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GUITAR EFFECTS - What Are They?    
Guitar effects are electronic units that can be connected between your guitar and an amplifier or mixing board. The purpose of guitar effects is to modify the tone of the instrument and to create special sounds using one pedal or a combination of several pedals, the choice is yours:

Wah, Compression, Overdrive, Phase, Distortion, Flanger,
Chorus, Tremolo, Echo, Delay, Pitch Shifter, Reverb, etc...

Guitar Effects
What kind of guitar effects you need?
These are the most used guitar effects pedals

WAH PEDAL
Here is a guitar effect pedal that controls in a continuous way a filter of mid frequency . Popularized by Jimi Hendrix at the end of the sixties. Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan and guitarists of other styles as funk use intensively the wah - wah. If you are searching for a wah-wah guitar effects pedal , I would begin testing a Dunlop or Budda.

COMPRESSOR / LIMITER
This guitar effect modifies the dynamics of the sound. The strongest notes are "compressed" until reaching a maximum level determined by you. After compressing, set the output volume to the desired level or in "0 db" - the standard.

You will be able to achieve a "larger" sound , with greater sustain, but with less dynamics. Guitar effects that add sustain to solos and are very notorious in the long notes. The compressor pedals that I like could be the MXR Dyna Comp and the Boss CS-3 guitar effects.

ACOUSTIC SIMULATOR
Some guitarists need to “simulate” acoustic guitar sounds playing an electric guitar on stage, to obtain an acoustic “air” or to get an special sound with the simulator as a part of a guitar effects pedals chain. Also, the electro-acoustic might be processed through an Acoustic Simulator to achieve a "more real” sound.

OVERDRIVE / DISTORTION
A popular guitar effect to obtain distortion tones that sound good in any amplifier and situation. Many players get their main tones from guitar effects pedals of this kind. If what you want is to emulate the overdrive of some amplifier, some major brands like Hughes & Kettner, Soldano or Marshall offer pedals designed for this purpose.

Some advantages:
1. They have greater sustain and distortion than many amplifiers’ overdrive
2. There are a huge variety of pedals available
3. These guitar effects are cheaper and more portable than amplifiers
4. Also, they may work as boosters (E.g. Boss DS-1 and Ibanez Tube Screamer)

EQUALIZER
These guitar effects are Graphic Equalizers whose frequencies are found inside the range of the guitar’s sound. The popular ones are the seven band equalizers as the DOD FX40B. They're used in tandem with the equalization of any amplifier or as a part of guitar effect combination.

PHASER, FLANGER, CHORUS AND TREMOLO
Is difficult to explain with words how guitar effects of this type sound, which is the difference between a flanger and a phaser or between a chorus and a tremolo. You have to listen to them, especially if you are a guitarist that have not yet experienced with guitar effects like 'em. In this group, Electro-Harmonix has a long tradition.

ECHO / DELAY
The classic guitar effect of repetition that I listened for the first time in Queen’s "Now I’m Here", where Brian May shows us how the real masters work. The Edge (U2) uses it to build complex rhythmic sequences where the delay is predominant. Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani use the delay almost all the time, with a low volume.

Delay Controls:
Delay Time; the length of each repetition
Delay Feedback; the number of repetitions
Delay Mix; the balance between the clean signal and the delay

PITCH SHIFTER
Guitar effect based on the same principle of the delay: the recording and reproduction of a sound In the pitch shifter, you can change the tuning during the reproduction - add thirds, fifths, eighths or any other interval to the note that are playing . There are "intelligent" pitch shifters ; in which you're able to introduce information about the harmony. A guitar effect that could sound like two guitarists playing in duet in perfect harmony.

REVERB
One of the most used effects in recording studios and on stage. It can be added to any instrument. In a recording situation, the reverb of the instruments is usually added at the moment of the mix, at the end. On stage situations it has a lot more sense to have the control of a reverb on your own pedal board . The reverb types that you'll find on pedals are: room, hall, plate and some variations of them.

VOLUME PEDAL
Guitar effect that raises or decreases the volume of your signal via a footpedal. For the guitar, I recommend you a MONO volume pedal, unless you use a stereo instrument or two amplifiers simultaneously.

Connecting a volume pedal before the amplifier is the same as using the volume potentiometer of the guitar. This is only recommended if you're seeking somewhat particular. Connecting the volume pedal in the "guitar effects loop" of the amplifier is ideal to raise the overall volume for solos.

GUITAR MULTI EFFECTS
Combines various guitar effects in a single unit. Some guitar multi effects come as large pedal boards that have all effects and switching inside. Others are MIDI pedal boards that control rack mounted guitar multi effects. Line 6 is an indisputable leader in this category and the POD is its representative product.

Guitar Multi Effects advantages:
1. They occupy a short space
2. They weigh less and cost less
3. Since you have no cables among the effects; a sound with less noise is produced
4. They are programmable. You can play through various guitar effects simultaneously, adjusting each of their parameters and save them all in a memory to recall them just by pressing one pedal


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