With all knobs set to 12 o'clock, the Dark Matter produces a run-of-the-mill smooth breakup. Crank up the gain, and (as is the case with any distortion box) the saturation becomes a little bit muddy. That's where the filter knobs come into play. Unlike standard distortion stompboxes, which feature a single tone knob, the Dark Matter lets you EQ the low and high end separately. So, when you blast the distortion, you can carve out some of those lows and end up with the kind of soaring lead tone that lets you pull off intense solos. And then there's the voicing switch, which totally recalibrates the way the Dark Matter responds to low end. Bottom line - if you're looking for an incredibly versatile distortion box, then buy the Dark Matter, clear your schedule, and let the tone tweaking begin.
TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion Pedal Features at a Glance: