400RB/800RB Sweet Spots ...??
I have seen some written about fav amp settings when using these classics, but I thought it might be nice to have it in a more condensed thread .. also, to make it more relative, probably listing what you are using for bass/strings and cab, and style of music would help too ... looking forward to seeing your replies ...
Spector basses, Rotosound strings tuned to Eb
All voicing buttons out
High Mids 1:30
Low Mids 3:00
the sweet spot when I had a GK 800RB was the trash can. It kept having problem after problem.
This is what worked for me for years.
400rb or 800rb.
P-bass with rounds.
Gain at noon.
All filters off.
Treble rolled off a smidge.
Lo-mids boosted to 1 o'clock.
Bass flat or cut if room is boomy.
Master to taste.
Through a 215 or two 115.
Now with the ATK, I haven't found a setting that works as well in a hard rock mix, but I have gotten close by boosting the bass and low mids more.
I have both right now.
Gain @ noon
All Voice filters: off
Treble @ noon
Hi Mid @ noon
Low Mid @ noon
Bass @ noon
Boost @ 2pm or to taste
Volume to taste/limit of speaker
The 400rb I sometimes crank the boost knob.
The 400rb is my personal favorite.
In all honesty, it served its purpose while I owned it. After the first opamp in the pre fried, I got it fixed. The tech used a much more noisy replacement opamp. After the second time I killed it, I got it fixed and then kept it home. It did not like the heat in the practice space. I sold it because I needed the money.
The real sweet spot was with the preamp section of an Ampeg VT-22 run through its effects loop, mostly to kill the sterile tone I got out of it. Worked great. I used a Peavey 810TX with it and an old Peavey 215 with spray painted cones. I played metal covers at the time. I ran the settings differently depending on which bass I ran through it.
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