Tech 21 have followed on from their popular Fly Rig with a new bass model this year. The idea being that you now have all your favourite bass effects in one portable unit. The units are analogue and designed to be a put in your case with your guitar and your cables. So you can just turn up at a gig and plug straight into a PA or amp and play.
The Bass Fly Rig consists of a Sansamp with three-band active EQ. The Drive control also adds gain and overdrive. There is a FET based Compressor, a Boost, an Octave Fuzz and a Chorus effect included as well. Each with its own set of controls and foot-switch to engage it, so you can switch in and tweak each one individually. There is a built in tuner as well, so you have no excuse to be playing out of tune.
Each effects control knobs light up a different colour so that you can easily see which effect is engaged and what controls work for that particular sound.
The input has a pad for active basses, which is pretty handy. There is also an output on both regular Jack and also an XLR which has a ground connect. The whole unit runs off the included power supply and so no need to keep buying batteries.
The Tech 21 Fly Rig concept has been used by guitarists for a while now and even has a signature guitar version for Richie Kotzen. He is often seen using his live and has been using it on tour to save him lugging loads of pedals and cables around.
The idea is a good one and hopefully the effects will work well together. I’m pretty sure most bass players I know would have some fun with these effects.