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Ode To Distortion

TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion

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Dark Matter is the kind of pedal that you wanna go play for half an hour and end up spending half a day with. It's musical, covers a super-wide range of sounds but stays true to its base, an all analog-drive circuit that reminisces plexi sounds with both a classic and modern edge. Dark Matter delivers in spades thanks to a very low compression and a lively response that reacts to your playing at every turn.

 

  • Vintage-voiced distortion with extreme dynamic range
  • 2 band EQ
  • Voicing switch

Kicking Things Old Skool

Hard to imagine now, but there was a time before digital. If you think about it, many of the best distortion sounds stem from that era. Why? Well, it's the analog circuits, they sound great and got a little more to give when you really punish them - it simply sounds more real, fuller and better. That's the sound we love: dangerous, on the edge yet thoroughly musical. The sound that begs you to play harder, louder, faster and more.

Set for Tone

Distortion is great, but control is key. No one wants the ice-pick to the ears or a mushy bass-laden goo. Dark Matter delivers  with a bass- and treble knob, perfect for dialing in sounds precisely and lightning fast.

Channel the Gods of Rock

Dark Matter distortion adds extra versatility via a voicing switch that either adds bass for a more modern sound or fills your tone with retro vibes for an old school vintage throwback that oozes classic rock on steroids.

Sounds

Sound examples by TonePedia

Backstage Pass - All Access

For a pedal that draws from such a wide range of sounds, great controls are essential - Dark Matter nails this by seamlessly switching between a 90s Seattle sound, an early AC/DC crunch and nailing a Van Halen tone in between.

Mini Toggle

The dark matter mini toggle allows for a cool mid shift that instantly changes from a modern agressive sound to a bit more retro, but still agressive hotrodded type.

Gain

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.

Bass

Add thundering lows to your riffs and licks - the sweetest part is that this knob is active, allowing you to add or cut and really shape your sound.

Treble

For a bit of clarity to complex chords, this is the knob to add some high end sparkle. The fact that this knob is active, makes it easier to precisely shape sounds.

Level

Cranks the level of the distortion. Which is good. A little hair of dirt or full on apocalypse are on tap here.

Maximum You

TC drive pedals offer true bypass. It simply means that no matter what your setup or situation, they give you optimal signal integrity so the 'you' in your playing shines through with unparalleled clarity and definition.

Dark Matter Distortion's Resume

  • True Bypass
  • Gain, Level, Bass and Treble controls
  • Voicing switch
  • Easy battery access
  • Small footprint
  • High-quality components
  • Road-ready design

Videos

Søren Andersen: Medley Studios Copenhagen

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Images

Artists Using Dark Matter Distortion

Reviews

Premier Guitar
by Matt Holliman

With the Bassman already set for natural break-up and the Les Paul driving the whole rig, the Dark Matter was crystalline and singeing. (...) The Dark Matter is fantastic for huge power chords with the Les Paul into a cranked head. Response was tight and the clarity remarkable.

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Guitarist
by Trevor Curwen

This is classy Brit overdrive/distortion sounding fairly natural and valve-like, with a range running from an amp just starting to break up through to a full throaty roar.

Check out the full review by Guitarist
iHeart Guitar Blog
by Peter Hodgson

Stronger gain levels roughed up the hair considerably, creating a very fat, harmonically rich lead distortion with a quite decent amount of midrange and great saturation.

Check out the full review by iHeart Guitar Blog
Delamar
by Jens Geilich

Dark Matter sits in between a Plexi and a JCM 800. Perfect for AC/DC, Guns N 'Roses, Iron Maiden, ZZ Top or anything in between. I can't find a single flaw, and therefore I rate it at five out of five!

Check out the full review by Delamar
Gitarre & Bass
by Thomas Berg

Dark Matter convinces with authorithy, with an open sound character. Its huge amounts of tasty distortion make it the perfect pedal for stinging leads and killer hard rock sounds.

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