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Someone explain the term Op-Amp to me?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Toasted, Dec 15, 2003.


  1. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    In relation to effects. my guru is talking me round to having an op-amp bass distprtion instead of a valve. i dunno what it means!

    any help much appreciated :)
     
  2. bill spangler

    bill spangler

    Mar 4, 2001
    Albany GA
    Op-Amp is a term shortened from "operational amplifier". They are semi-conductor "chips" which usually consists of two or more transitors plus some other electronic jibber-jabber. In the old days they were used extensively in "analog computers" which were used to model or calculate scientific data. Nowdays they are used in musical circuits where the circuits are designed to mimic "tube" circuits. Some of these do very well, for example the Sansamp products. These circuits tend to be less delicate that tube circuits. For more info goto a local Radio shack and look in their "Getting started in electronics" book.