Darkglass Microtubes B7K Ultra V2 AUX Bass Preamp Pedal
The Darglass Microtubes B7K Ultra V2 AUX Modern Tone, Absolute Control
As technology progresses, more and more devices are developed and placed on the market, all stretching the envelope of what's possible. Our main goal at Darkglass Electronics is to push the boundaries of what musicians are able to achieve and to empower a musician's creativity. The upgraded Microtubes B7K Ultra V2 AUX features all the versatility and sonic possibilities of the immensely popular original version but adds a dedicated headphone output, an auxiliary input and balanced direct output with switchable digital impulse-response cabinet emulation.
With the same Darkglass powerful dynamic saturation circuit from the B3K V2 and B7K V2, the Ultra version adds a four-band equalizer and a dedicated foot switch to engage the overdrive section independently. Master volume controls the overall unit level, while a three-way toggle switch gives even more control for each mid-range section.
With a total of 6 different mid frequencies at your disposal, the pedal allows you to create and tailor your tone to perfection. From a crisp, punchy clean preamp to obliterating high gain distortion and everything in between, the Microtubes B7K Ultra V2 AUX is a universal tone crafting machine.
The frequency response from a loaded speaker cabinet is a huge part of the tone of modern music production for achieving big, natural tones out of instruments, as the raw, distorted direct signal from pre-amplifiers and pedals etc. often sound fizzy and lifeless without one. Impulse Response (IR) cabinet emulation has become extremely popular in studio and live production in recent times, to uncompromisingly replicate the benefits of real speakers (sonic-size and presence of a full-rig), without any of the drawbacks: having an acoustically treated room (or very unhappy neighbours due to the volume), carrying bulky cabinets and/or setting up expensive microphones.
As more and more musicians go direct to the board, the need and benefits of incorporating studio-grade cabinet emulation into our top-of-the-line creations was evident. Now you can have an uncompromising, dead simple and ready-to-mix sound with your Microtubes B7k Ultra V2 AUX everywhere you go!
Virtual Cabinet functionality allows you to get a consistent studio-grade setup by incorporating an incredibly accurate representation of your favourite cabinet's character. And since they exist in the digital domain, they can be changed in a matter of seconds via a USB port with the Darkglass Suite.
Available for both PC and Mac, the Darkglass Suite is a free, easy-to-use platform for experimenting with your favourite cabinet configurations. This feature is fully switchable on the Direct Output and always-on for the headphone output, which gives you the chance to practice silently with an indescribably realistic, full-rig sound.
However the latest AUX update adds in an Auxiliary Input, which via the Headphone Output with cab sim, makes the pedal absolutely perfect for practicing. This allows you to connect your PC or mobile device to your pedal to play along with your favourite songs and backing tracks in total silence.
Designed for both studio and live use, Microtubes B7K Ultra V2 AUX will take your direct sound to a whole new level.
- Microtubes dynamic saturation circuit
- Attack and Grunt frequency emphasis switches
- Clean and Distortion type Blend controls
- Separate Bypass and Distortion foot-switches: allows use of Distortion and EQ independently
- 4 Band EQ, 6 selectable mid points
- ± 20dB master volume control
- IR (impulse response) cabinet simulation
- Load different Virtual Cabinets (one at a time)
- Connect to your PC/Mac via Micro-USB
- Free ‘Darkglass Suite’ software
- 3.5mm Headphone output with cabinet simulation
- 3.5mm Auxiliary input
- Balanced XLR output with switchable IR cabinet simulation
- Switchable ground lift Input impedance: 1M Ohm
- Output impedance: 1k Ohm
- Powered by optional 9V PSU (9V DC, centre -, 2.1mm, ~110mA current draw)
After alot of thought I took the plunge into the Darkglass realm and got a B7K ULTRA. And I must admit, This pedal is worth the hype. I didn't fully agree with them marketing it at predominately metal players as this put me off their products at first. I am a metal player but I also play other styles too and when purchasing bass preamps especially, In my opinion, it must be capable of versatility. Now having this unit and being able to explore it's capabilities, I see it is capable of so much more. There are two main things that I love about this pedal. The first one being, the option to have the distortion on or off at the stomp of your shoe. The second, and probably most important, this pedal doesn't over-colour your tone like most other preamps but more adds a naturally enhanced extension of your instruments tone which was a pleasant suprise to me. The cab sim is very useable, I use it mostly for recording. Some of the user presets in the DG suite are fantastic, some are not. Very happy with this pedal and the options that are available to you during use. 5/5