Graphic Eq's: Frown or Smiley for your amp?

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  1. jjboogie

    jjboogie Member

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    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?
     
  2. harpinon

    harpinon Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  3. s2y

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    No mid scooping!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. c_mac

    c_mac Supporting Member

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    Not sure about a guitar amp's EQ but there is nothing worse than playing with a live PA with the smiley face EQ.
     
  5. Thinline_slim

    Thinline_slim Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  6. Bussman

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    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>.
     
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  7. bloozetubes

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    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
     
  8. Turbo Gerbil

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    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
     
  9. semi-hollowbody

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    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!
     
  10. Steve73

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    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!
     
  11. Rockledge

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    If I needed an EQ on my rig I think it would be time for a different rig.
     
  12. bbrunskill

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    This is indeed true.
     
  13. jjboogie

    jjboogie Member

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

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    Need that frown. Mids are awesome.
     
  15. jjboogie

    jjboogie Member

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    Yeah I'm gonna live with it for a while.
     
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    Lows and highs are for bass and drums, guitars like mids
     
  17. jjboogie

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    Yeah so far I've still been digging this frown eq setting! It's really cool!
     

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