Putting Names to Sounds

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  1. RockDebris

    RockDebris Member

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    With the large number of amp-in-a-box pedals and various descriptions for what they do, I was wondering how many types of sounds have a name that, when used, automatically conjure up a certain tone. I'm thinking along the lines of "Brown". That's one. You say that, and people think Van Halen's highly saturated and articulate gain.

    "Crunch" gets used a lot. I think it may mean something different to other people, but I think of something like an AC-30 being pushed beyond clean to the point where you can play softly and have it sound almost clean, but if you lay into the strings then the distortion is obvious.

    What are some others?

    Go general or specific. For instance, what do people generally hear when they think "Dumble"? There are so many Dumble-in-a-box pedals. What sound or feel is characteristic of a "Dumble" to where you would get the pedal, put it in front of whatever amp you are using, and say, "yeah, that's it"?
     
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    Marshall JCM, "80s rock".
     
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    Yes, that's one of them. "80's Rock". That safe, middle-of-the-road kind of distortion sound. Well balanced and unoffensive.

    Another one is "Scooped". A sound that cuts the mids in an effort to sound "hard" with a lot of palm muting and alternate picking. Can end up competing with the bass guitar and cymbals and getting lost in the mix. (I joined a band once and ended up only lasting a week because the other guitarist used a heavily scooped sound and I did not. He kept turning himself up to be heard above my amp, which never helped because volume wasn't the issue. He decided it was better to be a one guitar band after that. :rotflmao)
     
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    Is that rock or rawk?
     
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    "Desert' "stoner' or "nasty" always tells me heavy duty fuzz a la' Kyuss, Fu manchu, Dozer
     
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    I always would turn up the mids in my metal band :anon
     
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    Desert. There's a new one for me.

    "Chimey" is that clean/gritty Vox (treble boosted?) sound with the blue alnico speakers.
     
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    You are a rebel. :mob I was never much into the scooped sound in any context.
     
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    I thought this thread was going to be about onomatopoeia.

    chugga chugga djeng djeng
     
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    Sludgey: Dark Fuzzy Downtuned Riffs a la Electric Wizard

    Scratchey: Percussive Overdriven Sound with not much bass, but a cutting upper midrange and not too harsh treble (think Franz Ferdinand)

    Crunch: JCM800 High Gain Channel
     
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    a lot of chorus pedals get described as "watery"..
     
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    "Traishy". Redneck-speak for lo-fi tele tones.

    Other favorites are "honk", "grunt", "hank" and especially "bloom" when applied to dirt boxes.
     
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    Smooth, creamy, soft
     
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    cbm Silver Supporting Member

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    Two that get thrown around a little are "spanky" and "glassy." I'm not sure I really know the definitions, but they are at least a little evocative.
     
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    my personal favorite: chewy.
     
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    Chewy is my new favorite. I've heard someone use it to describe chorus, but I think of Chewbacca every time.
     
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    DANG! You beat me to it.
     
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    The thread can be anything you want. ;)
     
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    What is that though? I'm trying to imagine what that sound would be like. Also, "Gristle".

    "Growl" is one I've used before, but more in the vein of how a Jazz bass can sound. Also "Throaty".
     
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    I've mostly heard it used for phasers etc, but also overdrives. i dunno, my guitar tone evokes youthful memories of salt water taffy? :rotflmao
     

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