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Transparency SWR?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Obsolex, Jun 27, 2003.


  1. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    I'm split on what head brand to get, and ampeg, or an swr... But I remember when I was playing on my friends SWR Workingmans 15 combo (160 watss), the "head" on it, had a cool feature, called transparency, what exactly does that do?
    thanks-------

    EDIT: 6/28/03
    Look at bottom post...
     
  2. Headroom

    Headroom

    Apr 5, 2002
  3. iplaybass

    iplaybass Guest

    Feb 13, 2000
    Germantown, TN
    The transparency knob controls frequencies above 5khz. I sometimes use it to give old strings a bit of sizzle. It does just that. You have to be careful though, as the sound can get very harsh very quickly. You can get by with just a slight boost to the transparency.
     
  4. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Thanks man, that helped,now theres only one thing to do to decide between Ampeg and SWR: "To guitar center!" (yeah, the places around here suck)...
    thanks----
     
  5. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Why just slight... What would it sound like if you turne it to 0, and then to 10? How much of a difference would it be?
     
  6. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    If I remember correctly, when I increased the transparency on my old Super Redhead, it sounded as if the mids were being cut.
     
  7. iplaybass

    iplaybass Guest

    Feb 13, 2000
    Germantown, TN
    Its actually a cut/boost, guess i should have specified that. Turn it down to -10, you'll get rid of the sizzle; it makes the sound dull and thumpy. Turn it up to +10 and you have a sound that is incredibly harsh, it sizzles even when you aren't playing due to pickup noise. I honestly don't even touch the control, except maybe to tweak it to +1 or +2 to counter the effects of dead strings.
     
  8. iplaybass

    iplaybass Guest

    Feb 13, 2000
    Germantown, TN
    Nope... according to SWR, its just a control for frequencies above 5khz, and I am inclined to agree from my experience with my SM-400S. Now, the Aural Enhancer DOES cut the mids. Maybe you're thinking of that?
     
  9. Headroom

    Headroom

    Apr 5, 2002
    I didn't realize "transparency" and "aural enhancement" were two separate functions- apologies for the misdirection and thanks for the education.
     
  10. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Ah yes, you are correct. Long hot day at work, the brain is not functioning too well. :)
     
  11. tornadobass

    tornadobass Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Endorsing Artist: Black Diamond & SuperSensitive strings
    Transparency isn't on all SWR amps...my SM-400S has it...my SM-400 doesn't.

    I've never really used it for anything...maybe rolling off that knob a little would warm up the sound?
     
  12. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
  13. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
  14. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    From the WM15's owners manual:

    "Transparency-
    The transparency control, is a shelving type tone control that cuts or boosts the high frequencies a full octave above the treble function. Shelving point for this control is about 5 kHz."







    What does that mean?
     
  15. iplaybass

    iplaybass Guest

    Feb 13, 2000
    Germantown, TN
    It just means the transparency control is a boost/cut circuit for frequencies above 5khz. The shelving point means the frequency point where the filter engages.