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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DaveB, Jun 9, 2004.
What are your favorite EQ settings? With what bass and what kind of music?
My parametric EQ settings vary, depending upon the cab(s) that I am using and the room that I am in. I don't ever have anything drastic, and usually one or two slight boosts with one or two slight cuts. That said, I feel that these fairly minor adjustments, taken cumulatively, can work wonders. With regard to the contour buttons, the only one that I regularly use is the Bright button, but a friend playing through my rig with a lower end bass (Ibanez) greatly benefitted from Contour 1. The primary basses that I play through my iAMP 800 are my Gibson Thunderbird and a modified DeArmond Pilot 5 Deluxe, with Barts and an Aguilar OBP-1 preamp.
My favorite setting on my iAMP350, for playing standards with my fretless '78 Jazz (with foam under the strings at the bridge), is flat. Flat, flat, and flat. All controls are, yes, flat. If I want a ballsy sound I turn the Lo control up to about 5 or so... or just push the Deep switch. I've really simplified things! Cabinet is the CxL-112L with the tweeter 'on.'
In general, I like to boost bass to about 1 o'clock and occasionally punch the deep button on my iamp600. It sounds freakin' amazing with the EA CX310! Very clean and full-range. I use Hanewinckel active and passive basses but also Modulus Q6 and NS EUB. I play just about every style from jazz to rockabilly and a little of everything in-between.
Everything flat, deep switch on. That's into an Epifani T110 & T112 or EA VL110 & CXL112L.
I love that EA ~1k punch that cuts right through!
If I need a little bass or treble, I just do it onboard - the voicing on the sadowsky preamp is just perfect.
i do the same when i'm running my sadowsky's, and Acme B-1's or B-4.
but if the room is picky, i'll go passive on the Sad, and mess with the EQ. e.g. my fav setting has been:
lows @ 40Hz +15dB
low mids @ 180Hz +15dB
high mids @ furthest left (forget freq.) -10dB
highs @ 8kHz +5dB
preamp up until yellow is rarely lit
instant joker tone!
Holy 5hltballs! you like those lows!
I use the EQ on my Iamp 500 more like Tombowlus. Little tweaks here and there. I usually end up scooping some around 500-800 and boost or cut a hair around 2k depending on the room and the band mix for for a balance of clarity and warmth.
I normally run the tone section defeated and I use the deep switch for low volume stuff and usually contour 1 is on. I will eq a bit to suit individual rooms, but normally I just control this from the bass. It is easier to me this way.
you have no idea, my man...
course, i cant quite crank the master, so it all sort of evens out.
I've tried to get EA to build me the Mike Dimin Signature model - ne EQ section at all. As you can imagine I get a pretty cool reception.
I usually leave my EQ flat and make most of my tonal changes through the bass, or my attack.
If you have not seen the primer for the tone shaping from the EA site - it is a good resource:
Hope you're digging the 800
paired with a CXL 1-12L:
shelved lows @ 150Hz +5db
low mids @ 500Hz flat to -5db
high mids @ 1K +5db
shelved highs @ 2kHz +5 to +10db
contour 2 on
preamp gain is usually at 1 o'clock in order to get a yellow LED
I always bypass the EQ. This is one of the reasons to like this amp.
I use the EQ on my bass, usually adding a bit of bass -more when I'm on the bridge pickup. For a more aggressive rock tune, I'll add some mids, but again using the bass pre.
I do like the sound of the deep switch and contour 1, but I prefer to keep the mids up front when playing with a band.
The other thing I thought i'd mention about the great "flat" sound of the iAMP, is how it reproduces the treble freq of some basses. Most amps sound really harsh and clacky, but the iAMP puts a mellow spin on the sound.
Makes the MTD 535 really shine! Mr. Dimin can I get an amen?!
If I only knew ... I am still waiting for my 535. I have a 435, 435 fretless and a Saratoga 5. My 535 (with a high C) should be ready by summer NAMM. Here is a link to the some recordings of mine using the iAMP 800
Depends on the gig and the room.
I've got an Iamp500 (new). I love the eq defeat. For Latin gigs, I double with a BG and an EUB; I use no eq with my modulus Q5 and just use the onboard 3-band preamp. Then when I switch to my Eminence upright, I just turn on the eq, which I pump up at about 185hz +10db for some extra baby bass thump (I put foam under the strings at the bridge). So it's a quick and needed switch.
I just got the amp, so I'm only starting to tap the eq potential.