PUNK/SKA Settings

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kchason, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. kchason


    Jul 18, 2013
    so ive got a model ha2500 Hartke with a 4x10 cab ...and i play in a ska/punk band...i was wondering what is setting the eq at ...to give a proper....im play with a pick, fingers, and slap bass as well in some of the songs
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    There are no automatic settings for certain genre's of music. Just learn what each eq knob does to your sound, understand that adding a lot of low end eq will cost you volume, and be hard on your spkrs, and focus on *playing*the*bass*. I'd run that amp with all eq knobs at noon, and maybe boost the mids a bit. Done.
  3. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    My favorite genre but no one down here shares my love. Way too into reggae.

    If it's more punky, I'm thinking you want the high mids singing and the gain set pretty high. If it's morw ska, something fatter with a lot of low end.
  4. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I tend to think of (and use) a P Bass with a mid scoop around 500 Hz or a J Bass with a low mid boost around 100-200 Hz. That said, anything works. I was playing Streetlight Manifesto earlier on my Rickenbacker because it sounded more like the album's tone than my 6 string custom would.
  5. stingray96191


    Jul 27, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Unofficially Endorsing Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars
    Ugh... What ... Uhh.
  6. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    Exactly. A simple way to do it: use a pick near the bridge of the bass to get a more defined pick attack. Finger tones near the neck for a thicker sound and so on. You would be surprised how close you can get to the sound you want just by moving your plucking hand. Leave the EQ at a fairly neutral amp setting (see the manual), and experiment with moving your hands before adjusting the EQ for each tone variation.
  7. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    cut back treble and increase presence to suit and a bit of gain.
    BDI21 in front of amp-keep amp flat eq adjust from preamp.
    Cutting is just as good as boosting and gives the speakers a better time
  8. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Punk??......Pick---->P-bass---->most any amp as long as it isn't expensive or pretty. :)

    Really, follow RickenBoogie's advice...he's got you covered.
  9. That might be one of the dumbest things I've ever read, no offence.

    Scoop mids on a P? Nah, bra! Go The Clash style! Those mids are yummy! Buy a P, put flats on it, and you can leave all of your EQ at flat. :hyper: THAT works for me! :)