tc electronic Dark Matter Distortion

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Electric guitar effects

  • Distortion
  • Control: Gain, level, bass, treble
  • 2 Different voice settings
  • True Bypass
  • Power supply: 9 V DC power supply or 9 V battery (both not included)
available since May 2011
Item number 259471
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Overdrive No
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal Yes

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Great od/ distortion
Vrgil 17.11.2021
I use this pedal as my main distortion pedal on a Fender Hotrod deluxe mkII with a Fender telecaster special from 2010. It sounds exactly like advertised. It's a good distortion. It's quite transparant so it makes your guitar still sound like your guitar!
The knobs are pretty straight forward: gain, volume, bass, treble and a toggle switch that kind of shifts the mid emphasis to a more modern sound. To be honest the down position will probably have troubles cutting true a bandmix
But there is plenty gain on tap in this pedal
It also likes to be booster by a tubescreamer the potentio meters from the bass and treble controls are center detent. This means you can cut and boost the bass of treble frequenties. This is quite handy if you have a super shrill or bassy amp. Of if it lacks bass or treble you can boost them. The build Quality is good. The Paint work is good. And the sound is good. Foto the price what more do you want?

Pros: cheap, good sounding distortion goes from overdrive to distortion to fuzz alike tones, you can cut pro boost bass and treble. Plenty of volume on tap, and pretty transparent.

Cons: to bad there is no mid control. Except for the Toggle switch., The distortion is not for everybody: it's quite hairy and probably doesn't deliver modern metal tones.

That said it's a pretty good investment and it's dirt cheap.
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Great addition to my rig
Pazzo 03.01.2020
I got to choose this distortion as a birthday present from the bandmates and I did not regret at all. It immediately became a great addition to my rig and tone. I use it to enrich the high end when soloing or as a booster on heavy riffs, where the main drive comes from my amp.
I didn't really get the usage of the little "voice" switch, it cannot make much difference, except for a little boost in the high-mids.
It is actually great that I have a little EQ option with the bass and treble knobs, The distortion is equally reactive on single coils and humbuckers, but sounds more like an OD on single coils, where one can play very heavy riffs with humbuckers.
It looks and feels quite sturdy, body made of metal and the pots move smoothly.
The LED indicator is bright enough, one can easily see in direct sunlight.
I would recommend the distortion to anyone who seeks rich tone and heavy distortion as well as booster and addition to existing distortion.
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Nice pedal, lacks something
alex_v 11.02.2019
It's a strong, durable pedal that looks like it can handle a beating.

The bass and treble controls allow for a little EQ customization which is cool. The mini toggle switch does something that is not very noticeable, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure it out. Sonically, I prefer it in the vintage position. Maybe it's because I am a little prejudiced. Features like the knobs having a little notch at 12 o'clock, the easy opening thing at the back for replacing the battery, the soft yet sturdy switch are all signs of fine design and construction. Everything (apart from that mini toggle switch) is very responsive.

I haven't managed to dial in a nice sound by plugging it in straight into a clean amp. I either need a nice, tube amp to be broken up already or to use an overdrive with it. I like it in a booster - light distortion mode before my MXR overdrive for soloing or heavier rhythm parts.
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MIAB wannabe
Kirlon 13.07.2020
MIAB wannabe, but doesn't quite get there.
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