Friday, December 6, 2013

TECH 21 SansAmp VT Bass Rack -- Review

TECH 21 SansAmp VT Bass Rack

New from TECH 21 for 2013 is the SansAmp VT Bass Rack. If you have already experienced the VT Bass DI Pedal, then you will still be able to get all the great settings featured in the VT Bass DI Pedal, only in a rack mount version with even more great options! I did thorough testing of the VT Bass rack on the road and in the studio.

This is a pure workhorse as a preamp and while my bass rig provides a direct out to the house sound rig, I found that the VT Bass Rack provides a better and more preferable signal over the direct signal from my bass rig, which is a high end rig BTW.
Even though settings cannot be programmed and saved, I found that once I had the setting I liked, it worked for everything I did. It was really hard to pick just one setting, as all the recommended settings sound great. There are two inputs on the VT Bass Rack, one being in the front and the other in the back. When using the input on the back, it is over-ridden when connecting to the front input. The rear input on the VT Bass Rack also has the option to run the input at 0dB or -20dB, while the front input functions at a fixed -20dB. I found using the input on the back to be preferred as it keeps the cabling neat on your rig and you also have the optional dB settings. Recording with the VT Bass Rack is a breeze and will add a much preferred tonal character over using just a dry signal to the mix. The VT Bass Rack is 100% analog

The VT Bass Rack is complete with drive, character, blend, and EQ settings which gives you an unlimited amount of options from overdrive, ampeg flip-top, SVT to bass characteristics used by bands such as Yes and King’s X, among many others . Even though sample settings are quite sufficient for any application, modifications to these are unlimited. The VT Bass Rack also has an XLR level output control for connecting to sound systems, and has a second XLR that provides a dry signal. An effect loop is also provided on the back of the VT Bass Rack with a 50/50 option for using effect in series or parallel mode. There is also a connection provided for an optional footswitch to turn the unit on/off.
The VT Bass Rack will complement your rig in ways unimaginable, and if you do prefer a pedal over a rack mount option, be sure to check out the VT Bass DI Pedal. Check out the TECH 21 SansAmp VT Bass Rack at a local retailer near you!

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