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Anyone run a flat EQ?

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

  1. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
    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


    Mar 5, 2013
    I set my EQ flat on my bass and amp, and then I adjust it on my preamp.
  3. 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. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    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. 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

    Space Pickle

    Apr 15, 2013
    Almost always.
  7. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    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

    Aug 27, 2011
    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 I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    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. 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

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan

    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

    Sep 18, 2012
    +1. I generally run my EQ flat(-ish), but the knobs are not at noon when I do.
  13. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    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


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    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


    Jan 17, 2009
    My Eden is set flat, my Tobias active 5 preamp does the rest.
  16. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    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


    Mar 18, 2011
    Memphis Tn USA
    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

    May 27, 2011
    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

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    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


    Aug 29, 2012
    In general flat sounds are dreary sounds.