Tech 21 SansAmp PSA Limited Edition

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Considered a staple in professional recording studios, the SansAmp PSA has been used on major releases and worldwide tours by such artists as Muse, Rammstein, Paul Stanley, John Entwistle, Billy Gibbons, Shavo Odadjian, Serj Tankian, Tony Campos, Chris Broderick and Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

Turning 20 is a powerful testament to the unusual longevity of the SansAmp PSA. To commemorate the anniversary, Tech 21 is issuing a limited quantity with a bronze anodized faceplate. In a time of every-other-month upgrades, the SansAmp PSA has been modified only once in 20 years, and prima- rily to add hardware features. Combining a warm, all-analog signal path with digital recall, it offers 49 factory presets of the most recognized vintage and modern tube amp sounds for guitar and bass, and 77 user-definable locations.

The exceptionally versatile SansAmp PSA can be used for multiple applications and instruments, including horns, vocals and drums. A Universal Output Section enables the signal to be compatible with full range systems as well as guitar/bass speaker cabinets. With the SansAmp PSA, you can record direct to tape, as well as warm up existing tracks in mixdowns. For live applications, it can be used as a pre-amp, “monster direct box” to P.A. system, and as an outboard processor.

The SansAmp PSA is very simple to operate. To program, you just tweak the knobs and save. Parameters are adjusted in real time with traditional analog potentiometers and then the digital memo- ry stores the positions of the pots. With 256 incremental steps, each rotary control increases and decreases in a smooth linear fashion.