Darkglass Electronics launch Microtubes X and Microtubes X7 – Multiband Bass Drive

Oct 1, 2018 | Bass Products, News

Darkglass Electronics is launching two brand new pedals , the Microtubes X and Microtubes X7 today.

Microtubes X and Microtubes X7
Multiband Bass Drive

When it comes to bass distortion and overdrive, one brand is absolutely synonymous with providing what many consider the best tones available in the industry. Over the past decade, Darkglass Electronics has released various forms of their Microtubes pedal concept – from metal, classic rock to djent and everything in between, you can find a pedal that suits most players in their Microtubes BKVintage Microtubes and Alpha Omega ranges.

However, distorting bass has always been a very challenging engineering endeavour.

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.

 

 

Microtubes X and Microtubes X7
Multiband Bass Distortion

With the new Microtubes X and Microtubes X7 multiband pedals, Darkglass Electronics once again have reinvented bass distortion and have developed unique solutions to these issues, but all in a compact format and just right for a pedalboard or any bass rig.

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.

Both pedals utilise the same new circuitry, while the Microtubes X7 adds a variable compressor on the low section, plus a 4-band graphic equalizer with perfectly tailored mid controls for maximum flexibility, with unbalanced parallel, affected and XLR direct outputs

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.

Both pedals utilise the same new circuitry, while the Microtubes X7 adds a variable compressor on the low section, plus a 4-band graphic equalizer with perfectly tailored mid controls for maximum flexibility, with unbalanced parallel, affected and XLR direct outputs.

 

Main Features:

  • Unique Multiband bass distortion 
  • Pure Analog Signal Path 
  • Microtubes X – compact pedal format 
  • Microtubes X7 – adds variable LF compressor, 4-band EQ parallel, affected and XLR DI 
  • Made in Finland 

Available: Mid October 2018

 

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