04 - 07 - 2018
Why is your bedroom tone bad for your live sound?
We all like to have this larger-than-life sound when we play at home (think SRV-tones on our clean channel, and massive Black-Album walls of distortion). We tweak the bass knob to have as much as possible, kick the treble in so that every pick attack is enhanced. We rehearse all our licks, have the set ready, then head to play with the band.
“1,2,3,4” You start the riff, you are rocking, then bass and kick drum enter the fray, and you do not hear yourself anymore. You raise your volume but then everyone finds you are way too loud. If you turn down you are not heard and not going through the
Can a guitar beat a drum kit?
Because you are playing with your bedroom tone. The one when you are on your own, and no one is competing for space with you. Usually at home, because you are playing at low volume, we tend to emphasize on the bass, to have a nice bottom end filling the room. Basically we eq our amp with a loudness setting. But this does not translate well at all at higher volumes
When playing in a band, each
On the left side you will have bass, and kick drum (for its
Get your gain right
Gain is also usually a problem. At home, we tend to have higher gain settings than what is needed when playing live. At higher volume, too much gain leads to less precision,
Always keep in mind that the guitar needs to be heard while being supported by the bass. We