Tech 21 SansAmp XB Driver

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SansAmp XB Driver

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The SansAmp XB Driver is the culmination of over 30 years designing gear for bass. Tech 21 has integrated key elements from their most popular bass products the SansAmp Bass Driver DI, Para Driver DI, QStrip and the dUg Pinnick Ultra Bass 1000 and condensed them into a single sleek machine. And just like that, you can go from traditional to diabolical.

The 100% analog, dual-channel SansAmp XB Driver is a veritable vault of treasured bass tones. It is a sophisticated dual-amp, bi-amp, DI toolbox with 15 knobs and 3 switches. Intuitively arranged, like familiar amplifier controls, you can craft a broad range of bass tones without a PhD. The Clean and Drive channels are full-frequency, independent channels that can be used individually or blended together via the Mix footswitch. In Mix mode, you can engage the crossover switch to activate the sweepable LPF & HPF filters, which enables you to even further carve out your own tone footprint.

While inspired predominantly by dUg Pinnick, the SansAmp XB Driver also gives a nod to other bass tone innovators such as Geddy Lee, John Entwistle and Chris Squire. All were notorious for running entirely separate, complicated bass amp systems together in a way that defied common logic yet yielded magical results. Tech 21 applaud these heros and all they've achieved, and thank them for motivating us to develop the SansAmp XB Driver.

As is the case with all Tech 21 products, the controls are designed to give you maximum flexibility to obtain your desired sound. It is Tech 21's hope that the SansAmp XB Driver will be a useful addition to your arsenal for stimulating your creativity and, ultimately, playing your best.

Active tone controls that cut or boost from 12 o'clock, +/-12dB.

Sweepable, semi-parametric EQ controls range from 100 Hz to 2 kHz, +/-16dB.

Adjusts the output level without altering any of the tonal characteristics.

Affects the overall volume of both channels.

Utilizes old school, all-analog, FET-based technology from the '50s and '60s, which is inherently warmer, more transparent, and more musical than other methods of compression.

Adjusts the overall amount of gain and overdrive.

Activates a presence boost to tighten up the sound in distorted settings and add definition in clean settings.

Changes the placement of the mid-range.

Engages the LPF and HPF when in Mix mode.

The 100% analog SansAmp Tube Amplifier Emulation technology encompasses the entire signal chain, from pre-amp to power amp to speaker simulation. An integral part of the circuitry, the SansAmp speaker simulation will complement any type of guitar or bass speaker cabinet system. You can also place an external IR after a SansAmp to give additional flavor if you so desire. The SansAmp speaker sim is designed and individually tailored for a smooth, even response as would be achieved by a multiply-miked cabinet without peaks, valleys, and notches associated with single miking and many IRs.

• As a stompbox with an amp
• As a pre-amp to drive a power amp
• Direct to a mixer of a PA
• Record direct to your computer


- 1/4-inch tuner output
- 1/4-inch effect send & return (affects both channels)
- 1/4-inch 1megOhm instrument level input
- 1/4-inch unbalanced low Z universal output with 10dB boost
- Balanced low Z XLR output with mic/line level switch and ground lift
- Rugged, all-metal housing
- Metal knobs, footswitches and jacks
- Silent-switching, custom footswitch actuators
- Measures 7.5 x 4.75 x 2.0"
- Utilizes included 18V DC power supply (Tech 21 Model #DC18), 250mA, 100-240V universal auto-switching power supply with interchangeable international plugs for use anywhere in the world


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