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In November 2011, on Twitter a fan asks Kevin Baird: "...a hugh [sic] fan of TDCC and your bass lines,just wanna know which [sic] pedals do u use to get that cool synthy sound :)" Kevin Baird replies: "gallien and kreuger 1001 head, ampeg 4x10HE, sansamp rb1 rack effect and an mxr bass octave pedal." "sansamp rb1 rack effect" most closely matches the Tech 21 Sansamp RBI Rackmount Bass Tube Amp Emulator.more
At 0:43, the video pans to a shot of the Fender amps Mike now uses. But you'll also notice there are two Sansamp RBI's in the rack system. Even with the quality of the video, you can tell its a RBI rather than a RPM (the third control knob is a blend control whereas its a mid shift on the RPM, which would be a lot more writing on that part of the amp!). I'd imagine this is used to help shape the bass tone for DI purposes.more
The RBI Bass Driver provides the bulk of my tone in my current live/studio setup. I currently run this directly into an old MosValve power amp and it really wails. There's a selection of suggested presets to choose from, some of my favourites being the Fat Tube, Bassman, and SVT - the emulation of the Ampeg SVT's iconic sound is one of the main reasons I picked this up, and in my opinion it comes very close to delivering the same authentic tone, but it's not perfect. You can of course dial in whatever tone sounds good to your ears. In comparison to the pedal version, the RBI allows you to explore a wider range of tones; this is great for crafting unique sounds, but it's not as user-friendly as the pedal, which has less control options, yet almost impossible to get a bad sounding tone from. Overall, this is a versatile piece of gear, and has replaced a conventional amplifier in my set up, and I would recommend it over the pedal version.