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TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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The TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal aims to give you that powerful, super-musical roar of an early Plexi - a sound that will satisfy even the pickiest players out there.From ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal aims to give you that powerful, super-musical roar of an early Plexi - a sound that will satisfy even the pickiest players out there.

From cleans with an attitude and warm bluesy tones to a crunch with grit for days and fully saturated lead sounds full of harmonics and overtones, it's all here and instantly available by riding your guitar's volume knob. Dark Matter distortion is built from the highest-grade components, features an easy-access battery hatch and has a conveniently small footprint.

Dark Matter Distortion defines instant gratification and will become the go-to pedal on your board for distortion. Initially, you simply plug it in and start rocking, but its many great sounds will have you playing with it for years to come. From bluesy crunch to full-on vintage cranked, but always very musical distortion sounds, this pedal was designed for the guitarists that like things a bit (or very) dirty. Featuring an all-analog circuit, dual-band tone controls, level and drive knobs and a voicing switch to tweak the bass response, you are set from creamy leads over riff-heavy stadium rock to modern, angst-ridden grunge.

By ramping up the voltage to more than 3-4 times the amount of your typical drive pedals, a dramatic increase is achieved in terms of headroom and dynamics. There is plenty of gain to suit any kind of musical style, but the sound always stays very open and clear and it will never get muddy or cover up your playing.

Instead, Dark Matter Distortion has a very open character, no matter if you use it as a slight 'AC/DC-ish' crunch or as a full-blown, fire-breathing dragon, this pedal will always let your playing shine through. All Dark Matter Distortion will do to your sound is add degrees of distortion and leave your precious tone alone.

FEATURES

  • True Bypass - zero loss of tone
  • Gain, Level, Bass and Treble controls - total control of your distortion sounds
  • Voicing switch - for an awesome shift in bass response
  • Easy battery access - makes changing batteries fun! (well, almost)
  • Small footprint - save precious pedal board space
  • High-quality components - only the best will do when it comes to tone
  • Road-ready design - ready to follow you wherever your playing takes you
  • DC adapter sold separately
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TC ElectronicDark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Compact (15)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (14)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Darker than Matter?

Great distorted sound that is versatile in many forms of music. Im mostly a blues mixed with rock and experimental. Tc makes some great gear.

Great distorted sound that is versatile in many forms of music. Im mostly a blues mixed with rock and experimental. Tc makes some great gear.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not that good

I think is a great pedal of distortion maybe for genres like Rock or something that doesnt uses a very big amount of distortion; but for people who plays metal is not very usefull...Read complete review

I think is a great pedal of distortion maybe for genres like Rock or something that doesnt uses a very big amount of distortion; but for people who plays metal is not very usefull in effect and distortion,

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Darker than Matter?

By john raffaghello

from NJ NJ

Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

Great distorted sound that is versatile in many forms of music. Im mostly a blues mixed with rock and experimental. Tc makes some great gear.

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not that good

By Waldo

from Block at orange

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Not versatile

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

I think is a great pedal of distortion maybe for genres like Rock or something that doesnt uses a very big amount of distortion; but for people who plays metal is not very usefull in effect and distortion,

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesomeness!

By Jim the runner

from Nc

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Sexy
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Too perfect :(

Best Uses

    Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Awesome product. Does what it does. I say a 12 pack of Budlight goes good with this effect pedal.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    touch & tone

    By JAMES

    from san bernardino ca,

    Site Member

    Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I am very pleased with this pedal,it has a great stand alone tone, and plays well with others,i use it in front of my digitech rp355 gain off,its transparent quality makes all patches more playable,even works with my bass,i suspect that it's useful with just about anything! at $49 i callit a must have!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Pedal

    By Doc Art

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I've tried a lot of pedals as a new player but this distortion is great. Great crunch all the way to nice bluesy addition. Easy to use and this one I'm keeping.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a great distortion pedal

        By Neddy Baez

        from Malvern, Arkansas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          What a great distortion pedal, I love how make my amp tone get rich and silk. The eq section is awesome, I can get different tones and what is better the price.... Really for 50 bucks you can get anything better. Get one while you can.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Pedal

          By Hughes Maine

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal sounds good,it is built very well and excellent at cutting thru in live performances.I use it as a cleaner sounding distortion,which i like.for all beginner guitarist,i highly recommend this as a core more modern sounding distortion,it wont be super gritty but you can also pair it up with another distortion pedal. To all experience player, give this a shot ,you wont be disappointed.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice!

