DSM & Humboldt Electronics

DSM & Humboldt Black Clouds Distortion

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A blizzard of brutal tones!

DSM Humboldt’s Black Clouds was designed to be the ultimate high-gain distortion pedal, packed to the brim with versatile EQ and boost options.

The core of this 2-piece pedal is the ultra-high-gain distortion section, featuring three flexible modes and a full 3-band EQ, unlocking an endless assortment of metal-tinged possibilities, from brutal breakdowns to tones that dive down to the depths of djent-y mayhem.

Moreover, the Black Clouds also boasts a secondary footswitch to access this pedal’s powerful Master Boost section, with up to 20dB of gain available even when bypassing the distortion side!

Best of all, the mighty 3-way X-Gate switch enables the Black Clouds’ built-in noise-gate for squeal-free tones on even the most saturated settings.

Add in the flexible pre-preamp boost and tone controls, and the DSM Humboldt represents a crushing evolution in the world of high-gain pedals!


A trio of modes to choose from.

To accommodate everyone from classic guitar-into-amp players to modern modeling maestros, the Black Clouds boasts three different modes.

Normal : The simplest of the Black Clouds’ modes, this setting is ideal for guitarists utilizing a traditional amplifier setup.

Preamp : This mode is fine-tuned to excel with guitarists running into IRs, power amps, or digital modeling systems. It sports a sharper, brighter tone to cut through any mix.

Mid Boost : Sometimes, your lead tones just need a little extra girth. Mid Boost cranks up your signal’s midrange for a fuller, meatier feel.


DSM Humboldt Black Clouds Distortion Pedal Features:

• The ultimate high-gain pedal, with a plethora of additional EQ and boost options.

• 3 different modes of operation to adapt to a wide variety of configurations.

• Built-in noise gate keeps your signal clean and clear.

• Full 3-band EQ to sculpt every facet of your sound.

• Exceptionally broad range of gain on tap, from a slightly boosted sound to brutal tones!

• Master Boost packs 20dB of clean boost that can be added to your signal, even when the pedal is disengaged.

• Pre Boost adds up to 30dB of gain before the preamp circuit.

• Power: 9 - 18V DC.

• Current Draw: 40mA.

• Dimensions: 3.74" X 4.7" X 2".



Type Distortion
Condition New
Power 9 - 18V DC
Current Draw 100mA
Power supply included No
Manufacturer Warranty 2 years
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  • USA : 1 - 2 business days
  • Rest of the world: 3 - 5 business days.

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