Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig Bass Multi-effects Pedal

Bass Multi-effects Pedal with Chorus, Octafilter, SansAmp, Compression, and Tuner
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All You Need for a Great Bass Sound

The Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig Bass multi-effects pedal gives players all the sonic necessities they need for great bass tone in a single, compact unit. Sweetwater bassists can't believe how full-featured the Bass Fly Rig is. It combines five independent effects sections: boost, chorus, compression, a complete SansAmp, and a powerful Octafilter. There's a built-in tuner for convenience, and an XLR output connects directly to a PA system or recording device for when an amp isn't available. The Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig puts all of this power into a pedal that will fit in your gig bag's front pocket.

Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig Multi-effects Pedal Features:
  • All-analog multi-effects pedal and DI box
  • Octafilter includes chorus, fuzz, and octave effects
  • Full-featured SansAmp
  • Boost can be used pre or post
  • Includes a natural-sounding compression
  • XLR output is ideal for running direct
  • Compact construction is easy for transportation
The Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig is more than enough to get the job done.

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Winter NAMM 2016: Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Bass Multi-effects pedal
Analog/Digital Analog
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (pedal out/headphones), 1 x XLR
Bypass Switching Buffered
Power Source 9V DC 200mA power supply (sold separately)
Power Supply Included Yes
Height 1.25"
Width 12.5"
Depth 2.5"
Weight 20.7 oz.
Manufacturer Part Number FR-BASS

Customer Reviews

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The fly that swats back

This thing kicks bass. I love it. If you want ease and tone on the go ,this is it. The best small bass rig that does it with punch, this fly truly swats back.

An Indispensable Swiss Army Knife!

This is such a great pedal and a bargain for all the features you get. I've used my rackmount SansAmp for years. Now I can take that tone with me to ANY gig without having to haul or check extra gear. Having the built in DI with ground lift means I don't have to rely on the DI at the venue. The peace of mind this little box brings means I can focus more on the songs and not have to be as encumbered with whatever backline gear I encounter. And, of course, the excellent service from Dennis at Sweetwater is second to none!

Bass fly rig

Never been a pedal guy before, but wow! Great tones very flexible and easy to get whatever tone you want. Been playing 25 years. Played through ashdown evo II and ampeg 410 hlf cab. Using Warwick corvette.

Great Engineering, Sound and Practicality. . . How is this not German?

If you're someone who wants flexibility, simplicity, ease and quality sound that will allow you to focus on your playing rather than your rig, then Tech21's SansAmp Bass Fly Rig is worth a serious look. See if you can relate to this: You've bought the perfect bass amp. . . you show up at the gig and tweak your sound, troubleshoot some bad cables and marvel at the sound that new set of tubes is delivering . . . only to have the sound guy come up, stick a DI between your bass and your amp input, and run an XLR cable to the mixer. After the sweat, cash and time you've invested in the perfect sound "on stage", all your audience hears your bass through a DI. What a waste! I used to let this frustrate me. When I had my giant 8x10 cabinet and SVT, I just turned up to overpower the entire PA. Eventually, I ditched the big amps in favor of using a preamp with floor wedges, and it worked great: My preamp sound makes it to the FOH speakers as well as my identical-sounding wedges, so everyone hears my sound on my terms. I made this switch from traditional bass amps over twenty years ago, and and can't imagine going back. After going through various pre-amp and pedal options, I'm very pleased that I've replaced the entire "front end" of my bass rig with the Bass Fly Rig, and here's why: SOUND: It combines the critical elements I need to get the sound I want: * Tone shaping eq, drive and bass cabinet emulation * Very usable chorus and compressor * Pre/post overdrive/solo boost * Tuner that mutes the output, so I can silently check at any point in the gig. * I'll call the OCTA filter "room to grow" for now, since I've not found a practical need for octave, fuzz or the auto-wah FX it delivers. I/O: Again, everything I need to get through the gig is in this one unit: * Instrument jack with input pad for active basses * DI with ground lift for the sound guy * Line out to go straight to my powered wedges (two QSC K12 powered monitors) or to headphones SIZE and EASE: * This thing is tiny. It weighs nothing and fits in my gig bag pocket, along with its power supply, my strap and two cables. * There's no pedal board, no patch cables to connect multiple FX. * I can drive one or two K12s, depending on the size of the venue and volume I require. * The entire rig fits in the back seat of a sedan, and I can carry it from car to stage and back in a single trip (bass on my back and a cabinet in each hand). RELIABILITY/BUILD QUALITY: The unit is strong sheet metal and high-quality stomp switches. I have no reason to doubt this will perform Can I get a better sound going direct to my DAW and applying and tweaking my favorite compressor, cabinet emulation, tube amp emulation and overdrive, or could I assemble a better sounding rig from buying best-in-class components (bass amps, FX, etc)? Yes, but that's not the point. When I play live I only want to think about playing live. I don't want to spend even a minute troubleshooting bad patch cables, annoying ground loops or dying tubes. Having the great, gig-quality sound near-microscopic footprint and idiot-proof ease of the Bass Fly Rig helps me do just that.
Music background: Lifelong amateur bass/guitar/recording guy

Mega pedal in a compact package!

I bought this to lighten up my pedal train. Wow! I was able to dial in my tone in no time, and my sound engineer was ecstatic! I had been using an xt21 stomp pedal. This Tech 21 Fly Rig is more precise, and versital! It's a tank! The metal case is great, the stomp buttons are very strong. Fit's in my guitar case, however, I put it on my pedal board with my volume pedal. I replaced 4 other stomp boxes with 1 Pedal! And all for only $299??? What are you waiting for? Grab one!!! Call Tim Harrington, he'll set you up!
Music background: Bassist with Jasper Stone

Sweetwater Advice

Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig

[The Bass Fly Rig] is relatively gentle on the checkbook when you think about all you're getting in return....The chorus section is a simple affair with just one knob, but delivers some impressively clean, watery tone....Bringing in the octave alongside and setting the mix, Q, and range dials to about 2 o'clock pressure-washed the walls with thick, synth grandeur....And then you have tube emulation, dirt, an excellent EQ, and the ability to run direct with the SansAmp section front and center....
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