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Stupid question, but what is the difference between these two? For example, how does an analog overdrive stomp box work differently than a DigiTech, Line 6 or other modeling-based overdrive pedal? Am I correct that the analog box takes the guitar signal and processes it directly by running it through transistors and other electronic components, while the digital modeling pedal applies a digital model of the effect of those transistors and other electronic components to the signal?
by KrisM; Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:10 pm Re: Analog Guitar Pedals v. Digital Modeling Pedals?
*newer stuff might just do that.
by bharris22; Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:21 pm Re: Analog Guitar Pedals v. Digital Modeling Pedals?
by BertKoor; Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:32 am Re: Analog Guitar Pedals v. Digital Modeling Pedals?
A digital pedal will still pass your signal through the AD & DA converters, the output signal will have a slightly different level & impedance. Also it's very hard to make digital audio hardware without any latency. There will always be a small buffer on the input & output stages. That will delay your signal some milliseconds (same as moving some feets away from your amp)
With a digital guitar effects pedal chances are you create a handful of presets and leave it like that after a while. With an analog pedal chances are you find one nice setting, you leave it like that and just switch it on & off. Happy accidents with wrong settings happen.. Having multiple analog pedals means you'll become a tapdancer as well.
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by lfm; Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:09 am Re: Analog Guitar Pedals v. Digital Modeling Pedals?
A digital overdrive will also create distortion by itself - before amp. And all do the AD->DA conversions as BertKoor states.