harmonic distortion?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bass_player_cd, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. bass_player_cd

    bass_player_cd terminated.

    Aug 21, 2000
    What is harmonic distortion compared to just distortion? Is the harmoic dist. bring out harmonics?:confused:
  2. Harmonic distortion is a transistor type distortion that prevents cliping of the upper harmonics, useful for guitarist when they solo. Pretty useless for a bassist because they usually suck lowend out.
  3. Harmonic distortion is distortion that affects the frequency response of a system. In music terms, this means almost all distiortion you hear, for instance clipping amps and roaring guitars.

    There's also:

    - IM (intermodulation) distortion
    - phase distortion
    - social distortion :)D)

    Can't think of more types at this time.
  4. bass_player_cd

    bass_player_cd terminated.

    Aug 21, 2000
    what do you mean by clipping? does it just make the harmonics ring out instead of just for a couple seconds?
  5. ok, clipping:

    You know what a sine wave looks like? Well clipping is when the tops of the sine wave, instead of being a nice curve are actually "chopped" off and made more square.

    Harmonic distortion is where the harmonics, are slightly distorted, usually in the upper region. Most amps today have a Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of around 0.01% to 0.04% which isn't too bad.


  6. Oh, boy! Are you a newbie!

    Clipping occurs when you push an amplifier over its maximum, be it deliberately or not. A farting-like sound is the result. Most people don't hear it. They think they can keep pushing their amp forever, until it dies.