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TC Electronic Dark Matter DistortionItem ID: DarkMatter
Guitar Distortion Stompbox
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A World of Distortion in a Box!A good distortion stompbox gives you at least a few distinct distortion sounds. The TC Electronic Dark Matter distortion is a great stompbox distortion. Far from any one-trick (or even three- or five-trick) pony, the Dark Matter distortion gives you an enormous range of gritty and rich distortion tones, covering the spread from mild fuzz to roar and sag of a plexi pushed to the breaking point. What sets the Dark Matter distortion apart from other distortion pedals is the way TC approaches tone shaping and EQ.
With all knobs set to 12 o'clock, the Dark Matter produces a run-of-the-mill smooth breakup. Crank up the gain, and (as is the case with any distortion box) the saturation becomes a little bit muddy. That's where the filter knobs come into play. Unlike standard distortion stomp boxes, which feature a single tone knob, the Dark Matter distortion lets you EQ the low and high end separately. So, when you blast the distortion, you can carve out some of those lows and end up the kind of soaring lead tone that lets you pull off intense solos. And then there's the voicing switch, which totally re-calibrates the way the Dark Matter responds to low end. Bottom line: if you're looking for an incredibly versatile distortion box, buy a Dark Matter and clear your schedule, and let the tone tweaking begin.
TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Stompbox Features at a Glance:
Discover the harder side of your guitar, with a TC Electronic Dark Matter distortion guitar stompbox!
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Mario, Indianapolis, IN
Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
the Marshall pedal.
by Rick from Northern,CA>this is what a distortion should sound like.
February 25, 2012
Music Background: 6yrs school beging in 79.chasen VH till now
and at this price,Yes! i finally got it right.
its not meant as a metal pedal.
it makes my amp sound high end for sure and
the... read more [+] two separate tone controls,the only way to fly.
if this is your first distortion quest,BUY IT!.
other experienced guys,you owe it to yourself to try it! close [-]
Not Your Typical Distortion Pedal
by Todd Dowell from Washington State, USAThe Dark Matter Distortion is not a typical fuzz type distortion pedal. It is more of a distortion tone pedal, meaning it gives you the same type of tone and distortion effect you would get in an ove... read more [+]rdriven tube amp. As such, it is responsive to how hard or how soft you play. In addition, it is more of a natural sound with variant intensity in the distortion itself.
February 13, 2012
Music Background: Amature guitarist and hobbyist for 30+ years. Hard rock, blues, etc.
The distortion is not oversaturated like some distortion pedal effects. This is more old school. TC Electronic keeps the quality high end and offers more traditional rock or blues like tonal options in this pedal. You won't get insane metal distortion out of this box. On the other hand, TC Electronic offers those who need more distortion the Rotweiller Distortion pedal, a high gain intense distortion sound compared to the Dark Matter.
I am pleased with Dark Matter Distortion as I am with all the TC Electronic stompboxesl. Highly recommended. close [-]
by Ekus from NYCthe name is a bit misleading (although i like it), the pedal has a great overdrive quality up to ripping distortion. Very open sounding, not compressed. As stated it does a killer job of acting like a... read more [+] real tube amp, play lite and it cleans up, dig in and it crunches. Same idea happens when you roll off the volume. This is a very musical pedal with a variety of tones (SRV to Rhodes), highly recommended. close [-]
June 8, 2011
Music Background: pro gtr player/teacher in NYC
Good starting point.
by JB from USASounds great as a sustaining boost or as a stand alone rythym distortion. Keeps your tone in tact and the low end is nice. With high gain settings on the pedal it is easy to overload your amp if you u... read more [+]se high gain amps causing serious low end build-up on lower strings. Other complaints would be the treble control seems to have little effect on the sound whether is at 0 or 10. Also when you buy true bypass pedals you have to deal with the popping noise they make when turning them on and off. Great pedal but not mind blowing. close [-]
September 29, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician
Dark Matter Review
by Gary from SacramentoI have several TC pedals and I have my favorites, the Dark Matter displays the great look and feel of a well made product, the average score is based on the thin sound it produces. The distortion soun... read more [+]d is what I expected but the voice switch does not seem to offset the thin sound. When I put it behind the MojoMojo pedal it works out. close [-]
April 4, 2012
Music Background: 12 yr rock/blues guitar player
TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion
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