jonasx26 wrote:I personally don't think a formal education is strictly necessary.
That should be fairly obvious, considering the number of successful effect and amp builders who didn't need one. I've also heard through the grapevine that the curriculum is fairly bloated and not very applicable to real-world scenarios.
I was being facetious, of course. What I mean is you need a systematic understanding
. It matters not if it comes from a book or a college lecture or a YouTube video or a post by R.G. Keen.
You need to understand charge carriers, then Ohm's law, then semiconductors, then biasing and amplifiers and their nonlinearities and filters and so on.
There is also a fairly important distinction between designing a circuit to perform within a set of specs and designing an effect for various aesthetic goals. Sure, there are plenty of engineers that wouldn't know the difference between SRV and Metallica and there are plenty bootek cloth-insulated-wire-sniffers that don't know the difference between tantalum and ceramic dielectrics but swear that their circuit would not perform as well if one were used in place of the other.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. (Charles Darwin)