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Markbass gain tricks

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chaddycakes, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Who else turns their markbass gain up to max? I especially like to turn the vpf up to 8, as I find it really lets it growl without getting in the guitarist's distortion frequencies.

    Anybody else have an EQ tricks they want to share about their Markbass?

  2. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Still tinkering with mine. I find it is the only amp I have ever owned that I have to EQ so much. Each of my basses sound really different since the tone is so clear...maybe to clear. I will watch this to see if anyone has tips/tricks to post.
  3. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Not I. I take it up to growl territory, then back off a bit. My SB2s pickups tend to make the OD sound mush out, rather than stay tight.

    I do however use the VLE to cut highs for the DI, especially when using fuzz. I turn it up just until I can hear it making an impact through my cab, which means it has cut off that top portion of the treble range. NOt as good as micing, but it'll do.
  4. I have an older Markbass head. I find the VLE to be more useful in tone shaping than the gain. I use the gain to help reinforce weaker pickups, but I don't find any advantages for what I do by putting the gain up to the maximum.

    Most of the time, I put the gain as high as possible without triggering the clipping light. From there I will use the VLE and EQ to get what I need. YMMV.
  5. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    Yes - normally the gain should be set to just before clipping for best signal-to-noise ratio. The rest is just for coloring. For my USA P and flats, I normally have the EQ flat and the VLE and VPF set to about 9 o'clock. If the room is boomy, I cut the low bass a bit and boost the low mids a little.
  6. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    same here
  7. My first post implied that I put my gain at 10 all the time. I would say that isn't true now. I use between 4 and 10, depending on the situation. Full gain has a nice color, which I have been using with a Boss OC-2. I use the VLE and VLF all over the place for different tones. I love Markbass gear.
  8. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    I rarely use the VPF since it adds low lows enough to run a speaker out of excursion if I'm not careful. I set my gain to be just before the clip light when I'm playing hard (around 1-2:00). From there it's taming my fingernail clack with the VLE or high mids. And, my latest trick is to turn down the dang 40Hz lows some, especially in a boomy room.

    Markbass, are ya listening---my Little Mark III needs semi-parametric mid controls, aux IN with level control, and a headphone jack. Do that to the Big Bang and I'll buy one immediately.
  9. The Big Bang has aux in and headphone out. It also has an effects loop, which is why I want it. I wish they'd make a tube/solid state Big Bang
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I used to have an LMII and I could never push the gain into clipping because it sounded like dogcrap...that hard clipping you get like when you overdrive a digital recorder. Has this changed?
  11. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    TA503. Discontinued. Not everyone felt as strongly about sweepable mids as they felt about paying less.
  12. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Are yall implying that a littlemark 2/3 can growl? If so thats news to me. I HAD MY LITTLE MARK FOR 3 YEARS. I CANT GET IT TO GROWL.
  13. SA450 has sweep able mids... I love mine! I think they replaced it though. It's essentially the LittleMark2 with semi-parametric mids. I set my gain quite low (4 or 5) and use the volume to get where I want to be, which rarely gets the volume over 5. I like the tone better that way, fatter and clean.
  14. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    The SA450 is a great amp. Here is the replacement: MoMark SA500
  15. Using a LM 800 Tube at the "winter" practice garage. Not really digging it. It belongs to the keyboardist and he has a Markbass 410 and 115. I play a MIM Jazz 5 with SD pups and a couple feet out the bottom is lost, mids get thin and washed out. Sounds like a cheap radio.
    Any suggestions?
  16. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Longtime LMII user, and I do dig it, but it is kinda clean. Would be nice to warm it up more.
  17. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    Lose one of the cabs. I'd unplug the 115 and use it for a speaker stand. Not positive that's your issue, but I would try it. You could also try repositioning the rig. My guess is you have some major cancellation going on.
  18. You just made me think about cab phase between the cabs. It is not mine but it is a bother. I need to spend my attention to bring 7 more songs to performance level without the sound bugging me ;)
  19. I am starting to think I might be under using my Markbass combo. I have the EQ set at 12 o'clock and the VLE and VLF set to zero. My 63 P-bass with the flats sounds awesome. Might try some of the above setting suggestions to hear what happens. Thanks.
  20. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene

    I would think that only the tube/tube pre models would sound good with the gain pushed. Clipping the others sounds atrocious.