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post Mar 21 2009, 08:36 PM
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Im trying to learn H.I.M covers and alot/all of his songs in the tabs say the guitar is to be Overdrive.

Ive got alot of Distortion tones so it sounds too crunchy and gainy for them.

So I can attempt myself what is ment by Overdrive(n)? What would on a PODxt Live would you lower or raise etc?

.... or for a shortcut does anyone have a nice tone that I can load and compare with my other distorted ones?



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post Mar 21 2009, 08:48 PM
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Overdrive is like distortion but not a strong one. If your amp has some natural gain or drive and you need more than that you can turn on your overdrive pedal and have more distortion. If you're using POD, there must be some sound that can simulate that. Tweak it until you're happy.

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post Mar 21 2009, 10:05 PM
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Overdrive is about overdriving the power tubes using a OD pedal, or simulating the sound of an overdriven tube amp using a OD pedal.

It differs from distortion in the way that distortion alters the signal by adding... distoirtion.
If you want to push your powertubes into distortion you raise the signal level of an OD pedal to inclease the signal strength into the preamp -> poweramp to be stronger.

Meaning also that for the purpose it's good you you're right below the sweet spot and the OD pedal pushes you over.

The often do come with a knob for tube distortion (could be called dist or something on the pedal) just for simulating the sound. With solidstate or tube amps, doesn't matter so much. The difference is that it then gives more of a distortion effect than signal effect.

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post Mar 22 2009, 05:57 AM
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The simple answer - Overdrive is basically a weak distortion. Distortions sounds much dirtier because of the harmonics involved with an overly clipped signal.

Just use the distortion on the ValveKing, and set it to around 9:00, and try using more Mids.

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post Mar 22 2009, 06:52 AM
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Overdrives that are mods can be pretty neat. I have one from this guy. Here is one of them, not the one I have though, but it sounds similar. It sustains your note without going high pitched as it tails off. Sounds to me like it is a bit compressed. But really sounds good.|294%3A50

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post Mar 22 2009, 10:57 AM
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in other way overdrive more mid range frequency than treble/ bass as in distortion

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