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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bass_player_cd, Feb 14, 2002.
What is harmonic distortion compared to just distortion? Is the harmoic dist. bring out harmonics?
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.
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.
- IM (intermodulation) distortion
- phase distortion
- social distortion D)
Can't think of more types at this time.
what do you mean by clipping? does it just make the harmonics ring out instead of just for a couple seconds?
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.
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.