Is amp sag a feel or a sound?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Danny D, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. Humble Texan Fan

    Humble Texan Fan Member

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    I do think you can hear sag, yet as with most things tone (and feel) this matter more and is more obvious to the guitarist playing than the listener.

    However, as suggested, this type of compression could be introduced elsewhere, e.g. in post prod.
     
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  2. teemuk

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    I don't think so (at least not very easily) because the sag effect is more than plain compression.
     
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    melodiusthunk Bronzd & Supported Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Loved your playing here, thanks for sharing that.
     
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    It is not latency as we know it from digital audio.

    When you strike a note there is the attack, the pick on the string, then there is the body of the note. The body has a core tone, and also the extended high and low end.

    Sag, is the time between the attack and the body of the note, followed by the extended highs and lows.

    Personally, a slight sag is nice and makes playing easy and fun. But extend that sag, and I don’t like it, it is just a recipe for sloppy playing. On the other hand, since Metallica, metal rhythm playing often requires a tight sound and sag can be the enemy. This is why a Tube Screamer is often used before a Mesa Rectifier or Peavey 5150, to speed up the attack.
     
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  5. Gclef

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    This, totally. I was thinking about this last night while trying to go to sleep, and wondering why I like my ibby as73 so much.
    This "sag" is a huge part of the semi hollow vibe IMO. Same idea IMO
     
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  6. Timbre Wolf

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    I think you're getting into resonance and feedback territory, post-amplification.
     

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