaper than the big brother the Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver Deluxe. That unit is priced around $269. So if you don't need four possible presets and three is you answer then this is the pedal driver for you.

sigmunfred's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
See doc, previous opinions, site builder, web page resellers, Audiofanzine ....


I think it's super simple, the manual has everything explained to me, gave me some ideas: very good


I'm not a bassist ("OOOUUUUUUUH!) But I did it anyway for my songs and I have two ears (yes). Well, that suits me ample Sans Amp. OK, this is not the of the century, but you tell me, if we had all the sound of the century, we lasserions!!


Is nothing I tried before buying. I bought it new in the U.S. for the equivalent of 140 euros then yes, I find the quality very good price. The rate found in our latitudes have me a little hurt *** but there nothing wrong.

Studiocreuse's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" well with gear means"

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
SETTINGS efficiency, three memory presets, preamp and DI


solid metal case


very well with low low-end instrument with deplorable upscale food of the bass sound, breath, lack of medium too serious ....


bluffing at first, disappointing a week later, sold after 3 months
because no use with my bass Noguera 5c term custom, Fender deluxe jazz bass States and Precision 4c Ibanez fretless (Bartolini) Gallien Krueger RB800 amplifier, 4x10 + 1x15 + 112 neo

Noarno's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
Discrete case, very simple and solid, short inspiring confidence. (Without being heavy, it feels even when it's not just wind inside)

3 Channels ditables is clear and it is clear.

The connection is that it hopes to this product range: Between and more XLR output jack with phantom power.
Some regret the headphones that are found on other models ... concurents It's my taste of the gadget, because it speaks of a product for homestudio or scene by playing in his room.

The instructions are very clear and specific on. There are connections with the amp, effects, mixer etc. ... Then a good dose of examples of preset.


We will very quickly the basics: 3 Channel edit, you "double click" to save, and "single click" to bypass.
Retourver to the channel settings, the little flashing lights more quickly until regain its position as backup.
There are quite a few knobs, but they are not for show. We shoot, we change, it works well or not but the analog works because the changes are really noticeable, and can work in detail.


The sound quality is very convincing to me. What I appreciate most is that one can fairly precisely pofiner sound.
The drive is clean and precise, and gives results quite ruffed.
The treble and bass do their job, nothing more.
The presence is a parameter rather intressant, which discretion the clarity and attack with more or less irrelevant. Cohrent I find the choice not to keep adjusting the medium, because I imagine the break head to find a setting between the two ... and too many knobs knobs kill.
The blend (ratio between the natural sound of the bass and its related parameter is the most important and most relevant.

Again, what I really like is to feel that each parameter affects the sound, Manir gradual and controllable.

In the presets on offer by the manufacturer, the presence and often blend 3 hours or more ...
And indeed, as some have said, the bass is too inflated, the sound may seem impressive but gets lost in the mix (whether in studio or on stage). But in seeking regulation of the blend and presence between 11am and 1am, the result is very convincing, sound much more subtle and elegant.
In Manir Gnrale, it's pretty good sign when you end to settle its presets without having half of the knobs has merits, or zero!

Another important point: it is true that it tends to saturate at low, but it is mainly a function of the attack string. Just to put a good compression front. That is still advise, whatever you do, because the compressor that is essential for the bass! For me it carl martin). Nothing to say ... it works! In repeated on the console, PFL, the viewmtre the bass track just comes in orange and there was already a very good volume accurate and powerful. Whereas before it was closer to the red for a bit of punch ...


I play a Stingray 5 string with Piezo and I do not use a bass amp. I then branch directly on the consoles, which suits me perfectly because I'm sure it sounds like on stage and in the room.
Basically I walk with its "standard" for funk bass lines to the fingers or slap. Bottom nice and powerful who do not dripping, treble out well without bothering anyone, although the mean grain of the low and the expression of touch.
In addition, I use a more fusion with the drive for more aggressive cuts. It's nice, purring ca, ca crunch, and always aunt of grain, and expression! The slaps resortent superbly, and mix with the guitars is saturated color.

Basically, I put full hands, and ears!!

To conclude, I would say that of course it is not worth a high quality amp. on the other hand, comparing with a more or less standart amp, the difference in price, weight and space do not make me doubt one second on the use of this pedal.

mcnoodles's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
Everything should already be said ...
It's all analog ... Apart from the part memory and recall of settings ...
simulation lamp


Very simple config
It must still spend a lot of time to paufiner settings and find your sound.
Beware of unregistered settings, they fade from one press of a switch .. ouch!
The three memories, it's great .. I even too personal for a used one on / off (even if all the knob to 0, there's still the sound that goes ...).


