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Darkglass Electronics

Premium handmade bass gear

Designed, Engineered and manufactured in Finland

Today, you really can’t say ‘premium bass gear’ without mentioning ‘Darkglass Electronics‘ in the same sentence.

This is all due to founder Douglas Castro, his brilliant team and the hard work they’ve put in since 2011 to push the boundaries of the low-end to new soaring heights, with their extremely high-quality pedals, pre-amps and amplifiers.

What started out as a pursuit to make the pedals that could create the tones Castro had in his head, quickly morphed into a rapidly growing business, as bass players around the world began to hear about the powerful punchy tones that was coming out of the Darkglass factory in Helsinki, Finland.

The Microtubes series has set a new golden standard for what a great bass preamp pedal should sound like. From modern to vintage, all are available in multiple flavours to help you reach your own tone gains, including the latest Microtubes X series that splits the distortion into different frequency bands. While the Alpha·Omega series take the Darkglass concept even further, with probably the most flexible pedals among the Darkglass renowned designs. Along the way, Darkglass also have introduced the innovative Duality Fuzz and the Hyper Luminal compressor pedals.

Each pedal has successfully accomplished and exceeded its design goal, offering top-notch tube emulation, dynamic and expressive fuzz and transparent yet powerful compression.

However, the introduction of the Microtubes 900 bass amp really turned the world of bass on its head in 2016 with its sleek design, innovative features and supreme sound. This has been continued with the very latest models Microtubes 900 v2 and Alpha Omega 900, both offering so much more than mere upgrades. While the Microtubes 500 amp brings the Darkglass tone to the masses, in an even more compact and lighter format for those who don’t need the sheer power of the 900w models.

Rounding up the amplification range are two stunning Darkglass Bass Cabinets, so your carefully crafted tone can be felt and heard in the best way possible.

When you see the Darkglass creations you’ll be stunned by their beauty. When you hear them, you’ll be blown away by their earthshakingly awesome tones!

 

Microtubes

Universal Tone-crafting Machines

Darkglass’ initial forays into the bass world revolved around a series of distortion and overdrive pedals under the Microtubes banner. Essentially there are two main analog designs that now constitute the cornerstone of the Darkglass range, in addition to an all new multiband distortion range with the new Microtubes X series.

The Vintage Microtubes is a tribute to some of the most legendary sounds in rock history, fitting four decades of legendary tones into a pedal that will easily fit in your gig bag. It provides warm tube-like tones, with a natural dynamic response to echo the sought-after organic compression of old tube amps and reel-to-reel tape machines. The Vintage Deluxe model keeps the same vibe, but adds a 4-band active EQ, parallel output and balanced line driver.

With the Microtubes B3K, Darkglass went for a grittier, sharper and more scooped overdrive tone more like a modern tube amplifier, all of which delivers defined and powerful saturation in an intuitive format. Microtubes B7K takes that powerful dynamic saturation circuit from the B3K and then adds a 4-band active EQ, parallel output and balanced line driver. The latest v2 versions of these now iconic pedals have essentially exactly the same vibe as the pedals that started it all, but with additional tone sculpting features for even greater versatility.

Both flavours of the classic Microtubes drive pedals are also available in Ultra variants that add a dedicated foot switch to engage the overdrive section independently, still allowing you to shape the tone of the bypassed signal so you can use either as a clean preamp. The Master volume controls the overall unit level, plus a three-way toggle switch gives even more control for each mid-range section. The latest Ultra versions add a dedicated headphone output and balanced direct output with switchable digital impulse-response cabinet emulation. This can be loaded and changed via USB with the free Darkglass suite software, making the pedals perfect for both studio and live use and takes your direct sound to a whole new level.

With the new Microtubes Xand Microtubes X7multiband pedals, Darkglass once again have reinvented bass distortion, which has always been a very challenging engineering endeavour, by developing unique solutions to the issue, but all in a compact format and just right for a pedalboard or any bass rig.

