#1
This may come across as a noob question, but I just want to make sure I understand the terms. I see that a lot of people boost their tube amps with an OD pedal to get a "tighter" sounding distortion.

I think I know what this means, but I just wanted to get some clarification. For example, on my 6505+ if I turn the resonance dial down, is that "tightening" the sound? When I do so, the low end tends to respond more quickly to muting, whereas with the resonance dial turned up it takes a bit longer for the low end sounds to stop reverberating? Is that it, in a nutshell?

Certainly, some amount of "looseness" can be beneficial for certain sounds as well, right?

I'm just curious because I'm considering getting an OD for my amp, but I just wanted to make sure it's going to improve my sound, otherwise, I'll just be wasting my money.
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#4
yeah. It's about how fast the notes respond, the bass thumps instead of booms..stuff like that.

diezels are pretty tight. so are fryettes.

a 6505 is not really a tight amp.
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#5
Okay, thanks, that helps. I have a Dimarzio D-sonic pickup in the bridge position which supposedly tightened it up as well - it certainly improved the tone. Does anybody else have any more links that show one vs. the other?

I actually like my tone quite a bit as it is, but you can always make it just a little better right???
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Quote by AcousticMirror
yeah. It's about how fast the notes respond, the bass thumps instead of booms..stuff like that.

diezels are pretty tight. so are fryettes.

a 6505 is not really a tight amp
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It's pretty tight. It all depends on your settings. A Recto is not tight
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Quote by AcousticMirror
a 6505 is not really a tight amp.

6505s are very tight amps unless you're doing it wrong
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#9
My 5150 isn't very tight, without a TS. Which is really nice, I like it a lot. It's much more like a massive wall of gain sound, than a tight and articulate sound.

I think the 6505+ is a lot tighter on it's own.
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#10
Quote by MatrixClaw
6505s are very tight amps unless you're doing it wrong

You know how Min is. He maxes his gain completely. Which is a no-go on a 6505, there's so much gain there.
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#11
Quote by MatrixClaw
6505s are very tight amps unless you're doing it wrong


I like my shit ridiculously tight.
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#12
Quote by AcousticMirror
yeah. It's about how fast the notes respond, the bass thumps instead of booms..stuff like that.

diezels are pretty tight. so are fryettes.

a 6505 is not really a tight amp.

It's pretty tight, but it's not as tight as an ENGL.

At least to me it was when I played one.
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#14
Quote by Offworld92
My 5150 isn't very tight, without a TS. Which is really nice, I like it a lot. It's much more like a massive wall of gain sound, than a tight and articulate sound.

I think the 6505+ is a lot tighter on it's own.

The 5150 is MUCH tighter than the 6505+, you must be doing something wrong

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I like my shit ridiculously tight.

You don't even play br00tz, so it doesn't even matter
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#15
Quote by MatrixClaw
The 5150 is MUCH tighter than the 6505+, you must be doing something wrong


You don't even play br00tz, so it doesn't even matter


u r a drummer.
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#16
The tightest tone I can think of is in After the Burial's song "Promises Kept," at about 3:30.

But yeah, a tight tone is usually a lot clarity (and only a moderate amount of gain), as well as a pretty short resonance time especially in the lower frequencies. Most djent is pretty tight, in fact it's almost impossible to get the djent tone without being tight.