Launched by B. Andrew Barta in midtown Manhattan in 1989, Tech 21 pioneered the direct recording movement and created an entirely new category of signal processing for guitarists and bass players. His revolutionary, 100% all-analog SansAmp tube amplifier emulators were the first devices to enable musicians to dial in monster tones and patch them directly to a studio mixer or stage PAFinally, it was possible to get stunning, authentic valve sound from a pocket-sized pedal.
For over 30 years, Tech 21 have continued to deliver a range of truly useful, flexible, multi-functional, roadworthy, player-friendly, workhorse products. In a world of planned obsolescence and constant upgrades, many of their products — such as the classic Bass Driver DI, (originally introduced in 1992) — have changed little, or not at all, and are still in regular production today.
SansAmp products have been used by a entire galaxy of bass superstars, including:
Doug Wimbish, Geddy Lee, Tom Peterson, Steve Harris, Jeff Ament, Michael Anthony, Frank Bello, Les Claypool, Bootsy Collins, Joey DeMaio, Gail Ann Dorsey, John Entwistle, Fieldy, Tony Franklin, Paul Geary, Billy Gould, Tom Hamilton, Stu Hamm, Greg Lake, Tim Lefebvre, Will Lee, Tony Levin, Steve McDonald, Marco Mendoza, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Jason Newsted, Pino Palladino, dUg Pinnick, Mike Porcaro, Leland Sklar, Tommy Stinson, Robert Trujillo, Pete Wentz, and Chris Wolstenholme.