Re: Help needed with understanding EQ settings...!

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Posted by tim on December 29, 2000 at 02:08:42:

In Reply to: Help needed with understanding EQ settings...! 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.


There is no compromise between front of house sound and stage sound. Always keep in mind that big equipment is made to make sound at big distances. Also never rely on settings, your ear is the best judge.
When playing in smaller venues with no help from PA, I usually will take a walk out to the listening area and listen for what's missing. Mid's, low's, whatever... Adjust from there. Chances are it will sound horrible on stage, but a good sound for the crowd is the ultimate goal. If you're running through a PA then you can set your amp however you like it to sound on stage, and the soundman will do the rest. One thing that i have come to terms with is that the only time sound matters is in the studio or in the crowd... as long as you can hear what you're doing on stage,good tone or not, you're OK.

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