Picture of Distortion/Overdrive Effect in Audacity
The distortion effect was first created by guitar players overdriving their amps so that the waveform would become clipped. A similar effect can be done in a free and open-source program called Audacity.

Step 1: What You Will Need

Picture of What You Will Need

You will need:

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


A guitar recording (can be done in Audacity)


Rozaq_adi8 months ago

thank you... it's nice

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.

macman8084 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
Whhisper3 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
jpeltier4 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