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Effects: Classification
Signal Chain

Signal chain – is a combination of effects between the output of your guitar and the output of your amp. Every effect is designed to alter tone characteristics: frequencies, phase, dynamics and time. The order of effects does matter. Any order / combination of effects is possible – there is no “right” combination – any “right” combination it the tone you are satisfied with.

Nevertheless there are some classic effects sequences that will work fine in most situations.

First of all, keep in mind that there is no uncontroversial classification of audio effects due to specific nature of those effects.

Ambient music is a “genre of music that puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm” [1].

Drone – is “a minimal music genre that emphasizes the use of sustained or repeated sounds, notes, or tone-clusters” [1].

Soundscape is a term that “was first described by Canadian composer and environmentalist, R. Murray Schafer” [1] within the framework of Acoustic ecology.

Every genre works out its own set of typical techniques that serve as creative tools and form specific approach to instrument and compositional structure.

Frippertronics – is the name given by Robert Fripp to his analog delay (looping) system consisting of two side-by-side reel-to-reel tape recorders.

EBow (PlusEBow) - monophonic handheld electromagnetic string driver, invented by Greg Heet in 1969.