The high-class ... It has simply changed my amp, mid-range (Hartke 3500), now I have a big sound as if I had a big head lamp! I serves as saturation and + ca mailing, good saturation noise as it should ... and clear sound (u npeu drive before noon what ..) is great, a touch of madness! I have a 75 reissue Jazz bass. This is the class.
After, this preamp is no longer anything to the kind of all-tube beast ... A consultant then to direct or to improve a great mid-range amp.


I've had about 6 months.
I tried bcp before such saturation, and played on ampeg dreaming too ...
I bought OCCAZ in perfect value for money donations cool for me after nine ca is damn expensive!
I would definitely do it again this election!

Negens's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
1 drive, 1 eq (Bass, Treble, Presence), Blend 1, Level 1.
It's all transistor
From the outset, the absence of medium rglage saddens me, the big gap!
Between Jack, Output Jack and XLR with phantom power supply (that's good!)


Operation is simple, the manual is sufficient, and it trs "idiot-proof". No problem using ct.


It is the sduit that although the first few days, gradually able to use, I t's.

I use it with a 53 BB Tune TWB electronic active, directly into the audio interface.
I wanted to color a little sound to record my bass tracks.

In beginners, it is stunning, gives an impression of a big sound. But frankly there is a serious excs, and increases systmatiquement treble and presence. J'incriminais unfairly in my bass beginners.
on the other hand, playing my bass on an amp, my bass has discriminated, could not come to her.
The distortion makes the drive is quite friendly.

A few weeks later, I test rduire up the blend, and it is clear from clear which is the SansAmp EXAGRES really serious and eat all mediums. So, your base will be seen more in the mix.

Add to this the fact that between trs saturates quickly. Ds, I ascend the volume of the bass more than 1 / 3 of its travel, the SansAmp between the saturates and provides a distortion that is not the best taste. It remains Reduces the volume low, and arduit the dynamics of the instrument.

More importantly, what passes for a big sound, in fact destroys the characters of the bass.
If you have a bass without characters, may be nice to give him a little c ******, but with a sturdy bass characters you do not recognize and c is trsdcevant. It drowns everything in a big pond severe concussion frequency drives, and eventually produce a sound dull and tiring.

On the other products in the Tech21 are excellent, but for him it is a rat-l prfre I still go through a DI of more traditional PA.


I use it for a month

What I most AIM:
Ct + The idiot-proof
+ The output XLR phantom power supply to avex
Ct + The idiot-proof
+ The distortion of the drive enjoyable

What I least AIM:
- No SETTING THE mediums (indispensable for bass)
- The entry that quickly saturates trs
- The serious excs that drowns all
- The shallow mediums trs
- Failure to follow the characters of the bass.

I consider the report of the coup qualitprix trs medium or below average.

With the exprience is a choice that I would do it, there are better for bass DI. This could serve me with my very low Premire (a Yamaha rbx 270) which lacked characters), but certainly not with my tune that she is left giving characters MRIT s' express.

iamdead's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
A very interesting drive but not a fuzz either.


Nothing to say except that the settings are very precise and there is a system of LED clognotante that finds its settings quickly, let me explain, there are three banks and the pots are not motorized but pots when you move a flashing light and when you put the same level as the current bank remains on, it can be unclear but the use is convenient, simple and intuitive as possible.


The sound is really powerful, I use a jazz bass marcus miller preamp with a Deluxe J East and ampeg b1-re (low-end ampeg) with a baffle 15 'classic and it was already very good but really grows ca sound


I have been using for over a year I would not change as a preamp to home tech 21!

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
See previous opinions or doc on their site.

The non-programmable output has not treated, it is a shame not to find it on the programmable version.


The general configuration is it simple?
Rather simple configuration, can adjust three presets:
- We call a preset by pressing once on the pedal,
- When you turn a knob, the LED will flash faster or slower to indicate the difference with the initial setting,
- On tap twice on a pedal to save the preset and that's it.

The manual is simple and offers a lot of presets to try to test the possibilities of the beast.


The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
The knobs really affect the sound, no amp provides a real plus. It's hard not to use it once you have tasted. The sound is realistic and convincing.

