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jjboogie
03-07-2012, 11:09 AM
I've been using the smiley face type eq setting with a few tweaks from room to room on my Mark V for a few years however just yesterday I tried switching to the frown shape and I was really really digging the vibe of it! I'm gonna try that setting tonight for my gig and see how it goes.

What do you prefer and why?

harpinon
03-07-2012, 11:55 AM
You'll likely change it back. The smiley face curve tends to get messy when live and cranked. The can get hissy and noisy. Can't hurt trying though.

Good luck.

s2y
03-07-2012, 11:57 AM
No mid scooping!!!!!!!!!!!!!

c_mac
03-07-2012, 11:59 AM
Not sure about a guitar amp's EQ but there is nothing worse than playing with a live PA with the smiley face EQ.

Thinline_slim
03-07-2012, 12:37 PM
I had a guy tell me the smiley face deal on a PA a long time ago. I tried it for a few weeks and then ditched the idea completely. I take the time to tweak each frequency individually honestly. The control is there.

I think the last time I used my MXR 10 band on my Orange amps it ended up looking a bit like an "M" but I just took the time to listen to each frequency independently then blend them.

Bussman
03-07-2012, 12:42 PM
I met Bob Heil once. He was giving a lecture on live sound and PA systems. His words:

This is a toy. <Points to graphic EQ> This is a tool. <Points to parametric EQ and laughs heartily> Don't bring toys to the job boys! <laughs some more>.

bloozetubes
03-07-2012, 12:50 PM
i dont use a graphic cause id be playing with it on every tune, but i set my amp to

Lo 9
mid 6.5
hi 7.5

Turbo Gerbil
03-07-2012, 01:13 PM
I like a zig zag. On my Mark I run

80 - top line
240 - just above mid line
750 between the bottom two line, but adjusted to taste
2200 - between the top two lines
6600 - neutral

semi-hollowbody
03-07-2012, 01:22 PM
DO NOT turn that frown upside down!!!!! especially live...keep them mids

I dont just arbitrarily set my 7 or 10 band eq to a shape...

I go one slider at a time and set it to where i like it...takes some trial and error as all the sliders together need to sound good...

I am done with graphic eq's...I dont want or need that much adjustment...give me a 4 knob (bass, low mid, high mid, treble) eq pedal and I would be set!

Steve73
03-07-2012, 01:32 PM
The smiley face EQ is even worse if you sing. Try and sing through a whole night when the sound guy has smiley'ed your monitor mix. I lose my voice real quick when they do. Gotta have my mids man!

Rockledge
03-07-2012, 03:39 PM
If I needed an EQ on my rig I think it would be time for a different rig.

bbrunskill
03-07-2012, 03:41 PM
I met Bob Heil once. He was giving a lecture on live sound and PA systems. His words:

This is a toy. <Points to graphic EQ> This is a tool. <Points to parametric EQ and laughs heartily> Don't bring toys to the job boys! <laughs some more>.


This is indeed true.

jjboogie
03-07-2012, 11:11 PM
If I needed an EQ on my rig I think it would be time for a different rig.

It's a Mesa Boogie Mark V....it comes with eq.

Cream
03-08-2012, 01:42 AM
Need that frown. Mids are awesome.

jjboogie
03-09-2012, 12:41 PM
Need that frown. Mids are awesome.

Yeah I'm gonna live with it for a while.

Blue Tile Fever
03-09-2012, 01:24 PM
Lows and highs are for bass and drums, guitars like mids

jjboogie
04-06-2012, 10:12 PM
Yeah so far I've still been digging this frown eq setting! It's really cool!