In order to achieve an even more punchy and aggressive distortion, that is also full and fat-sounding, you really need to balance two contradicting conditions. The tightness comes from attenuating bass frequencies before saturation, which will also result in a very thin signal, however boosting the lows can also result in additional, unwanted fuzz. To solve this paradox, audio engineers have been using multiband distortions in the studio for many years.

In the X series, the audio is split by two variable low-pass and high-pass filters at the very start of the signal chain. The high-pass signal (mostly the mid and treble tones) is distorted using CMOS circuitry, just like the other Microtubes pedal circuits. While the low pass-signal (all bass) is passed through. This lets the high frequencies be all crunch, attack and full of rich harmonics, while mixing back in the undistorted lows to add gargantuan size to the overall mix. The result is virtually unlimited fullness, size, aggression and definition, regardless of how old the strings are or even if the instrument is just boomy or thin sounding.

Whatever your taste or tone goals, the Darkglass Microtubes series are universal tone-crafting machines.

Alpha · Omega Series

The Beginning & The End

Besides being a great composer, producer and bassist, Jon Stockman from Australian rock band Karnivool, is well known at crafting some of the most devastating bass tones in the world. Darkglass got together with Jon in their Helsinki headquarters in 2015 and after endless tweaking and tens of prototypes, were finally proud to announce the brand’s first co-designed creation at NAMM 2017 – Alpha · Omega.

This pedal differed greatly from Darkglass’ previous Microtubes designs and two distinct and brand-new distortion engines were developed from the ground up specifically for it. Alpha is punchy, tight with a lot of definition, whereas Omega is just brutal and raw. The distortion is fully operational-amplifier based and the two distinct drive circuits can be selected or blended using the Mod knob. This unusual control, in conjunction the on-board 3 active band equalizer and toggle switches (to control the amount of bass (Growl) and high-mids (Bite) being saturated) makes for an incredibly versatile box of tricks to develop your own tone.

The Alpha•Omega Ultra takes this concept up a notch to the next level and beyond! By adding a six-band active graphic EQ, dedicated headphone output and a balanced direct output with switchable digital impulse-response cabinet emulation (which can be loaded and changed via USB with the free Darkglass suite software) all helps inmaking the pedal an incredibly complete tool for the modern bass player, live or in the studio.

While Alpha • Omicron delivers the same harmonically rich, varied textures that its bigger brothers can, but for those who just need the double distortion engine (Alpha and Omega) you can add this to your own rig, yet all at a fraction of the size and cost.

Whichever model fits your needs, the Alpha · Omega series are some of the most flexible pedals among Darkglass’ renowned designs.

Duality – Dual Fuzz Engine

The Siamese Twins

The Duality is a unique fuzz pedal. It contains two incredibly powerful dual discrete fuzz circuits – a heavily gated saw-tooth wave and a raunchy and tight high-gain sound.

These two circuits can be mixed together with the aptly named Duality control. This yields a vast selection of distinct sonic textures with the turn of a single knob.

This pedal works just as well for guitar as it does for bass, which makes it a great choice for players that just need some level of hard-core fuzz in their rig.

“What I like about my Duality Fuzz pedal is the sound of fresh hard Funk squirting out like a Smooth operator! Get your grind on & become a Smooth Operator while playing rough & getting yr hard on! Funk Away, Bootsy baby!!!”
Bootsy Collins

“My Darkglass pedals have so much character, I’ve been using the Duality with ‘The Dark Sinatras’ for the recent album ‘Happy Families’ and getting an awesome Hammond-like-phat-fuzz-tone. I love the ability to blend the different styles of fuzz on the Duality”
Paul Turner (Jamiroquai)

Hyper Luminal · Hybrid Compressor

A new era in hybrid compression

Darkglass’ original and highly acclaimed Super Symmetry compressor pedal offered all the transparency and precision of a modern compressor, with the desirability of old classic designs and their inherent envelope effects. Sadly, due to component shortages, it has now had to be discontinued. However, Darkglass Electronics never sits still and the company has made it their mission to combine their analog expertise and signature sound with cutting-edge, digital technologies. Not to replace, but to enhance the sonic possibilities and intuitiveness of the next generation of Darkglass products.