The use of 3 presets provide interesting possibilities. I configured to have a clean, crunch and a distortion. Nothing extraordinary, but on a guitar on a bass that's more rare. Clean and pleasant crunch.
The sound is more like a crunch distortion cranked to a real distortion. We should not seek a fuzz. When you push the drive, it blows a lot, we must allow it only when playing or provide a noise gate.

Which instruments do you use?
I use it on a GL Asat playing with a pick. I also used a Precision. By forcing the distortion on the grain loses much of the low but clean and crunch ca is really worth the grain of the instrument.


How long have you use it?
I bought it at its output, so I had ample time to test it.

What is so special that you like most and least?
I bought it originally to improve my sound and avoid depending too much amps found in the various studios to repeat: It sets the amp with a sound as neutral as possible and this is the amp that is not the job.
Since then, I am fitted with a SVT3-PRO without thinking that the amp no longer serve but it is still there: Even the cleans it brings a little something that I can not find with the amp alone .

I could test it recently on the record ID for the sounds it cleans great.
on the other hand, as soon as you drive up to the sounds crunch / distortion ca becomes too dry, it must then pair it with a microphone on the amp to keep the roundness. It should be possible to catch the blow with plugins simulation baffles or other treatments but I have not dug.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
No, no amp is suitable for what I want so I have not done a comparison.
It's mostly laziness, we should find equivalent things (and cheaper?) In competition.

How would you rate the quality / price?
Honest rather saw the possibilities of the craft.

opentuning's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
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Note that you can use both outputs simultanment, to be in the direct sound, and also back on a bass combo.


Use trs simple ds has played that one with for ten minutes.

reading the manual (in English) can not make stupid mistakes as in the opinion of aldoo exemmple by coming back directly into the floor of amplification of a combo instead of going by the send or return effects loop. This has the effect of rot on the pedals with the APRS Galise of the amp, forcment!

has also, I use exclusively with the phantom power supply, either to save or live. ca quickly surprises batteries, transformers or who find no room on the Strip ...

programming is super simple to do.


L is the best: Versatility, clarity and thickness of the sound, for as little as you use Get You Started with the help of presets provided on the doc, you soon realize the intrt and the function of each knob.

sounds can therefore agree funk, metal, to reggae, which is played with fingers, the mediator, with a low active or passive, this case is truly a marvel of sound! prfr my preset is the SVT style.

to say, I play with a Harley Benton 5-string active, more than a t a surprised sound, and recess is no need to thank the bass!

Friends bassists have tried with their low, say anything, it's gold in case!

I invite aldoo reconsider its opinion trs fast!


Two months since I bought it at a price of 180 AFien, who bought the rack MODEL I hsit not long in hearing even if he had a crazy stuff from me, but the guys in my group quickly seized the diffrence between then and now!

I played with before or crate combo amp speaker crate + crate (see profile), now I just dplace with my bass and my box that fits in my bag down, and my back is happy never to wrestle the pounds crate!

in the report qualitprix trs opportunity is good, even if it was not really in a prvu the charges will like me, especially compared to 1000 need to dbourser s 'Unhide ampeg or consort with (I know, it's different, but try this case and consider what you would do with the cart 800, the sound of the case justifies the question)

I would do this choice without worry.

zthibaut's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Programmable
What are the effects or types of effects available?
simulation with just bass and more of a drive knob

- What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)
tt transistor

- Are they edited? Via an editor Mac / PC?

- What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
simple connectors or XLR jack to mixer or amp and jack for the instrument

- Is this a rack or rack-mount model?
good but not a big box with very solid scrap metal


- The general configuration is it simple?
one connects you turn the knobs and hop it's good

- Publishing of sound effects or is it easy?
yep super simple addition of a small manual is available shema's in the box so very practical

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Finally, yes even without the manual you get to use it or else it really is not that much smarter


- Effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
yes nothing wrong with this level

- Which instruments do you use?
a United States bass fender jazz bass active and a passive jazz bass mexico


- How long have you use it?
2 months

- What is so special that you love the most,
contrary to other opinions I do not use that record directly connected to my fw1884 and it sounds perfectly fine is not breathing or unwanted noise and it's perfect for recording

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
I did not confainace the seller bass center and thank him again

- How would you rate the quality / price?
CHERO is a bit strong but it's good it works well and since I own this pedal I finally have a good bass sound recording so I'm satisfied with the quality / price ratio?

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
yes but rack because it is more practical to play with the pots in facace but also because the material never leaves my house so the rack is easy