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In praise of the humble TC Spark Mini

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by kesslari, Nov 24, 2018.


  1. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Not a sexy pedal, perhaps, but just what I need!
    I'm playing more jazz and fusion, and getting called to solo more.
    And frankly, unless I'm going for an effected sound (filter, octave), I like the sound of my bass through my rig as it is (Doc Lloyd compressor, Sonic Farm 2di4). So I'm not looking to add "grit" or "hair" or any other descriptive thing to my tone. I just need to be a little louder...

    And the Spark Mini does exactly that.
    I just got it last week, and now it's the pedal that I press most.
     
  2. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    For sure. The full size version is a bit of a sleeper too for what it is.
     
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Spark Mini is nice, though I did detect an ever-so-slight mid scoop with it. But it's close enough to where you'd have to listen to it under a microscope to really notice.
     
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  4. Frodolicious

    Frodolicious Supporting Member

    May 29, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    The slight mid cut is good to know! Probably not important to @kesslari if he is using it for a solo boost.

    For either Spark, you cant go wrong, very under appreciated for bass imo.
     
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  5. JN8642

    JN8642

    Aug 19, 2015
    Tried it and a MXR Micro Amp tonight, very very impressed with both I gotta say
     
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  6. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I wouldn't say they're underappreciated. There are a number of bassists out there who know about the Spark pedals. And use and love them. I tried them before but only in stores. I've always wanted to get them in a live mix where they most likely excel. Same with the Micro Amp. But then again, I know the Micro Amp was well used and liked until the pedal boom happened. Then it seemed to have become a more obscure one to see on boards when you used to see them all the time. I know I really like the model that's in my HX effects. Sounds awesome.
     
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  7. Alien8

    Alien8

    Jan 29, 2014
    The MicroAmp isn't so micro tho. Wonder why MXR hasn't changed that yet.
     
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Not everyone likes 1590a's. Probably more people like 1590b's. Hamish from Southampton said the reason he quit making pedals in 1590a format was because of complaints. I imagine it's the same at most companies.
     
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  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Agreed. The thought of getting those tiny pedals to save space sounds like such a pleasing idea. Until you get a few and you try stepping on them. I'm just short of not being able to stand them.
     
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  10. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Love the Spark Mini. It does it’s job, and it does it well. Boosts volume when needed and adds oomph to ODs and distortions. Any tonal failings are lost in the mix.
     
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I've figured them out and I don't flip them anymore, so I'm all for them.
     
  12. Spectre1966

    Spectre1966 Striving For Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Wallingford, CT
    Yup.....Spark Mini is a great little booster when you need it.
     

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