TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Pedal


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TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Pedal

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Our rating of 89/100 is based on analysis of 1100+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

TC Electronic is known for versatile pedals that utilize the latest technology available, but with its straightforward design, the Dark Matter Distortion pedal is somewhat a departure from their usual products.

Well it's not a complete departure because it does incorporate a voicing switch that lets you change the pedal's bass response - which gives it a darker warmer tone.

The pedal also comes with conventional controls which include Gain, Level, Bass and Treble knobs, all of which can be tweaked to give you the tone that you want.

Finally, it comes in a standard stompbox size that matches other TC-Electronic pedals.


  • Controls: Gain, Level, Bass, Treble, Voice
  • Analog
  • True Bypass
  • 9-Volt Adapter/Battery
  • Special Features: N/A
  • Artists: Vernon Reid, Mark Tremonti, Andy Summers, John Taylor, Phillip McKnight

Many are impressed with its dark low end tone, but what really stands out in reviews is that a pedal labeled "Dark" is getting positive comments for how transparent it sounds! Some even describe the Dark Matter pedal as a versatile distortion box that can work like an overdrive pedal.

Ironically, its transparent tone gets some guitarists triggered, especially those who expect high-gain tones. They are definitely not happy when describing this pedal as more like an overdrive.

Don't let the label fool you, the TC Electronic Dark Matter is a versatile distortion pedal that can be used in many different styles.

This was previously on our recommended list for Distortion Pedals Under $50 but was removed due to a price increase. You can see the highest rated alternatives in our guide to The Best Cheap Distortion Pedals.

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