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I've been looking at expanding my effects board and I want to make sure I get what I the best I can. Could someone explain the difference between digital, analog, and stereo effects? Does one of them have a higher quality sound?
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I've been looking at expanding my effects board and I want to make sure I get what I the best I can. Could someone explain the difference between digital, analog, and stereo effects? Does one of them have a higher quality sound?


A stereo effect would probably be an effect to divide your mono (one channel) guitar input into two channels... maybe like a stereo delay or stereo phaser... where the guitar's noise might go back and forth from the left channel to the right channel. If you don't have two amps though, it won't work.

Digital effects use processors and computers to change your sound... not as good as analog!

Analog would (correct me if I'm wrong) make use of other things (not electronics) to change the sound. A tube distortion pedal, for example, uses a tube, not a computer, to change the sound.
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^ Basically yeah. Digital is either on or off, with analog there's a grey area, and they do make some stereo amps.
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analog is anything that doesn't use ICs. you can get away with transistors, like in fuzzes, and it still being analog.

digital is anything using ICs.

stereo divides the signal path so the sound you hear in each ear is different.
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A stereo effect would probably be an effect to divide your mono (one channel) guitar input into two channels... maybe like a stereo delay or stereo phaser... where the guitar's noise might go back and forth from the left channel to the right channel. If you don't have two amps though, it won't work.

Digital effects use processors and computers to change your sound... not as good as analog!

Analog would (correct me if I'm wrong) make use of other things (not electronics) to change the sound. A tube distortion pedal, for example, uses a tube, not a computer, to change the sound.


pretty much, though analogue uses electronics too.

Digital converts a signal to binary code (on or off) and then has to convert it back to an audio signal, whereas analogue doesn't just have discrete on and off signals. Something like that. Steven Seagull, if he's around, can explain it better than me.
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A stereo effect would probably be an effect to divide your mono (one channel) guitar input into two channels... maybe like a stereo delay or stereo phaser... where the guitar's noise might go back and forth from the left channel to the right channel. If you don't have two amps though, it won't work.

Digital effects use processors and computers to change your sound... not as good as analog!

Analog would (correct me if I'm wrong) make use of other things (not electronics) to change the sound. A tube distortion pedal, for example, uses a tube, not a computer, to change the sound.


I don't think that's a good explination of analog pedals. I believe they don't use micro chips but use capacitors.
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all pedals use caps. it's transistors that matter.
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digital pedals simply convert the (analog) signal of your guitar into data and process it to add an effect then they convert it back to analog signal
during those convertions some of the signal gets lost and thats why some people say digital has a sterile, colder sound than analog

analog pedals keep the analog signal of your guitar and change/add effects with the help of transistors/capacitors and other electronics
that sounds warmer because these things produce (minor) errors which makes the sound more appealing to some

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So, since I don't have 2 amps, I don't have a need for Stereo effects right? And with the other two (analog and digital) analog tends to sound better?
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digital is anything using ICs.

So a tubescreamer is a digital pedal now?


Essentially avoiding any complications: Analogue is where you take a signal and simply filter/boost it to change the sound. In a digital pedal you convert the original signal to a string of binary numbers, these numbers are then "changed" slightly (in order to change the sound) and then converted back into an analogue signal.

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Though the whole purpose to rock is to grate at old people's nerves, so digital all the way.

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There are fantastic digital pedals out there. The Boss delay pedals are great, as well as their chorus and flanger effects. Also, a pedal like the Digitech Whammy is impossible in the analog world. Think about these things when phrases like "analog is better than digital" come to mind, because it's not always the case.
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So a tubescreamer is a digital pedal now?


Essentially avoiding any complications: Analogue is where you take a signal and simply filter/boost it to change the sound. In a digital pedal you convert the original signal to a string of binary numbers, these numbers are then "changed" slightly (in order to change the sound) and then converted back into an analogue signal.





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Though the whole purpose to rock is to grate at old people's nerves, so digital all the way.

lol

Pfft. Nerves shall be grated no matter what you're playing through. And yes, I do realize the sarcasm.
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So a tubescreamer is a digital pedal now?

Exactly what I was going to say.
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