Simulating a Hexaphonic Pickup Using Parallel Comb Filters for Guitar Distortion

Sebastian Laguerre; Gary P. Scavone
DAFx-2021 - Vienna (virtual)
This paper introduces hexaphonic distortion as a way of achieving harmonically rich guitar distortion while minimizing intermodulation products regardless of playing style. The simulated hexaphonic distortion effect described in this paper attempts to reproduce the characteristics of hexaphonic distortion for use with ordinary electric guitars with mono pickups. The proposed approach uses a parallel comb filter structure that separates a mono guitar signal into its harmonic components. This simulates the six individual string signals obtained from a hexaphonic pickup. Each of the signals are then individually distorted with oversampling used to avoid aliasing artifacts. Starting with the baseline of the distorted mono signal, the simulated distortion produces fewer intermodulation products with a result approaching that of hexaphonic distortion.