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Hyper Luminal · Hybrid Compressor
A new era in hybrid compression.
At Darkglass Electronics, we have made it our mission to combine our analog expertise and signature sound with cutting-edge, digital technologies. Not to replace, but to enhance the sonic possibilities and intuitiveness of the next generation of Darkglass products.
The Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor embodies this like no other pedal in the industry. By digitally modeling the side-chain circuits in some of the most legendary compressors in history, we were able to capture their essence and characteristic behavior, all while keeping the completely pure and authentic analog signal path that Darkglass is famous for.
The pedal ships with 3 selectable models:
BUS: Modelled after the Solid State Logic® Bus Compressor
FET: Inspired by the legendary UA 1176®.
SYM: Our own Super Symmetry, now discontinued due to component availability, but transcended in the digital realm
But that’s not all! Instead of using mechanical switches (because let's face it, switches are boring), to select the compression Ratio and Mode in the Hyper Luminal Compressor we implemented touch-through-metal sensors.
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.
With the free Darkglass Suite for PC/Mac you can connect the pedal via USB to load additional and upcoming compressor models, set Time settings, and adjust other parameters.
The pedal also features a gorgeous 10-LED gain reduction meter and four knobs:
Blend: Mixes the clean and effected signals
Time: Sets the time constants (Attack and Release). Fine-tuning and mapping can be done through the Darkglass Suite, so you can assign different constants to each model.
Compression: Sets the amount of compression.
Level: Sets the overall output volume of the unit.
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 preamp or line-level signals like synths, etc. will pass through crystal clear.
Designed for both studio and live use, Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor will take your compression to a whole new (smoothed out) level.
• Hybrid Analog/Digital Compression
• Pure Analog signal path
• Blend control
• 3 built-in yet distinct modes of advanced modeled compression
• Connect to your PC/Mac via Micro-USB (B)
• Free ‘Darkglass Suite’ software
provides additional fine control and compression models
• 10-LED gain reduction meter
• Touch-Through metal sensors
• Internal doubling of supply voltage to 18V
allows for extra headroom
• I/O: 6.5mm / ¼” Jack
• Input impedance: 1M Ohm
• Output impedance: 1k Ohm
• Powered by optional 9V PSU
(9V DC, centre -, 2.1mm, ~250mA current draw)