music gear review tech 21 bass fly rig

Music Gear Review: Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig

With the Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig, bass players get some music gear love like the guitar players who have already discovered the Fly Rig 5. Weighing just over 20 oz. and measuring 12.5 inches long, the Bass Fly Rig has a SansAmp with switchable pre/post boost, a compressor, chorus, a re-invented dynamic filter, octaver and a fuzz section. The Bass Fly Rig also includes a chromatic tuner, headphone jack, and an XLR output.

The Bass Fly Rig has illuminated mini-controls to show active status even on the darkest stages and there are studio-grade, metal footswitches and jacks plus an included power supply.

The Bass Fly Rig makes an easily transportable alternative rig you can slide in your backpack and plug into any backline. The SansAmp section will add drive and distortion or increase the overall volume to punch up fills and solos. COMP (or compression) uses all analog, FET-based technology while the OCTAFIL- TER gives you a whole new expressive area to explore. To add more thickness and space, a pitch shift chorus section completes the Bass Fly Rig.

Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig sells for $425 MSRP.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com