#1
Hey everyone, I'm not nessasarraly (excuse my spelling) and inexperienced player, but I can't really tell much of a difference between distortion and overdrive. Distortion has more options, but I can make my distortion pedal sound the same as my amp's overdrive....
#2
overdrive is the sound of overdriven tubes in a tube amplifier, and is usually not as heavy as "distortion"

other than that i have no idea
#4
Overdrive is the sound of the natural pushing of a tube preamp.

Distortion is far more heavy clipping, often artifically force by massive gain increases, power amp distortion (I believe) and pedals.

Fuzz is bordering on square wave.
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How would a flanger compare in sound?
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How would a flanger compare in sound?


Do you even know what a flanger is? It is nothing to do with clipping.
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Do you even know what a flanger is? It is nothing to do with clipping.


Obviously not if I'm asking.
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#8
A flanger is nothing like distortion or ovedrive, its a different effect entirely. Listen to the intro to Cowboys From Hell by Pantera, that uses flanger.
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"distortion" is by definition a much heavier version of overdrive

distortion is used in modern rock and metal thing slayer, velvet revolver, metallica, guns and roses etc

overdrive is used alot in classic rock think early AC/DC, led zeppelin etc

flanger i think is a treble modifier pedal it lowers and raises the treble to give it a sound that makes you think sci-fi and space and other star wars sounding stuff
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Obviously not if I'm asking.


Fair enough.

A good sample is under the wikipedia article on flangers. Is essence, it makes a copy of your signal, and puts is slightly out of phase with the original (IRRC).
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Overdrive is the sound of the natural pushing of a tube preamp.

Distortion is far more heavy clipping, often artifically force by massive gain increases, power amp distortion (I believe) and pedals.

Fuzz is bordering on square wave.


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#12
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A flanger is nothing like distortion or ovedrive, its a different effect entirely. Listen to the intro to Cowboys From Hell by Pantera, that uses flanger.

The intro of Killing in the name by RATM is another good example.