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Next question in my never-ending quest to be able to carry on a conversation w/ gearheads and tonefreaks:


What frequencies usually define "Mid-Low"?


The "Lows" on the amps that I own or am shopping for are at 50Hz and 60Hz respectively, and the "Mids" vary from 220Hz ("Ultra-Mid") to 660Hz.


So where in between is that "Mid-Low" frequency that we're always talking about? Obviously this will differ depending on amp/bass/cab...etc., but in each of your experiences, where have you found your own "sweet spot"?

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I usually look for my 'Mid-Low' range somewhere between 'Low-Low' and 'Mid-High-Low...'


but seriously... I've been looking real hard at a lot of different amps lately, and I have come to the conclusion that each manufacturer has a different definition of these terms... their frequencies all vary somewhat. The sound (growl) you get at a certain setting could be completely different with different amps /cabs etc...


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Whatever we decide, amp/preamp manufacturers can define it as they choose. Try reading the specs on some amps. I bet they are close, but Mesa, SWR, EA, and others probably vary slightly.




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Well, right around 250Hz is the magic "Jaco tone" area. This is also a good ball-park area to boost if you are dealing with guitar players who are uber-loud and like the disco smile EQ. You will cut through, and it will be good.
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The 100 Hz range carries the balls of the tone (pardon my french), the 60-80 Hz range carries the subwoofer frequencies, and mid-low, as I use them, lie in between 120Hz and 500Hz, depending where you are playing. Keep in mind that every octave up doubles the frequency of the previous octave's tonic, so if you're playing high on the G or D strings, your freq. range will be correspondingly higher.
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Actually I tend to think of low-mids as around that huge hump in the response that Eden 10" XLT cabs have. Or maybe that's midbass. Actually I think that's midbass. In which case, low-mids must be that low growl that my Warwick has - I don't actually do much EQing ever, occasionally a bit of bass boost or treble boost/cut. I must do some experimenting with the semi-parametric EQs on my SWR GP.



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