95% of the time I set all the controls to 12 o'clock (volume always where needed, usually 10-11 in bridged mode). Ken Smith in passive mode with both pickups blended and into Yorkville 2x10 & 1x15 and a line (not direct) XLR out to the board which so far sound men have loved (they're always hesitant that I'm going to yank the EQ all over) Great for my original rock band. The preamp will clip only on the loudest of lowest B string thumps and the limiter light is on half of the time. In the studio I got a great rock sound by full EQ boost on the bass hitting the preamp hard, preamp gain at 10 oclock, limiter at 9 o'clock and a little out of the 250-300 range to clean things up and define it a little more. I'll be experimenting with the two EQ channels now, setting up two different sounds so I'd love to hear other SM 900 users setups.