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Darkglass Microtubes 500 Review

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An in depth look at the Darkglass Microtubes 500

Playing on my trusty La Bella Olinto bass to demonstrate the DG 500’s capabilities.

Doug Koeppen Shares…

The new Microtubes 500 from Darkglass Electronics is a class D amplifier for bass supplying 500 watts of power into 4 ohm speaker cabinets.

There’s plenty of power for most gigging situations and the all-analog solid state preamp is clean, warm, and punchy. This amp just sounds good.

The preamp has the usual controls to dial in clean and solid bass tone: Gain, Master Volume, Bass, High and Low Mids, and Treble. There’s also a button to choose Passive or Active mode to get the best sound from whatever bass you’re using.

In addition, the Microtubes 500 includes the Microtubes engine which means that two well-known Darkglass Electronics distortion pedals are essentially included in the amp.

You can choose the classic VMT (Vintage Microtubes) sound for warm, vintage, tube-like distortion or B3K for a more defined distortion with a modern edge. Choose the effect you want and adjust the sound to your preference from the bottom row of knobs on the amp. A proprietary footswitch (sold separately) activates the VMT and B3K effects for smooth transitions between your clean and distortion sounds.

At under 4 pounds, this compact little amp is light and portable.

And the housing is a very solid aluminum box that looks like it can take some abuse from gigging musicians. We used this amp as a DI in a live setting and also gigged it through an Aguilar 2×12” cab and loved what we heard.

We really enjoyed gigging and reviewing this amp.

It is solid, light, portable, and sounds great with both clean and distortion settings. The Microtubes 500 sounded great with the preamp settings flat, but there’s plenty of control on this amp to dial in an optimal sound in any environment. Also, the DI sounds really good live, so if you show up to play and decide to go through the PA instead of your bass cabs, you’ll be good to go.

Darkglass Microtubes 500 Available Online

For more information about the Darkglass Microtubes 500, visit darkglass.com.

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

Photo, Laura Baker

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Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary – June 2024

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Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary - June 2024

Will Turpin, Celebrating Collective Souls 30th Anniversary – June 2024…

Will Turpin - Bass Musician Magazine - June 2024

I am sure many of you will remember my chat with Will Turpin in 2018 when he released his solo album Serengeti Drivers.

We had a chance to get together again as his band, Collective Soul, is celebrating their 30th anniversary and releasing their new album “Here to Eternity”.

Join me as we get caught up on the new album and all of Collective Soul’s projects, the details about his very own Real To Reel Studios, how Will gets his sound, and all the cool plans and projects going on soon.

Here is Will Turpin!

Photos: Cover, Derek Alldritt | Video Photos, Derek Alldritt, Lee Clower, Brian Collins

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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