The Hyper Luminal · Hybrid Compressor embodies this like no other pedal in the industry. By digitally modelling the side-chain circuits in some of the most legendary compressors in history, including their own, they were able to capture their essence and characteristic behaviour, all while keeping the completely pure and authentic analog signal path that Darkglass Electronics is rightly famous for.

Designed for both studio and live use, Hyper Luminal · Hybrid Compressor takes compression to a whole new (smoothed out) level.

Main Features

  • Hybrid Analog/Digital Compression
  • Pure Analog Signal Path with internal doubling of supply voltage to 18V for increased headroom
  • Blend control
  • Touch-Through metal sensors
  • 3 built in yet distinct modes of advanced modelled compression
  • Connect to your PC/Mac to edit and load more models via Micro-USB and free ‘Darkglass Suite’ software

Microtubes 900 v2 – Alpha·Omega 900

Be Heard

In 2016, Darkglass Electronics released their very first bass amplifier, the award winning Microtubes 900. An uncompromising model, incredibly versatile and unapologetically loud, its features and design embodied the Darkglass ethos like none of the brand’s previous products. Now with the launch of the Microtubes 900 v2 and Alpha·Omega 900, Darkglass take their next steps in their bass amplification evolution.

Microtubes 900 v2 features both of Darkglass’ celebrated Microtubes engines. From the powerful dynamic saturation circuit from the B3K, to the classic overdriven tone from the Vintage Microtubes, clean, classic and metal tones are only a step away. While the Alpha·Omega 900 takes the drive circuit to a new dimension. Alpha is punchy, tight with a lot of definition, whereas Omega is simply brutal and raw, to make a monstrous 900-watt amplifier with earth-shattering tone.

Either of Darkglass’ signature drive engines add incredible girth and size to the overdriven signal, but the studio-grade VCA compressor adds an extra layer of control and the ultra-quiet 6-band graphic equalizer can help sculpt the tone from aggressive and overdriven, to crystal clear clean. Whatever your tone needs may be, both models feature all the options the modern, professional bassist needs in a compact, sleek and powerful format.

However, that’s not all. The MIDI programmability and impulse response cabinet simulation, with up to three different storable virtual cabinets, make the Microtubes 900 v2 and Alpha·Omega 900 not only most complete amplifiers for the touring musician, but combined with the auxiliary input and headphone output, the ideal tools for silent practicing too.

The included and matching Intelligent Footswitch is an intuitive yet versatile accessory with both models. One tap will engage and disengage either the Microtubes or Alpha·Omega engines, while holding for 3 seconds will Mute the amplifier.

However, the optional Super Intelligent Footswitch is the perfect match to allow for easy access to the wide tonal options each amplifier offers – all are just now a stomp away.

Both footswitches are connected to the head via nothing more than a standard 1/4″ cable and are powered by a microcontroller that sends commands to the head, using a proprietary communication protocol. No special cables are required, especially handy if you loose one at a gig!

Main Features

  • 900 W RMS Class D Power Output
  • Selectable anlog drive circuits: B3K and VMT (Microtubes 900 v2) or Alpha and Omega (Alpha·Omega 900)
  • Dual 1⁄4”/Speakon jacks
  • Dual XLR Out – Pre AND Post
  • Built-in Adjustable studio-grade VCA compression
  • Auxiliary In and Headphone Jack with separate volume control
  • Memory for 3 Impulse response via the Cab Select switch
  • MIDI for remote switching, configurable with the Darkglass Suite
  • USB connector to load IRs, MIDI learning and more
  • Ultra-quiet 6-band graphic EQ
  • 8/4/2 Ohm load compatible
  • Supplied with matching Intelligent Footswitch (Super Intelligent Footswitch sold separately)

Microtubes 500

Massive Tone For The Masses

It’s been an extraordinary year since the launch of the Microtubes 900 in 2016.

