TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Pedal


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TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Pedal

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The Dark Matter appeared on our recommended list for Distortion Pedals under $50 from January 2020 until August 2021 when it was removed due to a price increase.

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.


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.

It comes in a standard stompbox size that matches other TC-Electronic pedals.

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.


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


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