Behringer BDI21 V-Tone Bass Driver DI Pedal

Bass Amp Modeler/Direct Recording Preamp/DI Box
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A Bass DI with Vintage Tube Amp Emulations

Combining DI functionality with tube emulation circuitry, the Behringer V-Tone Bass Driver DI BDI21 puts a massive array of vintage tube amps right at your feet. Use the Blend control to mix the amount of tube emulation you want with your bass guitar's direct signal, or stomp on the BDI21 for some straight-DI tone. Your sound can then be shaped to perfection with dedicated Drive, Treble, Level, and Presence controls. Whether you want to pop and slap, play some smooth funk, or create some overdriven mayhem, the Behringer V-Tone Bass Driver DI BDI21 will take you there. There are decades of bass-playing experience here at Sweetwater. Give us a call, we'll be glad to help you out!

Behringer V-Tone Bass Driver DI BDI21 at a Glance:
  • Dual DI mode provides versatile functionality
  • Class-D technology puts massive sound in a small package
  • Behringer - a brief history
Dual DI mode provides versatile functionality

You can use the multifunction V-Tone Bass Driver DI BDI21 as a recording output DI with tube emulation or as a standard active DI box, with a single stomp of your foot. Your output can be sent to either a 1/4" TS or a balanced, gold-plated XLR connector. A fully featured active DI, the BDI21 also has a ground lift switch to help you eliminate those frustrating ground loop hum issues.

Class-D technology puts massive sound in a small package

Because of Behringer's revolutionary Class-D amplifier technology, the V-Tone Bass Driver DI BDI21 can put the authentic sound of a vintage tube amp in an ultra-compact package that fits on your pedalboard. By eliminating the need for heavy power supplies and massive heat sinks, Class-D amplification provides you with enormous power and incredible sonic performance, without busting your back. Class-D amplification is also highly energy efficient, so the BDI21 can keep rocking all night without breaking a sweat.

Behringer - a brief history

Uli Behringer showed an interest in music technology design at a young age, building his own synthesizer by the age of 16. In 1982, Uli began studying sound engineering and classical piano at the Robert Schumann conservatory in Dusseldorf, Germany. Uli's defining moment came when he was repairing a signal processor made by a high-end manufacturer. Despite the processor's expensive price tag, Uli realized that its internal components could be bought for a fraction of the cost. Being a strapped-for-cash student, Uli began building his own signal processors. Before he knew it, other students began requesting equipment from him. In 1989, after being bombarded with more orders than he could handle by himself, Uli created Behringer, Inc.

Behringer V-Tone Bass Driver DI BDI21 Features:
  • V-Tone modeling technology puts a massive array of vintage tube amps right at your feet
  • Authentic tube emulation circuitry can be mixed with the direct bass signal via blend control
  • Presence control for definition and upper harmonics
  • 2-band EQ for ultra-musical sound-shaping
  • Dual DI mode provides versatile functionality
  • Class-D technology puts massive sound in a small package
  • Ground lift switch eliminates typical ground loop problems
Stomp on a roomful of vintage tube amps with the Behringer V-Tone Bass Driver DI BDI21!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Bass Amp Modeler/DI Box
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4", 1 x XLR
Batteries 1 x 9V
Power Supply Included No
Height 2"
Width 5"
Depth 3.9"
Weight 1.01 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BDI21

Customer Reviews

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Great at Any Price

This is definitely a must-have. At its core, it's a great DI with a ground loop. Switch it on and it's got a flexible 2-band EQ and some nice tonal extras. Drive gives a bit of tube heaviness, Presence gets some upper-partial air that helps with sitting in a dense recording mix. Even if you have a pricey DI, get this lil' workhorse and keep it in your gigbag. Chances are it will quickly become a favored piece of go-to gear. And don't let the plastic housing give you pause- this is thick strong plastic that would need serious determined hard stomping (not average use) to do any damage. My guess is that Behringer shaves off considerable $$ by using this for their pedals. So be it- not a deal breaker. It's robust. The insides are well worth the crazy price.
Music background: Professional

Great little pedal

I've had the Behringer BDI21 Bass Driver/DI Pedal for a long time now. I admit that I was a little wary of the fact that Behringer's stomp boxes are made of plastic instead of the metal housings that Boss pedals use when I was considering picking this up. But it's lasted me a good seven or eight years already. I recently put it in the effects loop of my Boss GT-10B, set the onboard preamp to super flat and engaged this pedal. Boy oh boy did it ever fatten up my sound. You can go from subtle tube warmth to full on overdriven madness and everywhere in between is so, so sweet. I've heard from some other bass players that this pedal holds its own against a SansAmp. I personally don't have any experience using a SansAmp Driver pedal but I can say that this pedal is well worth the money. If you need to fatten up your sound, or if you're using a super-clean solid state amp like I am and need some tube-like warmth, look no further.
Music background: Bass player of 15 years, music hobbyist

Excellent Bass Tone w/DI out

Perfect way to send your bass signal via DI to the board, and also send one to bass amp. Very quiet analog path, amazing for the price. Real and actual tone control at a bargain bin price. For consumer reference, I dialed in a dead-on Pink Floyd bass tone quickly and easily;basic rock and blues. The drive is weak, as previously mentioned. Recommended for every bass player's gig bag.

Great unit

Used this for first time last weekend. Show recorded from board and I went straight into pa. Playback sounded great. Great tone for my Fender 5 string jazz. Thanks to Evan at Sweetwater.

Turned my Bose to an SVT

So I made this bass and wound my own pickup and it ended up being on the weak side through my Bose model II. I bought this on a whim as a quick solution and the 1st or 2nd choice on the lowest price filter. Without going into detail I'm pleased and amazed - my little short scale bass sounds big, full and tubey through my Bose system. The device is quiet and there's a big range of tones. Whatever model or circuit trickery that's involved in the 'blend' knob is great - no bad sounds. How in the livin' poop does someone sell this for $30? I don't know but at this price I can easily afford a backup.
Music background: Music playing and industry dude of 40ys.
See also: Bass Effects, Behringer, Behringer Bass Guitar Pedals & Effects, Behringer Direct Boxes