Darkglass Electronics’ goal for this very first amp was to develop a unique bass amplifier with no compromises – distinctive sonic characteristics, unparalleled flexibility, ludicrously powerful and a beautiful design. The strategy was to have a high performance, high value creation that bassists around the world could desire and aspire to own.

The bass amplifier world is the most established segment in the industry. So it was an audacious step for the company the compete by launching an amp, all while maintaining the characteristics that have made Darkglass Electronics a renowned brand around the world. Most thought the Microtubes 900 was the culmination of a master plan, when in reality it was only the first step. Thousands of units later, plus some tricks learned and Darkglass is ready for step two – bringing the same tone, flexibility, design plus a few new features to the masses.

It’s our pleasure to introduce the Microtubes 500.

At 500 Watts RMS and in a more compact and lighter format, the Microtubes 500 is a more affordable option for bass players that don’t require the sheer power the Microtubes 900 offers, all while maintaining the same tone, flexibility and quality design of its predecessor.

Main Features

  • Dual Microtubes Engine: powered by B3K and VMT
  • Clean, B3K and VMT channels can be selected from front panel or by optional footswitch
  • Gain and Master controls for the Clean channel
  • 4 Band Active Equalizer
  • Two-way Mid Frequency switches for Lo and Hi Mid controls
  • XLR Direct Output (pre/post preamp, but unaffected by Master Volume)
  • Effects Loop (unaffected by master volume)
  • Headphone Output for silent practice (6.35mm)
  • Speakon/Combo-Jack speaker connections
  • 500W RMS@ 4Ω (min load)

DG-210C & DG-410C

Bass Cabinets

Cabinets are probably the most underrated link in a musician’s signal chain. Players obsess relentlessly about instruments, pedals and amplifiers, not realising that without speakers, all of these elements merely generate or process electric signals.

Music though is heard and felt, not just measured. It is made of sound and speakers are what transform electric signals into that sound.

The Darkglass Electronics tone is distinctive and unique and is the foundation the brand’s reputation is built upon. So, Darkglass could simply not continue disrupting the bass guitar market without addressing the most essential part of the signal chain – speaker cabinets.

More than just a perfect match for the award winning M900 and brand new M500 bass amplifiers, Darkglass cabinets are loaded with 10” custom made Eminence drivers and a proprietary crossover circuit designed to enhance distortion excited-harmonics in a unique and pleasant way.

The DG-210C and DG-410C cabinets are the complete answer to a market in dire need of a new player to shake things up.

DG-410C Main Features

  • 4×10 loaded with Custom 10” Eminence ceramic speakers
  • Ferrite Magnet HF Horn
  • Dual Parallel Speakon Combo Connectors
  • Custom Passive Crossover (@ 3.5 kHz)
  • HF-Control (L-Pad)
  • Baltic Birch construction
  • Modern look, with extra high quality ‘Tolex’ style finish and removable cloth grill
  • 4 Ω Impedance
  • 1000W RMS Power Handling
  • Sensitivity – 100dB 1w@1M

DG-210C Main Features

  • 2×10 loaded with Custom 10” Eminence ceramic speakers
  • Ferrite Magnet HF Horn
  • Dual Parallel Speakon Combo Connectors
  • Custom Passive Crossover (@ 3.5 kHz)
  • HF-Control (L-Pad)
  • Baltic Birch construction
  • Modern look, with extra high quality ‘Tolex’ style finish and removable cloth grill
  • 8 Ω Impedance
  • 500W RMS Power Handling
  • Sensitivity – 97dB 1w@1M

Audio Distribution Group is proud to be to be responsible for distribution in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Denmark for Darkglass Electronics.