Darkglass Electronics Vintage Ultra Preamp Pedal for Electric Bass

Darkglass Electronics Vintage Ultra Preamp Pedal for Electric Bass

Darkglass Electronics Vintage Ultra Preamp Pedal for Electric Bass

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Darkglass Electronics Vintage Ultra Preamp Pedal for Electric Bass

Darkglass Electronics Vintage Ultra Preamp Pedal for Electric Bass

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  • Preamp with Overdrive for Electric Bass
  • Independent Overdrive with Footswitch
  • Level Knobs for Overdrive and Master
  • Bass & Treble Controls
  • Lo Mids/Hi Mids with Frequency Selector
  • XLR Output for PAs & Recording Devices
  • Attack Switch Shapes Treble in Overdrive
  • Grunt Switch Shapes Low End in Overdrive
  • Overdrive Footswitch & Buffered Bypass
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  • 1Description
The Vintage Ultra from Darkglass Electronics is a preamp intended for use with electric bass and featuring much in the way of tonal options, both in EQ and in overdrive. It sports knobs to boost/attenuate low end and treble, as well as two midrange controls with three-way selectable center frequency controls.

The preamp also features an overdrive circuit which allows you many distortion options; in addition to level and drive knobs, the Vintage Ultra provides two switches for producing tonal variations within your distorted sound: A three-way Attack switch dictates how the high end will impact the overdriven signal, which a three-way Grunt switch accomplishes much the same effect for the bass frequencies.

The preamp has been fashioned as a pedal, affording you separate footswitches for the drive section and for bypass (buffered to protect against tonal degradation due to long/faulty cable leads). In addition to its 1/4" instrument I/O, the Vintage Ultra provides an XLR DI out useful for PA systems, recording devices, and more. The pedal is not powered by batteries, and requires a separately available 9V power supply for operation.

Controls at a Glance

Bass
This knob provides a boost or an attenuation of 12 dB at 100 Hz.
Lo Mids
This knob provides a boost or a cut of up to 12 dB. The center frequency can be toggled to 250, 500, or 1000 Hz, depending on the position of the selector switch.
Hi Mids
This knob provides a boost or a cut of up to 12 dB. The center frequency can be toggled to 750 Hz, 1.5 kHz, or 3 kHz, depending on the position of the selector switch.
Treble
This knob provides a boost or an attenuation of 12 dB at 5 kHz.
Drive
This knob sets the amount of saturation in the overdriven signal.
Attack Switch
This control selects how your treble frequencies will be effected by harmonic distortion upon instantiating the overdriven signal. The "Boost" setting emphasizes the treble content, thus providing clarity and presence. The "Flat" position leaves this register untouched, while the "Cut" position reduces the amount of high-frequency content being saturated.
Grunt Switch
As with the attack switch, this control selects how frequency content will be effected by the overdrive channel, though in this case it's the low end. You can choose between three different bass boost levels before the clipping stage.
Level
This knob sets the volume of the overdriven signal.
Master
Whereas the Level knob controls the output of the overdrive section, the Master knob adjusts the overall volume of the unit. This is suitable for fine tuning the output on clean mode, and also serves as a level control for the DI output.
Distortion Footswitch
This control engages the overdrive section of the pedal.
Buffered Bypass Footswitch
The buffered bypass won't only preserve your instrument's natural timbre—it also aims to correct any possible tonal problems caused by faulty/long leads.
In the Box
Darkglass Electronics Vintage Ultra Preamp Pedal for Electric Bass
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Controls and Indicators Master knob
    Blend knob
    Level knob
    Drive knob
    Bass knob
    Lo Mids knob
    Hi Mids knob
    Treble knob
    Attack switch
    Grunt switch
    Lo Mids center frequency switch
    Hi Mids center frequency switch
    Distortion footswitch
    Buffered-Bypass footswitch
    Ground Lift switch
    Connections 1 x 1/4" instrument input
    1 x 1/4" instrument output
    1 x XLR male direct output
    Current Draw 30 mA
    Power Supply Regulated 9 VDC adapter with center negative plug (available separately)
    Dimensions 4.2 x 4.7" / 10.7 x 12.0 cm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer

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