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Distortion: Overdrive

Distortion: Overdrive

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Published by Matt Gooch

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Published by: Matt Gooch on Apr 23, 2013
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Distortion/ Overdrive
Here is a past exam question and the associated mark scheme.
Distortion is used on the electric guitar to modify the tone and increase sustain. Describe what distortion is. Describe the various ways that distortion has been added to the electric guitar from the 1950’s to the present day.
Answer:• In the context of electric guitar, distortion is created by clipping/ cutting off of thewaveform.• Distortion can occur by overloading an amplifier/ pushing an amplifier to output more thatit is capable.• The resulting signal has more power. The resulting signal has more harmonics/ partialsgiving a brighter/ harsher tone.• IMD - Amplitude modulation of signals containing 2 or more frequencies with non-linearities.VoltageTime

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