strumminsix wrote:Again, +1 to Brad. Brother we think very much alike! I gig most times with 22W with plenty of room left.
Here is the bottom line, if your band is volume wars it will only end in disaster. Say you get a bigger amp, they will turn up. Say you turn up so you can hear over them, they will get bigger amps. Then you'll realize the PA can't handle it so you'll buy a bigger PA. Then you'll realize your audience is plastered against the back wall and won't get up and dance.
This summer I've played both the quietest and loudest shows of my life. At the quietest I had a room full of people dancing in front of me and others packed behind them. At the loudest nobody was closer than 20 feet from the stage, folks were dancing in the open area next to the stage, and others were dancing outside. (it was the venue's soundman at this one)
You've gotta have a good chat with the band and get the to realize volume and amp placement has only 2 but essential components:
1 - can you hear yourself (90% placement)
2 - what does the band mix need (70% volume)
This is an opportunity for growth.
Brad, you're able to play your PR in a band without kicking into overdrive? Could you do it outdoors as well? If so, maybe we are just too loud?!
One thing also is that the better the music is going, the less people need to overpower. When everyone is listening and fitting together like a well oiled machine, then nobody is trying to fight thru a wall of noise because there is no wall of noise, just well placed musical parts with well placed space for each person to fit. When that space is there, then it's really not hard to hear yourself. It only takes one drummer over-banging on cymbals or cracking the snare too hard or one busy bass player filling the wrong holes or one overplaying or over-loud guitar player to kill the gestalt.
Tennessee Jedi wrote:....I like my amp up off the ground and want to be 5-6 ft away from it.
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