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TC Electronic Spark Booster guitar pedal now available

Spark Booster rounds off TC Electronic's immensely successful line of compact overdrive and distortion pedals, but that's not all. It also represents the ultimate salute to TC Electronic's legendary Booster + Line Driver & Distortion.

Spark Booster features 26 dB of boost, making it the perfect tool for enhancing existing sounds and highlighting solo or rhythm parts. For guitarists who are looking for tonal options, an active EQ consisting of a Bass and Treble knob provides precise tonal shaping, as well as extended lows and added top-end sparkle.Spark -front

A Gain knob allows for the addition of sweet saturation and compression, and a Mid-boost switch adds loads of mix-cutting clarity to sounds. Spark Booster is also true bypass to ensure maximum tonal integrity. With this balanced set of features, Spark Booster simply adds 'that certain something' without any unwanted tonal shaping. Spark Booster injects punch, body and warmth into pickups, drives amps to peak performance and adds life, grit and tone to guitar set-ups.

"Spark Booster is the epitome of what we tried to contribute to the guitar community with drive sounds," says TC Electronic's Tore Mogensen, Product Manager for guitar, and continues: "After Dark Matter Distortion, Röttweiler Distortion and MojoMojo Overdrive were met with runaway success, we really wanted to round out our efforts in compact drive-effects with a bang. We are an innovative company and hate looking back, but there was no denying that the classic TC Electronic Booster + Line Driver & Distortion would have to be a source of inspiration.

From seasoned pros like Scott Ian and Allan Holdsworth to dedicated hobbyists, there are just so many guitarists out there who absolutely love that pedal, but crave modern features and sounds. And so we decided to not go for simply a reissue or something like it, but more of a modern take on what made the Booster + Line Driver & Distortion so special. That result is Spark Booster, and I simply could not be more proud of what we've achieved."

Spark Booster - Ignite Your Playing


Spark Booster is a special type of pedal. It's a pedal that will ignite your playing and kickstart your inspiration. And no matter how you decide to use it, it's a guaranteed ear-to-ear grin as soon as the first notes hit you. What starts as a "just-wanna-try-this-pedal-out"-session turns out to be a 3 hour marathon of new riffs, licks and ideas, without you even noticing any time has passed - because you were too busy having fun and sounding great. That type of pedal.

Realizing your potential.
Spark Booster works wonders as an always on-type of effect - adding life, grit and compression to your sound in a way that just oozes tone and musicality. Add body, punch and warmth to pickups, drive amps to peak performance and enhance the sonic possibilities of existing sounds. Spark Booster also shines when used as a pure level boost. It's the perfect tool to prime solos, highlight parts and add another musical dimension to your amp or Overdrive/Distortion pedal - to really drive that killer solo, lick or riff home.

Spark Booster's feature set is all about you - maximizing what you already have and realizing your potential. The level knob allows you to add 26 dB of boost - it raises your volume without altering the character of your tone in any way. Spark Booster's Gain knob is perfect for adding a hint of breakup or slight compression to a clean amp. 

The active EQ controls consist of Bass and Treble knobs - which allow you to cut and boost these frequencies. They form the perfect tone shaping tool and because they are active EQs, Spark Booster can amplify frequency areas as well, and be used to create deep, extended lows or to add beautiful top-end sparkle. Also, Spark Booster is True-bypass, guaranteeing optimal tonal integrity.

Rounding out the feature set of Spark Booster is a little toggle switch that allows for three settings. The 'Clean' setting means the pedal boosts your signal equally across the frequency spectrum. The 'Fat' setting fattens up sounds and adds life and punch to your sound, and allows for precise tonal shaping with the EQ and Gain knobs. The Mid-boost section provides a bump in the mids that is both musical and pronounced. It cuts through any mix with heaps of unprecedented clarity and allows you to be heard like never before.

Drive, driven full circle.
Spark Booster is the fourth entry for Overdrive/Distortion pedals in our compact pedal series, and rounds up our lineup on these type of pedal platform. Based on the runaway
success of the classic-sounding Dark Matter Distortion, the more modern voiced Röttweiler Distortion and the MojoMojo Overdrive, Spark Booster had to be the grand finale to our take on drive, distortion and boost. Simply put, we wanted to make this one truly special and in order to do so, we took inspiration from our own history.

Rooted in tradition - aimed at rebellion.
Whether you are a starting guitarist or a seasoned pro, chances are you've heard of us at some point. For many this will be about our reputation in Reverbs, Delay and Modulation effects, but for guitarists who know and love their boost- and distortion greats, it will be about one of our first pedals: the TC Electronic Booster + Line Driver & Distortion. A true classic in its own right and the perfect starting point for Spark Booster. To this day, the Booster + Line Driver & Distortion is used by high-profile pros as diverse as Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Allan Holdsworth, and it is a highly sought after pedal on the used market. We took all that made the Booster + Line Driver & Distortion so immensely popular and brought it into the 21st century. And so, Spark Booster is not a 1:1 port, nor is it a reissue or a tribute. Rather than that, Spark Booster represents a modern take on all that made the TC Electronic Booster + Line Driver & Distortion such a fantastic pedal - and the ultimate declaration of our love for amazing boost and distortion sounds, aimed squarely at guitarists that want to spark their creativity.

Spark Booster at a glance:

  • 26 dB of boost.
  • Level knob - drive amps even harder.
  • Place after existing distortion/overdrive to enhance drive sounds.
  • Add grit, life and compression to your tone.
  • Add body, punch and warmth to pickups.
  • Mid-boost - cut through any mix.
  • Active EQ - extended low and high end.
  • True bypass - optimal signal integrity.

 

For more info visit TC Electronic.

 

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