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The addition of a headphone out and XLR direct out give the Microtubes 500 unbeatable value. Now you can take your stage tone to the practice room or recording studio without hauling your cab. A switchable pre-/post-EQ sends a wet or dry tone out to a live soundboard or recording medium for tonal flexibility.
The Darkglass Microtubes B3K and Vintage Microtubes are two popular bass preamps at Sweetwater. The Microtubes 500 bass has both circuits, footswitchable, built right in — a tremendous value considering the price of these handmade pedals. Engage the B3K for brutality and power or the Vintage Microtubes for that new-meets-old-school rock and metal tone, then blend to taste. Or, for a totally natural tone, bypass them both.
The size:output ratio of the Darkglass Microtubes 500 must be heard to be believed. You get 500 watts of Class D power in an attractive aluminum housing that stows easily in a backpack or gear bag.
Darkglass has really set the bar for modern rock and metal bass tones. The powerful 4-band EQ in the Microtubes 500 quickly and effectively neutralizes the tubby, rubber-band sound of your direct signal and transforms it into something more musical. Switchable frequency centers at 250/500Hz and 1.5/3.0kHz support additional tone tailoring.