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Anyone run a flat EQ?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by remainthesame, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. remainthesame

    remainthesame

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    Hey guys and gals, I did a search but couldn't find what I was looking for.
    And for the mods, if this is in the wrong section I apologize.
    Anyway, I was wondering if anybody else here runs with their EQ flat (on their amp)

    I usually set all the EQ knobs to noon and I do any adjusting on my bass instead of on my amp. I prefer to do it that way so that any adjusting goes pretty much unseen. People will usually notice when a player goes back to their amp and do some fiddling around.

    Anybody else do this? If so why? If not, why not?

    And as always, please keep it civil. I don't want the mods to have to waste their time babysitting us.:bassist:
  2. Mogalen

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    I set my EQ flat on my bass and amp, and then I adjust it on my preamp.
  3. SteveHeissner

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    Yes. I run my amp EQ flat most of the time and make minor adjustments at the bass. It usually sounds best to my ear. And all my basses are currently passive.
  4. VanillaThundah

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    First amp I've had that I could say does a good job flat is my Traynor YBA200 after I did the retube on it. I just adjust the gain and range on it, I leave the bass mid and treble alone and it sounds awesome.
  5. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

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    90% of the time yes. I like the way my rig sounds when the EQ is switched out. Sometimes there's a "room boom" or something that I'll need to dial out, but that's about all I use it for.
  6. Space Pickle

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    Almost always.
  7. elgecko

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    Yes, unless the room calls for an EQ adjustment. I'll do those at the amp.
  8. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    I want people to see me doing things, so they think I'm doing something important and controlling the situation. Chicks dig important dudes that are in control.
  9. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

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    Knobs at noon and flat are often very different things. ;)

    Personally, I feel that knobs are there to be used and I turn them in all directions at once with great impunity.
  10. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

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    I too try to use amp and cab combinations that give me 'my tone' without a lot of knob twiddling. Just remember that an amp with the knobs set to noon (or whatever the neutral setting is on a given amp) is, most of the time, far from 'flat', and once you hook up a cab, it is WAY far from flat.

    +1 though... nice to find the mix and match of bass, amp and cab that sounds good 'out of the box', allowing you to use EQ in the classic way... equalize that inherent tone to stay relatively the same from room to room.
  11. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

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    +1

    If you take 5 different amps and put the tone knobs at noon, you will probably get 5 different tone profiles.
  12. Mark Nye

    Mark Nye

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    +1. I generally run my EQ flat(-ish), but the knobs are not at noon when I do.
  13. fastplant

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    I used to dime my EQ knobs on my bass and also use a lot of EQ on my amps. Since I picked up my GK rig, my bass and amp are both set very flat. I only adjust moderately depending on the room.
  14. zortation

    zortation Distant relative of Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson Supporting Member

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    I was told early on that sending a hot signal to an amp is not a good idea, so I always get my tone from the amp. Always.
  15. MrLenny1

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    My Eden is set flat, my Tobias active 5 preamp does the rest.
  16. Duckwater

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    If I'm going through a PA system or something relatively transparent like a Genz Benz or a Carvin rig, then I'll leave my mostly EQ flat. With my 100 watt Acoustic combo or my friend's Ampeg rig I have to go pretty crazy with the EQ to get a clear sound.
  17. ddhm

    ddhm Supporting Member

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    I do my room correction on my amp's EQ. I used to run everything flat (bass and amp) but I find myself twiddling knobs a lot these days.

    I guess it really depends on what is going on and if the filters are in the right places to do the correction.
  18. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike Supporting Member

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    My basic tone shaping is done at the bass and the pedalboard.
    The bass amp starts out flat and gets a little tweak for the stage mix & acoustics if necessary.
    Likewise my channel on the PA starts out flat and gets a little tweak for the FOH mix & acoustics, if necessary.
  19. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive Supporting Member

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    I typically have my Ampeg boosted in high mids, I leave my GK 700RB "flat" on the dials.

    My bass preamps are frequently quite aggressively eq'd, however.;)
  20. ThisBass

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    In general flat sounds are dreary sounds.

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