First thing you notice, when you unbox this pedal is how it is build. The housing is a strong piece of metal. The knobs are not wobbly, no issues with a switch. Generally, reliably built. With this pedal you can achieve a wide variety of sounds, mainly due to the "character" knob. Set around 9 o'clock you get nice, warm sound, similar to the Ampeg amps, while going further clockwise gives you aggresive, distorted, more treble oriented tone. However, the distorted sound on a low setting of character knob, is not to pleasant for my ears, it seams weird, but it can be just my impression. On the other hand, the higher setting of the character knob enables you to get nice hi-gain sound. Anyway, I think that the pedal really shines on a clean setting, when you can get fantastic, warm sound. To conclude- nice and versatile, no matter if you want to get a vintage sound or a metal hi-gain annihilation, you can achieve it.
So, the overall pluses are: - Versatile palette of great tones - Strongly built - Reasonably priced for a preamp of this quality Drawbacks? - Drive on some setting could be a bit better
It's definitely my go-to pedal. Always on. Makes my bass sound better
Firstly the service from Thomann - great price and prompt despatch although it seems that DHL got my address wrong and i had to hunt around to find where my new toy had been delivered to. Not Thomanns fault and they were quick to offer assistance when i first thought it had gone missing.
Now the VT Bass DI - good packaging and the product feels well made. Its lighter than i thought it would be but still feels tough. I bought this after trying a Behringer BDI21 as a cheap Ampeg simulator. I was impressed with that product so thought i wouod invest in the Tech21. It has more tweakability due to the mid control and the character knob. With the character knob left of midday it sounds like an SVT, midday is sort of B15 and right of midday starts getting thinner. If i have the gain past about 9pm it starts breaking up the sound and the character and mid knobs really change the sound. I like it clean and fat so have settled on character around 9pm, gain at the same and mid backed a little off from 12pm. You can use it as a dedicated preamp into a power amp or effects return by engaging the little boost button. The speaker simulator button tightens up the sound even further and the bright button gets a real rasp going on if you like that sort of thing (you can back off the treble to tame it) Great product, really pleased with it as an always on effect.
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