Darkglass Microtubes 500 bass amp

Darkglass Microtubes 500

$ 710.15excl. VAT

Microtubes 500

The Darkglass Microtubes 500 is a 500W amplifier equipped with an all analog solid state preamplifier and a Class D Power Module.

On the top row, you will find the clean section which is the foundation of your tone. It features a Gain control and an active 4 band EQ: along with Low and Treble controls, you will find Low Mids and Hi Mids controls, each knob with their own 2-way frequency switch.

On the bottom row, you will find the Microtubes Engine®, an extra channel that will bring your clean tone to the next level by helping you cut through the mix while adding anything from subtle, tube-like, harmonics and natural compression to obliterating distortion.

Specs

Power and Ohm

Maximum Power Output
500 Watts RMS @ 4Ω (750 Peak) The Microtubes 500 can deliver up to 750 Watts of output power for a short period of time. Be sure that your speaker cabinet is rated to handle the power.
Minimum Load Impedance

Controls

Gain
Changes the volume of the signal the Active 4 Band EQ. You can set it low prior to ensuring the cleanest operation possible or set it higher for more aggressive growl.
Drive
Controls the amount of distortion that the Microtubes Engine will deliver. It will change from a soft warm overdrive to a massive modern distorted tone.
Tone
Controls the high harmonic content of the Microtubes Engine via a variable low pass filter: crank it up for additional attack and definition or dim it down for a smoother sound. This is handy if running bright clean EQ settings or cabinets with tweeters.
Level
Controls the Microtubes Engine’s output volume.
Master
Controls the overall volume of the amplifier.

Eq

Bass
+-12dB at 80Hz. Changes the low content of the signal.
Low Mids
+-12dB of the selected frequency via the LOW MIDS ƒ switch (described below). Changes the lower mid content of the signal.
Hi Mids
+-12dB of the selected frequency via the HI MIDS ƒ switch (described below). Changes the higher mid content of the signal.
Treble
+-12dB at 5kHz. Changes the high content of the signal.

Toggle switches

Passive/Active
Switch from passive to active mode. Some active basses can have a hotter signal output which can make the amp distort early (feel free to use it on Passive move even with active basses if such additional distortion is desired).
Microtubes
Turns on or off the Microtubes Engine to add natural compression, organic harmonic enhancement, and saturation ranging from mild overdrive to high gain bass rage. The Microtubes Engine operates before the clean section (you can therefore use the 4 Band Active EQ for additional tone shaping in addition to the Tone knob
B3K/VMT
Selects between two overdrive voicings: B3K mode will deliver an aggressive, percussive sound while the VMT will bring up the mids for a warmer, more neutral character.
Low Mids ƒ
Use this switch to change the frequency of the low mid band from 250Hz, 500Hz
Hi Mids ƒ
Use this switch to change the frequency of the hi mid band from 1.5kHz and 3kHZ.
Mute
Mutes the amplifier.
Post-Pre
Selects what signal will be delivered by the DI output. Selecting PRE, sends a clean copy of your input bass signal. Selecting POST delivers a signal processed by the preamp of the amp (gain, distortion, eq, master, etc.)
Ground Lift
Lifts the ground of the DI XLR output. If a ground noise in you DI signal is experienced, try changing the setting of this control.

Outputs

Speaker out
Connects the amplifier to your cabinet. This Speakon combo jack allows for either Speakon or ¼” speaker cable operation. *WARNING: Do not use an instrument cable with this jack. Using an instrument cable can damage your amplifier.
Pre Amp Out
This output connects the preamp to a different power amp.
Balanced Output
Connects the Microtubes 500™ preamplifier to balanced equipment (mic preamp, console, recorder, compressor, audio interface, etc.) via a standard XLR jack.

Mechanics

Dimension
26.7cm l x 7cm h 25.5 w (10.5”l x 2.75”h x 10”w)
Weight
2.9Kg (6.39Lbs)

Input

Headphone
Headphones with 1⁄4” plug connector can be connected to this jack. For quiet operation remove any speaker cabinet connected to the amplifier, as connecting the headphones does not disable the speaker output

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