$0.00 0



Modulation Effects - All About Distortion: from subtle to extreme phasers In this course we will...
Modulation Effects - All about Distortion, from subtle to extreme Phasers
Modulation Effects - All about Distortion, from subtle to extreme Phasers

Modulation Effects – All About Distortion: from subtle to extreme phasers

In this course we will go deep in distortion, what it is and it uses in a mix.

From subtle saturation, to overdrive and distortion, to digital clipping and obliterating sounds. It’s all covered in this course on Distortion.

This classic effect can be used at every level of the mix and sound design process to warm up and add character to sounds, or make them lo-fi and dirty.

Give Your Mix A Bigger Impact

About Your Tutor

Alan Gleeson is a musician with 20 years professional experience working in all areas of audio production.

His interest in electroacoustic music, live performance and the science of sound give him a unique and profound perspective on sound creation and music production, knowledge that he is passionate about both sharing as an educator and developing as an evolving sound artist.

Technical skill with an experimental approach to sound.

Course Summary

Distortion is a classic effect, the staple of rock guitar for decades. Proper use and application will give your mix a bigger impact with more attitude and a louder more in-your-face sound.

Watch this course to find out how!

  • Make things loud, edgy and in your face.
  • Help sounds cut through a busy sonic landscape.
  • Learn why musicians and engineers working in all genres of music use distortion at all stages of a track.

Course Features

  • Over 1 hour of practical, professional video instruction
  • Led by a respected, talented and knowledgeable producer
  • 6 focused tutorial videos providing useable production techniques and creative tips for ambient music
  • Learn at your own pace, watch as many times as you need to learn the lessons

Lesson Summary

► What is distortion?:

To begin with let’s discuss what distortion is. As per the name, it distorts the signal in a non -linear way. All the various effects that we have from soft saturation through to digital clipping are designed for a similar purpose – to distort the signal, but it’s the degree to which they do this and the shaping that occurs that makes them sound different.

At a basic level, distortion affects the peaks of a signal. The first thing this affects is dynamic range. As the signal is driven into the circuit, it will reach a point where it will begin clip. The more the signal is driven, the more clipping occurs and the lower level material gets louder in relation to the peaks.

The 2nd thing distortion does is add and emphasise additional harmonics in the sound, colouring the signal, adding character and making it take up more room in the frequency spectrum.

As you will see throughout these videos, the way the signal is distorted has a big impact on the outcome. As such, having access to different types of distortion effects is useful as they all have a different character producing a variety of results when working with different types of material.


Lesson Summary

► Saturation:

So now that we know what distortion does, lets look at the various flavours and devices that we use to implement it. Starting at the weakest and most subtle lets look at saturation.

The most common use of saturation is to gently colour the sound, simulating an analog signal path, using tubes or transistors and attempting to add some warmth and character, to simulating analog tape saturation.

► Overdrive:

Next we will look at Overdrive. The terms overdrive, distortion and fuzz are somewhat interchangeable and are often available on the same device but they all have origins in analog circuity. Overdrive tends to be less extreme attempts to simulate overdriving an amplifier.
It is smoother, with less edge as adds less high end harmonics than straight up distortion – which clips the signal more and can take things to an extreme, it’s not directly trying to emulate a circuit.


Lesson Summary

► Distortion I:

In this video we focus on devices that add distortion. Distortion is one of the most destructive effects that we have at our disposal, with large amounts capable of totally transforming the shape of the sound and its output. It adds incredible amounts of energy through the addition of harmonics and drastically effecting the dynamic range of a signal.

As a result correct use can allow a simple arrangement to sound big with a full frequency spectrum. Because it’s so powerful, distortion is most effective on monophonic sounds, though subtle amounts can also be useful on chords and textures.

► Distortion II:

In this video we continue to look at uses of apply distortion in a mix.

► Clipping & Waveshaping:

In the final video we look into 2 interconnected processes that occur in all the examples so far – clipping and waveshaping. These 2 processes are available in most of the devices we have looked at, but there are also devices dedicated to those 2 processes.

Reviews of this product

Reviews require cookies, click here to change cookie settings.

Waveform Loaded
Waveform Played
Clear all
Create an account to use wishlists
Create an account to save tutorials
Follow your favourite labels, formats and genre's and ADSR will show what's new in those on your next visit.
  • Create product wishlist
  • Save your favorite tutorials
  • Regular discounts and exclusives
  • Never miss a sound! Follow your favorite labels.
Sign up to My ADSR to ensure you're ahead of the pack. Save your favorite content and be notified of new content. You'll never miss a thing!
Create your account now!
Sign up to My ADSR to ensure you're ahead of the pack. Save your favorite content and be notified of new content. You'll never miss a thing!
  • Get days all ADSR courses free
  • Create product wishlist
  • Save your favorite tutorials
  • Regular discounts and exclusives
Create your account now!
adsrsounds.com login Video streaming login
Remember me
Forgot your password?
Create your account

Send info
  1. Enter your email address
  2. Click "Send info"
  3. Check your inbox for an activation link
  4. Visit activation link and enter set new password
Sign in
Create your account
IMPORTANT: Is this product compatible with your system? Please check the product system requirements tab before purchasing. To proceed with this purchase you must check the box to confirm you have checked the requirements.

I have read the system requirements and agree to the return policy. I understand that refunds will not be given due to limitation of my software or operating system.

I don't agree
, you have loyalty credit available. To redeem click the button to claim !
Claim your free sounds

For every $5 you spend on ADSR receive 1 free credit for Sample Manager.

Even better, we have back-dated this so any purchases you made since 2017 have also been credited to your account!

Click the button below to claim your free credit.

Get my free credits
Loyalty credits
1Every purchase you make on ADSR* now earns you 1 loyalty credit for every $5 spent
2Once you make a purchase your credits are added to your account
3Credits can be redeemed in ADSR Sample Manager to download individual loops and samples
4To redeem simply download ADSR Sample Manager and/or log into Sample Manager with your ADSR login details
5Credits will have been automatically added to your account
6Loyalty credits expire 30 days after initial purchase
* Not including video subscriptions