tc electronic Dark Matter Distortion

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)
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Overdrive No
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal Yes
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A good booster pedal with a fuzzy warm distortion/overdrive.
WeirdWizard, 09.01.2020
This pedal most certainly needs a good amp and a cabinet to go with. Otherwise, it'll sound somewhat harsh and muffy if you crank the gain knob too much. The EQ is kind of meh, and the "voice" switch does little to compensate for the lack of mid-frequency controller, because the change in its two positions is barely audible (up - slightly more mids, down - slightly drowned mids).

It's a good pedal to shape your tone a bit while adding a considerable portion of distortion to be later nuanced further by your amp. It's not the best pedal for starting your heavy tone, however, due to its somewhat peculiar and specific sound.

I'd recommend trying it out in real settings - borrow it from someone for a few moments, or find it somewhere in your local shop to see if you'd want that kind of sound. I wasn't expecting it to be exactly what I needed, but it's a fine addition to my newly started pedalboard, anyway.

Initially, I was torn between this one and the "Fangs Metal Distortion", but Fangs seemed more like a set of typical metal tones and I wanted something more to experiment with, without those limitations of having only super-distorted sound.

Dark Matter Distortion is capable of acting as an overdrive pedal, or, I'd say, it's somewhat in-between those overdriven and distotrted sounds. It has a nice warm and fuzzy feel to it when cranked to higher gain levels, which can be very suitable for something like sludge and stoner metal/rock, or some experimental indie stuff.
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Not really for my taste
Wilson WIlsonson, 30.12.2020
Put it on my main pedalboard paired with Jet City 100HDM amp and Jet City 24S+ cab

The good and at the same time the bad thing (depend on how you like your pedals) is that there are many configuration options with the voice + 4 controls.
For me it is a bad thing as I have not found a tone that I like.
If you like it simple, I recommend looking at another pedal.
Not to end the review on a bad note: the voice switch is really great if you want to switch between modern or vintage distortion - it really works and the difference is noticeable.
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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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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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