tc electronic Spark Booster

Ground Effect

  • 26 dB Booster
  • Level regulator for higher start of input in amps
  • Also suitable for supplementing already existing distortion / overdrive pedals
  • Controls: Bass, Treble, Out & In, Fat / Clean / Mid switch
  • True bypass
  • Power supply with 9V DC power supply (not included, Article Nr 409939) or 9V battery (not included, Article Nr 417473)
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It's good but only in front of the amp
deusem, 22.12.2020
I remember when that pedal cost 3 times as much, so once I saw this price drop I purchased one. It promises 20 db of clean boost but it is not like the mini spark. At the "clean" setting you have to increase the gain to get those 20db, which adds some distortion of the pedal. With the gain at 0 it only rises the volume at about 3-4 db (I m only guessing, in any case very little). At the other settings, the mid can do the ts thing by dropping the bass knob almost at 0, while the fat setting well it seems it's working as the mojomojo, but with much less gain, though it can totally work as a light overdrive.
What I don't like is that it keeps this "airy" quality, in every setting and I have to reduce the treble to get rid of it, but like that the mid setting doesn't get aggressive enough. It works fine but not quite as good as a ts.
So if you plan to use it in front of the amp, you get 3-ish- pedals at one. None of these modes though are as good as the equivalent pedal. If you need it for the fx loop for a solo boost, I suggest the mini spark. For the price it's a 6 star pedal, but price aside, well it's not amazing
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corsair, 04.06.2021
I have a lot of different boost pedals so technically I didn't need this one. However, seeing the positive reviews and the great price, I decided to give it a go. The pedal is a swiss knife booster - all 3 modes have meaning depending on your setup (found uses for each of them). Clean is pretty neutral, fat gives a nice girth to single coils and mid is excellent to get a better projection. The 2-band eq is quite effective - I would really like to see a mid control as well for even more fine-tuning but it's good enough already. As others have noted, there is a volume difference when switching between the modes, with the clean being the quietest. If there is one criticism for the particular unit I received is that the bass and treble knobs don't align perfectly, which is a bit annoying to the eye but doesn't affect the sound/functionality otherwise. To be more precise, the bass and treble pots have an indent in the middle of the rotation (where there is neither cut nor boost) and setting the knob to that position, one would expect to see the knob line completely vertical. In my case both are looking a bit to the right. Nothing major, just a bit annoying if you have ocd :P
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André Lopes, 15.05.2019
Great value for the money!

I use it at the beginning of my chain.
A very versatile booster, which can color the sound or not depending on how you set it.
Useful by itself or to push an existing overdrive.
It can emphasize and give life to an amplifier with a slightly dead sound.
The three clean fat and mid options are quite useful, and have totally different voices.
This boost can go from a totally clean and crystal clear sound to a moderate saturation, which makes this pedal much more than a simple clean boost.
This is a good alternative to other boost pedals much more expensive, and less versatile.
My only complaints are the switch, which feels not very robust , and the volume disparity between the different modes.
Overall, a positive evaluation.
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Great pedal for the money
Millo777, 19.06.2020
Extremely versatile boost pedal for smashing the front of a tube amp.

Using the mid boost mode and backing off the bass control it's possible to emulate the tube screamer type boost. The clean boost mode does exactly what it says on the tin, and the fat mode is great for pushing clean sounds to break up.

So far I've used this in front of a tube amp to push the front end to increase saturation and compression, and it's great at that.

It can be used in the effects loop, or post preamp for a volume boost but haven't tried it in the position so far.

This was bought to replace a boss ge-7 that I was using as a boost pedal. The TC is a lot quieter and has a full 26db of boost available, but it would have been better if they included a mids control rather than just a mid boost mode.

Come on TC, add 2 more knobs that give users a parametric mids control then this would the perfect boost pedal.

At the price point these are now at, it's hard to fault. The only thing I've found that's better is my old TC1140 rack parametric EQ which is a bit cumbersome.

I'd definitely recommend giving the spark a go.
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