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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.
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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 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (26)
  • Compact (23)
  • Responsive (21)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Professional recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (6), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My pedal board is now complete!

I'm a songwriter and only do studio work, and in the early 2000's there was a lot of new modeling amps, multi-effects units, and plug-ins coming on to the scene. I somehow...Read complete review

I'm a songwriter and only do studio work, and in the early 2000's there was a lot of new modeling amps, multi-effects units, and plug-ins coming on to the scene. I somehow rationalized I didn't need my JCM2000 DSL-50/1960A half-stack anymore - I've been searching for that tone since.

I've researched, auditioned, and purchased numerous pedals in my quest to get that sound back, so when I heard a couple of TC's sample sounds (specifically Crunch - "Goin' Crazy") - my quest was over. To be honest, I would have been happy with just that one tone, but this is more than a one trick pony.

First, it responds very well to the volume control and picking dynamics - that is extremely important to me. My main pedal board is full of TC pedals, so I was pleased to discover yet another excellent TC product. It has the same active tone controls and layout as my Spark Booster (also highly recommended), and it plays well with other overdrive pedals - like my TC Nova Drive. In the up position the voice switch provides a bit of extra cut, while the down position yields a warmer sound for rhythm playing, or to take a bit of the edge off of a single-coil.

By itself, it won't really get you to modern metal tones, but used in conjunction with the right overdrive - it wails! I've used the pedal with passive and active pickups, humbuckers and single-coils - I have yet to find a combination that doesn't yield good results if you work at it. I can't say that it will make a solid state amp sound like a Marshall stack, but in front of a tube amp - it will provide a rich tonal palette to play with.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very good

This is a very nice sounding plexi sound pedal. I do think that TC would sell more if it was named appropriately as the name sounds more like a metal pedal which it clearly...Read complete review

This is a very nice sounding plexi sound pedal. I do think that TC would sell more if it was named appropriately as the name sounds more like a metal pedal which it clearly is not. I traded mine away because while I liked the sound it became lost in the mix in a band situation.
The other issue is that TC uses a unique switch which is not easily replaceable. Check with them...they will tell you this.

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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???

 
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

 
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!

    (2 of 2 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.

       
      5.0

      What a deal!

      By Rockerduck

      from Marietta, Ga.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        You can't beat the price of this distortion stomp for great sounds. I stopped buying Booteek boxes and use my ears now to find great sounds.

         
        5.0

        Best Distortion in it's price range

        By JSullivan89

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I was looking for something to give me some middle ground between the clean channel and a heavier distortion channel on my Marshall head. Something with just a little grit and crunch. This pedal worked perfectly. I was using a Boss DS-1 and I can't believe they are priced the same. After playing through the Dark Matter pedal I wouldn't pay ten for the Boss. If you're looking for a cheap awesome sounding distortion pedal this one is perfect.

          (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.

             
            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!

               
              5.0

              I love it.

              By CoachC

              from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This is a great pedal especially for the price. I play through a modeling amp with built in effects and I'm not real crazy about the distortion choices. This solved my problem. It can do everything from crunchy blues to all out high gain distortion. I would characterize it as very Marshall sounding. I've gigged with it and it's done a great job. It is my first and only distortion pedal and for it's modest price you can't go wrong.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Okay but not the best

                By Barneston Distortion

                from Middlesboro

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Good Selection Of Effects

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  For the price they are about the best if you are on a budget. Its way better than DS-1 for example. Put it next to a wampler sovereign and you wil see that you get what you pay for.

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