Darkglass Electronics launch Hyper Luminal – Hybrid Compressor

Aug 28, 2018 | Bass Products, News

We are pleased to announce Darkglass Electronics has launched a brand new pedal, the Hyper Luminal · Hybrid Compressor, which will be shipping in mid September from Audio Distribution Group.


Hyper Luminal
Hybrid Compressor
A new era in hybrid compression

The highly acclaimed Super Symmetry 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 mission 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.

The pedal ships with 3 selectable models: 

BUS: Modelled after the Solid State Logic® Bus Compressor
FET: Inspired by the legendary UA 1176®.
SYM: Darkglass’ own Super Symmetry, now discontinued due to component availability, but transcended in the digital realm

But that’s not all!

Instead of using mechanical switches (because let’s face it, switches are boring), to select the compression Ratio and Mode in the Hyper Luminal Compressor we implemented touch-through-metal sensors.

These sensors detect when and where the chassis is touched and changes parameters accordingly. This technology not only provides a very new, intimate and pleasant user experience, setting it apart from any other pedal on the market, but it does so while operating with extreme consistency and, unlike mechanical switches, is virtually unbreakable.


With the free Darkglass Suite for PC/Mac you can to connect the pedal via USB to load additional and upcoming compressor models, set Time settings and adjust other parameters.

The pedal also features a gorgeous 10-LED gain reduction meter and four knobs: 

Blend: Mixes the clean and effected signals
Time: Sets the time constants (Attack and Release). 
Fine tuning and mapping can be done through the Darkglass Suite, so you can assign different constants to each model.
Compression: Sets the amount of compression. 
Level: Sets the overall output volume of the unit.

Although the Hyper Luminal runs at 9V, it doubles the operation voltage internally to 18V for extra headroom, so audio from even the most powerful bass preamp or line level signals like synths etc. will pass through crystal clear.

Designed for both studio and live use, Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor will take your compression to a whole new (yet smoothed out!) level.

Main Features:

  • Hybrid Analog/Digital Compression
  • Pure Analog signal path
  • Blend control
  • 3 built in yet distinct modes of advanced modelled compression
  • Connect to your PC/Mac via Micro-USB (B)
  • Free ‘Darkglass Suite’ software
    • provides additional fine control and compression models
  • 10-LED gain reduction meter
  • Touch-Through metal sensors
  • Internal doubling of supply voltage to 18V
    • allows for extra headroom
  •  I/O: 6.5mm / ¼” Jack
  • Input impedance: 1M Ohm
  • Output impedance: 1k Ohm
  • Powered by optional 9V PSU
    • (9V DC, centre -, 2.1mm, ~250mA current draw)

Available: Mid September 2018


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