Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by thesmallprint, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. thesmallprint


    Jan 4, 2005
    what is meant by buffer in the context wher i want to split my signal and run one signal with effects and the other one clean i asked the guy from www.loooper.com and he said that i need an eq or sumthing to buffer the clean signal
  2. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    A "buffer" is basically a little electronic circuit that "unloads" the output stage, so it doesn't have to work as hard.

    Basically the idea is, that if you have an output stage driving something (whether that stage be tube or transistor), there's only "so much" energy it can pump into whatever comes after it. Many times, the various stages in an amp can't quite pump enough energy, especially if you're hanging several things on the output.

    So, you get a "buffer". Usually, it's an electronic circuit with a low impedance output, which means it has more available energy, so it can drive more things.

    Not being too "precise" in my description here, but that's more or less the concept. :)