Do you find it hard to get the perfect sound from your bass? Maybe your bass seems to virtually disappear in some rooms; then again, it feels like a runaway locomotive in others? The problem's not you... Read More
Do you find it hard to get the perfect sound from your bass? Maybe your bass seems to virtually disappear in some rooms; then again, it feels like a runaway locomotive in others? The problem's not your bass-you need an equalizer! The Behringer BEQ700 can resurrect your bass, providing total control over your tone, no matter what the performance situation. You can instantly improve the sound of your band from the bottom up, with the Behringer BEQ700.
Master of Tone
With 15 dB available boost or cut per band (that's a lot!), the BEQ700's seven frequency bands have been carefully chosen to provide the ultimate tools for EQing the bass guitar, even 5 & 6-string instruments. Of course, to make full use of its capabilities, you should first understand some basics about the frequency range of your axe.
The BEQ700 covers the audio spectrum from below 50 Hz to over 10 kHz, allowing you to effectively cut or boost specific frequencies that help focus your sound. Special attention has been paid to the critical midrange frequencies, which can either make or break your sound. The following section offers tips that will have you sculpting the perfect bass sound in no time at all.
Most performers don't have a clue about what good equalization can do for their sound. Maybe you've heard the old maxim, "Make a sine-wave to get really good sound," or "Make a smiley-face, that always works." Sadly, this qualifies as advice from the uninformed. Just as every room is different, every musical instrument is unique. Even guitars and basses made by the same manufacturer, using the same materials, on the same day can vary a great deal.
People provide a good example of this principal-although we are all similar, we don't all wear the same size shoes, or even have the same color eyes. There is no one "perfect" equalization curve that fits every scenario; equalization is dynamic.
Applying EQ to the Bass
When frequencies from 20 Hz - 200 Hz are boosted or cut, the bass is affected dramatically, since sounds in this range are often felt, as well as being heard. Boosting frequencies within this range can increase the sensation of power and punch. Conversely, reductions in this range can weaken or muddy low frequency response.
The fundamental notes of most basses fall within the 100 Hz - 1000 Hz range. Even slight changes in this range can cause a tremendous variation in overall bass energy and impact, as the human ear is especially sensitive to this range. Boosting frequencies around 200 Hz often gives the bass warmth and body, without a loss of definition, while boosting frequencies in the 500 Hz to 1000 Hz range tend to make bass sounds brittle. Often, better EQ results can be achieved by reducing the frequency bands that are offending and by turning up the overall volume, rather than boosting one specific band.
How the specific frequency bands of the BEQ700 can shape your sound
50 Hz (sub-bass)
Boost: To thicken up sub-bass content, which is mostly felt rather than heard
Cut: To eliminate stage "rumble" and sub-bass content that can rob sound system power
120 Hz (soft bass)
Boost: To enhance the lower end of the bass spectrum
Cut: To reduce the tendency of low frequency content to overwhelm a small room
400 Hz (hard bass)
Boost: To enhance the "hard" bass punch of fundamental tones
Cut: To reduce punch for better linkage with the kick drum
Boost: or Cut: To control bass clarity and warmth
Boost: To add an aggressive edge to the overall bass sound
Cut: For reducing somewhat nasal or horn-like content
Boost: To make the bass cut through the mix. Creates a more distinctive plucked tone
Cut: To eliminate harshness
Boost: To bring out the upper harmonics and add edge to the overall bass tonality
Cut: Apply a cut to reduce harsh high-frequency content or hiss
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If you're looking to explore the world of pedals, Behringer's a good choice. I've got a friend who uses "big name" brand pedals, but we used the exact same setups (P-Bass and a Starcaster 15B amp) to compare the two pedals and we couldn't tell a difference. I played tuba in a small school's pep band. Low parts are never heard, so I ended up bringing my bass in. Still couldn't hear the lows very well, so I added this pedal to my setup. Suddenly everyone's hearing the low parts. It works very well. I bought the pedal in July and haven't had any problems. It's relatively easy to get to the battery compartment; just push the two buttons on the side of the pedal in with a pen. I'm definitely sticking with Behringer for exploring pedals.
I expected a cheap box to work like a cheap box but this EQ works great! Behringer saved the money by making the box out of plastic instead of metal and kept good electronics inside. These seven bands do so much more than the four bands on my Acoustic brand amp do. I cut the 400 & 500, boost 120, and adjust the 800 to suit what I'm playing at the time. That mellows the growl while retaining punch. Here's the catch - if you plan on stomping the on/off pedal with your foot, the plastic may not hold up. I set mine on the amp, turn it on, and leave it at that. And you need to be a little careful changing the battery, again because of the plastic case. Overall - A fine EQ that performs like one at twice the price. Unless you really need a stronger metal case, save some money and get this one. You'll like it.
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