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post Dec 16 2009, 02:31 PM
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Hey guys,

My name's Dan and I just recently joined GMC sometime yesterday. I've been playing guitar for a little over 3 years now, and only now am I really starting to pick up the pace in developing as a musician. I have a question to all you gear heads out there, because when it comes down to this subject in the guitar world, I am completely lost! sad.gif

I've heard a lot of people talking about specific details in an amplifier or pedal that I can't hardly even begin to properly understand. Reason being that, there are a bunch of words, lingo, and concepts being thrown about that make it impossible for me to pick up and decipher the message. So this pretty much is my cry for help on this matter. I don't know how to go about becoming better at this. I'm sorry if this seems pretty ambiguous in scope, but anything on this topic would help me out.

I mean I get the details about distortion pedals and whatnot, but compressors, for example, I don't get at all. I don't know what it "does" per say, if you catch my drift. I love guitar for the fact that it's probably one of the very few instruments that you, the player, can add so many colors to in regards to its sound. But what good is having all those colors and not knowing how to use them properly??? So with that said, is there any wisdom that you guys can impart to me? It would be greatly appreciated smile.gif
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post Dec 16 2009, 02:36 PM
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I`m getting to understand a bit myself, but still struggling with the exact same problem on computer hardware. For what a pedal does to your sound, I recommand to check out proguitarshops youtube channel. They give demos of hundres of pedals where you can pick up a lot;)

Also hanging around the forum gives you kinda experience on the subject


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post Dec 16 2009, 02:53 PM
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Talk to musicians, ask in stores and read wikipedia^^

And post some direct questions here, your post is pretty vague!

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post Dec 16 2009, 04:52 PM
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Just post all your questions here in the boards! smile.gif

As for compressor pedals, a fast way to describe them is that they increase the sustain. That means notes ring for a longer period of time.

Just ask all the specific things that you don't understand and I'm sure someone here will know the answer smile.gif


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post Dec 16 2009, 05:34 PM
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Hi Dan,
First of all, welcome to GMC mate.

You're not by yourself now. I'm sure people can help you here.
As mhskeide said, just make a search of "compressor" on the GMC forums and you can find something like that:
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...?showtopic=7886
(the search in on right top of the site in your browser).

But you can be sure the internet is one of the best sources of information! wink.gif

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post Dec 16 2009, 06:01 PM
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I really think that the vast knowledge of our members here in all different areas like guitars, effects, amps, recording, computers etc. it's really among the greatest found on the internet. If someone here can't answer Your questions, probably no one cant.... smile.gif So just go ahead and shoot in the forums (and search in the WIKI). All people here will be happy to help !!!!

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post Dec 16 2009, 06:55 PM
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I'm with you to some degree... but there is a ton of info here. I might post some on the Gear Forum so keep your eyes open, and read the forums. There is a ton of info here, and just ask the forums where the conversations are happening. You will get a ton of info! cool.gif


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post Dec 16 2009, 08:48 PM
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QUOTE (Staffy @ Dec 16 2009, 05:01 PM) *
I really think that the vast knowledge of our members here in all different areas like guitars, effects, amps, recording, computers etc. it's really among the greatest found on the internet. If someone here can't answer Your questions, probably no one cant.... smile.gif So just go ahead and shoot in the forums (and search in the WIKI). All people here will be happy to help !!!!

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+1 on this! dont be afraid to ask, Mr Staffy here is certainly high up on my list of gear heads for sure!
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post Dec 16 2009, 10:37 PM
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What ever you want to know you can ask freely here.

Compression is basically loudness equalization of audio signal. By compressing a signal you are making quiet parts more louder, and louder parts more quiet.
Guitar with clean signal for example is mainly a percussive instrument. It makes a big peak and then fade out when you pick the string. This dropping in volume can be diminished by increasing compression. This way the notes will sound more balanced in volume, and should increase the sustain a bit, making everything sound smoother and fuller.
If you hit the snare drum, you will hear the initial hi energy peak and then a sharp decline of volume. By adding some compression, you will enhance and balance out the whole snare shot, so that the subtle details in the decline part get a bit louder and the initial impact becomes a bit more controlled.
Adding too much compression is not a good thing, so if you apply some, try to use it as little as possible to achieve the natural characteristics of a signal and preserve dynamics.


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post Dec 17 2009, 02:24 PM
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Wow guys, I can't say how grateful I am for all the info being poured out here. Thanks a bunch to all you guys! And Ivan, thanks for that detailed breakdown and example of a drum snare on compression. That also helped me in getting a better picture of a compressor as well.

Since you guys said I can put out any questions...well here's my first one smile.gif

Tube amps! Well, more specifically, the tubes themselves: EL34 and 6L6 tubes. What's their story all about? I've heard a lot of people talk about them when it comes to tube amps, and they into some deep, down to the core of the product stuff and I can never follow. Can anybody give me a breakdown on that? It would be greatly appreciated and thanks again guys for all the help.
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post Dec 17 2009, 02:36 PM
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Hi Dan and welcome to GMC!
In answer to your question about Tubes...

Try reading THIS ARTICLE from our WIKI and see if it helps a little!!
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post Dec 18 2009, 03:08 PM
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Nice! That really helped out alot Jones. Thanks alot! smile.gif

My next question has to do with guitar pickups. Single-coiled and Humbuckers. I need a crash course on those and what they both do. People have told me in the past about them, but I didn't quite grasp the concept. Anybody care to share wisdom on this? Thanks again guys.
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post Dec 18 2009, 03:20 PM
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QUOTE (dsanc89 @ Dec 18 2009, 03:08 PM) *
Nice! That really helped out alot Jones. Thanks alot! smile.gif

My next question has to do with guitar pickups. Single-coiled and Humbuckers. I need a crash course on those and what they both do. People have told me in the past about them, but I didn't quite grasp the concept. Anybody care to share wisdom on this? Thanks again guys.


Our member KaznieNL did some awesome Wiki articles on the matter:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...mbucker_pickups
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...gle_coil_pickup


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post Dec 19 2009, 02:56 AM
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A compressor simply makes your signal more even. Dampening the peaks (High volume parts) and increasing the volume in quiet parts. But this is done in miliseconds so speaking in "real" sound terms they just make every note sound in the same volume and hence your interpretation comes out more "presentalble" but for instance Billy Sheehan, the bassist for Mr.Big and Steve Vai says that the volume should come from your fingers and not a processor. Sometimes compressor is only used to give a certain colour to a tone, check out the intro for "this love" by Pantera. That guitar has chorus AND compressor.


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post Dec 19 2009, 07:53 AM
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Another thing you can do is if you listen to a lesson and you like the sound, ask the instructor what he was using. The student lessons are just as awesome as the regular instructors.


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