The Darkglass ADAM (Aggressively Distorting Advanced Machine) is a powerful and unique distortion and compression pedal. It combines parallel distortion and multi-band compression, a 6-band EQ, and a cab sim to create a versatile tone shaping pedal.
ADAM's unique distortion engine blends aggressive distortion with multi-band compression for a thick and powerful bass tone. The compression and distortion can be bypassed independently, and both have 5 selectable modes. The selectable cabinet simulation offers 5 on-board IRs, and can be used with the headphone output, XLR DI output, or stereo line outputs.
Darkglass ADAM Multi Distortion Compressor Pedal Features
Blends aggressive distortion with multi-band compression for a thick and powerful tone
Compression and distortion can be bypassed independently
5 selectable cabinet simulations
Can be used with the headphone output, XLR DI output, or stereo line outputs
6-band graphic EQ with the same touch sensitive sliders found on the Element
5 compressor modes
5 distortion modes
Controls the amount of input gain to the compressor and intelligently applies the correct amount of makeup gain so that your signal is always driven at the appropriate level, no matter how much compression is applied.
Adds distortion and drive to your signal. Crank this knob to apply Nolly’s favorite vintage distortion to the distorted part of the signal chain.
Changes the tone of the distortion, adding brightness to the distortion signal.
Mixes between the distortion signal and the clean sidechain signal
Controls the master volume of ADAM.
Touch Sensitive Sliders
Each slider has a -12 dB to 12 dB range. From left to right, the frequency bands for each slider correspond to a low shelf, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1.5 kHz, 3 kHz, and a high shelf.
This is the primary instrument input on ADAM. Connect your instrument or output from your pedal board to the 1/4” mono jack.
The stereo input of ADAM enables the playback of backing tracks while practicing or recording. Connect your mobile phone, laptop etc. to the 1/8” stereo jack.
The headphone output can handle headphones with an impedance of 16 - 600 ohms. Connect your headphones to the 1/8” stereo jack and set the desired level from the dedicated potentiometer next to the jack.
The two balanced outputs add routing versatility and the option of using ADAM as a fully equipped audio interface.
An XLR output with a ground lift switch provides a reliable standard connection to a mixing desk or an external audio interface for a guaranteed low-noise signal.
A standard 1/8” TRS jack allows connecting an external MIDI controller to ADAM for even more flexibility.
The USB-C port unlocks ADAM’s USB audio interface capabilities and enables interaction with the Darkglass Suite desktop app, allowing for software updates and access to the Darkglass IR library, containing hundreds of cabinet simulations.