Volterra Series Based Distortion Effect

Finn T. Agerkvist (Invited author)

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A large part of the characteristic sound of the electric guitar comes from nonlinearities in the signal path. Such nonlinearities may come from the input- or output-stage of the amplier, which is often equipped with vacuum tubes or a dedicated distortion pedal. In this paper the Volterra series expansion for non linear systems is investigated with respect to generating good distortion. The Volterra series allows for unlimited adjustment of the level and frequency dependency of each distortion component. Subjectively relevant ways of linking the dierent orders are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 129. Convention of the Audio Engineering Society
Number of pages7
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event129th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 4 Nov 20107 Nov 2010
Conference number: 129


Conference129th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Internet address


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