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Can you please suggest some books to get how guitar effects: distortion, overdrive, phaser and so on are achieved ?

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

DAFX is a pretty good one.

Harmony Central used to have a surprisingly good knowledgeable base for algorithms but that seem to have disappeared since Guitar Center took them over.

A lot of source code can be found at, but it's fairly varied in quality.

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The second edition of the DAFX book is now available It is nice as it is entirely focussed on audio effects processing. – learnvst Feb 24 '12 at 13:40
@learnvst DAFX is amazing!!! – Phonon Feb 24 '12 at 14:49
Thanks, I believe it's a great book, but can you recommend another simpler book if possible – Mina Samy Feb 27 '12 at 9:02

If you want something a bit more simple than the Dafx book then I recommend this dissertation that i stumbled across a while back. Even if you have no idea how to use simulink, the diagrams might help you understand how the various guitar effects are realized.

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Come to think of it, shouldn't these types of post be in the community wiki? – learnvst Feb 27 '12 at 11:30
I also found this book… – Mina Samy Mar 1 '12 at 8:27

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