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Cut through any mix with heaps of clarity and be heard like never before.

The TC Electronic Spark Booster guitar effects pedal works great as an always on type of effect, adding life, grit and compression to your sound in a way that oozes tone. Add body, punch and warmth to pickups and drive amps to peak performance. The Spark Booster also shines when used as a pure level boost. It's the perfect tool to prime solos, highlight parts and add dimension to your amp or distortion pedal.

The level knob allows you to add 26 dB of boost, raising the volume without altering the character of your tone. The Gain knob is perfect for adding a hint of breakup or slight compression to a clean amp.

The active EQ controls consist of Bass and Treble knobs. They form the perfect tone-shaping tool and amplify frequency areas, as well as be used to create deep, extended lows or to add beautiful top-end sparkle.

A toggle switch allows for three settings. The Clean setting boosts your signal equally across the frequency spectrum. The Fat setting fattens up sounds and adds life and punch to your sound, and allows for precise tonal shaping with the EQ and Gain knobs. The Mid-boost section provides a bump in the mids.

It's the fourth entry for Overdrive/Distortion pedals in the TC Electronic compact pedal series. Based on the runaway success of the classic-sounding Dark Matter Distortion, the more modern voiced R¶ttweiler Distortion and the MojoMojo Overdrive.

FEATURES
  • 26 dB of boost.
  • Level knob
  • Place after existing distortion/overdrive to enhance drive sounds.
  • Add grit, life and compression to your tone
  • Add body, punch and warmth to pickups
  • Mid-boost
  • Active EQ
  • True bypass
  • DC adapter sold separately

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TC ElectronicSpark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (26)
  • Responsive (22)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Compact (19)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Professional recording (17)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best booster available; might become your favorite OD too!

I used to think that boost pedals were dumb and that I would never use one. But after watching dozens of videos and seeing several big name endorsements, I thought that the Spark might...Read complete review

I used to think that boost pedals were dumb and that I would never use one. But after watching dozens of videos and seeing several big name endorsements, I thought that the Spark might be for real, and it is now EASILY my favorite pedal. Simply put, it just makes your tone better, no matter what kind of guitar or pickups you run through it. The sound quality and versatility are the best features. It gives you a great boost, but it's extremely amp-like, in the same way that clean channels on good tube amps break up if you crank the gain. And the little toggle switch gives you three different "clean channels" with which to work. The middle position has the most clean headroom and is the classic boost, but still breaks up a little if you max the gain. The Mid and Fat sounds add beef to your tone in fantastic ways, and I use those most often. Do you think that single-coils and/or jazz box guitars sound thin compared to solidbodies with humbuckers, like me? The Mid and Fat settings will fix that for ya. I love my Strats and my jazz guitars so much more now. Turn up the gain and the Mid and Fat settings will give you a great overdrive too. The best part about cranking the gain on the Spark is how well it makes your sound hit tube amps. It gives you glorious saturation at any volume level. This is the perfect pedal to put first in your drive section. Your other drive pedals will greatly benefit as well. Worried about tone? This is the most transparent pedal I've ever used, even more so than TC's other drive pedals (which I also love). The two EQ controls are fantastic and give the pedal a huge advantage over nearly every other boost pedal. Whether fully down or cranked, you get usable sounds in great frequency ranges.

Simply put, this is the best pedal I've ever heard. Having volume AND gain, plus two great EQ controls, plus THREE voices to choose from puts this pedal above every other boost on the market. Seriously, just buy it already.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overrated!

I seriously don't understand all the great reviews, this pedals is not a neutral booster! With the gain at zero and all other controls at 12 o'clock the tone is very noticeably brighter with...Read complete review

I seriously don't understand all the great reviews, this pedals is not a neutral booster! With the gain at zero and all other controls at 12 o'clock the tone is very noticeably brighter with an obvious shift in the mid range. I've used the spark with both el84 and 6L6 amps both clean and overdriven and results have always been lacking.
Look, you CAN dial in a usable tone but it's only usable, not desired.
I've been playing live for over a decade and know what I'm talking about, if you've got a seriously dark setup and need a 'spark' then go for it. Otherwise stay away.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spark Booster Comments

By miguelito1

from Istanbul, Turkey

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Pros

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

Cons

  • LED color

Best Uses

  • Differentiaton of tone
  • Fair level of overdrive
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Solo boost

Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

As I've been examining and searching for the boost pedal, I checked almost all the conventional pedals, read reviews... I saw this very recently released pedal by coincidence on web. Here is my review...

