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Darkglass announces Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor

Designed for both studio and stage uses, Darkglass’s new Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor promises to combine classic analogue compression in a simple to operate pedal with the prospect of future upgrades.

By digitally modelling the side-chain circuits in some of the most popular compressors from the past, Darkglass says it has been ‘…able to capture their essence and characteristic behaviour, all while keeping the completely pure and authentic analog signal path that Darkglass is famous for’.

The pedal ships with three selectable models: BUS: Modelled after the Solid State Logic Bus Compressor. FET: Inspired by the UA 1176 and SYM: Darkglass’s own Super Symmetry, now discontinued due to component availability, ‘…but transcended in the digital realm,’ Darkglass claims.

An innovation on the pedal is the use of touch-through-metal sensors in place of the familiar mechanical switches. The maker says: ‘These sensors detect when and where the chassis is touched and changes parameters accordingly. This technology not only provides a very new, intimate and pleasant user experience, setting it apart from any other pedal on the market, but it does so while operating with extreme consistency and, unlike mechanical switches, is virtually unbreakable’.

Additionally, the pedal comes with the free Darkglass Suite for PC/Mac allowing users to connect the pedal via USB to load additional and upcoming compressor models, set Time settings and adjust other parameters.

The pedal also features a 10-LED gain reduction meter and four knobs and although the Hyper Luminal runs at 9V, it doubles the operation voltage internally to 18V for extra headroom, so audio from even the most powerful bass pre-amp or line level signals like synths etc. ‘…will pass through crystal clear’.

Available from mid-September, the Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor will have an SRP of £235.


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