Darkglass ADAM

Darkglass ADAM


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ADAM (Aggressively Distorting Advanced Machine)

The Aggressively Distorting Advanced Machine is the result of a collaboration with one of the most celebrated artists in today’s scene – Adam “Nolly” Getgood. This pedal captures Nolly’s entire tonal arsenal meticulously refined by years of in-depth testing and experience in one striking enclosure.

ADAM has three fully programmable rotating footswitch presets. Each of these stores your unique blend of compression, distortion, impulse responses, EQ parameters, and signal chain settings. Featuring a unique and innovative top-notch precision touch slider interface, for its 6-band programmable EQ.

It also incorporates a USB-C audio interface and balanced stereo outputs for studio monitors and is equipped with an extra accurate chromatic tuner, that also works well with down-tuned guitars and basses.

MIDI specification for ADAM

With ADAM’s MIDI input, you can change between your saved presets and update the smart potentiometers, touch sliders, and encoders.

To change the parameters of ADAM, you must send MIDI control change messages. These are mapped to ADAM’s parameters as follows:

0 to 4: Smart potentiometers from Compression to Level, left-to-right
5 to 10: Touch-sensitive sliders, left-to-right
11 to 13: Encoder rotation setting, left-to-right

The value of the control change message (0 to 127) is mapped across each of these controls.

For example, a control change 3 message with value 64 would set the Blend potentiometer halfway, and a control change 10 message with value 0 would move the high shelf EQ band to -12 dB.

ADAM back

Audio routing specification for ADAM

USB routing
ADAM supports 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz sampling rates.

USB output (to ADAM)
Output 1: Balanced left + Headphone left
Output 2: Balanced right + Headphone right
Output 3: Balanced left
Output 4: Balanced right
Output 5: XLR DI (mono)

Both Mac and PC send system audio to outputs 1 and 2 by default, so you can always use ADAM’s stereo output of choice without having to set up any extra routing. The level of these outputs is controlled by the small volume potentiometer at the top of ADAM. The other outputs have no volume control on ADAM.

USB input (from ADAM)
Input 1: Processed signal (unprocessed signal if bypassed)
Input 2: Unprocessed raw signal
Input 3: Aux left + Bluetooth left
Input 4: Aux right + Bluetooth right

Audio routing
When ADAM is not bypassed, the Level potentiometer always controls the volume of your instrument input at all four outputs.

Your instrument, Aux input, and Bluetooth audio is routed to the headphone and balanced outputs. The media volume at these outputs can be controlled with the small potentiometer at the top of ADAM.




Controls the amount of input gain to the compressor and intelligently applies the correct amount of makeup gain so that your signal is always driven at the appropriate level, no matter how much compression is applied.
Adds distortion and drive to your signal. Crank this knob to apply Nolly’s favorite vintage distortion to the distorted part of the signal chain.
Changes the tone of the distortion, adding brightness to the distortion signal.
Mixes between the distortion signal and the clean sidechain signal
Controls the master volume of ADAM
Touch Sensitive Sliders
Each slider has a -12 dB to 12 dB range. From left to right, the frequency bands for each slider correspond to a low shelf, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1.5 kHz, 3 kHz, and a high shelf.

Ground Lift

Ground Lift


This is the primary instrument input on ADAM. Connect your instrument or output from your pedal board to the 1/4” mono jack.
Aux In
The stereo input of ADAM enables the playback of backing tracks while practicing or recording. Connect your mobile phone, laptop etc. to the 1/8” stereo jack.
Headphone Output
The headphone output can handle headphones with an impedance of 16 - 600 ohms. Connect your headphones to the 1/8” stereo jack and set the desired level from the dedicated potentiometer next to the jack.
Balanced Outputs
The two balanced outputs add routing versatility and the option of using ADAM as a fully equipped audio interface.
Direct Output
An XLR output with a ground lift switch provides a reliable standard connection to a mixing desk or an external audio interface for a guaranteed low-noise signal.
A standard 1/8” TRS jack allows connecting an external MIDI controller to ADAM for even more flexibility. The supported adapter is TRS-MIDI Type B.
The USB-C port unlocks ADAM’s USB audio interface capabilities and enables interaction with the Darkglass Suite desktop app, allowing for software updates and access to the Darkglass IR library, containing hundreds of cabinet simulations.


18x12x6 cm Weight 0,7 kg


(9V DC, centre -, ~500 mA current draw)

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