recording fuzz pedals

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Things can get tricky when distortion pedals and DAWs meet. Here's how to show your stomps who’s boss.

This month, I'm going to offer some tasty insights into recording that beautifully finicky, peculiar saturation that we guitarists spend a huge part of our musical lives obsessing about: fuzz. I'm also going to invite you to come and watch these tips in action.

To briefly recap for those of you who might be a little fuzzy on the subject, the two main flavors of fuzz stem from two types of transistors: germanium and silicon. The earliest fuzz pedals were all germanium-based, but by the early 1970s, silicon-based circuits were the norm. Cost, consistency, and quality control were the main culprits for the change.

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