Black-box Modeling of Distortion Circuits with Block-Oriented Models

Felix Eichas; Udo Zölzer
DAFx-2016 - Brno
This paper describes black-box modeling of distortion circuits. The analyzed distortion circuits all originate from guitar effect pedals, which are widely used to enrich the sound of an electric guitar with harmonics. The proposed method employs a blockoriented model which consists of a linear block (filter) and a nonlinear block. In this study the nonlinear block is represented by an extended parametric input/output mapping function. Three distortion circuits with different nonlinear elements are analyzed and modeled. The linear and nonlinear parts of the circuit are analyzed and modeled separately. The Levenberg–Marquardt algorithm is used for iterative optimization of the nonlinear parts of the circuits. Some circuits could not be modeled with high accuracy, but the proposed model has shown to be a versatile and flexible tool when modeling distortion circuits.