Tech 21 Character VT Bass Deluxe

Bass Preamp

  • Character Series
  • 2 Instrument inputs
  • 3 Program locations on each input or a total of 6 locations when using an input
  • Programmable effects loop
  • Sounds from clean to overdrive to distortion
  • TRS & XLR output
  • Power supply via optional 9V battery (Art.417473) or optional power supply (Art.409939) or phantom power
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My 'always on' pedal

31.12.2016
I can't fault this pedal at all, it goes to every gig, every recording, every rehearsal. I own this version and the standard/single version (the standard is on my pedal board for a live band I play in, this version tends to be used in the studio)

My favourite thing with this pedal is knowing that you can use pretty much any amp/cab at a gig/studio and still dial in the sound you like. I've even recently recorded on an album just using the DI signal from this, no amp/cab. I would never have considered that before but it sounds great.

To be honest this hasn't had as much use as I'd hoped as I put together a small board and went with the smaller version on that. That's pretty much the only downside I can think of with this, it's pretty large... although maybe I should just get a bigger board!

The 2 banks and 3 presets you can store in each are really easy to use and editing the presets is really simple. I've used this for recording where I've needed different sounds for different songs and used different basses. This enabled me to have all my presets sorted before I arrived in the studio and simply switch between them when needed (main tone, boosted version of that for certain parts, more distorted/aggressive sound, a mellow warm sound for slower stuff and a few different sounds for my fretless bass which sounds very different to my fretted).

Perfect build quality as always from Tech 21 and the price and service from Thomann was really good.
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Not all I hoped for

Peter5655, 29.01.2014
I bought this hoping to simplifiy the drive section of my pedalboard. I found that overdriven sounds weren't what I was looking for. Sure, it is possible to get ridiculous amounts of gain out of this unit. But regardless of setting it would just sound boomy loosing all definition and punch. The character knob delivers a wide range of sounds enabling the pedals best use - as an amp simulator (typcally various Ampeg modells). But for me, already an Ampeg user, this was not really desired.

The VTBD is indeed clever for storing different settings. The programming is super easy. But since the driven sounds didn't do it for me I never found it very useful.
The connection possiblities leave nothing to be desired. Very thought out and well designed solutions making it extremely flexible.

What really put me off is that I experienced a lot of hiss. Both used with an amp or through the xlr out. This is likely due to the speaker simulator wich I believe is defeatable on the never versions (at least on the non-programmable version).
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