The Exponent 500
We always craved a clean head. A device that is “out of the box” is an amplifier without added effects. Uncomplicated, intuitive, and for each one of us to be able to unveil the layer of sophistication that better serves our projects and skills. The Exponent 500 is a new concept that once connected turns into a multi-effect, with fully programmable and presettable signal chains with all the components a professional bassist requires.
Front Panel Features
Use this jack to connect your instrument via a standard ¼” mono cable.
There are five Quick-Pots on Exponent 500’s front panel (a, b, c, d and e) .
By default, these pots are mapped to the Amp EQ’s four frequency bands and a preset-specific control.
In the Darkglass Suite, you can freely bind the Quick-Pots to your selection of any five controls from the effects in your signal chain.
Use this knob to control the overall volume of the amplifier.
Pressing the preset button changes through presets 1 to 5 and a bypass signal. The current preset is shown with a single LED next to the preset number. When e500 is bypassed, all preset LEDs show a dim white color.
Long-press the preset button to start Bluetooth pairing. All preset LEDs will breathe white while pairing is active.
Pressing the mute button toggles mute on the physical outputs. When e500 is muted, all preset LEDs will illuminate with a dim red color.
21×17.5x6cm / Weight: 1,65kg
· No user-serviceable parts inside the amplifier. Do not open the amp.
· Never use the amp at a high moisture environment or near liquids.
· The Exponent 500 can deliver more than 115 dB of power. Exposure to this level of sound can damage your hearing. Use proper hearing protection if you will be exposed.
· The Exponent 500 can deliver more than 500 Watts. Be sure that your speaker cabinet is able to deliver that power.
· Do not cover the vent holes. The Fan and vent holes are part of the cooling system of the amp. Covering the vent holes can damage the power amp by overheating it.
· Don’t use an instrument cable as speaker cable. An instrument cable is not designed to deliver the type of power signals sent from the amplifier to the speaker.
Exponent 500 comes preloaded with five versatile factory presets. Using e500 with the Darkglass Suite isn’t necessary, but we recommend it!
Darkglass Suite unlocks the full potential of Exponent 500 by providing an interface to interact and modify the signal chain running on each preset.
Use the iOS or Android versions of the Darkglass Suite to create, edit, share, and apply presets. Please make sure your Darkglass Suite version is 4.3.0 or newer!
Back Panel Features
Use this connector to connect the amplifier to your cabinet. The SpeakON Combo jack allows for SpeakON or ¼” speaker cable operation. The minimum load impedance is 4 Ω. Exponent 500 can be operated without a cabinet.
WARNING: Do not use an instrument cable with this jack. Using an instrument cable can damage your amplifier.
Use this output to send the signal to your outboard gear.
Use this input for the signal from your outboard gear.
The 1/4″ stereo headphone output handles headphones with an impedance of 16 – 600 ohms. Connect your headphones and control the output level with the master volume. The headphone output has an output impedance of <1 Ω and a maximum output level of 13.3 dBu (3.6 Vrms).
XLR direct output
Direct output signal unaffected by master volume. The maximum output level before clipping is 2.2 dBu (1 Vrms).
Use this control to lift the ground of the XLR output. If you are experiencing ground noise in your DI signal, try changing this control.
Standard DIN connector. Use the 7-pin MIDI connector only with the Darkglass MIDI footswitch, and use a 5-pin connector with other MIDI equipment.
The USB-C port unlocks Exponent 500’s USB audio interface capabilities and allows for software updates via the Darkglass Suite. USB MIDI In/Out is also supported.
Connect mains power to the amplifier. There is a voltage selector for 100-120 / 200-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz.
We struggled to imagine music’s future. Resting uncertain of
what it will carry, but always enthusiastic about the endless
potentials, and yet…we think of it as far from now.
Our ability and the big privilege to deploy a solution that will serve
justice to what we consider great music gear was unthought of.
Because in the end, our goal is mostly about accepting a
challenge and being inspired by it.
We always craved a clean head. A device that is “out of the box”
is an amplifier without added effects. Uncomplicated, intuitive,
and for each one of us to be able to unveil the layer of
sophistication that better serves our projects and skills. The
Exponent is a new concept we call Powered Platform: once
connected turns into a multi-effect, with fully programmable and
presettable signal chains with all the components a professional
We have been working on this machine for more than 2 years and
it is the perfect outcome of every trick we learned from our
humble beginnings. From all stance: Mechanically, electronically,
and with an ever-growing DSP library that has compressors,
distortions, modulation, preamps, Impulse Responses and more.
With its audio interface capabilities and 500W of loud, ultra-clean
power, the Exponent is an extremely capable solution for every
context, all packed in a gorgeous, compact and light housing for