TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Pedal

Guitar Distortion Stompbox
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TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Pedal image 1
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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:
  • Gain, Level, Bass and Treble controls give you total control of your distortion sounds
  • Voicing switch shifts the bass response
  • True Bypass preserves your tone
  • Easy battery access
  • Small footprint saves precious pedal board space
  • Made with high-quality components
  • Road-ready design with a tough metal chassis
Discover the harder side of your guitar, with a TC Electronic Dark Matter distortion guitar stompbox!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Distortion
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 1.97"
Width 2.83"
Depth 4.8"
Weight 0.66 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number 960720001

Customer Reviews

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Another great TC Electronics product!

Ok. There's a million different distortion pedals you could choose. I chose this one because I'm a very loyal TC electronics fan and I needed a separate distortion pedal in my signal chain. My main rig is an 84 Gibson Standard into Marshall DSL40C with a Creamback speaker. That's no way I can improve on that however, I use an A/B switch to a pair of Peavey's for my Clean channel and a looper. Enter the Dark Matter. It's perfect for my style and preference. The separate bass & treble controls are a plus. It's super well-built and designed which is typical for TCE. Not all distortion pedals fit all players and equipment but this is a brand that you can trust so it's worth a try. This is my 4th TCE pedal and not my last! Rock Out.
Music background: 35 year experienced hobbyists and avid basement rocker.

Another high quality TC Electronic product.

This is my fourth TC Electronic pedal, and they are all among my best. The Ditto Looper was my first, great. Then I got the Alter Ego Vintage Echo, fantastic studio quality sound. Next was the MojoMojo, which is the best low overdrive pedal I have yet tried. Because I liked the MojoMojo so much, I had to try the Dark Matter. Just got done ripping away with this through a Fender 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb, and all I can say is, it did not sound like a Fender Amp; more like a high end metal amp. Maxed out the bass on the amp and the bass tone control on the Dark Matter, and Wow, I was off into Metal Fantasy Land. What ever you are doing TC Electronic, please keep doing. Four pedals so far from them, and as good as or better than pedals I have paid 200 dollars for. High quality tone shaping.

TC Dark Matter Distortion

First one I have owned and so far I like it and it works great!
Music background: Beginner Guitar

the Marshall pedal.

this is what a distortion should sound like. 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 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!
Music background: 6yrs school beging in 79.chasen VH till now

Very versatile range of distortion and "plays well with others"

I read alot of reviews saying this is not the most aggressive gain pedal andsince purchasing the Dark Matter I would say that is a relative statement. On it's own into a clean amp it is capable of fuzz-like distortion to my ears. I run a Catalinbread Octapussy > TC Spark Booster > Dark Matter and must say I can get just about any flavor of distortion, EQ boost, volume boost that I need. I still get GAS for Fuzz Pedals but I know the tone I need is probably already on my pedalboard, in my amp, and more likely best discovered through honing my playing technique.
Music background: hobbyist
See also: Distortion Pedals, TC Electronic, TC Electronic Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz