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The 7 worlds of distortion, overdrive and clipping... Sound Enhancers & Exciters (HW)
Old 14th April 2012
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The 7 worlds of distortion, overdrive and clipping...

Please link example files of distortion, overdrive and clipping and explain how this kind of sound is produced and the involved gear, components, etc.

This is another School of Rock thread, but not limited to guitars.

I could not find a thread for this kind of information.
Old 14th April 2012
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The question is a bit broad. You could look on youtube for a lot of examples from stompboxes, the CultureVulture, Fucifier, etc.etc.
Old 2nd July 2012
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Old 3rd July 2012
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The sound not only depends on what kind of distortion but also on how much %%% there is in the sound. Like, how much milk and sugar in your coffee. An italian espresso with two spoons will be different from a sucky latte from a third grade vendor like Starbucks - not just in intensity and 'bean', but also in many other ways.
To name a few, mostly simplified:

2nd harmonic distortion: tubes, if done right, transistors, if done with low gain/low feedback
3rd harmonic distortion : transformers past their linear transfer curve
clipping : clipping...what? Clipping is when the signal exceeds the available voltage and transfer curve of the topology, it could be anything
AD converter cliping : see 'clipping'
mixing desk distortion : as many as there are different topologies of output line amps in the world : see 'clipping'
Sansamp : a fuzzbox with a mix knob
Compressor Distortion : which? VAC, FET, opto, vari Mu... or the transformers in the chain?
Overdriving the 1176 : input attentuator interaction with the gear feeding it, FET/depending on time constant, line amp, output transformer, ...
Overdriving the LA-2A : input transformer, tube stages, vactrol, interstage transformer, tubes, output transformer..
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