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Do you set it and forget it at gigs?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mrmatt1972, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    My amp settings are pretty much set the same, I'll adjust a little for the room, but about the only thing I'll change during a show is the volume, maybe roll a little treble off if the sound is too brite.

    Most smaller shows I run the sound from my iPad, so I'm able to get a pretty good bass sound when I'm tweaking the pa (multiple subs, mids, horns) so by the time I'm done I'm pretty happy with the sound. Stage is mostly monitor. During bigger shows with an engineer and longer throw stages, I have the luxury to focus on my bass tone, and will dial a little of this or that into my stage mix during the first few songs. Playing mostly passive p basses and jazzes, I never have a bad sound.
  2. wizerd


    Jan 5, 2012
    Prone to ranting, episodes of moral outrage.
    I'll tweak the blend and tone knob to suit the tune, or my mood, then I'm fiddling the volume knob to the point where I can hear without catching stink eye from the singer.
  3. dbsfgyd1

    dbsfgyd1 Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    Richmond , Va
    Pretty much I’m a set and forget it player. I almost never mess with the controls on my bass. My Warwick is set at flat and both pickups on full. If I’m playing my Fender PJ, both volumes are wide open and the tone is open as well. The EQ on the amp with both basses is flat with a slight bump up at about 150-200hz.

    Anything else I need from tone changes, to volume levels a done with the fingers, thumb, and where I’m plucking the strings and how hard I’m plucking.
  4. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    I tweak for the space. Every one is different. The challenge is to sound strong and clear without being too loud or boomy. IME, what sounds good at home never sounds good at the gig. Then, I make one volume adjustment, usually during the first song, and there it stays—unless I change instruments. I refuse to play the 'volume wars' game.
  5. jmon


    Jan 27, 2002
    Jax Fl.
    I have a wireless so I walk out front during our sound check song. (Usually an improv 12 bar blues). I tweak to the room a bit. Once we start I’ll roll back the tone on my P for fatter stuff. Sublime ect. And roll it up for the more grindy stuff. Start off at a reasonable volume and slowly bring it up if needed. I use in ears since I sing so much so I put my trust in my band mates if they walk out front and think I need a little more or less of something. :thumbsup:
  6. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    My amp I set and forget. On my basses, I change stuff up depending on what type of tone the song calls for.
  7. 2F/2F


    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Generally I don't mess with it. There's one or two songs that need more treble, so I turn it up on those (when we choose to play them).
  8. BadExample


    Jan 21, 2016
    Jesus loves bass.
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yes. I use the pickup blend and a little EQ on the bass if I need to change anything.
  10. EMoneySC2

    EMoneySC2 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Minneapolis, MN
    Set and forget as much as possible. I'm even in that mode with my pedalboard to the point where I'm thinking about transitioning my pedals to a small rack case with a pull out shelf.
  11. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Don't change amp or bass eq settings at all. Just pedals. I have a couple songs I change the channel on my Sansamp and a couple songs I use the Micropog on the chorus but that's it.
  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I have a bass with a P bass pickup at the neck and a dual coil... sort of like two jazz pickups stuck together.... at the bridge.

    I set my amp and leave it.

    I dime my tone knob all night (passive bass).

    I use the P pickup only 60-70% of the time. And sometimes I use the P bass pickup and the other pickup in either single, series or parallel.

    So, pickup selector and fingers only after sound check for me.

    (I do run a few pedals for mild dirt and fuzz and octave.)
  13. Woofer


    Sep 24, 2008
    Dial it in during sound check or the first tune or two, then it's autopilot the rest of the night.
  14. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Dial it in for the room. Tweak with the 3 band active bass eq. depending on the song. Mostly leave it alone.
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  15. I run our PA, 3 pc group, and our lights while playing bass and singing. So my amp is generally tweak for the stage and leave the amp the rest of the night.
  16. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I dial in for the room and mostly leave things alone after that. I might make a minor adjustment after the place fills up (ha! yeah right) and there are bodies on the dance floor. But even then it’s usually not necessary. After a lot of years I’m pretty good at nailing my settings during sound check.

    FWIW I’m personally of the opinion that an audience is far more willing to put up with a less than ideally adjusted amp than they are with someone up on stage who fiddles with their amp settings all night long.
  17. ezstep


    Nov 25, 2004
    north Louisiana
    Mostly I uses a P/J, and I set the amp, get a sound check, volume check, and then I rarely touch the amp again. However, for some old sounds, I roll back the J, and for more modern sounds I roll up the J and back off the P. But, touch the amp? Almost never.
  18. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    I also use a bass fly rig - what do your settings look like?
  19. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    I have to do it quickly as we go right into the next song. I know the controls well on my 800+ so I can make some before the down beat.
  20. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    I set all my knobs on my Hartke KB15 flat. On my Warmoth P Bass, depending on how fresh the strings are, I usually set my tone knob at about 70%. As the strings get more and more dead, I just leave the tone knob all the way up. I get a great sound using this method and with the bass/amp combo.

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