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Comb Filter - is this is?
Old 12th November 2018
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Comb Filter - is this is?

I've recently started using Impulse Response software for guitar cabs and the result sounds a bit phasey.
Here's a recorded example (pls excuse slight tuning issues) Vocaroo | Voice message

Is this comb filtering or am I imaging that phasey sound?!
Old 12th November 2018
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Can anyone hear what I'm talking about?
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Can anyone hear what I'm talking about?
I cannot hear anything out of the ordinary.
You are the only one who knows how the dry original sounds; other people can't know whether, or not, it was played or intended like this.
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I cannot hear anything out of the ordinary.
You are the only one who knows how the dry original sounds; other people can't know whether, or not, it was played or intended like this.
Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. You're probably correct. If nothing jumps out at you as unusual it must be my imagination!
Old 13th November 2018
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Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. You're probably correct. If nothing jumps out at you as unusual it must be my imagination!
It's not necessarily just your imagination.

Some comb filtering also occurs naturally in a room and will cause coloration of the original sound; this can be a desired thing, or not.
You may have noticed that the timbre of your guitar is different in a room than it is outside and also differs from room to room.
These differences in tonal colors are a result of natural comb filtering.

That's why only by comparing your dry recording to the processed one, you can judge if there's an additional coloration going on, that would suggest comb filtering by the software.
And even then; it's only a bad thing if you do not like the sound.

*Comb filtering is happening around us all the time and is responsible for the color/timbre of the sounds that we hear.
However, only when we do not like a particular sound, we tend to attribute it to comb filtering.*

Regards
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That's great advice, many thanks.
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