Tech 21 Introduces the Geddy Lee Signature SansAmp
Geddy Lee has been performing without onstage amps and speakers since the Test for Echo Tour in 1996, favoring major household appliances instead.
Known for using a variety of gear to create inter- esting layered tones, Geddy has included the SansAmp RBI and/or the SansAmp RPM in his rig since 2001. Wanting to streamline and simplify his gear for new projects, Geddy partnered with Tech 21 to design a signature SansAmp, the GED-2112.
According to Geddy, “The GED-2112 is really a continuation of my long-time approach to bass tone. A ‘deep clean’ tone coupled with the ‘edgy crunch’ I get from the SansAmp RPM now all in one box. With selectable A/B inputs, and separate balanced and unbalanced direct outputs, this box is the foundation for great bass tone in any setup. Plus it’s green!”
This challenging endeavor involved distilling a rackload of equipment into a single rackspace. It result- ed in a new format for Parallel Pre-Amping –having two separate internal pre-amps that run in parallel. The Drive pre-amp section is based upon the versatile SansAmp RPM, for a wide range of sonic pos- sibilities. The Deep pre-amp section covers low end boost for thick, meaty tones. Saturation goes from clean in lower settings to increased harmonics and tube-like compression in higher settings. To keep things lean and efficient, the EQ curve is pre-set to Geddy’s personal specs. You can use either section independently or blend them externally direct to a mixing board as well as to two amplifiers.
Features include dual, all-analog SansAmp circuits; Drive for gain and overdrive; Blend to adjust the ratio of SansAmp tube amp emulation and direct signal; sweepable semi-parametric EQ; Saturation dials in the warmth of an inductor/transformer-based DI; dedicated 1?4-inch and XLR direct outputs for each pre-amp section; Effect Loop with Mix 50/50 switch; tuner output; uneffected 1?4-inch output; and front panel A/B switching to have 2 basses ready to go.
Manufactured by Tech 21 USA, Inc.
For more information go to www.tech21nyc.com.