Re: Please help me to get a firm grasp on EQ settings!

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Posted by Deman on November 24, 2000 at 23:36:43:

In Reply to: Please help me to get a firm grasp on EQ settings! posted by Ballot Chad on November 20, 2000 at 00:00:55:

Hey...i'm not going to try and get you set on settings, because my tastes and yours are probably not alike and it's pretty hard to describe a certain tone in words. I can, however, tell you what I do when I sit down with a new amp (or, as a sound engineer, sit down with a whole system) First off, I like to keep everything flat to start.listen to the sound, and you can get a base for what you have to start with. Then try and figure out (bassically) what you think you need to change to make it sound how you want. Start by playing with one control at a time, going back to flat in between. This way, you get an idea of what each little thing will do to your sound. Try combinig just a few things at a time. Usually, changing something over about half of it's total ability to change is too much. Usually. not always. but the trick is to play. It took me weeks to finally get a great sound out of my newest amp, but when I did...beautiful. Anyway. I think the wireless is also a great idea, if you can afford one. Hope I helped.

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? Thanks in advance.

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