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    Default Tech21 Sansamp Classic

    I just did some minor maintenance on my buddy's old Sansamp, supposedly a very early version of it.
    I've heard people gush a bit about them but I don't undderstand what makes it special. Isn't it just an OD with a couple of EQ/tone switches?
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    Default Re: Tech21 Sansamp Classic

    It is because through a PA or into a recording device, it acts pretty much like a miked amp. I use that technology in a few Tech 21 amps I have, and soundpeople love the direct sound off of those things.
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    I got my Sansamp BassDriver in 2003 and haven't looked back since: never leave home without it. When recording I run two lines out of it, one dry and one treated and blend the two.
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    Never got along with them on guitar but absolutley love them for bass, sending the effected DI out of that to FOH has been a gamechanger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamanda~SD View Post
    Never got along with them on guitar but absolutley love them for bass, sending the effected DI out of that to FOH has been a gamechanger.
    I have a VT Deluxe for bass that is amazing

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    Default Re: Tech21 Sansamp Classic

    They were among the pioneers of today's silent stage direction from back in the '80s, packing PA-ready guitar and bass tones into single pedals. All the present heroes like AxeFX, Kemper, Line6 and the like (usually digital processing) walk in the footsteps of Tech21 (analogue processing). In a way they started a revolution. Early models were perhaps not as refined as they became later but they still were functional/practical and did their job splendidly. Their technology improved so much during the years. It is not my way to go but I have an enormous respect for the company and their technology.

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    Well I opened the thing up, expecting some very fancy digital circuitry, but to my surprise it was basically an oversized selector switch and a dip switch sandwiched between two thin slices of plastic.

    With that said, I'm surprised how good it actually sounded into my crappy 6 inch solid state practice amp (aka the let's-plug-this-circuit-in-and-see-if-it-blows-up-or-not-atron)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coma View Post
    Well I opened the thing up, expecting some very fancy digital circuitry, but to my surprise it was basically an oversized selector switch and a dip switch sandwiched between two thin slices of plastic.

    With that said, I'm surprised how good it actually sounded into my crappy 6 inch solid state practice amp (aka the let's-plug-this-circuit-in-and-see-if-it-blows-up-or-not-atron)
    Sansamps have always been analog, that's their thing. The only place they use digital is for delays/reverbs.

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    I don't know which one you have -but the Tech21 Sansamp line was the first affordable stage DI that I thought could add in the EQ/Presence of post amp and speaker tones into a PA.

    thus "Sansamp" . or without Amp.

    and I think they accomplished that.

    Are you just trying to evaluate it as a pre- preamp pedal through a guitar amp? it's probably just a cool drive and EQ like you said then.
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    I use it all the time, but I find it particularly useful if I'm using someone else's amp. I set the unknown amp flat and via the Sansamp can get my sound.
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    It is a loved classic for a reason. Who cares how it is made. Sounds great direct, which is why it exists.
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    Default Re: Tech21 Sansamp Classic

    And if you think that one sounds great, check out their newest stuff, like the Fly Rigs. A Fly Rig 5 v2 is on my radar. It has everything I would need in a crazy portable and great sounding rig.

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    I can never find a Fly with exactly what I want. Thus, Mooer board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    And if you think that one sounds great, check out their newest stuff, like the Fly Rigs. A Fly Rig 5 v2 is on my radar. It has everything I would need in a crazy portable and great sounding rig.
    I used a Fly Rig v2 for the last show I did. It sounded wonderful direct to the PA, no amp. Works wonderfully for what I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    I can never find a Fly with exactly what I want. Thus, Mooer board.
    Check out the new ones, the standard has a fx loop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    I used a Fly Rig v2 for the last show I did. It sounded wonderful direct to the PA, no amp. Works wonderfully for what I do.
    I live on the fence, should probably just buy one. I hate programming, the knobs are so enticing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceman View Post
    I can never find a Fly with exactly what I want. Thus, Mooer board.
    I'm surprised. With the loop on the v2 model, you can add what you want there plus toss a phaser and crybaby out front. Great setup there.

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    Default Re: Tech21 Sansamp Classic

    The knobs are great, and the tuner is accurate. I am using mine with the XLR out to the board. I can always throw my regular pedalboard in front and have a small, amp-less solution with all of my effects, too.
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    I have recently bought an used Sansamp online and it's great even direct to the computer. It's possible to dial it as a preamp / transparent overdrive.
    What I realized though is that it's not compatible with Boss power supply.
    I'm going to open a thread about this if we can't discuss it right here, because it's been a nightmare to have different power supplies for a Cry Baby, a Sansamp (DC1, P2 positive polarity) and 7 other boss pedals.
    Edit: Dunlop Cry Baby requires a thinner shaft to fit in the jack plug so standard Boss won't fit and the other way around a Dunlop jack plug fits loose in a Boss pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CondeZL View Post
    I have recently bought an used Sansamp online and it's great even direct to the computer. It's possible to dial it as a preamp / transparent overdrive.
    What I realized though is that it's not compatible with Boss power supply.
    I'm going to open a thread about this if we can't discuss it right here, because it's been a nightmare to have different power supplies for a Cry Baby, a Sansamp (DC1, P2 positive polarity) and 7 other boss pedals.
    Edit: Dunlop Cry Baby requires a thinner shaft to fit in the jack plug so standard Boss won't fit and the other way around a Dunlop jack plug fits loose in a Boss pedal.
    According to specs for each the Crybaby uses a 2.1mm x 5.5mm plug, while the Sansamp uses a 3.5mm male plug. One of the Voodoo Lab power supplies should work for both, and they typically ship with the cables you need.
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    And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dystrust View Post
    According to specs for each the Crybaby uses a 2.1mm x 5.5mm plug, while the Sansamp uses a 3.5mm male plug. One of the Voodoo Lab power supplies should work for both, and they typically ship with the cables you need.
    Thanks, I'll have a look.

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