Tech 21 SansAmp Para Driver V2 Acoustic Preamp DI Box

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Street Price: 

$209
Tech 21 SansAmp Para Driver V2
Tech 21 SansAmp Para Driver V2

This multi-purpose preamp/DI Box from Tech 21's popular SansAmp line is dedicated to acoustic instruments.

Like the their popular bass preamp box, the SansAmp Para Driver comes with a preamp complete with tone shaping elements, the main difference being this one is voiced to complement the sound of acoustic instruments.

This preamp pedal is known for adding analog tube like warmth that fattens up the usual thin and quacky sound of piezo-pickups.

Features:

  • Active tone controls with 12dB of cut or boost
  • Sweepable semi-parametric EQ
  • 1/4-inch 4.7 megOhm instrument level input
  • 1/4-inch and XLR outputs with selectable levels
  • Input Impedance 4.7 M Ohm
  • Parallel, uneffected output to run a dry signal to a separate channel
  • Weight: 0.875 lbs

Pros

As expected of a SansAmp pedal, it modifies the resulting sound in a good way. Commonly mentioned in reviews is its great sound, which adds tube amp like character to the sound, without overly coloring your tone. In addition to working great with acoustic instruments, the SansAmp Para Driver has enough tone sculpting options for non-acoustic instruments like electric and bass guitars - and it is sometimes used as an effect pedal in front of an amp. Other positive traits that users have reported include its useful Drive function, low-noise operation and easy access battery compartment.

Cons

Since it warms up the sound considerably, the SansAmp Para Driver may not be your choice if your tone is already good enough to your ears, and you are simply looking for a transparent preamp/DI Box solution. I'd complain about the price but it is still accessible to most musicians.

Overall

If you are looking for a compact all-around preamp with excellent DI Box functionality, then the Tech 21 SansAmp Para Driver DI is good option. It was on our recommended list until we undertook a major review of the category in December 2018 at which time we found there were more highly rated options to recommend in our guide to The Best Acoustic Preamp Pedals.