Hello and welcome to this week's article! Today we're going to talk about Fuzz!
With "Fuzz" we refer to a type of distortion used mainly in the '60s and '70s to add more drive to an amplifier, increasing the input level and cutting mid frequencies, bringing the original sinusoidal wave to a square wave.
This effect was used in many ways, but at the beginning the aim was just to saturate the sound, as can be heard on many Jimi Hendrix (with his famous Arbiter Fuzz Face) or Keith Richards guitar parts (like in the legendary "Satisfaction" riff).
The first Fuzz box, the Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz Tone, made its American debut in 1962; it was created in an attempt to have the guitar imitate brass and string instruments, but it's been the Rolling Stones, few years later, to make it famous.
In the seventies the Fuzz (especially the Electro Harmonics Big Muff) has been used not only to distort the sound but also, lowering the settings, to obtain a long sustain, keeping che sound with a low saturation, and this is the use made by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.
The effect has been used also to saturate and add bite to the Bass sound, and it's still used today, especially by extreme metal bands, and vintage sounding projects.
Today the effect is used mainly by bands that look for some vintage shade on their sound palette, especially of the Indie-Alternative genre, and it is also used to distort vocals, drums and synths in creative ways;
our suggestion is to try some of these free Vst and to get creative!!
Here are the best free Vst Fuzz simulators available!
- Fuff Muzz: an interesting Big Muff Emulator.
- Face Bender: A nice Fuzz Face Emulator
- Fuzz Plus 2: An interesting, vintage sounding Fuzz
- Fuzz Stone 2: a stompbox style Fuzz with cabinet simulation
- Dirty Fuzz Distortion: "the classic Fuzz sound with the addition more dirt"