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MXR M-80, Color Switch and EQ

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by EBMan, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. EBMan

    EBMan Guest

    Oct 10, 2006
    I have an MXR M-80 which I really like. But I don't quite understand the relationship between the color switch and the EQ when the color switch is engaged, since the EQ knobs can still shape the sound. Can't you do the same thing with the color switch disengaged using the EQ? And let's say you have the three EQ knobs at 12 and the color switch engaged--what positions are the knobs really at sound wise?
  2. assboglin

    assboglin Banned

    Jul 13, 2007
    The color gives you more bottom and some highs, but it's not the same as turning up the bass and treble knobs. The color switch is a really tailored EQ, more than what you can get out of a three band.
  3. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA, USA

    It's a pre-programmed contour ("smiley face" EQ, in this case) that you could probably get with a more flexible graphic EQ, but not with the three-band EQ controls alone.

    All of the EQ knobs still work, whether or not that Color switch is on. But if it's on, then your EQ knobs will be changing the "Color" sound instead of a flat sound from your bass.
  4. EBMan

    EBMan Guest

    Oct 10, 2006
    That makes sense.

  5. buffordbass


    Nov 11, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amps, Lakland Basses
    That's the best description I've heard. All I knew was I couldnt get my sound without the color switch!!

  6. mav


    Jun 10, 2003
    I played with the colour switch engaged for a few year now, but since finding out about the smiley face Eq i've switched it off. Smiley EQ seems to be so "passay" these days;)
  7. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    How about using the color function with a passive fretless?
  8. No problem if that's the eq you like...

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