TC Electronics Spark Booster is a very nice boost pedal that actually does two things:

1. If you are playing both rythm and lead and if you are suffering for the lack of expression when switched to solo section, this is a great solo booster. I see that the whole 26dB spectrum is way much enough. I usually use it at 30%-40% boost behind an amp which is definitely strong enough for getting one step in the front. But that's not it. Since it has bass and treble knobs, you can differentiate the tone into a totally different pattern when you switch on to Spark Booster. That makes you possess a variety across rythm and solo. I believe that it is a a very important feature and it's unique among the other boost pedals which have a single boost knob.

2. Increasing the GAIN provides simple and fair overdrive. If you expect a strong rock overdrive it will not be sufficient. In that case, I recommend you to locate it after a seperate overdrive pedal in your effects loop. This pedal has fat, clean and mid tone coloring options. It's kinda like a set of predefined eq settings. Fat is nice but it provides a little extra hum. I use it mostly at its clean setting. Mid is somehow bright sounding. It can be used to express British type solos in my opinion.

Consequently, I think that Spark Booster is a very useful boost pedal which enhances your capabilities and does what it has to. The build quality is nice. It's not heavy but it's solid. The switch button is very steady up to now. I'd prefer if its LED would be a different color than the white one. It may be kinda like a little hard to notice when there are spots over you.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best Pedal in years

By jamset guitarrist!

from El Salvador

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is the best pedal in years!!! you put it in front of you tube amp... and your amp starts to sing as never before!! with the toggle switch and the eq knobs, basically you can change your amp to sound so different that you will think you have another amp!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME GUITAR EFFECTS PEDAL

    By srwilk

    from Virginia Beach, Va.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Analog Sound Output
    • Durable
    • Quiet
    • Tweakable
    • Value Priced

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • In Front Of Any Amp

      Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Long time semi-professional player. Over the years, I've uitlized many different amplifiers as well as guitars. My effects pedals have come and gone over the years.....However, this pedal is different. It is a keeper. Sweet, analog sounds that are tweakable from 'barely-there' to rich harmonic overdrive. Great for pushing the front of any amplifier or adding expression to a clean passage. Quiet in operation. I power it from a 9 volt adapter. This is the only effects pedal that I can honestly say has placed my OCD pedal (which has been my all-time favorite pedal) on the backburner. The Spark Booster offers a wider variety tweakable/expressive sounds. Such a fantastic pedal!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sonic toolbox

      By Rick B.

      from Central New Jersey

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

        The Spark Booster is a great tool to have in any situation.
        For recording, it can tailor your tone if you don't like the way your guitar/amp combo is sounding. The tone controls along with the voicing switch can boost or cut frequency ranges, or use the voicing switch to fatten up a guitar that sounds thin.
        Live, this thing is a life-saver. Set your amp right before breakup for clean tones, then add the Spark Booster for solos, or use it to boost your volume when everyone else starts turning up as the gig goes on. With the voicing switch in the mids position, a single coil guitar can get a nice greasy cutting tone that stands out in a band.
        This pedal has had something to offer in every situation I've used it, and with every guitar and amp combo. Sometimes, I turn it on and it stays on. It's that good. Doesn't add noise, just good stuff.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing pedal

        By Jammer123

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Experienced

        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 Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Like most players, I've found myself constantly searching for that perfect tone, never as satisfied as I'd like to be. And though I'm not proclaiming this to be some sort of Holy Grail, this pedal has opened up my tones in a huge way. Let me be more specific.

