SWR: Which settings do U use?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Fantomaz, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. Fantomaz


    Oct 24, 2001
    Brussels Belgium
    For all SWR SM400, 500, 900 users,

    Has anyone discovered specially good settings for a passive JB?
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Yeah, give it some boost around 250 Hz to thicken it up then adjust the enhancer to personal taste.

    The rest would depend on the speaker cabs you're using and what kind of overall tone you're looking for.
  3. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Start flat and season to taste.
  4. leper


    Jun 21, 2001
    agreed on the start flat thing...

    i used to have these really wacked out settings, went through and redid them starting from flat and it made a big improvement...

    i have the auralenhancr at about 2 oclock, bass bosted, transparency and treble up a bit. 30hz + 15db, and then the rest is really up to my mood
  5. SWR SM500/400-S

    Aural Enhancer, Bass, & Treble at 2:00.
    Transparency at Noon.
    +5 db at 60 Hz & 100 Hz (or 250 Hz depending...)
    -10 db at 800 Hz
    +2 db at 1.5 kHz
  6. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    actually i play with the eq section flat. i boost the bass a little bit and i do the same with highs. if you tell us which soun d are you trying to have, we could help you more. i forgot to mention that i play a precision bass and my amp is a sm 400s. cab is a laney 4x10 but in the next future i intend to buy an ampeg svt 410 hlf.
  7. tornadobass

    tornadobass Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Endorsing Artist: Black Diamond & SuperSensitive strings
    It depends on your kind of music, your bass and cab, and your preferences.

    I have the SM-400S, use it with either a Carvin 15, 210 or both. Play either a G&L L-1000 or a BugBass. Sometimes a '74 Jazz. Music is mainly classic blues.

    Usually my settings boost low mids (250 hz), cut transparency a bit, maybe boost 500-800 hz if the room is muddy. Sometimes a touch of bass, too.

    A question: I usually set my input gain between 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock, depending on the bass. Is this usual for those of you playing an SWR? My Jazz actually requires gain closer to 2 o'clock before the clip light comes on.

  8. I've got an SM-900, and I mostly play my Reverend Rumblefish, which is a passive J-style bass. I set all 12 bands of EQ flat, gain at about 1pm, aural enhancer and bass at around 2pm, treble about 1pm. And don't forget to crack open that Effects Blend just a bit, even if you're not running any effects.. it adds something anyway, for some reason!
  9. Fantomaz


    Oct 24, 2001
    Brussels Belgium
    Thanks to all for your help, I'm now gonna try these setups, my main problem is that I get too much handling and fret noises, but these are in the 1.000 hz which is per se a nice frequency on the JB, my pickups are very microphonic ('72) and I can't find settings I'm really happy with.....
  10. Fantomaz


    Oct 24, 2001
    Brussels Belgium
    BTW I forgot to mention I use an Ampeg 410HLF with the SM900, thx again....