#1
What function do overdrive and distortion have? (like, one is better for lead/rhytm)
When should you use one over the other?
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#2
Well, it depends what type of music you play. Overdrive is usually better for blues, country, etc. Distortion is usually better for rock, grunge, etc. So it all depends on what music you play and what sounds Better for you.
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#3
well they're two different animals but they're related as well. Distortion is used largely by rock bands or metal bands (and also some blues or stevie ray types) and overdrive is used to push that distortion even further. So take a tube amp for example... you got your distortion channel right? well, if thats not enough gain for ya, you can thrown an overdrive pedal in front of it, and really ramp up the gain coming from your amp. as the pedal pushes the tubes harder.

But also, you can throw an overdrive pedal in front of a clean amp, or even a "crunch" amp and get a nice warm bluesy sound as well. think stevie ray vaughan. hope that helps a bit.
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#4
overdrive is distortion. period. people over complicate things like this. it's a form of clipping the audio signal.

Usually, people class distortion as harder, bigger, more chuga chuga then overdrive, but like i said, it's the same thing, people just called it distortion.

To the people bound to start an argument;
what is this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH7XoswEfGQ
overdrive? or distortion?
it's technically called 'Overdrive' because it's pushing tubes to exceed their output. but it's all that fits to be called 'Distortion'
#5
Overdrive Vs. Distortion


EDIT:
Quote by stykerwolf
Usually, people class distortion as harder, bigger, more chuga chuga then overdrive, but like i said, it's the same thing, people just called it distortion.


Also this, it is a lot like time-based effects. Chorus, Phase, Flange are all really based around the same concept as Delay but we look at them all as completely different effects. They are really just different variants of the same thing.
Last edited by Zeppelin Addict at Jul 13, 2011,