#1
Hey All,

I posted a thread on here a few weeks ago asking what to add to my pedalboard, many of you suggested the MXR 10-Band EQ and I got one today.
I must say I'm glad I took that advice - it's just made everything about my Amp better and my tone is SO MUCH more lively now.

I do have a question:

It gives off a slight hiss (or hum) when it's engaged. Not really sure why this is, or if it's normal. Anybody else have this problem? Anything I should be concerned about? I understand all pedals hiss (my TS9 really makes noise) but I'm wondering if this should be one of those silent ones or if the noise is normal.

My set up is: Guitar - Tuner - TS9 - 10-Band EQ - Chorus - Flanger - Delay - Amp.

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#2
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#4
Try placing the the equalizer goes in last to the amp so its 10-band EQ -> Amp, that might help. Cause I had the same problem with my Boss GE-7.

Hope that helps...

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#5
I have the power supply that was included with my Pedal Tote, it's plugged into the 18v power slot.
#7
well first of all, if the overall gain slider on the thing is turned up, then your obviously going to get a bit more hiss. the power supply might be another thing too, and i think you should try putting it last in your chain or in the amps FX loop
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#8
Goes in the loop or last in your chain. Turn your gain down but bump the slider on the left of the pedal up.
#9
OK, I put it last in the chain - still the same hiss. Turned the Gain down, slightly less hiss. I just wanted to know if there's anything wrong with my pedal, because I paide pretty good $ for it.
#10
Time for a Noise Supressor some time soon.
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#11
put it in your effects loop, better that way and shoudl be more quiet aswell
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#12
That's what my buddy just told me. 'More pedals, more interference with he original signal, more noise. Save up for a noise gate'

I already looke at the ISP Decimator and it's a little out of my price range. Any other good ideas for noise gates?
#13
Harvesterofsrrw, I have an Epiphone Valve Jr. Neat little amp, but only an on/off switch, a volume knob and 1 input. No effects loop.
#14
Quote by Major Bludd
That's what my buddy just told me. 'More pedals, more interference with he original signal, more noise. Save up for a noise gate'

I already looke at the ISP Decimator and it's a little out of my price range. Any other good ideas for noise gates?


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#15
I dont like it in front of the amp, works best in the FX loop if you have one. Try cutting the 16khz slider, it cuts the hiss when I crank the gain.
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#16
I appreciate all the help, folks. I think I'll try to live with it for now. Maybe I'll resurrect this thread if I truly can't stand it.
#18
Quote by Major Bludd
Harvesterofsrrw, I have an Epiphone Valve Jr. Neat little amp, but only an on/off switch, a volume knob and 1 input. No effects loop.


then you have no choice but to use it in front of your amp, wich is not the ideal place to run a eq but atleast you can use it a bit to boost certain frequencies...too bad your preamp is gonna diminish that with its eq
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#19
Run your amp with only the EQ (no other pedals) and see if it hums.
Check the cables going in and out of it too... maybe one of those are crap.
#20
Just a thought but do you have the power supply/cable running close to the back of your amp? When I run my GNX4 power cable near my Valveking reverb is will cause the amp to start hissing. Keep the power cables away from your amp.
#21
I don't mean to hijack the topic, but...

I've been looking into a 10-band EQ (now more than ever due to my new amp not having even a 3-band EQ), but every time I see one I get intimidated. How the heck do you equalize with all of those sliders? If anyone could explain, that would be great.
#22
My chain is pretty much the same order as yours [apart from I have a phaser instead of a flanger] and I get no hiss from mine at all. Strange!
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#23
Quote by BeethovensBust
I don't mean to hijack the topic, but...

I've been looking into a 10-band EQ (now more than ever due to my new amp not having even a 3-band EQ), but every time I see one I get intimidated. How the heck do you equalize with all of those sliders? If anyone could explain, that would be great.

it's pretty simple really. the lowest frequencies (bass) are on the left, and the highest (treble) are on the right. just raise a slider up to turn that frequency up, or lower it to cut that frequency. like say you wanted a bass boost, you would just turn some of the sliders on the left up.
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#24
Quote by Robino_Ibanez
it's pretty simple really. the lowest frequencies (bass) are on the left, and the highest (treble) are on the right. just raise a slider up to turn that frequency up, or lower it to cut that frequency. like say you wanted a bass boost, you would just turn some of the sliders on the left up.


And I assume that mids would be in the middle, right?
#25
Quote by BeethovensBust
I get intimidated. How the heck do you equalize with all of those sliders? If anyone could explain, that would be great.

