SANSAMP CHARACTER SERIES REVIEW

Also available in 2×12 and 4×10 configurations. The Deluxe version of the SansAmp VT Bass features a combination of a warm, all-analog signal path and convenient digital recall. However you choose to build your stack of tone, lads, you can rock out with this box out. Next Article reviews Montreal Guitar Show. Push it harder and you are live at Leeds. There are six knobs to build and shape your desired amp tone: Blistering distortions and searing lead tones just keep coming; every nu-metal chunk, every modern rock slab. Both of us were using classic tube amps with single-coil and humbucker-equipped guitars.

Come for the chiming, woody cleans, the gnarly overdrive of a Mark II, and the supernatural silky sustain of the lead tones. The real magic lies in the Character control. Warm, firm bottom never goes out of style for bass players, and the VT delivers that in spades. No more amp envy for me. Does a two-faced blonde sound like trouble? And I was able to fine-tune it to work in a variety of acoustic spaces. The available overdrive increases first, and then there’s a prominent midrange boost, like the real thing. That tradition of providing realistic amp tones at the push of a button continues with the SansAmp Character Series pedals.

Plugging in a Strat, the sound is crisp and bright, but with a perfect balance to the lower frequencies so it doesn’t sound at all thin. Come for the chiming, woody cleans, the gnarly overdrive of a Mark II, and the supernatural silky sustain of the lead tones.

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Imagine my delight when Tech 21, the folks who created the legendary SansAmp, introduced a line of SansAmp Character Series pedals, each one tuned to simulate the sounds of classic guitar amps and one for bass. Have a great stay. Push it to the limit and it will, it will, rock you.

And the knobs are capital-S Sensitive. The factory-supplied settings provide trusty leaping-off points to find the Fender amp sounds of yore, from a crunchy Champ to a saturated Bassman to sweet Deluxe Reverb breakup and cushy Twin clean tones. Tech 21 began the amp-emulation revolution in with its original SansAmp pedal. It allowed guitarists to record a variety of amp tones with the convenience of going direct into the recording console. Using the drive control, you can dial in a full-tilt, punk-assault bass tone or capture the slightly saggy tube compression that an SVT gives on the brink of distortion.

Rhythm guitars made jangly by the Liverpool Pedal kick off the next section. Jazz in Mexico Satoko Fujii: The fat, low-mid punch of this pedal is addictive, and the big surprise was how well it worked with my two acoustic basses. The British pedal can be tweaked to generate everything from Bluesbreakers overdrive to Plexi and metal high-gain tones.

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There are 6 program locations and dual inputs for two instruments to be on-line, ready to go. SinceTech 21 of New York City has been ploughing its own furrow in the quest for the perfect guitar tone. The cards that show how to set the controls got me started with some familiar tones.

Cranking the character above the middle position brings in a distorted edge that retains a strong fundamental. The available overdrive increases first, and then there’s a prominent midrange boost, like the real thing.

And I was able to fine-tune it to work in a variety of acoustic spaces. Tech 21 gave the guitar and bass amp world an extra vigorous spin when it introduced the SansAmp in At the maximum Character setting things get a bit more snarly and aggressive, described by Tech 21 as “Ted Nugent style”. Stand-alone preamp can drive a power amp, studio mixer, or PA system Plug into guitar amp Plug into computer soundcard. The legendary crunch of British steel and Greenback-style speakers delivers searing blues to UK anarchy from this Anglo-voiced pedal.

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I tried out the Character Series pedals while playing with my band at a 60th birthday party. Echo by Keiko Matsui. Packing more metal than Pittsburgh, the U. You can custom tweak and program six of your personal sounds, from vintage clean to gnarly overdrive to crushing distortion. You doubt this is possible?

From the jangle of mop-top pop to the top-boosted growl of mod rock, this amp style rfview a voice that shook generations. Upright serjes of a particular vintage have fond memories of their Bs except for that load-in part -the chagacter of a sealed cab, inch speaker and tube power created an amplified tone that brought the bass out of the shadows, and competed with Elvin-esque drummers. Low, Mid and High, however, are active, providing a wider array of tonal possibilities.

I used the VT charactee several bass guitars, both passive and active, and it enhanced each one without losing the essential identity of the instrument or the pedal. This continuously-variable control moves seamlessly between different model voicings, covering vintage, high-gain and face-melting lead tones.

The character control especially has a drastic effect on what you get. It all sounds massive DI. Sparkly, spanky cleans that overdrive with a satisfying low-end rumble become the punchy bark of hard-pushed tweed, maxing out in a fat sizzle of lead boosted tone. The real reeview lies in the Character control.

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The five SansAmp Character Series pedals work both onstage and in the studio. And you can program the FX loop to engage your favorite effect each time a so-designated preset is selected. Each pedal comes with a card that shows how to set the controls to achieve the legendary amp sounds. Create three custom tones for each input or use all six locations for a single instrument.

The Blonde was set just past 12 to churn out some percussive chunk for Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran rockers.

Hands-On Review: Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Pedals

There are six knobs to build and shape your desired amp tone: As an owner of a Mesa Boogie, I especially liked the clean sound of the California. That distinctive diamond grille tone is yours for the tweaking. The Blonde pedal is based on the famous family of amps from Fullerton, California that includes the models with the black control panel, or blonde covering, and tweed grille cloth. Tech 21 says the Character pedals can be used as part of an effects chain in front of an amp, used as a preamp in tandem with a power amp or PA, or plugged directly into a mixer or computer for recording serries.

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Electric guitarists will confirm that a good pedal has its own feel and personality; it can be a texture as responsive as any acoustic instrument. The B was the studio amp of choice for electric bassists and the premier gig rig for upright players due to its respectable volume, creamy tube tone and relative portability.

I agree, except I would get the whole collection. Level, drive and three-band EQ controls should be familiar to most people, while the character control changes the overall tonal response, attack and drive characteristics. While there’s a recognised ‘Fender tone’, there are distinct sonic differences between amps of different periods in the company’s history, and in order to reflect this, the Blonde has a Character control that takes revieq backwards through time.

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