EQ'ing V4-B for gigs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bassment zombie, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Might any of you V4B owners chime in and let me know what EQ settings you've found work really well for you in live situations? I've traded for one recently, and can't turn it up much at the house, so I don't really know how to EQ it for band gigs...I play a '75 P and a '73 Ric...

    Thanks :D
  2. any V4-B'ers out there? :)
  3. JonB


    May 27, 2003
    I like mine pretty much flat with the midrange on 2. Midrange on 3 or 4 sounds good, but doesn't cut through as well. Sometimes, I need to back off the bass a little in certain rooms. A slight change in the tone controls makes a big change in the sound.
    My cab is an EA cxl-112.
  4. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    Depends on your bass, the speaker cab, the room, & your style of music.
    I use my V4 w/ a 4x8 SVT cabinet-
    Bass around 1 o'clock, treble flat, mids cut at 3rd freq. position.
    EQ/tone are fine-tuned w/ the preamp of my active (Tobias) bass.
    Also-the "presence" switch can give a very tight & glassy boost to the mix.
    The V4 is usually considered an SVT "lite" but I've been able to get a great smooth, fat sound for recording & medium size rooms, very similar to an old Portaflex. Sweet.
  5. I found my V4-B to have a surprisingly wide range of tones.
    I'm still tweaking, but some of mine were:

    Volume - 11 o'clock
    Treble boost ON
    Treble at 12 o'clock
    Mid setting on 2nd or 3rd rocker position
    Mids at 11
    Bass at 9

    Very modern, middy, punchy sound.

    Rolling up the bass and down on the mids give a sort of old school sound, but it gets muddy fast.

    Everything on 10 (except volume!!) with my Ric is absolutely nuts! The best overdrive sound I've ever heard.
  6. well, Eqing is meant to adapt your sound to the room you are playing in, not to shape your sound one time and don't ever touch it again, Everytime I gig, I always do a soundcheck with the guitarists and we all adjust our sounds so every instrument sound at its best. Some rooms are boomy some are dry, it really depends on the situation, the only sure thing is that eqing a sound to never touch it ever again is a bad idea.
  7. Agreed; I generally have to roll off the bass in my practice space (small and boomy) and open it up again for larger stages and gigs.
  8. Oh, I should have said, live, I had never used the amp before (picked it that night, went right to the gig), so I set everything flat and didn't have to touch it all night. It sounded great.
  9. Kindness


    Oct 1, 2003
    Start flat and work from there. On more neutral sounding cabs, I prefer to have just a touch of low mid boost. On more colorful cabinets I fight to get back to the more neutral sound. ;)