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TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal

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You love your amp, but when you jump on a lead, you just need a little more of it. There's more to tasty boosting than just brute force though. The TC Electronics Spark Mini Boost gives you a vicious ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

You love your amp, but when you jump on a lead, you just need a little more of it. There's more to tasty boosting than just brute force though. The TC Electronics Spark Mini Boost gives you a vicious 20 dB of boost and then some.

Tone To The Bone
With a full 20 dB of boost, Spark Mini Booster is a great clean booster. But that's not all it does - keep turning that knob and it'll start working its magic driving gear into peak performance! No matter what your style or set-up is, this musical miracle will maximize your potential but let your core tone shine through unaltered.

Are You Ready For PrimeTime
PrimeTime is a radical new feature that will excite guitarists around the globe. Basically, Spark Mini Booster instantly understands whether you want the pedal to be permanently on when you hit the footswitch, or just for as long as you hold the footswitch down. Which totally rocks for both 'always-on' and 'emphasizing passages' situations.

Discrete Is The New Pronounced
By adding a discrete, fully analog circuit, Spark Mini Booster adds a purely magical sense of life and excitement to your gear and tone. Each part of the circuit is carefully selected, from transistor to capacitor and from resistor to diode. What does that mean? Sweet, pure tone in all of its glory in an unparalleled clarity with zero coloration. Whether you want to make things sing or roar, this circuit ensures to maximize your tone.

Features

  • 20 dB of boost
  • Level knob - boost levels or drive amps to peak performance
  • Prime-Time - seamlessly toggle between latching and momentary modes
  • Place after existing distortion/overdrive to enhance drive sounds
  • Add grit, life and compression to your tone
  • Add body, punch and warmth to pickups
  • True bypass
  • DC adapter sold separately
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  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to five years from date of purchase
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TC ElectronicSpark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (21)
  • Excellent sound quality (19)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Spark Mini - Love at first listen

Got to say I love this little pedal. Still experimenting with best placement on my pedalboard, but right now it is after my drive and compressor and before my echo and reverb. Chain...Read complete review

Got to say I love this little pedal. Still experimenting with best placement on my pedalboard, but right now it is after my drive and compressor and before my echo and reverb. Chain is as follows - Mojomojo-Philosopher King-SPARK MINI-Alter Ego-Trinity 2-splitter- Ditto Looper-to two amps, a Fender Ramparte and a Fender Blues Jr. The looper is only on the Jr. This pedal boosts but has a very transparent sparkle, that I cannot describe as brighter or anything like that, but a certain subtle crunchy things seem to rise out of the sound. It may just be that my tube amps like the signal level better, but I tried getting the same volume level with different combinations of pushing volume from other areas and it wasn't quite the same. Its like the difference between a really good model of an amp and a real tube amp. The tube just has a depth and sparkle, this little pedal adds more of that into the sound.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Slightly diminished high frequencies, slight compression

I wanted a pedal to boost the signal of my Fenders without changing each guitar's tone or unique character -- basically I wanted transparent gain. To my ears, this pedal slightly diminishes high...Read complete review

I wanted a pedal to boost the signal of my Fenders without changing each guitar's tone or unique character -- basically I wanted transparent gain. To my ears, this pedal slightly diminishes high frequencies and adds slight compression. After comparing, I concluded the TC Electronic RUSH pedal is better at accomplishing what I desired. This pedal, while not horrible, did rob my guitars of some of the nuances of their sound.

That said, I think this pedal's temp boost mode is very cool, and I like the fact that the pedal engages when you press down on the button as opposed to when you release it.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Serious boost & enhanced tone

By Ryan

from Amity, OR

Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

This little pedal is amazing! Put it in front of a nice tube amp with or without gain. It gives you that boost to cut through and actually provides a tonal improvement--especially for leads with some decent gain. Without gain, it takes a nice clean channel and turns it into a little wing sounding clean/crunch. Very impressed!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spark Mini - Love at first listen

By JOHN

from Yorba Linda, CA

Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

Got to say I love this little pedal. Still experimenting with best placement on my pedalboard, but right now it is after my drive and compressor and before my echo and reverb. Chain is as follows - Mojomojo-Philosopher King-SPARK MINI-Alter Ego-Trinity 2-splitter- Ditto Looper-to two amps, a Fender Ramparte and a Fender Blues Jr. The looper is only on the Jr. This pedal boosts but has a very transparent sparkle, that I cannot describe as brighter or anything like that, but a certain subtle crunchy things seem to rise out of the sound. It may just be that my tube amps like the signal level better, but I tried getting the same volume level with different combinations of pushing volume from other areas and it wasn't quite the same. Its like the difference between a really good model of an amp and a real tube amp. The tube just has a depth and sparkle, this little pedal adds more of that into the sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great little booster

By rtkilgore

from Indiana

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Great switching options
  • Lots of boost available
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Great little booster pedal. I use it before my drive pedals to get a slight gain/volume boost for solos and lead parts. It seemed a little too bright when used after overdrive while using a bridge pickup, but it sounds great how I'm using it now. Some boosters roll off a little high end to help smooth out treble frequencies at higher volume, but that doesn't seem to be the case with this one (which can be good or bad depending on what you're looking for).

      I also really like the PrimeTime switching option. It's great for short parts that only need to stick out of a mix for a couple seconds. And there's a ton of boost available from this little guy. Plenty of room for small volume/gan boosts here and there, but able to push a tube amp pretty hard as well. And you can't beat the size!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Super Clean

      By Fit4pain

      from San Antonio Tx

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I have 2 of these. One on each of my boards. It is the best clean boost I have ever used. Mine are always on and add that extra punch to the bottom end. It is the one pedal I can not be without.

