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Step 1: What You Will Need

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You will need:

A computer capable of running Audacity (Linux, Windows, or Mac)

Audacity



A guitar recording (can be done in Audacity)

Step 2: Getting sound

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Open Audacity and record/import something. It is a good idea to save a backup copy as a .aup file.

Step 3: Leveller Effect (Part One)

Select the audio track by double-clicking it and then apply the leveller effect by clicking on Effect...Leveller.

Use these settings:
Degree of Leveling = Heaviest
Threshold Noise = -35 dB


Then repeat that effect by selecting the track and clicking on Effect... Repeat Leveller

Step 4: Leveller Effect (Part Two)

Select the recording by double-clicking it, then click on Effect...Leveller.
This time use the settings:

Degree of leveling = Heaviest
Threshold Noise = -50dB


Step 5: Compressor


The compressor effect will reduce the overall range from soft to loud. Double click the recording to select it. Then click on Effect...Compressor.
Use these settings:
Threshold = -9dB
Noise Floor = -40dB
Ratio = 5:5:1
Attack Time = 0.2 seconds
Decay Time = 1.0 seconds
Enable "Make up Gain for 0dB after compressing
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Step 7: Finished

Playback the recording. It should have a distorted sound. Export it or mix it with another layer. Have fun!

I have attached an example in MP3 and OGG formats. The OGG format will play directly in Firefox.
twinbornuncle4 months ago

That does make distortion, but it doesn't sound near as good as even a throw-away pedal. I'm glad you went to this effort, but that just wouldn't cut it for any kind of track.

macman8083 years ago
what kind of guitar is that
just a picture of a Fender Squire from the internet
What guitar(s) do you own?
if you were asking me an ashton acoustic and a squire electric
Whhisper2 years ago
Thank you!!! I've recently started to discover that I have a million posibilities with my keyboard, a cable and this simple but great free program! And the biggest problem is... emulate an electric guitar. Your example sounds very very aproximate to a real guitar! I'm still experimenting with the preset sounds of acoustic guitars in the keyboard and adding the distorsion as you explained, and I cannot get something acceptable by now, but now I have a way. Thanks!
You're welcome. You might also be interested in this Python script for guitar distortion. http://4783audio.blogspot.com/2012/01/guitar-distortion-in-python.html
jpeltier3 years ago
i'm looking for where you actually download this program... i can't find it
Audacity can be downloaded from: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ and the plug-ins can be downloaded from

http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Download_Nyquist_Plug-ins