Synchronous and Asynchronous Distortion Question

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  1. Ctom2

    Ctom2 Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Question: why are there synchronous and asynchronous distortion types and how does it affect how a pedal sounds?

    Some OD pedals have a switch to go from one type to the other. I can hear the difference in the sound (most of the time), but I don't know why one would be used or preferred over the other.

    So, which one is "better", more common, used more, etc. And why?

    Thanks.
     
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    You mean symmetrical and asymmetrical clipping? Different harmonics are accentuated, but it's subtle sometimes
     
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    You're right - that's what I meant. Sorry for the mix-up.
     
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    Take a listen to a demo of a VFE The Scream. Keeping other things the same, it has a knob that switches between symmetrical and asymmetrical and one other option.

    It is hard to generalize, it really is a subjective thing.
     
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