Darkglass Electronics debuts Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor pedal

Darkglass Electronics has unveiled the Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor, which aims to digitally model some of the industry’s foremost side-chain circuits.

Three models are onboard: Bus, modelled after the Solid State Logic Bus Compressor; FET, based on the UA 1176; and Sym, based on Darkglass’s own Super Symmetry, now discontinued.

Intriguingly, Darkglass has also equipped the pedal with touch-through metal sensors to set compression ratio and mode, promising “a very new, intimate and pleasant user experience”. We admit it: we want to touch it.

Other features include a 10-LED gain reduction meter; blend, time, compression and level knobs; and 18V operation from a 9V power supply.

Plus, the free Darkglass Suite for PC/Mac allows users to load any additional models that are added over time.

The Hyper Luminal Hybrid Compressor is available from mid-September for £235. See Darkglass Electronics (opens in new tab) for more info.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).

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