         
        5.0

        I would buy this again.

        By hilary

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This mini peddle packs a mega punch. The perfect valentines gift for the bass player in your life!

         
        5.0

        Just right!

        By Charlie

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Gigged with it for the first time last night. Perfect. I used it for leads on country songs. It provided a nice clean punch by itself or when coupled with a reverb and phase pedals. For rock tunes, I used an overdrive pedal.

         
        5.0

        The Spark is a great little clean boost tool.

        By Woody

        from Aurora

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I was looking for a great little pedal to add to my board that would just boost my signal without distorting it whether your playing clean or in distortion mode. It's not an over drive pedal it is a clean boost pedal. So if you running out of room on your pedal board and need a great little boost, this will get the job done!

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Slightly diminished high frequencies, slight compression

          By Mike

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Gain Starts When Switch Is Pressed, not Released
          • Temp Boost Mode Is Cool

          Cons

          • Less HiFi Than I Wanted
          • Sound Quality Can Be Beat

          Best Uses

            Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I wanted a pedal to boost the signal of my Fenders without changing each guitar's tone or unique character -- basically I wanted transparent gain. To my ears, this pedal slightly diminishes high frequencies and adds slight compression. After comparing, I concluded the TC Electronic RUSH pedal is better at accomplishing what I desired. This pedal, while not horrible, did rob my guitars of some of the nuances of their sound.

            That said, I think this pedal's temp boost mode is very cool, and I like the fact that the pedal engages when you press down on the button as opposed to when you release it.

             
            5.0

            Just buy it! It's amazing

            By Art

            from Mcallen tx

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Just buy it! The most affordable booster ever and deliveries the same results as a expensive one!

               
              5.0

              A must on most boards.

              By Happy Guitarist

              from Chicago

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                As most, I was between this and the Xotic SP, I decided to get both. This pedal is amazing! No tone change from your setup unless you're using it to push a drive. I've tried it both before and after my duel full tone OCD pedals and prefer the pushed sound I get. It did an amazing job raising the level when positioned after but fell in love with the clean push it gave my OCD's. I run the SP after my e/c big mcf and pair of ocds which adds smoothness and balance. Both pedals are a must on my board now. Cost for this thing is also great.

                 
                5.0

                Great booster

                By Moe

                from CO

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This is a great pedal, I have top of the line equipment and needed a slight gain boost for sections of songs.or some leads, It will not change your tone, that's the biggest one for me. At a low pedal setting with gain on the amp it gets almost no gain but gets a little brighter (slight tone change) and has more articulate definition, I can see people using it this way and just leave it on all the time. If you use it with a clean amp or a clean setting you will get a substantial volume boost. I use it at a higher gain 12:00 setting to push the front of a Dirty Shirley (no volume boost), It sounds just great. It's tiny, very attractive and pretty, I like the temp activation feature, just keep the button depressed for a passage then just take your foot off to turn it off, This is a great feature just by itself. I would actually like to see every pedal made with this function.

                     
                    5.0

                    Makes everything smooth like butter

                    By Ruli

                    from Rancho Cucamonga

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances

                      Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      This little thing makes my amplifier feel like a million bucks. I love the prime time feature, it allows me to stick out in the mix when I want to without having to double click. Definitely a must have.

                       
                      5.0

                      small but very powerful

                      By Octavio

                      from undisclosed

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                      Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      It's very useful when you need more loud and power for your solo guitars

                       
                      5.0

                      As Advertised *****

                      By 63 Hits

                      from Austin, Tx

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        Great booster that warms your tone.

                         
                        5.0

                        Must have!!!!!!

                        By Magoo

                        from Fresno, CA

                        About Me Novice

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                        • Haven't found a con yet

                        Best Uses

                        • Personal enjoyment

                        Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        When you really need that little extra kick in the virtual behind, this does the trick

                         
                        5.0

                        Remarkable Boost

                        By Rolly

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I've had this clean boost on my board for roughly two years now. It does what it claims to do. It's a rather versatile pedal for only having one knob. I run it in front of my overdrive pedals to give them a touch of extra grit, and I run it after my Proco Rat to give it a sparkly presence in a live setting, as the Rat tends to get lost in the mix rather easily. When it's run by itself, the Spark Mini gives your guitar a wonderful clean presence and adds a touch of shimmery clean goodness to your amp. This is an excellent pedal for $50. I'll probably buy two or three more to keep around as back ups.

                           
                          5.0

                          great product, bad service

                          By MikeT

                          from Portland Oregon

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances

                            Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I like how small and simple it is. I'm a huge fan of TC Electric and this doesn't disappoint. Great sound! Does exactly what I need it to.

                             
                            5.0

                            Much more than a boost

                            By TK

                            from MN

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Responsive
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              Adds compression and fattens the tone while boosting, more than enough boost I keep it around 10:00.

                               
                              5.0

                              Dynamite in a small package

                              By Stephen

                              from Norman, OK

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Responsive

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events
                                • Performances

                                Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                This pedal is a must for lead guitar players. It's perfect for boosting your volume for solos or punching in for a lick to stand out during the song. It works best ran through the effects loop of the amp. Very small and does not take up much room on pedal board.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great things come in a small package

                                By Donald

                                from undisclosed

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                                Comments about TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Wanted one for a long time, awesome pedal.

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