Tips on EQ

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Lenko, Sep 6, 2003.

  1. Lenko


    May 3, 2003
    I'm looking for some help on EQing...
    What is a notch filter? What does it do?
    What does different frequencies do to the sound (for ex. which frequencies to cut if bass is too boomy, which to boost if you want the Jaco sound etc.)?
  2. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    EQ is as much an art form as playing. Everyone has a different philosophy and method. It is also a very powerful tool so it's good to see you're exploring it.

    Some people will tell you 30Hz is where the boom comes from, and others will say 100Hz. Big difference. Others will say add mids to cure the same problem - and they're all correct.

    The best thing to do is plug your bass in and play with your EQ one slider at a time. Pay attention to the changes in sound. After a while you will become familiar with EQ and you'll find your own way to do it.

    PS:- don't be affraid to cut frequencies. It often works better than boosting......
  3. Mattski


    Jan 6, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    Just to add on to what Petebass said:

    In some rooms, cutting 30Hz will help, in others cutting 100Hz will. Same with boosting/cutting mids, etc.

    It is an art form. I need to get a whole lot better at it. Also, what sounds good alone may suck with the rest of your band playing.
  4. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Just playing with your EQ is all that you can do to get a good sound. And if your ears become too used to the sound, walk off for 5 or 10 minutes, come back and go from there.
  5. Lenko


    May 3, 2003
    Thanks guys!
    What about notch filter?
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    A notch filter is an EQ that affects a very narrow part of the frequency band. They're used as feedback killers/suppressors.

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