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 Visitors’ FAQs: Distortion

  • FAQ: Everytime I switch on my distortion the sound gets quite 'mushy' - I seem to lose note definition. What can I do?
  • A: The answer lies in how your sound is EQed. Ideally it would be great to have your setup passing thru a dedicated EQ unit  - a parametric type works quite well because you can easily dial the frequency range you want to play with. However, even tweaking the tone controls on your amp/desk can get some results. For my money, emphasising the initial pick sound is the most effective way to do the job. The pick sound seems more prominent in the hi - mid area of the sound, in the vicinity of 2 - 4kHz (I usually dial about 3.2kHz). Boosting this range can increase the sound of the pick hitting the string. The result is that more clarity is added to your individual notes, as well as a healthy dose of grunj! But wait, there's more! For more distinctive sounds try increasing EQ tops and bottoms while cutting the mids: a hollow, raspy effect which works well with metalesque rhythms. In fact, there's no limit to what you can do even with relatively inexpensive units - there's a lot of multi effects processors which provide all this in one box.
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