#1
If I like the tone of the distortion on my amp, but wanted to tighten it up without changing it too much, which would be the better option? I've searched around but can't get an answer to this exact question.

I've learned that an OD is supposed to tighten the sound, but usually also affects the tone a little bit, and increases gain, while a boost increases volume and possibly gain.

Basically, I don't want more gain, just a way to optimize the gain I have.

Would an EQ work better?

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#3
I think compression is what you're looking for. If you don't want to change the sound too much, you'll want to stay away for an eq.
#4
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I think compression is what you're looking for. If you don't want to change the sound too much, you'll want to stay away for an eq.


*facepalm*

An EQ will do what you need.
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I think compression is what you're looking for. If you don't want to change the sound too much, you'll want to stay away for an eq.


I DO want to change the sound, just not necessarily the gain, or the overall tone. Just the balance of the sound.

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#6
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I DO want to change the sound, just not necessarily the gain, or the overall tone. Just the balance of the sound.


Well an EQ will do that

You can make slight adjustments to your tone. If want a heavier sound you can make slight adjustments to the mids and treble.

A classic rock sound? You can boost the mids ever so slightly to get a good crunch.

Most EQ pedals have have a level or gain control so if you ever decide you want more gain or extra volume you can do that to.

EDIT: Your amp is tube? An OD pedal can tighten up your sound (assuming your using overdrive on your amp) and that might do what you want.
Last edited by Final !mpact at Sep 6, 2008,
#7
Yea, its a tube. I guess I'll just have to try stuff out. I think an EQ would be a good investment anyway, so I'll look at one of those and decide on a OD/boost later.

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#8
EQ in the loop, OD smacking the front end of the preamp. Overdrive on the pedal down way low, level/balance on the pedal jacked up, and tone to taste.
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#9
Quote by Cutlass_253
Yea, its a tube. I guess I'll just have to try stuff out. I think an EQ would be a good investment anyway, so I'll look at one of those and decide on a OD/boost later.


Sounds good.
#10
you know, you could always turn down the gain on your amp and use a clean boost to bring it back up to the same level of gain, that could tighten the sound, although i'm not sure.

A compressor should help tighten things up, too. But an EQ is a good investment some EQ pedals will allow for a volume boost so can be used as a clean boost.
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#11
Quote by Final !mpact

Most EQ pedals have have a level or gain control so if you ever decide you want more gain or extra volume you can do that to.

How is that even supposed to work? The way I see it, the EQ pedal can only boost the signal - that will increase the volume somewhat and might increase gain. There's no magic way to increase volume without increasing gain since they're the same thing, is there?
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