Darkglass Element Cabsim Headphone Amp

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Darkglass Electronics Compact Headphone Amplifier and USB-C Audio Interface with Impulse Response Cabinet Simulations and Touch-Sensitive Controls

Darkglass Element is a headphone amplifier, a class-compliant multi-channel USB-C audio interface and a host for impulse responses that comes with a bank of 5 cabinet simulations and the ability to add many more through the free Darkglass Suite software. Bluetooth technology lets you listen to backing tracks while playing, rehearsing or studying. Two headphone outputs enable interaction between players and an XLR output lets you connect to a microphone preamp, PA system, etc.

  • Two headphone outputs with independent volume controls
  • Impulse response loading via Bluetooth or USB with free Darkglass Suite software
  • Intuitive touch sensor controls and sleek, easy-to-use interface
  • Bluetooth and 1/8" stereo input for audio playback
  • Up to -30db of attenuation for use with up to 900W amplifiers – either go direct or practice silently
 
detail image of Darkglass Element panel showing top of headphone volume touch slider

Phones
Element has two touch-sensitive volume control sliders, one for each headphone output.

detail image of Darkglass Element panel showing bottom of blend touch slider

Blend
This touch-sensitive slider sets the blend between the main input (Instrument/Amp in) and the backing track (Bluetooth/Aux in) for the headphone out mix.

detail image of Darkglass Element panel showing bottom of blend touch slider
top/right perspective view of Darkglass Element showing USB-C connector

USB
One USB-C port for recording class-compliant USB audio, transferring impulse responses and performing firmware updates.

top/right perspective view of Darkglass Element showing auxiliary input connector

Aux in
You can connect the line/headphone out of your laptop, keyboard, mixer, etc. into the 1/8" aux input.

top/right perspective view of Darkglass Element showing auxiliary input connector
diagram illustrating connections between smartphone, computer and Darkglass Element

Darkglass Suite app (macOS, Windows, iOS, Android)
Darkglass Suite is a free application for desktop and mobile platforms that unlocks extra features on Element, such as two different types of graphic EQs, tube power amp simulations and access to a growing library of high-quality IR cabinet simulations. The desktop version also enables firmware updates and loading your own 3rd party cabinet simulations.

diagram illustrating usage of Darkglass Element as USB audio interface

USB-C audio interface
Record your ideas wherever you are by connecting Element to your Mac or PC (no drivers needed on macOS). The instrument input records on two tracks, one with cabinet simulation and one without any effects. Recording of stereo sources is also possible via the aux in. Independent mixes can be sent to the two headphone outputs from your favorite DAW.

diagram illustrating usage of Darkglass Element as USB audio interface
diagram of Darkglass Element with callouts indicating USB and XLR connections

Connections
One USB-C port for the audio interface feature, transferring impulse responses and firmware updates. XLR output for connecting directly into an external audio interface, PA system, etc.

setup diagram for using Darkglass Element with pedalboard

Element with pedalboard
Connect your instrument to your pedalboard as you normally would and add Element at the end of the signal chain; you can then choose the impulse responses in slots 1-5 or the bypass signal. From here, the signal is passed through to the XLR output and also through the blend and volume controls to the headphone outputs.

setup diagram for using Darkglass Element with pedalboard
setup diagram for using Darkglass Element with amp and speaker cabinet

Element with amp and speaker cabinet
Element does not act as a loadbox. Always make sure your amplifier is connected to a suitable load.

Element is built to work with amplifiers with a maximum output of 900W. For the safest operation, connect Element after your speaker cabinet from your speaker cabinet's parallel output connector; you can then choose the impulse responses in slots 1-5 or the bypass signal. From here, the signal is passed through to the XLR output and also through the blend and volume controls to the headphone outputs.

setup diagram for using Darkglass Element with 100W amp and speaker cabinet

If the amplifier's maximum output is 100W, Element can be connected between the amplifier and the speaker cabinet; you can then choose the impulse responses in slots 1-5 or the bypass signal. From here, the signal is passed through to the XLR output and also through the blend and volume controls to the headphone outputs.

setup diagram for using Darkglass Element with 100W amp and speaker cabinet
setup diagram for using Darkglass Element with Darkglass amp and speaker cabinet

If you're using a Darkglass amplifier with a class D poweramp, you have the option to connect the amplifier straight to Element without using a speaker cabinet or an external load; you can then choose the impulse responses in slots 1-5 or the bypass signal. From here, the signal is passed through to the XLR output and also through the blend and volume controls to the headphone outputs.

More Information
SKU DAR-ELM
MPN ELM
Manufacturer Darkglass Electronics
Condition New
Channels 2
Connectivity USB-C
Audio Inputs 1/4" main input
1/8" stereo aux input
Audio Outputs 1/4" main output
XLR direct output
Effects 5 impulse response cabinet simulations included
Load more simulations using free Darkglass Suite software
Bus Power No
Width 2.95"
Depth 4.37"
Height 1.77"
Product Weight 0.5 lb

Darkglass Electronics Effects Pedal Warranty

Darkglass offers a two-year limited warranty on its pedals. Please use the serial number to register your product at the Darkglass Electronics website for details.

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