Notes: 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. … Read more
With 15dB 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 50Hz to over 10KHz, 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 colour eyes. There is no one "perfect" equalization curve that fits every scenario; equalization is dynamic.
When frequencies from 20Hz - 200Hz 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 100Hz - 1000Hz 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 200Hz often gives the bass warmth and body, without a loss of definition, while boosting frequencies in the 500Hz to 1000Hz 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.