            By DVR

            from NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Great pedal. Wide array of distortion tones, especially when paired with an overdrive pedal.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great pedal!!!!

              By Gman

              from Missouri

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Awesome solid pedal does what it says it would do and beyond.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Smooth Distortion

                By Jerry J

                from Salem MA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Can't be beat at this price. Wonderful, creamy and smooth distortion. Think of Santana Moonflower. If you're playing Metal this probably isn't for you. But, if it's a bluesy sound or softer distortion this is it.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Everything promised and more

                  By Chris

                  from Buffalo, NY

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I did a lot of research on this before I pulled the trigger and it turned out to be all that was promised and more. Buy one you won't be sorry.

                    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    disappointed yet again

                    By Kenneth

                    from undisclosed

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I played the demos on all the comparable Distortion Pedals and proved ONCE again that the demos are totally useless in making a good evaluation. Pedal will not clean up for me and is mostly "Muddy"... Where is the lite smooth distortion that I want???

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    i would buy this pedal again most definitely

                    By daddy spandex

                    from tulsa, ok

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality

                    Cons

                    • Not Responsive

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    i use it for mostly metal. I play a lot of steve vai, joe satriani, etc. It cuts through nice but is still vulnerable to getting muddy if the gain is at 10. but if its just rolled back a little it really gets a nice tone and cuts through nicely

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great sounding pedal

                    By Fernando

                    from Las Vegas, NV

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I play this pedal live through a PA, I use a JOYO American pedal as my amp simulator and the Dark Matter as the main distortion, it responds really well to volume changes on the guitar and it is really versatile, we played 'are you gonna go my way" , "La Grange", "comfortably numb" and the sound is perfect, highly recommended!

                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      My principal Distortion

                      By Edi Gamez

                      from Laredo, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy Set Up
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • LIve Performances
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording
                        • Worship

                        Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        this the perfect pedal to rythm guitar, and some solos.
                        Profesional sound and a tasty gain.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Having fun with this!

                        By Stevo

                        from Reno nv

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Good Selection Of Effects
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          sounds excellent with single coils or humbuckers works really well with your amps dirty channel. I have a hard time finding distortion boxes that don't overtake the amp tone. this is not a one trick pony. dial the gain back & up the boost and you more sonic possibilities. (yes I own a few dirt pedals) this thing rocks!

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Will be using a lot

                          By E

                          from Alabama

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Responsive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            Very smooth sounding distortion.

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            The best distortion pedal out there

                            By Butch

                            from Hurley ms

                            About Me Experienced

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Responsive
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              Great all around use for any situation

                              (1 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Lacks in the gain department.

                              By Aaron H.

                              from Massachusetts

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design

                              Cons

                              • Not Responsive
                              • Poor Sound Quality

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              I have tried with all my guitars. ibanez 7 string uv70p, 7 string iron label S model, 6 string s770pb, 2003 rg 321, hr giger rg 1, Fretlight guitar, 93 fender strat squire, mini fender strat, and I gotta say this pedal is weak sauce! Seems more muddy than anything. I've tried as a supplemental pedal to my pod xt live floor board and still sucks. My old boss mt metal zone was better and that's by far a junky pedal. I was hoping to get some similar tones to a pro tone dead horse or airis effects savage drive which I have on order but ya definitely not a good distortion pedal. Anyway those are my thoughts.

                               
                              5.0

                              good sounding distortion in reasonable price!

                              By aldrin

                              from undisclosed

                              About Me Experienced

                              See all my reviews

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Responsive
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                no excuses for the guitar players to get a good sounding distortion for reasonable price!

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