Originally posted by Milan Medic
Thank you guys for your suggestions, ok this is what i set it up like.
Everything is flat when i start off playing, lows mids and highs all flat, treble falt, bass flat, and my enhance knob push in at 9 oclock.
As for my bass sadowsky preamp is in the giutar so iam not sure about dB.. but i do go the bridge side a bit with the balance knob, bass flat and bit of treble.
I do put my markbass 210 upright.
When you talk about dB's is that one click on the knob one d
I will try your suggestions guys at my next rehersal, thanks a lot.
WT550,212XLT4,MarkBass 102HF,Jazz bass delux American V,
I going to add some confusion to the mix. It was mentioned earlier about the effects of coupling reinforcement of the low frequencies. On the floor boosts 3db, against the wall boosts another 3 db; and in the corner adds another 3 db to your low lows. That's a full 9 db of low frequency boost. There are other room anomalies that can make your set up sound bad in a particular room. Basically that's the room acoustics that are emphasizing some frequencies and perhaps absorbing others. You'll need to compensate for that if you want to sound good.
If you're sounding too boomy, the first thing I would do is get your amp away from the wall and away from the corner. Then use your semi-parametric EQ to find the offending frequencies and compensate for them. Here's how you do that:
Start with the lowest frequency range semi-parametric EQ and work left to right, lowest to highest frequencies. I'm going to presume you have already set the gain correctly, all the EQ settings are flat (12 o'clock) and the enhance is turned off entirely. Turn the Low semi-parametric all the way to the left (lowest frequency), set the boost/cut to 3 o'clock, which is a lot of boost. Then start playing and have a buddy slowly turn the frequency selector knob clockwise. Ideally you are at least 20-feet away from your amp.
When the frequency selector knob hits the offending frequency, the sound of it will jump right out at you. At that point, get your hands off the frequency knob; move the boost/cut knob to flat; and then start moving it counterclockwise until that frequency no longer pops out at you. Repeat the same thing with the next two semi-parametric control pairs.
Now, once you've gone through all the semi-parametrics, your EQ settings have compensated for the room acoustics and the sound is basically flat, regardless of the cut or boost you've dialed in. From this point you make any minor adjustments you deem necessary to shape "your sound", but at least you're not fighting the room acoustics anymore. Be very careful when you start boosting or cutting from this point. These controls can boost or cut the selected frequency by 15 db in each direction, and 2-clicks of boost or cut makes a very noticeable difference in your sound.
It's best to set this up and then, once the group is playing a song for your sound check, get out and listen to how your bass is sitting in the total sound. If you are getting lost, do as Roger suggested and boost the low mids up a bit. That usually won't sound very good playing by yourself, but will give a solid foundation and nice presence to the sound of your bass in the mix.