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Darkglass Electronics

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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, while Alpha·Omega and the recently released Alpha•Omicron pedals 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 Super Symmetry compressor. Each pedal has successfully accomplished its design goal, offering top-notch tube emulation, dynamic and expressive fuzz, and transparent compression.

However it is the Microtubes 900 class-D bass amp that really turned the world of bass on its head in 2016 with its sleek design, innovative features and supreme sound. While the very latest Microtubes 500 amplifier brings 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 model. Rounding up the amplification range are two new 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 designs that now constitute the cornerstone of the Darkglass range.

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 Microtubes drive pedals are also available in Ultra variants. This adds 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.

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

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)

Super Symmetry 115 GeV Compressor

The Universe is the Limit

An essential tool for any bassist, compression helps even out the sound and gives you a set space to sit in the mix. So, no matter what the rest of the band is doing, you can really hold down the low end.

The Super Symmetry is a VCA-based compressor with a parallel-compression topology that offers all the transparency and precision of a modern compressor, with the twist that its inherent envelope effect is reminiscent of old school compressors.

Unlike many compressors that output only the compressed audio when engaged, the Super Symmetry offers parallel compression, governed with its blend control. This allows a player to mix the compressed and uncompressed signals so as to tame dynamics while not overly squashing transients. It also makes it easier to achieve unity (equal) gain with the bypassed signal, as the blended signal can make the natural gain reduction that’s a by-product of compression less pronounced.

Super Symmetry combines the best of both vintage and modern compressors with a really transparent tone that lets the sound of your bass come through while still adding on a bit of vintage character via the attack and response of the pedal.

Alpha · Omega

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 differs greatly from Darkglass’ previous preamplifiers and overdrives. For this product, Darkglass designed two distinct distortion engines from the ground up called Alpha and Omega. Alpha is punchy, tight with a lot of definition, whereas Omega is just brutal and raw. Additionally, toggle switches were added to control the amount of bass (Growl) and high-mids (Bite) being saturated.

The pedal is fully operational-amplifier based and the two distinct distortion circuits (Alpha and Omega) can be selected or blended using the Mod knob. This unusual control, in conjunction with those toggle switches and the on-board 3 active band equalizer, makes Alpha · Omega the most flexible pedal among the Darkglass renowned designs.

Alpha • Omicron

Beautifully Brutal

Since the pedal’s launch at NAMM 2017 and with its distinct design, unparalleled versatility and shear display of brutality, the Alpha • Omega has relentlessly carved a path to becoming the new standard for bass players in need of a pre-amplifier to be apologetically heard in any musical context.

However, with the Alpha • Omega’s popularity and momentum, Darkglass decided it was time for an uncompromising option to those in search of the same bone-crushing sound and flexibility, but in a smaller, more affordable format. Now Darkglass is proud to introduce the new Alpha • Omicron.

Featuring the double distortion engine (Alpha and Omega), this latest creation from Darkglass Electronics can deliver the same harmonically rich, varied textures that its bigger brother can, but all at a fraction of the size and cost for those who don’t need a built in DI and active EQ sections.

Microtubes 900

Be Heard

The award-winning Microtubes 900, the first amplifier from Darkglass, features an all-analog preamp plus a Class D Power Module that delivers a monstrous bass tone. From clean and sparkly, to huge and dirty and with up to 900w of class D power, you can be sure that you will fill any room/stadium, all in a small and lightweight package that can fit into a normal sized rucksack. Although it has to be said, just like all Darkglass creations, the optional gig bag is a thing of beauty too!

The first thing you will notice from the Microtubes 900 is its slightly unusual control layout.

On the right, you’ll find the clean section which is the foundation of your tone.
It features Gain and Master controls an active 4 band EQ. Along with Low and Treble controls you will find Low Mids and Hi Mids control, each knob with their own 3-way frequency switch.

On the left, Darkglass have added both varieties of their famed Microtubes engine with 2 different voices, each will suit different players and styles. The VMT setting will give you more harmonic warmth and a more vintage tone, while the B3K will take you into hard rock and metal territory. Microtubes acts as an extra channel, that can bring your clean tone to the next level by helping you cut through the mix, all while adding anything from subtle tube break up, harmonics and natural compression to obliterating distortion.

The included Intelligent Footswitch is an intuitive yet versatile accessory. One tap will engage and disengage the Microtubes Engine, 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 the amplifier offers: Clean channel, Vintage Microtubes and Microtubes B3K overdrives and Mute 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 required, especially handy if you loose one at a gig!

Darkglass equipped the power module with some unique control over the power output and minimum speaker loads. The standard mode will deliver 900W RMS with 4Ω loads or 500W at 8 Ω. If you select the 2 Ω Mode via the rear panel switch, the amplifier will deliver 900W at 2 Ω , 500W at 4 Ω and 350W at 8 Ω. So, no matter what speaker or cab combination, the Microtubes 900 will deliver the goods night after night!

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

  • 4x10 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

  • 2x10 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.

(in France distribution is managed by our alliance partner Filling Distribution)