You use your very own ears. That's the beauty of an EQ -- you can create the tone that YOU find pleasing. Just keep sliding up and down on the sliders until your ears tell you that you have found the tone you like.
#26
Quote by CasinoEpiphone
You use your very own ears. That's the beauty of an EQ -- you can create the tone that YOU find pleasing. Just keep sliding up and down on the sliders until your ears tell you that you have found the tone you like.


I know that there is a gain slider on it. It adds to the preamp gain, right?
#27
Quote by BeethovensBust
And I assume that mids would be in the middle, right?

Yep
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#28
Quote by BeethovensBust
I know that there is a gain slider on it. It adds to the preamp gain, right?

Yes...and that gain slider is the greatest little secret in all music gear. People spend a fortune on boost pedals or overdrives, but that little gain slider on your EQ pedal does a better job. It takes your amp to eleven without altering the tone at all. I have a VOX AC30 which is not known for metal type crunch, but when I slide up my level slider on my EQ pedal...WOW, I suddenly get Marshall type crunch from a VOX.

Someone explained to me that it is driving the pre-amp tubes harder, so make sure you put your EQ pedal before the amp, not in an effects loop, if you want this monster boost.
#29
Quote by CasinoEpiphone
Yes...and that gain slider is the greatest little secret in all music gear. People spend a fortune on boost pedals or overdrives, but that little gain slider on your EQ pedal does a better job. It takes your amp to eleven without altering the tone at all. I have a VOX AC30 which is not known for metal type crunch, but when I slide up my level slider on my EQ pedal...WOW, I suddenly get Marshall type crunch from a VOX.

Someone explained to me that it is driving the pre-amp tubes harder, so make sure you put your EQ pedal before the amp, not in an effects loop, if you want this monster boost.


Right now I have a VisualSound Jekyll and Hyde in the front of my amp (I just use the overdrive). Would I run it Guitar>OD>EQ>amp?
#30
you dont have a noise gate in ur chain, and the MXR gives out a lot of hiss at times when used


so its time to get this:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/ISP-Technologies-Decimator-Noise-Reduction-Pedal-101364214-i1372410.gc
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#32
Quote by BeethovensBust
Would I run it Guitar>OD>EQ>amp?

Yeah, EQ is after. Usually, delays are last in an effects chain, EQs second to last.
#33
Quote by BeethovensBust
Right now I have a VisualSound Jekyll and Hyde in the front of my amp (I just use the overdrive). Would I run it Guitar>OD>EQ>amp?

actually, you can get more preamp gain by putting it in the FX loop too. what you do is turn the gain slider all the way down, then you can turn up the amp's volume and get more preamp saturation (you wont get power amp gain, but its still worth it). it basically turns the amp into a master volume amp if the amp doesnt already have one
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#34
Quote by nutinpwnsgibson
actually, you can get more preamp gain by putting it in the FX loop too. what you do is turn the gain slider all the way down, then you can turn up the amp's volume and get more preamp saturation (you wont get power amp gain, but its still worth it). it basically turns the amp into a master volume amp if the amp doesnt already have one


I tried something like that once, where I turned my guitar's volume down so I could push the volume up.

It sounded terrible. Maybe I was doing something wrong?
#35
Quote by BeethovensBust
I tried something like that once, where I turned my guitar's volume down so I could push the volume up.

It sounded terrible. Maybe I was doing something wrong?


this does sound terrible and mushy, but if you put the EQ in the FX loop it'll be much different since the volume decrease will be after the preamp, what this essentially does is attenuate the preamp as if you had a master volume. try it out, if it doesnt work well on your amp, dont use it, but i remember ibanezpsycho did it with a volume pedal in the FX loop back when he had his valveking.
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#37
Quote by nutinpwnsgibson
this does sound terrible and mushy, but if you put the EQ in the FX loop it'll be much different since the volume decrease will be after the preamp, what this essentially does is attenuate the preamp as if you had a master volume. try it out, if it doesnt work well on your amp, dont use it, but i remember ibanezpsycho did it with a volume pedal in the FX loop back when he had his valveking.


One last thing-
i have never used anything in the FX loop. How would I go about setting this up? There is a "send" and "return" input on the back of my Bogner for the FX loop.
#38
^the SEND jack goes to the input of any effects you want to put after your amp's preamp distortion, and the output of those effects goes into the RETURN jack, pretty simple
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#39
Quote by nutinpwnsgibson
^the SEND jack goes to the input of any effects you want to put after your amp's preamp distortion, and the output of those effects goes into the RETURN jack, pretty simple


Easy enough, I suppose.
Would I use speaker cables or guitar cables?
#40
Quote by BeethovensBust
Easy enough, I suppose.
Would I use speaker cables or guitar cables?


speaker cables are only for carrying low impedance signals, so instrument and patch cables are what you would use
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