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Overdrive is a sound you get when you push an amp too hard. The sound begins to break up and you get a 'dirty' sort of tone. These days amps usually have a function built in that lets you get overdrive. Or you can use external effects to achieve it.
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Does it got something to do with feedback and how do you do it?



ok. true overdrive comes from working a tube amp too hard. it is different from distortion in that in distortion it's like someone has cut the signal's sinewave with a knife, giving that crunchy distorted tone. Overdrive is more like the crests of the sinewave imploded slightly. what you get with overdrive that you don't get with distortion is a very rounded, bassy tone and if you play more than one note, you will hear the notes that you played, plus the average note or harmonic between each note.
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Overdrive basically means adding more distortion(drive) to your amps sound.

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Like jamrockradio said: Overdrive is generally used to classify the rounding of the signal by a tube/valve which occurs when the volume of the amplifier is increased past its dynamic range. You can acheive this by increasing the volumn of the pre-amp tubes OR the power tubes.

In a solid state system, when you increase the volume past it's dynamic range the signal is instead cut, not rounded, and is generally coined as "Distortion"

EDIT: All jargon aside, technically speaking Overdrive is simply increasing the volumn of a signal to the point where signal clipping occurs. Distortion is simply the sound you hear when overdrive is present.
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All jargon aside, technically speaking Overdrive is simply increasing the volumn of a signal to the point where signal clipping occurs. Distortion is simply the sound you hear when overdrive is present.


distortion is a different kind of clipping. in distortion the sine wave turns into a bunch of plateaus. overdrive is more like the sinewave is an eroded hill, it still has a crest, and it's still the same frequency, it's just different.
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distortion is a different kind of clipping. in distortion the sine wave turns into a bunch of plateaus. overdrive is more like the sinewave is an eroded hill, it still has a crest, and it's still the same frequency, it's just different.


I know that and I explained it similarly in the paragraph above. However, this is how the two terms are used informally. The actual definition of overdrive and distortion in guitar amplification is different. Overdrive is simply increasing the volumn of an audio single to the point where signal clipping occurs (regardless of type) and distortion is the sound you hear when signal clipping occurs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overdrive_%28music%29

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you are technically correct. which is the best kind of correct. and you have technically corrected me, the master of techincal correctness. hats off my good man.
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