In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers looks at Sansamp, one of the oldest stock plug-ins in Pro Tools but still very useable, offering as it does, a slightly different palette of distortion sounds compared to conventional amp sims.
Sansamp is a software emulation of the original hardware unit from Tech 21. This all analogue device was the first viable alternative to using an amplifier to get distorted, or not so distorted tones and the pedal versions are still available and popular today.
Something which can be confusing when using this plug-in is the sheer number of controls, compounded by the names of those controls which while intended to be helpfully descriptive, I for one have never found helpful.
The first five controls all offer slightly different versions of an overdrive/distortion control and considering that they all interact to a greater or lesser extent, the flexibility of this unit also makes it a challenge to get started with.
In this video Julian runs guitar, bass and drums through Sansamp and with particular reference to the Buzz, Punch and Crunch controls, demonstrates how to take control of this plug-in.
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