BACKSTAGE PASS: 8% BACK IN REWARDS & FREE SHIPPING ON EVERYTHING Learn More
  • Shop by Category
  • Hot Deals
  • Looking for Coupons? Call us

FREE 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping Available to You (edit) Get Details

More Info About Free 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping

Close Window
MF MD HG Backstage Pass Free Shipping 09-30-16
Top Rated
TC Electronic Logo
SKU 
H71381 000000000

TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal   

  • Write a Review

The TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal aims to give you that powerful, super-musical roar of an early Plexi - a sound that wil...Read More

In Stock & Ready To Ship

Gold Coverage: (What’s This?)
  • Shipping (48 Contiguous U.S. States)
    FREE
  • Your Price :
    $4999.00
  Add to Cart
Add to Wish List
Musician's Friend BackStage Pass

Earn up to 400 (1x) in bonus points today for this item!

See All TC Electronic Distortion & Overdrive Effects Pedals
OVERVIEW

Instant distortion gratification with an all-analog circuit, dual-band tone control, and a shredding sound.

The TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal aims to give you that powerful, super-musical roar of an early Plexi - a sound that will satisfy even the pickiest players out there.

From cleans with an attitude and warm bluesy tones to a crunch with grit for days and fully saturated lead sounds full of harmonics and overtones, it's all here and instantly available by riding your guitar's volume knob. Dark Matter distortion is built from the highest-grade components, features an easy-access battery hatch and has a conveniently small footprint.

Dark Matter Distortion defines instant gratification and will become the go-to pedal on your board for distortion. Initially, you simply plug it in and start rocking, but its many great sounds will have you playing with it for years to come. From bluesy crunch to full-on vintage cranked, but always very musical distortion sounds, this pedal was designed for the guitarists that like things a bit (or very) dirty. Featuring an all-analog circuit, dual-band tone controls, level and drive knobs and a voicing switch to tweak the bass response, you are set from creamy leads over riff-heavy stadium rock to modern, angst-ridden grunge.

By ramping up the voltage to more than 3-4 times the amount of your typical drive pedals, a dramatic increase is achieved in terms of headroom and dynamics. There is plenty of gain to suit any kind of musical style, but the sound always stays very open and clear and it will never get muddy or cover up your playing.

Instead, Dark Matter Distortion has a very open character, no matter if you use it as a slight 'AC/DC-ish' crunch or as a full-blown, fire-breathing dragon, this pedal will always let your playing shine through. All Dark Matter Distortion will do to your sound is add degrees of distortion and leave your precious tone alone.

FEATURES
  • True Bypass - zero loss of tone
  • Gain, Level, Bass and Treble controls - total control of your distortion sounds
  • Voicing switch - for an awesome shift in bass response
  • Easy battery access - makes changing batteries fun! (well, almost)
  • Small footprint - save precious pedal board space
  • High-quality components - only the best will do when it comes to tone
  • Road-ready design - ready to follow you wherever your playing takes you
  • DC adapter sold separately

Be proud to be loud. Order today.

Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
TC ElectronicDark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (18)
  • Compact (15)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My pedal board is now complete!

I'm a songwriter and only do studio work, and in the early 2000's there was a lot of new modeling amps, multi-effects units, and plug-ins coming on to the scene. I somehow...Read complete review

I'm a songwriter and only do studio work, and in the early 2000's there was a lot of new modeling amps, multi-effects units, and plug-ins coming on to the scene. I somehow rationalized I didn't need my JCM2000 DSL-50/1960A half-stack anymore - I've been searching for that tone since.

I've researched, auditioned, and purchased numerous pedals in my quest to get that sound back, so when I heard a couple of TC's sample sounds (specifically Crunch - "Goin' Crazy") - my quest was over. To be honest, I would have been happy with just that one tone, but this is more than a one trick pony.

First, it responds very well to the volume control and picking dynamics - that is extremely important to me. My main pedal board is full of TC pedals, so I was pleased to discover yet another excellent TC product. It has the same active tone controls and layout as my Spark Booster (also highly recommended), and it plays well with other overdrive pedals - like my TC Nova Drive. In the up position the voice switch provides a bit of extra cut, while the down position yields a warmer sound for rhythm playing, or to take a bit of the edge off of a single-coil.

