Darkglass Vintage Microtubes Deluxe
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- Level: Sets the volume of the overdriven signal.
- Drive: Sets the amount of saturation in the overdriven signal.
- Blend: Mixes the clean input signal with the overdriven signal. The clean signal remains at unity gain while the volume of the overdriven signal is set by the Level knob, allowing for fine control of the blend ratio.
- Era: Interacts with the Drive knob to shape the character of the pedal. Dial it down to get the warm midrange tones of the 70s or crank it up to get the punchy metallic tones of 80s and 90s rock.
- Direct Output: A balanced version of the ¼â€ output, useful for running into PAâ€s or studio mixing consoles. The Direct Output also includes a ground lift switch â€“ this should be pushed in (grounded) in most scenarios.
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Natural and organic sounding bass overdrive.
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The drive knob dails in the amount of distortion (or dirt), no other distortion parameters are available. What your looking at is a one knob wonder. The drive rolls on slowly with no unpredictable spikes, even at maximum drive the sound is not out of control or super saturated. The treble side of the bass is distorted at the lighter setting; as the knob is turned up the bass side of the instrument is also affected. The more the distortion is turned up, the more low end definition is lost. This is where the bottom row of knobs come into play.
The era knob is essentially a sweeping tone control going from dark too bright. The EQ controls can help dial in what was lost in tone sucking distortion, or create a new sonic expression to the bass (EQ is only boost, no cut feature). The EQ sounds good. I did not check out the DI.
Is the DG Vintage Deluxe worth the big buck price? That really depends on who's using it, with what equipment, and how inspired they are. Blend, EQ, DI, noise free output, quality construction, the pedal scores high in these areas. However, I want to be able to tweak multiple distortion parameters to feel completely satisfied. Furthermore, I want the pedal to be versatile enough to be effectively utilized for guitar, and keyboards. No small order to love up.