The best TC Electronic pedals are a bit difficult to single out because they're all quite good.
As a company, TC Electronic is one of the more underrated pedal manufacturers, though their market presence has increased in recent years.
Most of the pedals are built with a digital processor and true bypass connection, though the sound quality is almost always better than what you would expect from a typical digital pedal.
They do a great job of providing value by not sounding cheap or too quiet.
Typical Features of TC Electronic Pedals
- TonePrint via USB
- True bypass
- Mid to lower price range
- Digital signal processor
This is a list of the best TC Electronic pedals that I've put together based on personal experience and actual use. I've owned and/or rented all of the pedals in this list, to make sure I can give you a sincere and first-hand account.
Keep in mind, I've made no distinction between effect categories. I've instead targeted the pedals that I've owned or at least used in some capacity. There are five total in the following table.
Best TC Electronic Pedals (top 5 picks)
TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster
TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion
TC Electronic Hall of Fame (HOF) Reverb
TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay 2
TC Electronic Mojo Mojo Overdrive
1. TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay 2
The Flashback's second mini version does have tap tempo, which is surprising in a pedal this small.
Read more: Delay Pedals with Tap Tempo Control
Also, max delay time gets up to seven seconds.
It also does a good job of replicating the solid tone quality of the full Flashback, which we'd also recommend. The Mini version is just a much better deal at nearly half the price, yet still manages to get you a lot of the functionality you would out of the full Flashback version.
It's a little better for slapback delay styles, where you don't have to set the tempo, though the Mini has a lot of other applications as well. The second version of the Mini adds the MASH expression functionality and a USB port for TonePrint compatibility.
You'll need either a 9V battery or a 9V DC power supply.
Read more: Best Guitar Pedal Power Supplies
IDEAL FOR: Small pedalboards, slapback, and budgets.
2. TC Electronic Mojo Mojo Overdrive
This Mojo Mojo overdrive pedal is a lesser-known member of the TC Electronic lineup, but an absolutely perfect solution for those who want a pedal that can emulate a pushed tube amp.
It's not heavy, but the bass response is nearly perfect and works well with right-hand dynamics.
You get a lot of warmth and smoothness with some distinctly percussive lows.
Even higher notes sound thick and full without being overly saturated or too messy.
It's a simple overdrive pedal that provides a lot of great sounds, and what we'd consider a diamond in the rough of overdrive pedals.
IDEAL FOR: Vintage tube amp fans/users
3. TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion
The Dark Matter is significantly cheaper than most other TC Electronic pedals.
It's also cheaper than a lot of the distortion pedals I recommend.
But what I like most about the Dark Matter is the gain profile having a foot in both vintage and modern styles. As a result, it sounds good on high and low gain settings, giving it a wide variety of applications.
The control scheme is simple with a gain and level knob set over a two-band EQ with a bass and treble knob.
For midrange, the "VOICE" switch gives you a little bit of variety, but when I tested it, the switch seemed to have less of an impact than I would have hoped. Most of the variety came from adjusted the gain control and the bass knob.
Even then, the gain control gives you such a wide range of saturation that it was easy to jump from vintage distortion to a modern, almost metal-sounding gain level.
In its price range, it's tough to beat.
Read the full review: TC Electronic Dark Matter
IDEAL FOR: Versatility between modern and vintage distorted tones
4. TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster
Another best cheap guitar pedal candidate from TC Electronic is the Spark Mini Booster, which is a really simple boost pedal that also manages to make your tone a bit better. I've tested it with an electric guitar, bass, and my acoustic rig for when I play at church.
Particularly when paired with an acoustic guitar, it just sounds really full and vibrant.
Even if I didn't want the signal boost, the sound coming out of my acoustic was just more full and lively than I got without it. Whenever I use the Spark I typically set it to match the output I want and then just leave it on the entire time.
It's an easy win for your rig and your wallet.
IDEAL FOR: Acoustic rigs, simple volume boosts.
5. TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb
While I've always thought the Hall of Fame pedals (currently two versions out) were a little over-priced, I've also found them to be the most usable digital reverb pedals on the market.
You get 11 different modes and plenty of control, which allows you to run the table between subtle ambience and deep ethereal saturation.
As with the Spark, I've used it both in electric and acoustic guitar rigs.
It can be a little difficult to discern a difference between some of the modes, depending on how you have parameters set. When I use reverb, I prefer a more subtle layer of ambience, with a shorter trail, which means part of the melding of sounds was just because of the way I use them.
But for its size and price, the Hall of Fame functions more like the old Line 6 modeling pedals than a single switch stomp box.
For the price, it's another high value option and one of my favorite recommendations.
If you're thinking about pulling the trigger on this one, check out used options before you buy new. Also consider there are two versions out, as of December 2020, the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame 2. There's a "mini" version of this pedal as well.
IDEAL FOR: All ambient effects needs
In addition to the pedals mentioned here, there are a few TC Electronic honorable mentions that didn't get their own product highlight above.
Some of them I'm less familiar with but have heard equally good things about.
Others are just more utilities that are difficult to "highlight" in the same way.
- Ditto Looper
- PolyTune 3 Tuner
- Corona Chorus
- Hall of Fame Mini Reverb
- Vortex Flanger
The TC Electronic Pedal Series Lineup
Like many pedal manufacturers, TC Electronic breaks their stompboxes down into three different sizes:
- Mini series
- Medium or "normal" size
The typical TC Electronic pedal is about the size of a mid-level Boss stompbox, like the Boss DS-1. Here's a picture of the Hall of Fame just for reference:
I'm more familiar with the mini and regular sized TC Electronic pedals, as the large ones don't typically show up in the store where I go to test them.
However, a lot of these pedals come in all three variations.
Take the TC Electronic Flashback, for example:
Large Flashback or Triple Delay
Why pick these?
When I'm looking for the best TC Electronic pedals I'm trying to find a decent combination of price, quality, and functionality within the brand name. For example, the Hall of Fame mini has so much functionality stripped out of it (compared to the regular HOF) that it wasn't worth highlighting because you'd be better off with the other version.
At the same time, the mini version of the Flashback still does a lot of what the regular flashback does.
In that scenario, the Mini version gets the edge.
But there's some subjectivity involved too, because these are the TC Electronic pedals I've owned and/or tested myself. That's a big part of how we select pedals to be on roundup lists like this one.
Your TC Electronic Pedal Experience
But what about you?
What are your favorite TC Electronic pedals, or which ones have you owned before?
Maybe there are a few you've owned that you wish you hadn't.
Anything is fair game in the comments section below. Feel free to share your thoughts, questions, and perspectives there.
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