How do you use your SVT 3 Pro?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by newyorkiddo, Feb 17, 2014.


  1. newyorkiddo

    newyorkiddo Supporting Member

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    I'm playing around with my SVT on a regular basis, but I can't ever seem to find a tone that makes me content. I've tried a P, a J, and a PJ, but it always seems to be lame no matter what bass I try. So what bass do you use? Do you keep the tone up or down, or somewhere in the middle? What settings do you have on your preamp? I tend to favor a more light sound, something that doesn't sound too aggressive. But, either way, id like to hear what you guys like. Do you use the EQ band? What are your settings? I'd really like to try some new settings out, so your input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. catgut

    catgut

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    Here are my settings I used for 15 years. I like em. Music Man Sabre. The mid toroidal is at 2nd notch from left. The rest should be apparent. EQ engaged with sweep seen even though not clicked in this pic. Bright 'in'. Ultra low and highs 'out'. Best pic I could locate. It is in storage right now.

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  3. newyorkiddo

    newyorkiddo Supporting Member

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    Sweet! I'm going to test them out soon. Haha.
  4. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

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    Here's thread from a few years back that I replied to on SVT-3Pro settings. Your bass and cabinet will have a large impact on how you set the amp. The SVT-3Pro has an amazing tonal flexibility to the point where it gets knocked sometimes for having too many bells ands whistles.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/what-your-settings-your-svt3-pro-365320/

    My settings are pushing the mids a good bit because I'm going into a 410HLF that has a strong low end output. Try some of these suggestions and good luck.

    Your tone is in there, you just have to find the right combination. :)
  5. bassman_al

    bassman_al Supporting Member

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    I started a thread on settings for SVT-3 Pro amps, take a look at my profile under threads I've started. It turned into a very useful thread for a lot of us.
  6. inri222

    inri222

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    I do not own one but I use one at a rehearsal space just about every week going into an SVT-610HLF cab. I am using a Fender Modern Player Dimension bass and I also use a SansAmp BDDI between my bass and the amp.

    BRT - In
    Gain - Adjust to volume
    HI - In
    LO - In
    Bass - 1 o'clock
    Mid - 12 o'clock
    Frequency - 3
    Treble - 1 o'clock
    Master - Al the way
    Tube Gain - 9 o'clock
    EQ - Smiley face
  7. newyorkiddo

    newyorkiddo Supporting Member

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    Wow, thanks a lot guys! That thread is very helpful too! I'm very excited to get home and test some new stuff out!
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Push that gain hard, bro, and ignore the input light completely. When I had one, I'd always crank gain as hard as I could till I could hear distortion, then I'd back off it until just before it clears up.
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  9. Brazilian_bass

    Brazilian_bass

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    Mine is :
    BRT - In
    Gain - 11 o'clock
    HI - In
    LO - In
    Bass - 1 o'clock
    Mid - 12 o'clock
    Frequency - 3
    Treble - 1 o'clock
    Master - it depends to the place
    Tube Gain - ALL !!
    EQ - Sad face from half to bottom
  10. chris_b

    chris_b

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    Mine was :
    BRT - out
    Gain - as required
    HI - out
    LO - out
    Bass - 1 o'clock
    Mid - 12 o'clock
    Frequency - 3
    Treble - 1 o'clock
    Master - 4-5 o'clock
    Tube Gain - 3 o'clock
    EQ - no eq. turned off

    Sounded fantastic through Mesa Boogie EV loaded 210 and 115 cabs.
  11. MoeGJBeener

    MoeGJBeener Supporting Member

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    I run a P bass and a Stingray through mine into a GK Neo 410. Settings are:

    Bright In, lo and hi boost out
    Gain 3 o'clock
    Bass 1:30
    Mid selector on 1
    Mids at 1:30
    Treble at noon
    Tube gain at 9 o'clock

    Graphic EQ I only use for adjusting to different bars and clubs.

    I use a EBS Multicomp on Tubesim at all times and it really brings it to life!
  12. MoeGJBeener

    MoeGJBeener Supporting Member

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    At last nights gig I actually bought the tube gain up to noon and really enjoyed it. Brought a lot more punch out of the amp.

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