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Losing volume

I just recently purchased a 500 watt Markbass Little Mark III Amp. I've been pairing it with a 400 watt Hartke Silver Series 4x10 or a Peavey 4x10 cab, also both recent acquisitions.

There's a problem. When I play higher register notes, especially around the 12th fret and beyond, my tone loses all it's volume and disappears in the mix. I've never had this problem before with my bass guitar, and I can't seem to fix it in the EQ.

Any suggestions? I'd hate to have dropped $500 on an amp that can't perform....
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Re: Losing volume

6/4/2013 10:01 AM

Garry Cantrell (4286) wrote:

Hmmmmm. That's odd. Maybe you're being overly enthusiastic when using your VLE?

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Re: Losing volume

6/5/2013 10:08 PM

Roger Gumbs (30487) wrote:

Could be the pairing. I never cared for my old peavey 4x10 because it was heavy, wasn't chambered, was extremely large which moved air but didn't help with note definition. Try dialing in some mids and don't use the VFP filter because all it does is scoop your mids. The amp has decent low/low mid voice, but doesn't do gritty tone with high mids all too well. I added a Sansamp bddi to help. It's a good head but it may not be the tone your after. I liked the way my old GK 1000rb sounded with my Peavey 4x10.



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Re: Losing volume

6/11/2013 7:28 PM

Michael Malloy (54) wrote:

Second on the SansAmp - that really helps me work the mids the way I like it.

I also like the SansAmp because it helps sculpt the sound in the signal before it goes to the amp - most sound guys I work with try to run the pre-eq signal into the board, so none of the dialing in from the amp's controls actually gets out to the front of house. So, I sculpt my tone with the SansAmp and leave the amps (also GKs, by the way) pretty much flat.

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Re: Losing volume

6/6/2013 6:38 PM

Dave Magaro (21241) wrote:

I would try eliminating those two filters (VLE VPF) and see if you encounter the same problem. But, it can be tricky trying to pair cabs together that aren't made to be paired. Sometimes you get lucky, other times not so much.

Dave



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Re: Losing volume

6/11/2013 7:24 PM

Michael Malloy (54) wrote:

First off, I doubt the problem is with your amp. First try to adjust your EQ to bring up the mids - if you are scooping out mids, you may be causing the problem with your EQ settings.

I also assume that you are only using one cabinet at a time - is that right? If you are using both and the cabs are not placed carefully, you might be getting some frequency cancellation, but that is probably a different kettle of fish. I bet it is the EQ.

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Re: Losing volume

9/4/2013 11:59 AM

Rob Pizapio (494) wrote:

Other than Eq and a Sans Amp pedal my only suggestion would be a compression pedal. Many players no not like them but, if set up correctly they are a big advantage to your playing and string volume issues. Mine is a most have item in my gig bag