In this video by EMG Backstage, the guitar tech of Anthrax and Helmet's bassist Frank Bello does a brief rig rundown where he points at that Frank uses a simple rig consisting of only 1 effects pedal, the Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver DI pedal. "A Sansamp is the only pedal we need. That's a Bass Driver DI and so we use that to get a little overdrive; a little blend of what he wants. That just runs straight into the Hartke LH1000" - [Frank Bello's Guitar Tech](https://youtu.be/W_cYTcr6hBw?t=1m4s)more
In a 2001 interview for Bass Player, Mike Inez is quoted, “I also use the SansAmp to dirty up my sound in my Ultimate Ears inears. I keep them at about 3 or 4, so they’re more like earplugs, while still allowing me to hear my rig and side fills, if needed. Mix-wise, I have the whole band in my in-ears, with a bit more Jerry in the left ear.” The article also reports that Mike Inez "plugs into a SansAmp Bass DI live, which sends his signal three ways (direct, amp, and miked-amp) to the house board."more
As stated on Philip Bynoe’s web page: “This is another pedalboard used on the Vai Tour. The Pedals are: Morley Distortion Wah Volume, Dunlop DC Brick Multi-Power supply, MXR Stereo Chorus, Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI, Morley ABY Selector/Combiner Switch, Boss TU-12 Tuner, Line 6 Relay G30 Wireless, and a Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer.“more
I have this pedal as my DI for recording into a mixer. It sounds even better than it's rack version "Sansamp RBI". Love it, Love it, Love it. I dig that the company sells it with a tin box as well. Very classy.
You know those scenarios when you hear people rave about pedals so much that you're not too certain whether to jump on the bandwagon? Glad I jumped on this one! Great for tidying up bass tone, sound engeineers love them and they're great to record with for demos, projects etc. and it can be used as an active DI when in bypass! This easily does more tricks than Tony Hawk! Looking to expand to rack versions at some point as well!
I use it for, either having different settings than my amp and shifting during a song, or as an overdrive (with a lot of possibilities). It gives a lot of dry attack while respecting (actually enhancing) the sound of my basses (Warwick Corvette $$ and P-Bass fretless 76).
Being used mostly as an emulator to get an SVT sound, I use it as an overdrive. The grit that I achieve out of this little beauty is unparalleled in my opinion. It's the base of my tone, live or in the studio.