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Introducing Spark Mini Booster from TC Electronic

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Rooted in tradition, aimed at rebellion

Kick your playing into high gear with Spark Mini Booster, a stompbox-wonder for the initiated that features a completely clean boost with some serious tone enhancement under the hood once you really start cranking things. 

 

  • A whopping 20 dB of boost
  • Revolutionary PrimeTime™ switching
  • Discrete Analog Circuit

Tone To The Bone

With a full 20 dB of boost, Spark Mini Booster is a great clean booster. But that's not all it does - keep turning that knob and it'll start working its magic driving gear into peak performance! No matter what your style or set-up is, this musical miracle will maximize your potential but let your core tone shine through unaltered.

Are You Ready For PrimeTime™

PrimeTime™ is a radical new feature that will excite guitarists around the globe. Basically, Spark Mini Booster instantly understands whether you want the pedal to be permanently on when you hit the footswitch, or just for as long as you hold the footswitch down. Which totally rocks for both 'always-on' and 'emphasizing passages' situations.

Discrete Is The New Pronounced

By adding a discrete, fully analog circuit, Spark Mini Booster adds a purely magical sense of life and excitement to your gear and tone. Each part of the circuit is carefully selected, from transistor to capacitor and from resistor to diode. What does that mean? Sweet, pure tone in all of its glory in an unparalleled clarity with zero coloration. Whether you want to make things sing or roar, this circuit ensures to maximize your tone.

Sounds

Sound examples by Andreas Lund & TC Electronic

Backstage Pass - All Access

Spark Mini Booster is a very simple and pure pedal, but there’s some features that clearly set it ahead of the pack.

Sizing up Spark

Spark Mini Booster is tiny. This means it’ll fit on any pedal board, in any rack drawer or wherever else you keep your gear. There’s always room for a bit of Spark!

Level Knob

This little Level Devil can take you from a pristine boost to cranking your gear to optimal performance. Notes sing and ring with sheer musicality and what you’re trying to play is alive with attitude, clarity and punch.

True Bypass

When Spark Mini Booster is bypassed, it’s REALLY off, and has zero influence on your tone, making sure you have optimum clarity and zero loss of high-end.

Prime–Time™

A unique new technology that lets you seamlessly toggle between latching (classic stompbox on/off) and momentary (effect is on while the switch is pressed down) modes, depending on how long you hold down the footswitch.

Discrete Analog Circuit

We’ll try not to go all nerdy here, but this matters. Basically, this is the optimal way to handle your guitar signal and process them the way they deserve – amplifying the signal in the purest way without any degradation or alteration.

Spark Mini Booster's Resume

  • 20 dB of boost.
  • Level knob - boost levels or drive amps to peak performance
  • Prime-Time™ - seamlessly toggle between latching and momentary modes, depending on how long you hold down the footswitch.
  • Place after existing distortion/overdrive to enhance drive sounds.
  • Add grit, life and compression to your tone.
  • Add body, punch and warmth to pickups.
  • True bypass

Videos

Spark Mini Booster, demo by Pete Thorn

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Reviews

Guitarist
by Michael Brown

No matter how it's set, the Spark Mini sounds tonally transparent, simply raising the level of your guitar signal and overdriving your amp. Used with a clean valve amp, the level control provides a range of options, from a small volume boost plus bottom-end fattening and treble sweetening to all-out grit at full blast.

Check out the full review by Guitarist
Total Guitar
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At more sensible levels, the Mini Booster ups the volume while fattening out bottom-end and adding treble sparkle. If you can't quite get the gain you need, running the Mini Booster in front of an already overdriven amp or pedal could solve your problem, while the PrimeTime switching is a dream for solo boosts.

iGuitar
by Michael Casswell

So I was pretty impressed indeed with this TC newcomer and didn't really want to take it out of my board to film this review. But I did, and I am now going to have to buy this very pedal so I can put it straight back in there. I don't know how they do it but like all the TC Electronic products I've tried, this pedal is just brilliant. It is also extremely well priced. I'm keeping it!

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

High-end components and a smart design make Spark Mini Booster a great pedal, equally useful with tube and solid state amps. Through the new PrimeTime™ feature, Spark Mini Booster excels as a pedal to highlight riffs, and as an 'always-on' pedal it functions extremely well, is very responsive and preserves your guitar tone.

Audiofanzine
by Kolya

To wrap it up, this TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster is to a guitarist what Viagra is to Rocco Siffredi: it fits in the pocket of your jeans... and will greatly optimize your... stage performances by giving a great deal of potency... to your sound.

Check out the full review by Audiofanzine
Sonicstate
by Rob Hicks

Prior to our review, we tested it through an Egnater Rebel 20, a Gibson BR9, and a Vox Bruno, and it had a strikingly similar effect on all of the amps, not adding too much of its own flavour to any of the amps, but boosting frequencies and adding spark (ahem) in all the right places. If you are looking for an affordable boost pedal, which isn't going to add too much colour to your already great-sounding amp tone, but has a whopping +20dB of boost and fits on even the smallest of pedal boards, then this is it.

Check out the full review by Sonicstate
Bonedo
by Michael Behm

Using Spark Mini with the clean channel of my amp was absolutely addictive! If the booster was set moderately, I had the impression that a curtain would open in front of the amp. The TC Spark Mini is without doubt a very worthwhile addition for any effect board!

Check out the full review by Bonedo
Delamar
by Henry Kresse

During my tests, I was able to collect only positive impressions, and the background noise is virtually nonexistent. I give it a full five out of five score.

Check out the full review by Delamar

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