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Show your SWR SM500 EQ. Settings

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Manfred_Bass, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. Manfred_Bass


    Mar 16, 2005
    ponce, PR
    Show your SWR SM500 EQ. Settings. I tried the SWR website EQ suggested settings and they suck. Do you have others setting in terms of musicians tone. Ex. Jaco tone, Geddy tone etc.
  2. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    leave the aural enhancer off, or at most have it at 9 o'clock

    practice a lot.
  3. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    This is pretty much the same preamp.

    Gain: 1:30

    Limiter: 10:00 - 1:30
    LED should flash a micro-second before the Preamp Gain LED flashs.

    Aural Enhancer Sweetspot: 1:30*
    *the mistake many people make is 'Triple Boosting'
    Boosting the Aural Enhancer, the Bass, and again at the P.M. EQ.
    (and sometimes a 4th time again with a bass boost from a active instrument pre)
    Then people wonder where the headroom went and why their speaker farts

    In the 90's the 'Sweetspot' is 1:30;
    it gives the signiture 'SWR' EQ curve that made them famous.
    Let the Aural Enhancer do the Bass Boosting duty, then be careful with any extra Bass Boost.

    Bass - 12:00 (Never past 1:30)

    Treble - 12:00 (Never past 2:00)

    Transparency -
    Here's a tough one.
    Can introduce hiss.
    Can be boosted with interesting results if the cabinet horn is OFF or slightly on.
    This is a boost only control.
    Depends on your strings (if your using SS, Nickel, Roundwounds... whatever)
    your bass (active or passive)
    your cabinet and what type of tweeter you have
    and where you set your horn level.
    It brings out 'snap,' so be careful if you have SS RW's.
    Sometimes full counterclockwise (min.) sounds great.
    I use flats and need a High End bump, so I keep mine at Noon.
    Try off; 10:00, 12:00, 1:30 and see which sounds best with your type of strings.

    Preamp Tube: Sylvania JAN 5751:
    Black Plate - Triple Mica - with the 'D' Getter.
    or Sylvania 12AX7WA.

    Can be found for less then $20 ea.

    Here's my settings.
    Warwick through an SWR Pro Cabs.


    SWR Semi Parametric Mid. Frequency EQ. 
    Chart of Markings
    31 Hz	80 Hz	200 Hz	400 Hz
    44	104	260	520
    57	128	320	640
    70	152	380	760
    83	176	440	880
    96------200-----500-----1000-----T.D.C. (12:00)
    109	224	560	1120
    122	248	620	1240
    135	272	680	1360
    148	296	740	1480
    161 Hz	320 Hz	800 Hz	1600 Hz
    Tim Duronslet likes this.