Hard Clip vs Soft Clip OD pedals? Examples?

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  1. Soul Man

    Soul Man Local 83 Supporting Member

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    Could someone explain to me the difference between Hard and Soft clip OD pedals?

    What are some examples (specific pedals) of each?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Heady Jam Fan

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    Hard clipping is generally referring to pedals called Distortion rather than Overdrive.

    EDIT fore more info: it really has to do with how the peak of the signal is lobbed off, hard clipping makes a plateau-like top, can almost be a square wave kinda thing like fuzz, whereas soft clipping has a gradual curve.

    Something like a Timmy or TS would be soft clipping (overdrives), something like the Pinnacle can be hard(er) clipping (distortion).
     
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    Typically also soft clippers have the clipping diodes in the feedback loop of the gain stage -- so ODs of the Tubescreamer/SD-1 family; while hard clippers have the clippers after the gain stage tied to ground -- so ODs in the DOD250/Distortion+/Rat family. They might not necessarily be called distortion pedals though. A Klon for example is a variation of the latter variety.
     

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