By itself, it won't really get you to modern metal tones, but used in conjunction with the right overdrive - it wails! I've used the pedal with passive and active pickups, humbuckers and single-coils - I have yet to find a combination that doesn't yield good results if you work at it. I can't say that it will make a solid state amp sound like a Marshall stack, but in front of a tube amp - it will provide a rich tonal palette to play with.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very good

This is a very nice sounding plexi sound pedal. I do think that TC would sell more if it was named appropriately as the name sounds more like a metal pedal which it clearly...Read complete review

This is a very nice sounding plexi sound pedal. I do think that TC would sell more if it was named appropriately as the name sounds more like a metal pedal which it clearly is not. I traded mine away because while I liked the sound it became lost in the mix in a band situation.
The other issue is that TC uses a unique switch which is not easily replaceable. Check with them...they will tell you this.

Reviewed by 25 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

exellent

By metalman531

from Spokane,W.A

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Hear all the colors of your chords
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a pedal for guitarists with real skills.This is not a hide behind a bunch of effects kind of sound.You get crystal clear tones.It sits extremely well in the mix and is very well built.I expect it will last for years.The price is great too.

     
    5.0

    What a deal!

    By Rockerduck

    from Marietta, Ga.

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      You can't beat the price of this distortion stomp for great sounds. I stopped buying Booteek boxes and use my ears now to find great sounds.

       
      5.0

      Best Distortion in it's price range

      By JSullivan89

      from Grand Rapids, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I was looking for something to give me some middle ground between the clean channel and a heavier distortion channel on my Marshall head. Something with just a little grit and crunch. This pedal worked perfectly. I was using a Boss DS-1 and I can't believe they are priced the same. After playing through the Dark Matter pedal I wouldn't pay ten for the Boss. If you're looking for a cheap awesome sounding distortion pedal this one is perfect.

         
        5.0

        I love it.

        By CoachC

        from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is a great pedal especially for the price. I play through a modeling amp with built in effects and I'm not real crazy about the distortion choices. This solved my problem. It can do everything from crunchy blues to all out high gain distortion. I would characterize it as very Marshall sounding. I've gigged with it and it's done a great job. It is my first and only distortion pedal and for it's modest price you can't go wrong.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Okay but not the best

          By Barneston Distortion

          from Middlesboro

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            For the price they are about the best if you are on a budget. Its way better than DS-1 for example. Put it next to a wampler sovereign and you wil see that you get what you pay for.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            First Pedal

            By Ben

            from Rome

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Inexpensive pedal, but it sounds great.

                 
                5.0

                I would buy again this paddle.

                By bawi

                from undisclosed

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                this is exactly what I want, the sound is great. very easy to used, I would recommend this paddle to friend, also the price is good too

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Rock N' Roll Tone

                By Aaron

                from Tulsa, OK

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I finally retired my Marshall in favor of something smaller and easier to move from gig to gig. I snagged a Peavey Classic 30, but didn't want to lose that Marshall sound. Enter the Dark Matter. I run the pedal a bit more like an OD than a distortion, as I dime the volume and keep the gain held back. In doing this I can get a great variety of tones by manipulating my guitars volume control. It's my "Always On" pedal and I never play a show without it.

                   
                  5.0

                  Dark matter not as dark as you would think.

                  By K

                  from Western WI

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Really nice sound.

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Wanted another flavor of distortion. Really like the other T.C. Electronic effects I have thought I would give this a shot. For the price it is a no brainer, with that said, it really is maybe an issue of the proper name. I was thinking more along the lines of a dark(heavy) distortion. This pedal is a more versatile Boss DS-1. Good sound quality just not as dark/heavy as I would have liked to have gotten.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    really useable range from drive to distort

                    By KC

                    from Cowtown, Tx

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Very musical range from OD to near metal. Good eq section. Using it to drive a Fender Pro Junior amp. Fits the bill for multiple styles, don't feel the need to change distortion boxes, just adjust drive and eq. Good price for a solid stompbox.

                      Displaying reviews 1-10

                      Back to top

                      Previous | Next »

                      Ship To: US Flag
                      You are changing the Ship-To country.

                      Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.