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

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

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 24 reviews )
 20 reviews83 %
 4 reviews17 %
Value For Money : Excellent
Audiofanzine FR03/15/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
(Originally written by Thom_bass/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
DI with analog preamp in pedal format. Compact and sturdy product.

Very comprehensive connections.


Very easy configuration. You'll quickly get interesting sound results.

I only miss a mid control.

Clear and comprehensive user's manual.


The device is effective.

I used it with a 4-string passive bass and a 5-string active bass.

I mainly used it to add a preamp between my Fender JB RI62 and my Mesa. Unfortunately the sound didn't match my needs.

This pedal is mainly a DI box with a speaker simulation function. But you won't need it if you already have a good bass and a good amp.


I used it some weeks and sold it: I didn't really need it, besides it added a sound color I didn't like.

I previously had a PSA1.1 and I wanted a pedal again. But this product doesn't sound like the PSA (it's more like the RBI). I just couldn't find the sound of my PSA with the BDDI.

I never tested the RBI until now.

Average value for money: it's a good pedal but it's rather expensive.

If I buy something in this price range again I will go for the Sadowsky preamp/DI.
Audiofanzine FR11/03/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
(Originally written by crrcrr/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

In general, I am very satisfied with the product's sound and connection options!


The SANSAMP makes wonders with every cheap amp.


It immediately makes every low/mid/top-range amp sound great. I had been playing with a Warwick Streamer bass + Little Mark F1 amp + Ampeg 4x10" speaker for years and the SANSAMP made wonders. But I changed my whole setup (Spector NS JH5 bass + EBS FAFNER amp + 4x10" EBS speaker) and now I can see its limitations so I don't use it anymore. The sound is a bit muddy, less dynamic and not accurate enough. But.. I plugged it into a Fender BXR200 combo and rediscovered the enchanting sound that motivated my purchase 4 years ago.


It sounds awesome with low and mid-range gear but there's no use for it with top-range systems. You should check if it's worth it for your setup before you buy it.

MGR/vinnyp's review"Tech 21 Sans Amp Bass Driver DI"

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
Great DI and love the active option (sounds great!)!! I wish the 1/4" output(to run effect into my rig or mixer) was on the outside, instead of in the middle of the XLR and power supply(on front panel?). When using 90 degree 1/4" patch cables it get's a little in the way if you use the XLR at the same time. It has a input and parallel out in back, but using the parallel out doesn't give the effect to my rig (which sounds great).

Almost everything

Placement of unbalanced 1/4" output.


Good Buy @ $170

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

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
DI with prampli analogue to pedals, compact and robust.
Trs connector complte.


Trs simple configuration, we get sound INTERESTED trs quickly.
A SETTING THE mdiums t would be welcome.
The English manual is clear and sufficient.


The PDAL is effective, for sure.
I used 4 string bass with passive and active 5-string fretted.
I mainly used to add a prampli derrire my Fender JB RI62 before returning to my Mesa. Unfortunately I got the sounds n'taient not the sounds I was looking for.
The PDAL is primarily an ID that can serve as more amp simulator. But in the words crrcrr not need the pedals if you have a good bass and a good amp.


I used a few weeks, then sold: it does not need m'tait and colored just the sound of a Manir I did not aim.
Before I had a PSA1.1, I wanted to return to the pedals but it is by no means the equivalent noise of a PSA (it's more than the RBI): I BDDI not found on the sounds that I had with my PSA.
I have not tried the RBI at the moment.
The report price is average quality because it is quite CHRE, this remains a good pedals.
If I had to make another choice in this product line, try the pramp / Sadowsky DI before I DCID.