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Old 2007-10-02, 12:03
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Amp settings/tone!

My new amp finally arrived the other day, a 350watt Hartke head with a 400watt XL cab (with a driver), and straight up it slaaaayed my old amp (a 10watt Samick haha!), but I've always been bad at dialing in a decent tone and wondered if anyone could give me any hints?

I mainly play 80s hair metal stuff these days, and some death metal on the side. Below is a picture of how I set it up, but really I have very little idea of what I'm doing when it comes to settings and could probably get a nicer sound (not that I'm unhappy with it, just if I can get a nicer tone then it would be stupid to not utilize it!).

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Old 2007-10-02, 15:41
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Well the first thing you have to do is get rid of the scoop. Scooping out your mids is a cool when you are playing by yourself but will get completely lost in the band mix. Mids are where your volume is. You should set all your sliders flat and go from there. What kind if bass are you using btw?
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Old 2007-10-02, 21:12
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So set them all flat again and just gradually move them about? Any certain frequencies that I should be boosting or cutting generally speaking?

My bass is an Epiphone Explorer, not bad for the price but lately I've thought it lacked a bit of definition... will have to last for a fair while still though, as next I would reaaaally like a Warwick Buzzard, but they are super expensive and I'm definately not good enough to warrant having one yet hehe.
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Old 2007-10-03, 05:23
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I would say that the majority of your lack of definition comes from the mids that you are cutting on your amp. At some point you will probably have to upgrade your bass because that will start holding you back. As far as the EQ, start flat and do small tweaks. If you have problems hearing yourself during gigs or practice, boost your mids up a bit.
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Old 2007-10-03, 18:56
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I would say that the majority of your lack of definition comes from the mids that you are cutting on your amp. At some point you will probably have to upgrade your bass because that will start holding you back. As far as the EQ, start flat and do small tweaks. If you have problems hearing yourself during gigs or practice, boost your mids up a bit.


just listen to valtiel he has pwned me at all tech talk whenever i try to give advice lol
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Old 2007-10-04, 06:35
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just listen to valtiel he has pwned me at all tech talk whenever i try to give advice lol


LOL! No pwning, just learning!
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Old 2007-10-04, 20:56
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he he, all i know is that you know ALOT about gear. Know I must wonder if with your far superior knowledge of gear how good you are on the actual bass????
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Old 2007-10-05, 01:48
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he he, all i know is that you know ALOT about gear. Know I must wonder if with your far superior knowledge of gear how good you are on the actual bass????


Hah that IS the question isnt it! I used to try to be super technical back when I played a lot of DT, I eventually took a less is more kind of approach, especially when I started playing more guitar.

Back on topic, have you tried any of this advice out yet Venom?
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