Where to set my Knobs on my Amp??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mondo, Sep 8, 2001.

  1. Mondo

    Mondo Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    St. Augustine Beach
    Hello there i have been going thru this for about two weeks now and i have not found a sound that i am really happy with!! I need some input on how to set my Bass, Mid, and High know on my amp???? I looking to have a sound that i can play Jazz and Heavy stuff without changing anything on my amp. I play on a Ibanez SR400. My Amp is a SWR 350 head with a SWR 4-10's. Help would be great i am really confused about this!!

  2. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Just keep tweaking. It's not unusal for me to tweak my knobs for hours (literally) until I've dialed my tone in.

    Tweak the bass until you hear your desired amount of low end. I usually have mine 8 on a 1-10 knob. Crank the highs until you hear your desired degree of definition (mine is usually flat.) And tweak the mids until you hear enough "cut" (they will rob your low end a bit.) I usually have my mids flat on my amp because I can crank more on my bass, if desired.

    There is no magic formula. All setups require different adjustments as does individual preference.
    Ultimately, it may be your bass that isn't producing the tone you like (just to make things more complicated.)

    Don't ya just love playing an instrument? :)
  3. masaru

    masaru Guest

    Aug 8, 2001
    Okinawa, Japan
    On my Ampeg SVP-PRO preamp through my Hartke 4.5 XL, I set it Bass-8, Mid-4 and Treble-4.
  4. That just ain't gonna happen, mondo.

    Regardless of your amp, your strings are an obstacle. Flatwounds are usually used for jazz, roundwounds for "heavy stuff." The Ibanez could be an obstacle, too.

    Have you tried the traditional rock bassist settings? - mid frequencies cut, low and high freq's maxed out.
  5. SWR?

    Set gain between 11:00 & 1:00 depending on how hot the signal is. 12:00 is usually a safe bet.

    Bass control is 80Hz set between 1:30 or 2:00

    Mid has sweepable freq. w/ cut-boost.
    -set mid freq. at 800Hz and cut... b/c knob at 9:00

    Treble control is 5kHz set at 1:30. This is the treble freq. for SWR cab Horn crossover; adjust cabinet horn level to 9:00 (1/4 up only).

    Aural Enhancer at 1:30. Anything past 2:00 begins to change the EQ settings.

    Limiter threshold set to blink just before the pre-amp clip light blinks.

    You should be able to adjust the Master Volume to 2:00 or 3:00 max. without clipping with these settings.
  6. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Why don't we try this in amps as well??


  7. Mondo

    Mondo Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    St. Augustine Beach
    What is the best settings for funk or groove??
  8. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    Well for slap funk, you cut the mids. I know that much. :D

    The main thing to know about EQ is if you arent cutting through the mix, you need more high mids. Those are the frequencies that really let the bass be heard and cut through.

    This is how I set my EQ on my Crate Amp today. (Shut up...)

    Bass @ 12 o'clock
    Low Mid @ 12 o'clock
    High Mid @ 10 o'clock
    High @ 2 o'clock

    just remember...

    how you sound when you practice alone sounds a lot different from how you sound with guitar, drums, etc. The "smiley face" EQ may sound good in your bedroom, but it just wont "cut it" during band practice. Get it? :D
  9. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    ok i have a sorta similar setup. I have a hartke 7000 head ontop of a 4x10. i have a spector bass with a 2 band eq. I set my amp on a smily face sort of eq. the highs boosted the mids almost taken out and the lows boosted. this gives me a real warm sound. Then for each song i just screw with my 2 band eq on my bass. This way my amo always sounds good and i can get a different sound with my bass easily.