Help needed with understanding EQ settings...!

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Posted by Ballot Chad on November 20, 2000 at 08:43:26:

I saw a message posted earlier on this subject, but I'm hoping some of you can help me to figure out a basic approach to eq-ing new bass amps to obtain the sound I like. I've heard the best method is to start out at a flat (every knob in the middle) setting and work from there, but I've found myself going around in circles. Specifically (if it matters), I'm using the following amps for performing. Please bear in mind I'm playing smaller nightclubs and I'm trying to obtain a sound that works okay on stage, yet sounds GREAT out front since I rarely get to go through the mains:

SWR Workingman's Combo with 1X15 (for tiny clubs) plus a 2X10 (SWR Workingman) cabinet for medium clubs -

Carvin 600w Redhead, powering a 15 and 2X10's for larger clubs -

It's been a nightmare for me obtaining a good on-stage as well as out-front tone that can please me as well as the patrons. I'm looking for a punchy, yet bottomy and well-defined tone somewhat similar to the later stuff from Geddy Lee, but am stuck with my current equipment for now.

I'm actually more interested in knowing what the first things you guys and ladies do when you sit down with a brand new, unfamiliar amp. What is your approach? Any rules of thumb to remember when it comes to different tone ranges and eq settings you guys and ladies use would be especially appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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