Questions on my SVP-Pro Pre-amp/setup

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Thumpinthenight, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Thumpinthenight


    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    My current setup is this:
    Furman PL-plus power cond.
    Ampeg SVP-Pro
    Carvin DCM1500
    Hartke xl 410
    Hartke xl 115 cab (with Carvin replacement 15")
    American Jass passive pickups
    1st, I want to know if I am running this pre correctly. Here is what I do now: I run my pre xlr out directly to our
    PA. My pickups on the bass are: Bridge pickup-full on, Neck pickup ~ 1/8 turn back from full on (tone is better). On the SVP-Pro, the "gain" knob is usually ~ just <1/4 up from off. The book says keep it so light just flashes with hard hits. The SVP-Pro "master" knob I usually have ~ 1/4 up from off. This I use to control "stage" volume. This should not affect the outer main PA volume-correct? Carvin amp signal is all the way up.
    Question - I don't know what position to set the "pre/post pushbutton on the back of the pre (in or out) and what exactly does it do?
    If I need more puch or a softer tone for a song, I usually turn up or down the guitar pots - but I'm thinking it's not the way to go because doesn't that change my "gain" on the SVP-Pro input? Sometimes I get distortion if I change the pot knobs too much.
    I just bought a dual foot switch for the pre, so I'm thinking of going that route for a boost (eq sliders on/on).
    I still learning this setup. Any help is appreciated.
    Thanx in advance :meh:
  2. brothernewt

    brothernewt Some people call me the stormtrooper of love...

    Apr 13, 2004
    Gladstone, OR
    Sounds like it's set up correctly to me, and pretty similar to how mine's set up.

    There's nothing wrong with using the knobs on your instrument to adjust your tone, and in many ways, that's simpler and quicker (no walk back to your amp between songs).

    If you're getting distortion you don't want at some instrument settings, you may try setting your gain with both pickups full on, while playing your hardest. Then roll off whichever pu/tone pot to get the desired tone.

    Pre/Post... the "pre" setting will be signal straight from your bass to the PA. the "post" setting will send the signal from the pre-amp to the PA.