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Micro VR tone settings?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bmb73, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. bmb73

    bmb73 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    San Diego
    What do you all use on your Micro VR as far as settings? I have had it for awhile, and I am constantly playing with the settings because I cannnot seem to find a good tone.

    Mine are; Gain-10, Bass-3, Mid-Flat, Treble- Flat, Volume-1

    Playing through a 75 AVRI Jazz Bass, Neck p/u at about 70%, Bridge p/u at about 85%, and tone at 100%. Oh yeah, I'm playing Flats.

    Thanks in advance for answering my stupid question, but this has been giving me fits. I'm looking for a straight ahead bass tone, everytime I play through it sounds really muddy and not well-defined.
  2. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    First you might try lowering the gain and increasing the volume?
  3. bmb73

    bmb73 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    San Diego
    I tried setting everything flat and going off my bass. Thanks for the input. I've only been playing for about three years, so I have my moments of stupidity as far as gear lol
  4. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I used mine with master volume most of the way up, and the gain somwhere in the 10'clock position. I also run my mids turned up nearly as much as the bass knob.
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, your gain is crazy. So are your pickup settings. Every bass I've ever played with passives sounds better with at least one pickup up all the way.
  6. bmb73

    bmb73 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    San Diego
    Playing around with it now. Dont know why I got so wrapped around using the gain
  7. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Wow, yeah. You should have full volume on your bass, most especially with a lower wattage head like this. My MicroVR sounds fantastic with everything at noon :)

    As for the gain/volume settings, this video is a good overview:

    Conversely, on the MicroVR the Gain can be used to control some amount of character "growl"; leave it low for a cleaner sound, turn it up (well, not all the way up) for a slightly dirtier Ampeg tone. Use your master for overall volume based on the Gain setting. I would also recommend starting with the other knobs at noon and adjusting those to taste after you have gain and volume set. I tend to lower the bass a touch and boost the mid level for a rockin tone.
  8. I put the bass and treble at 12:00, mid at 2:00, gain between 10:00 and 12:00, volume as needed. I almost always have all of my pickups at 100% volume except for a P/J. In that case I have the P at 100% and the J dialed in just a little... Maybe 20-30%