Tried earplugs today while playing the 2203x

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  1. shredless

    shredless Well-Known Member

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    How do l eq my amp to get that tone?

    I tried plugs in and out at the same volume. Plugs in...rolled off highs and no annoying highs and treble dust.

    The tone was incredible and easier to play. Seems like more than simply eq shift.

    I do not lack low end and l hadnt considered my amp overly bright.
    But with all that missing sizzle the tone is badass

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Gene Ballzz

    Gene Ballzz Well-Known Member

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    A lot depends upon what plugs are used!
    Just Sayin'
    Gene
     
  3. shredless

    shredless Well-Known Member

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    I understand there will be variables.
    I dont think my amp sounds bad at all...but with them that was amazing. Mine were uline sqwishables like memory foam.
     
  4. Chris-in-LA

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    Try turning the treble and mids to 0, you won’t need earplugs. Adjust to taste from there. You mainly need those brights to cut through in a band setting.
     
  5. SmokeyDopey

    SmokeyDopey Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Keep the plugs on. To capture it, mic positioning and a little EQ (if necessary) can get it to where you want.
     
  6. marshallmellowed

    marshallmellowed Well-Known Member

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    My thoughts are, if it sounds just right when you're wearing earplugs, it won't be what everyone else is hearing, if that matters.
     
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    SmokeyDopey Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Maybe a few in the audience have earplugs. They should keep them on, too! :D
     
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    This was the reason for my *Am I the only No Treble on a Marshall dude?*
    Filtering out that high sizzle is more relaxing on the ears ( mine anyways ).
    Presence is how I like to get more on top, plus it tightens up the tone a bit.
    Your experience sounds like you're looking for something similar.
     
  9. johnnyeggz

    johnnyeggz Active Member

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    How’s your settings?

    Mines not ice picky at all.
     
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    So true, who would have thought, Marshall's were actually designed to be used in a band setting.
     
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    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    A Marshall with all the upper mids rolled off is neutered in my opinion! These amps were made to ROAR, and cut through in a live band situation....

    I have tried various types of musician's ear plugs, and in my experience they always colour the sound you hear, and muffle the sound to some extent! Having said that - they are ABSOLUTELY necessary if you don't want tinnitus or hearing loss....

    The best solution I found was to use custom made in-ear monitors, and to send the mic'ed up cab signal to them (along with my vocals, as I also sing!) - the IEMS cut the sound level by about -30dB, but the mic'ed up Marshall sounds the way it should in my ears!
     
  13. purpleplexi

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    If you try it with all the treble knocked out and the presence up you might find initially it sounds really dull. Trick is to hold your nerve and keep playing. When your ears adjust you'll get it. Just don't chicken out....
     
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  15. Neptical

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    Side note: I'm obviously unconventional in the way I use my Marshalls. :p
     
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    If you set your sound using earplugs, and got audience/ band members doesn't use the same kind/ brand, expect people to say your sound suck...
     
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    You can try putting some acoustic foam tiles on the opposite wall. Seems to tame some of the ice-pick laserbeams pinging around the room. That or beam blockers. Live you'll hopefully have an audience to absorb them for you.
     
  18. Buzzard

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    I’ve had 3 and still have 1 jcm 800 2204. That’s why I was never crazy about these amps. Always felt like they were hard on the ears. Back in the 80’s I could only get it up to 1.5 with a band and ended up getting rid of them. I recently got another and just to see what would happen with the tone I cranked the gain and set master at 7. I saw no benefit or much change at that volume.
     
  19. SmokeyDopey

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    You know when it's dark and you can't really see much, but you can move around your house without bumping into things?
    Same concept. You know what the amp sounds like.
     
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  20. giblesp

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    Better earplugs than tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
     

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