Mesa Boogie M9 & M6 Carbine Settings...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by L.A. BASS, Dec 29, 2011.


  1. Hizzoner

    Hizzoner

    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago area
    I primarily use EQ on and everything else flat.. compressor settings @ 9 oclock, .gain up around 1 oclock..I cut 33 and slighly cut 80 hz..bump low mids a bit and cut 900, gradually sloping back up to flat..Add a EBS valve drive when OD is needed and some other f/x in front and it sounds great...very clear and punchy

    Mark
     
  2. Since you use the voice presets (voice 4 is my favorite as well!) I suggest using the voice defeat feature (if you use the footswitch..) when using the GEQ. I find it makes it easier to dial in the right tone. The voice preset EQ's the tone and then putting the GEQ on top of that makes it kinda hard to pinpoint how much cut and boost you're applying to each frequency IMO...

    As for the shape of the EQ itself, the usual smiley shape pattern is a good starting point. Try it from there and season to taste. You can try to reproduce the voice 4 setting with the graphic eq while on Voice 3 and then boost that pattern accross the board too.

    I guess a lot will have to do with your bass as well, I play an active bass that sends a pretty hot signal..
     
  3. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    question: I run my compressor knobs both at 9:00, it seems like they flash a lot. my eq is flat and I use voice 4 with gain at 12:00. this seems like a gentle setting on the comp, so I am curious if other can chime in if their amps do this too?
     
  4. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Those are my settings too with my active Spector's. Compression does light up quite a bit to let me know it's working for me.
     
  5. jnumme

    jnumme Low End To No End

    Sep 19, 2010
    West Michigan
    Husky , Ran the settings you posted with my spector lx 4 last night with my m9 and I never have had more compliments on my sound ever !! I could not be be more happy with my Mesa m9 . its like spector and mesa were made for each other.
     
  6. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Right on man! It is one beast of an amp. Congrats and enjoy.
     
  7. jnumme

    jnumme Low End To No End

    Sep 19, 2010
    West Michigan
    Beast is understatement..lol way huge headroom OMG ! And growl for days and days.
     
  8. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Yep, I haven't found anything that growls like it.
     
  9. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Montreal
    Beast is the general term; "dragon" is specific:bassist:
     
  10. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Montreal
    BTW, my M9 settings with Lakland 5576 (in passive mode)>>LDS 15/6:

    Gain at 1:30, rest of the tone controls flat (voice 3), lowest and highest sliders on the eq dipped moderately.
     
  11. Mykk

    Mykk

    Aug 22, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    I wish there was a Basis M-2000 settings thread :p
     
  12. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Montreal
    Why don't you start one?
     
  13. Mykk

    Mykk

    Aug 22, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    I don't think there are many left in use anymore, seeing as they didn't sell much and it was discontinued several years ago. I don't think there are enough M-2000 users on TB to warrant a Thread.
     
  14. jnumme

    jnumme Low End To No End

    Sep 19, 2010
    West Michigan
    My dragon breathed fire all over the patrons last night at the show ...lol
     
  15. jnumme

    jnumme Low End To No End

    Sep 19, 2010
    West Michigan
    Revive this informative thread with a question of I just purchased a gibson thunderbird and of course its passive and I'm trying to find that sweet spot in the settings for my m9 .
    Question is what do ya'll do your settings to with your passive basses ?

    Thanks jody :eek:
     
  16. acostaa

    acostaa

    Aug 3, 2019
    Reviving this thread to add my experience with the M6.

    For weeks I was having difficulty findning my tone and from ear fatigue from a certain frequency (even at very low volume) that I could not isolate and attenuate. The manual indicates that Bass and Treble knobs are parametric (middle knob is passive), so I was primarily concerned with finding the sweet spot for those frequencies since I figured the frequencies bothering my ears would be related. It never occurred to me that the issue with finding my tone on this amp was due to the Mids knob. I had never moved it beyond 10-2 during my initial experimentation because that's where I usually prefer it on other bass amps.

    Of course, since Mids is passively wired, it never occurred to me to zero it out. I understood passive eq as "cutting", not as "boost only" so I would never think to leave it at 0. Until I did. And once I did, I realized that's where the tone I sought was located. By 0-ing out, I found the fundamental mids frequency I was looking for. Every other eq setting fell into place soon after. And as it turns out, it was the Mids frequencies that were being aggressively boosted (and hurting my ears) by my having at noon, what I thought was a "flat" setting. It is not; there is significant boosting at noon setting.

    Anyway, I hope this may help someone still struggling with their M6. Start with Mids at 0, take it from there.

    Cheers,
     
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