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12 band eq and a gk 7oo rb-ii

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bassking511, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. if i want an a way to get an exactly tuned tone, would a 12 -band(0r so) eq work good with a gk 1001 rb-ii and its bulit in features
  2. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    To my ears, too many EQ circuits create all sorts of phase distortion problems and sound BAD (in a bad way).

    Try the amp as-is first, learn how to change your tone with how and where you play on your instrument and adjust its controls...you'll be a lot better off.
  3. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    The GK EQ circuit is a very powerful and different circuit. Learn to use it, making little adjustments at a time. It's a powerful little bugger.
  4. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    In my experience, most musicians never need to venture beyond a four-band EQ. 12 seems... uh... excessive :meh:

    The GK's is definitely different because it's an active equalization system. - in other words, it can cut frequencies (just like most EQ systems) AND boost frequencies (unlike passive EQ systems). Plus, it's four-band, so that's also a plus for extra flexibility on the mids.

    Combine that with its woofer/tweeter bi-amp setup, contour dial (for mid-scooping), presence dial (for boosting a particular range of high frequencies), and the 4/5 string button (for a 20Hz low boost that brings out the best of a B string)... you'll likely find that no additional EQ is necessary, unless you want to be able to change tones at the stomp of a switch.

    Anything beyond four-band EQs, and I'd leave it to a studio engineer or sound guy to manage. IMO, that much flexibility is probably best for tweaking a PA to suit the room.
  5. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    I agree. An add on EQ with a GK is redundant and can cause problems with sound and add to the complexity. GK EQ circuits can give you any sound you want, within reason. Also, adding on something like a Sans Amp is overkill. If you can't get a good sound with a GK head, then I'd look somewhere else in the chain, like the bass, strings, speakers and playing technique.

    It also helps a lot to really get used to the GK controls and see what they do.

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