          Simply stomp the box and you get a solid lead tone out of this bad boy. I keep the mid-boost on all the time, but the fat and clean settings are great as well. Tone shaping is incredibly simple; it's just a great sounding pedal and you'll have a sound you like in minutes. I use it on top of either a DS-1 or BD-2 depending on what kind of distortion the song calls for and it gives me a searing lead tone every time.

          To put it simply, this is just a versatile, easy-to-use pedal, and best of all it sounds absolutely killer. It will give your distortion pedals depth, boost the hell out of your cleans, and give you the lead tone you need to cut through the mix. Bravo.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rockin box !

          By rockin in the USA

          from san pedro, CA

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I have tried a few boosters looking for that edge when you need it, this one is great and has so much power that the level only stays at 11 oclock . It makes your clean channel sound great as well as searing leads when you kick it in on your lead channel. Great box highley recommend !

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very Versatile Boost

              By chance

              from Palm Harbor, FL

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This pedal is extremely versatile. Goes from clean transparent boost in the clean mode to full on overdrive in the fat and/or mid mode. Very organic feel when used as overdrive that is very responsive. Excellent pedal!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              boost me baby!

              By metal man

              from NC

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good quality
              • Indicator Light
              • Metal Housing

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Best For Solos
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This pedal does everything that it says it does! it boost my solos, and boosts my melodies. and anything else that i want to stand out from the mix. i play metal music in a cramp basement and my drummer crashes so loud and between the monitors and other guitars i need a hot knife to cut through some hot METAL butter. i love this pedal: great build, cool looks, durable, and solid. I've seen a lot of complaints about the WHITE indicator light BUT i really like it! its different and very bright, not a problem with it! I'm very excited that the spark booster is around its exactly what i needed on my board. its a must. buy it, love it, GO!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it!!

                By Bluesdude2003

                from Woodstock, Ga

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                My newest always on pedal! It makes my clean channel usable. Boosts volume and tone to new levels, cuts through the mix so that I can play clean with just the right amount of mids, so could have named it The Razor! However, the overdrive channel on my amp tends to get glassy when I use it along with my OCD, I'm not sure that's a bad thing, but you don't want to be too shrill, so I'll have to set the level around 10 o'clock. Toggle switch remains on clean setting and gain at 12 o'clock. A good investment just for turning my clean channel into a high dollar boutique amp.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best booster available; might become your favorite OD too!

                By T. Slice

                from South Carolina

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Ridiculous Value
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Literally Anything
                  • Performances
                  • Practicing
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I used to think that boost pedals were dumb and that I would never use one. But after watching dozens of videos and seeing several big name endorsements, I thought that the Spark might be for real, and it is now EASILY my favorite pedal. Simply put, it just makes your tone better, no matter what kind of guitar or pickups you run through it. The sound quality and versatility are the best features. It gives you a great boost, but it's extremely amp-like, in the same way that clean channels on good tube amps break up if you crank the gain. And the little toggle switch gives you three different "clean channels" with which to work. The middle position has the most clean headroom and is the classic boost, but still breaks up a little if you max the gain. The Mid and Fat sounds add beef to your tone in fantastic ways, and I use those most often. Do you think that single-coils and/or jazz box guitars sound thin compared to solidbodies with humbuckers, like me? The Mid and Fat settings will fix that for ya. I love my Strats and my jazz guitars so much more now. Turn up the gain and the Mid and Fat settings will give you a great overdrive too. The best part about cranking the gain on the Spark is how well it makes your sound hit tube amps. It gives you glorious saturation at any volume level. This is the perfect pedal to put first in your drive section. Your other drive pedals will greatly benefit as well. Worried about tone? This is the most transparent pedal I've ever used, even more so than TC's other drive pedals (which I also love). The two EQ controls are fantastic and give the pedal a huge advantage over nearly every other boost pedal. Whether fully down or cranked, you get usable sounds in great frequency ranges.

                  Simply put, this is the best pedal I've ever heard. Having volume AND gain, plus two great EQ controls, plus THREE voices to choose from puts this pedal above every other boost on the market. Seriously, just buy it already.

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