Tech 21 SansAmp Classic
Tech 21 SansAmp Classic

SansAmp Classic, Guitar Amp Simulation Pedal from Tech 21 in the SansAmp series.

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Jumikael 05/06/2011

Tech 21 SansAmp Classic : Jumikael's user review

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This is primarily an analog amp simulator.
But it can also be a pedal overdrive / distortion very effective, or multi-use pedal that allows you to sculpt your sound.
Level simulations, the SansAmp imitates the sound Marshall (JCM 800), Fender (Twin Reverb), and Mesa Boogie. adjustments would (according to the manual) to approach a Vox AC30 amps and other well known.


Not easy at first, but quickly intuitive. Each setting has a real impact on the sound.

What the manual says:

. Switch on the side:
- LEAD: For the types of pre-amplifiers Marshall ®, with brightened midrange and treble.
- NORMAL: For the type of pre-amp Mesa Boogie ®, with a neutral EQ.
- BASS: For the type of pre-Fender ®. Excellent for rhythm guitar as well as for bass.

. Knobs:
- DRIVE PRESENCE Affects the contours of pre-amplifier in the mid-high. Set up a crunch sound.
- AMP DRIVE Acts on the contours of the power amplifier. Set up for a heavy distortion.
- OUTPUT Sets the overall output level.
- HIGH EQ Final Rule. Compensates for acute guitar amplifiers in concert.

. Tiny white switches:
# 1. Mid-Boost I
# 2. Mid-Boost II
# 3. Drive Low For The EQ pre-amps in the bass. When ON, it has a neutral frequency response. When OFF, it acts as a highpass filter. For a more portly, turn ON.
# 4. Clean Cleans Amp overdrive. Excellent for rhythmic sounds hatched.
# 5. Bright Switch Adds clarity (brightness) when the button "Amplifier Drive" is low. The best results are obtained when the button "Amplifier Drive" is half as there will be no effect if the maximum.
# 6. Vintage Tube Sound becomes more soft and warm.
# 7. Speaker Edge Adds to its presence.
# 8. Close miking Recreates the sound of a microphone placed near a speaker, and slightly enhances the bass.


I own the first edition of the SansAmp (no difference level sound).
I play for almost ten years. I had the opportunity to try many different hardware and I'm really passionate. I believe now have enough experience to give an opinion that is worth something
Little intro just sucks, but I find it necessary from what I read on the right and left on this product.

Well, now I can say this: The SansAmp is the best effect I've ever own and try it. Why the best?
- Because it is versatile preamp useful 'as in "simple" distortion pedal. Used as such, but rather add a channel to your amp as the crunch and distos ring true, and warm.
- It is a very creative tool. With a palette of sounds absolutely huge, full of different grains, plain, crunchy and full, full of subtle adjustments that make a huge difference, which ensures long time spent there, we get the sound we love . It's much more creative than a pod in the end, at least for me (even though I owned the HD) because the sound quality is this something that I have met anywhere else, except a few amps high quality, and that brings us even greater pleasure to play.
- Earlier, but here it is: a sound that pleases the ear, provided that refines the settings according to our conditions of play


I use it for 3 months.
I have owned many amps, a lot of effects. I could settle for that and my guitar if I had to make a choice.
My feeling is that I found a treasure, not because it is "vintage" or more product (besides, I do not understand it is no longer happening is absurd to deprive guitarists this jewel), but because I have never sounded better than the SansAmp, and I've never taken much pleasure in crushing effect.
A material that has a "soul")