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Tech 21 BSDR SansAmp Bass Driver DI

4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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  • 100% analog
  • For stage and studio applications.
  • 3 outputs to drive power amps, recording desks, PA mixers.
  • Active EQ controls specifically tuned for bass, cut or boost 12dB.
  • Blend control to combine the proportion of direct signal and SansAmp circuitry.
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Product Description

Product Description

Pre-amp, stomp box and DI all in one. Dial up big vintage tube tones, bright modern slap sounds, gnarly distortions, and all in between.

From the Manufacturer

Much more than just a direct box, the SansAmp Bass Driver DI is capable of dialing up big vintage tube tones, bright modern slap sounds, gnarly distortions, and all in between. Three different outputs to drive power amps, recording desks, PA mixers, or simply enhance your current rig. Controls include Presence for definition and upper harmonic content; Blend to combine the proportion of direct signal and SansAmp circuitry; and active EQ specifically tuned for bass with 12dB of cut or boost.

The controls offer a broad range of traditional bass amp sounds, including such meaty styles as Bassman® and SVT®, as well as raunchy, crunchy overdriven sounds that would typically require a multitude of effects units.

  • PRESENCE: controls the amount of definition and upper harmonic content.
  • DRIVE: adjusts the overall gain structure and overdrive.
  • LEVEL: regulates the XLR and effected 1/4" output levels.
  • BLEND: allows you to mix the direct bass signal with SansAmp Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry (which is particularly useful for basses equipped with piezo pickups).
  • BASS & TREBLE: are active EQ controls, specifically tuned for bass guitar, that cut or boost +/- 12dB.
For studio and live applications, SansAmp Bass Driver DI is engineered with three outputs: an effected XLR, and effected 1/4", and a parallel, uneffected 1/4". The footswitch activates the Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry. Disengaging the circuitry enables you to use SansAmp Bass Driver DI as a standard active transparent direct box.

Phantom power operable, or uses optional DC power supply, Tech 21 Model #DC2, or 9V alkaline battery (not included).
Actual size: 4.5" x 3.5" x 1.5", Weight: 14 oz.


Product Information

Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.8 x 4.2 x 2.5 inches
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B0002D0EN8
Item model number SansAmp Bass Driver DI
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4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,443 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#2,606 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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I got this pedal for its distortion sound after borrowing a friends SansAmp Bass Driver DI and falling in love with it. I had to purchase my own. After using it for a few months it has become an essential part of my full time sound. I don't use it as a distortion pedal anymore but as a full time pre-amp for live shows, rehearsals, and recording studios. Although, this pedal does offer my favorite distortion sound for electric bass. My favorite sounding bass ever has Bartolini Mark V pickups and preamps. I introduced the BSDR and now when I play the bass with out the BSDR the bass sounds dull. It's because I'm so used to the great tone of the pedal now. I only have the drive turned up a 1/4 way at the most, which adds a nice punch. The pedal adds lots of presence, and fat, well rounded tone in the low end. I have gotten compliments from producers/engineers in several studios already, as well as compliments at live shows from fans and sound engineers. This has been the best piece of equipment I have purchased for my professional bass playing career. It adds a confidence that changes the way you play!
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This pedal is the perfect tool for the gigging musician who wants to be ready for any venue or as backup in case his amp fails and he has to go direct. It's a great DI with a good preamp attached to it.

Let's face it, some places won't have the best backline for you to plug into so you need to be able to sculpt a good tone out of what they have. And let's face it, most people like the Ampeg tone which this pedal emulates (and very well).

The pedal gives you just enough control to quickly dial a nice sound. You plug in, power up and turn the knobs until you like what you hear. Judicious use of the blend knob makes up for the lack of a midrange control. I never felt hobbled by this design quirk.

Tonewise, this pedal is NOT transparent. It won't sound like your bass but with gain. You MUST accept the Ampeg tone emulation if you plan on buying this pedal. You can't dial it out. Purists will say it doesn't really duplicate an SVT. Well nothing will, but the Sansamp brings you close enough to fool most people especially live. As a former SVT owner, I think the Sansamp captures the "power tubes on the verge of breakup" sound very well while weighing 88 pounds less.

My only complaint about this pedal is that the switch is soft like a Moog or Markbass. It doesn't make a hard click like your typical MXR or EHX pedal. I have to be careful when I stomp on it to make sure I actually engaged/disengaged it. Other than that, I think everything about the construction is good. The DC jack is standard BOSS 9V, the knobs are easy to use and see while the overall size and shape of the effect is pedalboard friendly.

Once again, great DI with good pre but ONLY if you like the SVT vibe. If your tone goals steer you more towards clean then you might not like this pedal.
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I've had this preamp for roughly 11 years. It's been used live hundreds of times and at practice thousands. I've recorded with it at home and in studio and it still works as great today as the day I bought it, even after many nights of being kicked, stepped on, beer spilled on it, and infused with cigarette smoke from the bar patrons. I've gotten many incredible sounds out of it but found that I have 2 personal favorite settings: one for rock and one for jazz.
The sansamp is also a great boost for passive basses and gives them power without distorting the sound. All in all it's improved the sound of every bass I've ever owned from low to high end. Well worth it.
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I'm going ampless as a bass player and one reason is the Tech 21 BDDI sounds amazing direct into the PA. I had a small lightweight amp, but now I just take my pedal board and run this baby into the PA.

If I could change anything about this pedal-
1. effects loop would be cool
2. Switch doesn't have that definite "click" of an EHX/MXR pedal, so you don't know if you hit it unless you look at it. But I just leave it on all the time, but some people use it as a drive.
3. Ummm..... USB charger for my phone.
4. Take off all those damn switches on there. Too confusing.
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If you are a bassist, you need this pedal. Tech 21 has a terrific reputation for quality gear and this pedal is awesome. You can dial in practically any tone you like with ease. The XLR line out is great and if you play at a large venue, you literally can go direct into the snake to the board without a need for an amp. (use the stage monitors to hear yourself) This is a tone monster and by far the best pedal I have ever bought.
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I have had my SansAmp Bass Driver DI for nearly 10 years, and it is the single best piece of equipment you can buy for your bass rig on a limited budget. I use it twice a week live, and have used it for direct recording on numerous occasions. I have had people stop me after shows to ask me about my excellent sounding "rig", which includes the SansAmp into a cheap compressor and a small combo amp. It can do great things even for an inexpensive bass, and sounds fantastic with my Warwick and Fender American Jazz basses. It is an absolute essential for bass players.
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