Tech 21 Bass Driver D.I. Programmable

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Programmable Bass Driver DITech21 built convincing tube loose and versatile guitar preamps already with the sansamp, when one still linked modeling exclusively with Claudia Schiffer and co..

The Tech21 programmable sansamp bass driver DI is far more than just a DI box. With the effective tone control and the ability to save 3 sounds and activate them with one stomp you will have a comfortable preamp in front of you. Whether into the amp or directly into the mixer - this device sounds like a large and expensive one!

  • Storable version of the classic "bass driver DI"
  • Optimised for live applications
  • Three storable sounds
  • Metal casing
  • Power supply via 9V battery
  • Optional AC adapter or via phantom power
available since June 2005
Item number 179514
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Design Floor Effects Pedal
Tubes No
Amp Modeling No
Integrated Effects No
Headphone Output No
Direct Out Yes
MIDI Connector(s) No
Integrated Expression Pedal No
Connections for Pedals or Switches No
Aux Input No
Integrated Tuner No
USB Connection No
Effect Types Preamp

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1OF1 30.11.2021
Being the owner of a Bass Fly Rig, I expected a comparable amp simulation but there are WORLDS between the two in terms of transparency and quality of tube emulation. The, admittedly much newer, BFR (v1) has a much better replication of a tube amp and then all the bells and whistles on top. This unit here was supposed to give me the freedom of having several drive settings but I'm unwilling to compromise that much of the sound. It was worth a try though and I'm sure the unit has its applications for other players. I'm holding on to my Fly Rig :)
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Amazing pedal
ToneArt Sound 28.11.2019
Really good pedal, we use it for recording and for live without any amp - goes directly to our in-ears and to the PA. Super easy to use, great for live with the presets. The sound is also amazing, but take your time to test the sound, and avoid pushing the settings a lot unless you are 100% sure you like it - a small move on a knob makes quite a big difference!
On top of that the possibility to power it via Phantom Power is just really really well thought for live environments! :D
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Bring on the thunder!
Anonymous 26.03.2014
As a bass player for over 20 years, I 've grown lazy over the years since bass equipment tend to weigh a lot. Imagine the feeling when a buddy of mine recommended this preamp and all of a sudden I had a really nice sound at all times, and it fit in the gigbag to boot!

The BDDI has a really nice standard tone and with a little tweaking you can get it to growl nicely as well. The one thing I missed the most was the lack of mid control. You get to cut / boost bass, treble and gain, but that's pretty much all.

Still, it sure beats dragging around heavy amps and cabs to every gig. :)
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Indispensable
Anonymous 20.12.2015
Amazing bit of a kit. Turned onto this by Jamie King of Fighting With Wire. A 3 piece band which had a massive sound live due in part to the Bass Driver. Like Jamie and Jeremy Pritchard from Everything Everything I use the Bass Driver as my go to EQ by bypassing the EQ on my Trace Elliot and going directly into the effects return. I've also used this in the studio by di-ing straight into the desk and of course making use of the phantom power capability. What I love about it is I can take my "sound" anywhere with me and if for one reason or another my amp does fail I know I can still rely on going through the PA. obviously the programmable driver has the additional benefits of storing multiple sound settings. If mine broke tomorrow I would be gutted but wouldn't hesitate in buying another.
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