Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2

Bass Preamp/Overdrive Pedal with 6 Control knobs and Defeatable Speaker Emulation
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Play an Array of Great Bass Amp Tones

The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 pedal gives bassists a great tool for getting different amp voicings, as well as a unique direct-to-PA and recording tool. You can dial in the characteristics of amps using the six effective controls (Level, Mid, Character, Drive, Low, and High knobs) onboard the VT Bass V2. All the pedals in the Character Series are much more than simple stompboxes; you can use them as preamps or take advantage of built-in speaker emulation (designed to sound like 10" bass amp-style speakers) for quiet, hassle-free recording. Get a diverse range of warm, fat bass tones to distorted tones with the VT Bass V2 pedal!

Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Pedal at a Glance:
  • The heart of a classic amp inside
  • SansAmp technology, built-in speaker emulation
  • Proven technology, great products
The heart of a classic amp inside

Each pedal in the Character Series is loaded with the tonal DNA for a specific style of amplifier. By simply twisting a few knobs, you can create sought-after bass tones with the SansAmp VT Bass V2 pedal. From flip tops to pushed 8x10" behemoths, every variation is delivered in the distinctive voicing of that bass amp style. The VT Bass V2's intuitive amp-like controls let you get your hands dirty from the get-go to explore decades of low-end tones.

SansAmp technology, built-in speaker emulation

Being a genuine SansAmp, the Character Series pedals are far more than just a stompbox. The VT Bass V2 can be used as a standalone bass preamp to drive a power amp, a studio mixer, or a PA system, with the rich SansAmp cabinet emulation that sounds huge - even straight into a computer soundcard. Or plug The SansAmp VT Bass V2 pedal into your bass rig to take your tone somewhere special.

Proven technology, great products

Since the first SansAmp was unleashed back in 1989, Tech 21's has developed an impressive line of products to cover every application. Each SansAmp 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.

Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass V2 Pedal Features:
  • Authentic-sounding bass tones, from SVT to flip top to modern rock
  • Six level-, tone-, and drive-shaping controls (Level, Mid, Character, Drive, Low, and High knobs)
  • Built-in defeatable speaker emulation
  • Use as a stompbox, preamp, or standalone recording tool
  • Proven SansAmp quality and reliability
The Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series VT Bass pedal lets you do so much more than just hold down the bottom end!

Tech Specs

Type Preamp/Overdrive
Form Factor Pedal
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Manufacturer Part Number CS-VTB.2

Customer Reviews

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Oh Man, Do I Flipping Love This

Geez, what can I say except that if you play bass you need to get this pedal. I'd bought a GK MB115 combo amp and it is lovely-- clean and so very growly, with lots of push, but I wanted MOAR. The Character Series pedal covers a huge range of bass sound-- from 50s boompy surf to Geddy Lee shred and more. Cool thing is that you can use it directly in your recording equipment-- instead of having to fiddle with the synthetic amp sounds in the recording software, just jack this right into your audio interface for authentic live performance bass sound. Paul Allen is a wonderful sales engineer who always gets back to me in a timely fashion about all of my million questions. Thanks Sweetwater for being the best in the business!

Tech 21 VT Bass V2

Exactly what I was looking for! My Stingray 5 and Fender deluxe Precision Roar through this thing! Finding great OD/Distortion for bass has been a difficult challenge so this turned out to be a God Send! I go direct with a DarkGlass Vintage Pre pedal with this in front of it and my options are amazing! I don't use the speaker emulation, it's too bright for me-I boost the bass, use the character at about the 10 o'clock and the drive straight up. The thunder and drive suit my tastes perfectly! Highly recommend this pedal!

vVT bass V2

When I first plugged this baby into my practice amp,I thought I was going to blow it up. As advertised,the sensitivity of the controls was truly amazing.I quickly learner to get the desired sound that I require.Last night I did a show with another band,where we used their backline.The bassist(a friend of mine) had an Ampeg SVT 4 Pro with a Marshall 4x12 bass cab.He played first and sounded really good with his Washburn bass plugged straight in.When I got up there I left the setting on the amp as he had it dialed in,,using the pedal as a controlling device.The Big rig punch, clarity and depth coming out made everyone come up to investigate.Needless to say this little wonder is going to turn heads as well as ears.Very nice to practice with too.just enough volume right into the headphones to be happy.. The desired sound out of basically anything you plug it into is something I have been looking for.Now I have found it.Go the extra $10.00 and get the tech 21 power supply.Good investment.
Music background: Rock,Metal,Blues,Jazz,

Great Pedal for Bass Tone!

My taste in bass leans toward darker, vintage tone. I play passive Fender-style basses with either flatwounds or darker roundwounds. I use the VT Bass pedal to help me get a nice vintage tone.I use it as an always-on effect at the very beginning of my signal chain (right after my tuner and before any other pedals). I almost always have the Character knob at 12:00 (B-15 mode), but I also like how it sounds at 7:00 (SVT mode), especially in rock contexts. I haven't really explored the right-hand side of the knob very much, it seems to be too bright for my taste. The EQ is really useful -- I use it to attenuate the highs and mids in my sound.Does it sound like a real B-15 or a real SVT? Heck if I know! I don't have any real experience with those amps. But I do know that it adds a really pleasing tonal coloration to my bass sound. To use a cliche phrase, it really warms the sound up.I recently spent a lot of time practicing on the go with headphones through my iPad, without having access to my pedalboard. Boy did I miss the sound of this pedal! My basses sounded a bit sterile and harsh compared to what I'm used to. I hadn't realized how integral this pedal has become to my tone.The VT Bass DI seems like a great product as well (and a great value). I was considering it but decided in favor of the regular VT Bass and a standalone DI so I could run my signal through some other pedals before sending it to a DI.
Music background: Bassist, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer

Must Own This Product!

I have owned the original SansAmp Programmable Bass Driver Deluxe the past few years and have received numerous comments on my bass tone. I've always been a fan of having the bass signal slightly overdriven because it gives your sound just enough growl and sustain to cut through the mix and add to the overall quality of the band's sound. I'm the type of bass player who is constantly needing to set up on the fly, and most of the time I am going direct into the house PA instead of having an amp on stage. I had been researching Tech 21's new VT Bass pedals and decided to drive to Sweetwater in Fort Wayne, IN to compare the models. I am very impressed by the sound produced with all the VT Bass pedals (they are all essentially the same, the difference just lies on whether you need an XLR out or need to save your settings). Since I use this pedal as a constant "on" without needing to change any settings, I went with this basic model to add to my pedal board, which only consists of a Korg Pitch Black tuner and a JoeMeek FloorQ compression pedal. I used this pedal for the first time in a house PA the other day, and I felt like I didn't even need to use my compression pedal any more. The highs were loud and crystal clear with excellent sustain. I play with the Character knob set to 9:00 and drive set to 1:00 which gives it more of a late 1960s Ampeg sound. I highly recommend this pedal to anyone hoping to achieve a vintage sound that will cut through any mix.
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