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Re: Sustainers and pickups
At 06:13 PM 5/7/97 -0000, you wrote:
>>A common use is hexaphonic distortion. If you distort each string
>>individually and then mix it together, you don't get the inter-modulation
>>distortion that you get with a normal guitar plugged into a fuzz box.
>>basically means that you can play distortion chords without the extreme
>>muddiness you usually get.
>I'd always been fascinated by this idea, but I thought you needed a
>sepearate speaker for each string. Can you just distort each string
>seperately and then combine it back into one speaker?
sure. Its the distortion itself that causes the muddiness. When you have
notes together going into a distortion of some kind, the non-linearities
cause a situation where harmonics of each note modulate each other and
produce all sorts of other frequencies. These frequencies are generally not
harmonically related to the others, resulting in a muddy mess. Unless the
speaker is the thing distorting, it has nothing to do with it.
If you've ever used pitch shifiting after a distortion effect, you've
basically heard the difference. The harmonies created by the pitch-shifting
come through just fine, even though each note is a distorted signal.
Kim Flint 408-752-9284
VLSI Systems Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org