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Tech 21 SansAmp RBI Bass DI Preamp

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Product Description

The Tech 21 SansAmp RBI delivers the incredible tone and versatility of the SansAmp Bass Driver DI in a convenient 1-space rackmount package, with even more features!
Designed specifically to create the absolute best bass tones, its Presence, Drive and Blend knobs let you control exactly how down & dirty or piano-string clean you want to be. The RBI provides 3-band EQ (including a dedicated Mid control!), a series/parallel switchable effects loop, and an individual XLR output level control. Its flexible I/O section includes affected and unaffected XLR and quarter-inch outputs, as well as front and rear panel inputs.

EXCEPTIONAL FLEXIBILITY
Armed with a truckload of bass amp rigs in a single rackspace, you can travel as heavy or light as you like:

  • Show up at any studio with just a SansAmp RBI and plug directly into the board for premium tones without miking.
  • Gig with the SansAmp RBI directly through the house PA without using a separate amp.
  • Go to a gig with a SansAmp RBI, a Bass Power Engine 60 and run directly through the house P.A. system.
  • Take a more traditional set-up to a gig with a SansAmp RBI, power amp and speaker cabinet, and run directly through the house P.A. system.
Tech 21 SansAmp RBI Additional Features
  • Drive adjusts the overall amount of gain and overdrive.
  • Presence brings out the upper harmonic content and attack.
  • Blend allows you to mix the direct instrument signal with SansAmp Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry.
  • Active Bass and Treble controls cut or boost ±12dB.
  • Dedicated Mid control, cut or boost ±12dB.
  • Individual Level control for the XLR out to optimize your amp's output relative to the P.A. system.
  • Effects Loop.
  • Mix 50/50 switch to configure the Effects Loop in series or parallel.
  • Quarter-inch rear input and XLR output with selectable levels.
  • Buffered uneffected XLR output to run a dry signal to a separate channel.
  • Footswitch input to engage unit.
  • Footswitch output to chain and toggle between another SansAmp RBI.
A 1U rackmount version of SansAmp Bass Driver DI, and then some..

Just like its exceptionally popular pedal predecessor, SansAmp RBI offers you an entire sound spectrum of the most coveted traditional and modern bass amp systems --including mondo overdriven tones that typically require a complex mass of gizmos that weren't even designed for bass in the first place. Sample settings, such as SVT- style, Bassman-style, King's X-style, and Crimson-style (to name a few) are included in the owner's manual to get you started.

Most controls are the same as SansAmp Bass Driver DI:
Drive adjusts the overall amount of gain and overdrive; Presence brings out the upper harmonic content and attack; Blend allows you to mix the direct instrument signal with SansAmp Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry; and active Bass and Treble controls cut or boost ±12dB.

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So what's different about SansAmp RBI?
SansAmp RBI features a dedicated Mid control; individual Level control for the XLR out to optimize your amp's output relative to the P.A. system; Effects Loop; Mix 50/50 switch to configure the Effects Loop in series or parallel; 1/4 inch rear input and XLR output with select- able levels; buffered uneffected XLR output to run a dry signal to a separate channel; Footswitch input to engage unit; and Footswitch output to chain and toggle between another SansAmp RBI.

Streamline your setup --physically and financially
SansAmp RBI gives you a truckload of bass amp rigs in a single rackspace. When you start with a solid foundation of tone, you can travel as heavy or light as you like:
  • Float into any studio with just a SansAmp RBI and plug directly into the board
  • Go to a gig with a SansAmp RBI, a Bass Power Wedge 60 (see optional accessories below) and run directly through the house P.A. system
  • Take a more traditional set-up to a gig with a SansAmp RBI, power amp and speaker cabinet, and run directly through the house P.A. system
In case you were wondering, you can switch between sounds by chaining to another SansAmp RBI. If you prefer programmability, please consider our own "not-just-for-guitar" SansAmp PSA-1. There are 10 presets devoted to bass and 49 user-definable locations for storing custom settings.

TECH 21 - GREAT TONE. BUILT RIGHT.
In 1989, after ten years exhaustive research and development with world-class guitar amplifiers, a tired but victorious B. Andrew Barta launched his unique SansAmp. This revolutionary pedal-sized tube amplifier emulator enables musicians to dial in monster tones and patch them directly to a studio mixer or stage PA. Its discrete 100% analog circuitry uses a hyper-realistic tone structure that includes mic and speaker simulation with pre and power amp distortion characteristics. Finally, it was possible to get stunning, consistent tones without brutalizing amps, heaving speaker cabs or futzing with microphones to find that elusive ‘sweet spot.’ Instead, the SansAmp delivered all of its mammoth sounds from a pocket-sized pedal.

A decade and a half later, the SansAmp technology has developed into an impressive line of products to cover every application. Each product is still hand-built in the USA using the best possible materials and exclusive components, such as our smooth custom actuators which are licensed to other major manufacturers. Tech 21’s range of products are developed with a critical ear for tonal perfection and an open ear to our customers’ needs.

The sample settings for SansAmp models and guitar and bass amplifiers include such classics as Marshall, Fender, Mesa/Boogie, SVT, and artists like Santana, Metallica, Van Halen and Hendrix. These settings are also a starting point for you to find your own individual tone and style using Tech 21's original products.

Check out the massive Tech 21 Hall of Fame to see which artists have discovered Tech 21.

Welcome to the exceptional sound of Tech 21. Listen Up.

Product Specifications

Tech 21 SansAmp RBI Specifications

  • Dimensions: 19 inches w x 1.5 inches h x 5.25 inches d (6.25 inches d overall)
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
Registered trademarks of their respective companies. Names of sample settings are intended for descriptive purposes only and should not be construed as an endorsement or affiliation with the companies or artists named.

Note: With on-going product development and improvements, specifications and/or the cosmetic appearance of this unit may change without prior notice.



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Phone:  973-777-6996 Warranty:  1 Year
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