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Introduction to DAW: GarageBand: Drive

GarageBand has more options than you'd expect from an entry level app which makes this easy to use DAW so much more fun to use! This guide will help you get started with your GarageBand app.

SO MANY DRIVE PEDALS

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MXR

distortion +

JHS

Angry Charlie

EHX

Big Muff

Death By Audio

Fuzz War

Boss

Distortion

EHX

East River Drive

EHX

Soul Food

             

What is Drive?

Drive pedals increase the signal to the amplifier, pushing the valve, or vacuum tube past it's normal linear region of operation. Remember the video on Tone and how frequencies work? Well, as one of the first effects that helped shape the possibilities of electric guitar, drive pedals boosted the signal so high that it exceeded and distorted the normal range of amplitude. Thus, giving birth to early rock n roll songs such as "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones and "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix. 

We're going to run through the family of drive pedals, specifically Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz. 

The Famous RAT Distortion Pedal

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One of the tried and true distortion pedals, the RAT is one of the most iconic guitar pedals. Manufactured by Pro Co, it came into existence in the 1970s and was popularized in the 80's. If you listened to Metallica or Weezer, you've heard this pedal.

It's also very affordable. Reverb.com usually has them for $70.

 

The Heartbeat of Electric Guitar

Josh Scott does an incredible job walking us through the history of Distortion. A must watch for music lovers and musicians alike.

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