I have put some pleasant time spent with The Dark Matter Distortion pedal by T C Electronic. I watched some youtube listen to some people who explained that dirt boxes work really well when feeding into a clean amp and a bunch of other very insightful information prior to putting the pedal to work AMP Simulator: Digitech 360 RP, amp model Brown Bassman with a 4 x 12 cabinet, not filters or other fxs used plugged directly into the audio interface of my computer. I choose the Bassman in that it is rumored to be the sire of the JTM 45. plugging the guitar into the dark matter directly into the Digitech 360 RP and playing clean, then with the pedal on, the sound was full dynamic missing all of the scratchy, frizzy, harsh characteristics that give distorted amplifiers such bad press. oh yes! chemobrain exclaimed, yes! yes, listen Spot listen Jane, oh this is wonderful " Spot and Jane stepped several paces away from chemobrain as he frolicked and played punk power chords like a lad that missed his nap. " Come on" Jane said to Spot, "let's go to the park so that I can hit the tennis ball with this crusty racket and you can chasethe tennis ball and bring it back to me over and over again." This was something both Jane and Spot liked to do. Jane put some doggie treats in here pocket and grabbed a cold bottle of tap water from the fridge. Does it sound like some imaginary anvil of the gods, think Marshall JTM 800, how would I know? I've never played one. I have no idea , but, I do know that this sound design is a keeper.