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5Strats
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Edmond/OKC

Chasing Sanity
Mar 4th, 2012 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If the volume issue isn't addressed in my band, I'm going to have to leave.

Last night was just a wall of noise and I fought to hear myself. The weekend before we blew out a small club.

Argh!

littleuch
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Michigan

T-boned and punctured
Mar 4th, 2012 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One way of addressing it is to simply turn up, and be sure to point your amp at the next loudest player while flipping him off.

urby

NW US

Mar 4th, 2012 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's what ya get for playing with the youngsters...

themaestro
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Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Mar 4th, 2012 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How refreshing to hear a guitarist make that comment. :-) Just kidding, 5.

9fingers
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Floe, WV

A few BIG notes!
Mar 4th, 2012 10:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't got time to mess with people who have no clue about a band as a team, especially in terms of volume. I want to make music, not war.
Life really is too short to sacrifice music to ego driven insensitive volume wars.
There really ARE musicians out there who are mature enough to control a simple thing like volume. (Musically mature doesn't have to mean old).

6 Cylinder Slim

New England

Shoes for Industry
Mar 5th, 2012 04:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's not just kids. A lot of the older pros that were playing top 40, now classic rock, aren't used to playing smaller rooms. Especially very reflective small rooms with challenging acoustics. It's not easy.

5Strats
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Edmond/OKC

Chasing Sanity
Mar 5th, 2012 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you can't hear the vocals and constantly fight to hear your lead parts, and often feel like you're lost in a tornado of noise, what's the point of playing out?

I may bring my 100 watt Marshall halfstack to this venue later this month. Just try and not hear me then! (:oD

garp
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Connecticut USA

Nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos
Mar 5th, 2012 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“What???”

“No — WATT!!!”

2leftthumbs
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Silver Spring Md

Mar 5th, 2012 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Can we have everything turned up louder than everything else"?

-Ian Gillian (Made in Japan)

Juice Nichols

Panama City, FL

Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Mar 5th, 2012 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I may bring my 100 watt Marshall halfstack to this venue later this month. Just try and not hear me then! (:oD"

Not the nuclear option! ;)



Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Dangit! Hot weather.
Mar 5th, 2012 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Too loud is rude, thoughtless, pointless and just plain stupid. No quality or class. Who can hear what's being played? The band can't even hear what's being played. How stupid is that?

"We're going to play this club and we're going to play so loud that WE won't even be able to hear what we're playing! Cool, huh?"

It's not a "volume issue", it's a stupid band member issue.

I'm playing in a band that doesn't play too loud. Let me tell you, audiences love it. They can hear the words and understand them, hear each instrument clearly, still talk with each other without having to yell, and don't go home with ringing ears. Club owners love us. Yet no one has ever asked us to "turn up", not one person.

For us, it's far more enjoyable to play. WE don't go home with ringing ears, don't have to wear earplugs, and play far better with each other being able to hear what the others are playing.

I've played in loud bands. In one, I wore earplugs, played my 1000+ bass rig (with 4X10 and 18" sub) as loud as I could get it, and felt like someone beat me up physically up to 4 days after a gig, just from the sheer volume. It was ridiculous but I was a hired hand, and had no input on how loud we played.

5Strats
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Edmond/OKC

Chasing Sanity
Mar 5th, 2012 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While the nuclear option isn't the best, it might be the only way to get my point across. (:oD

But what about mutually assured destruction?

MLC
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Mar 5th, 2012 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I may bring my 100 watt Marshall halfstack to this venue later this month."

No point in letting good gear collect dust in your closet.

(;^D)


I assume you've talked to you bandmates about this. What's their take? Do they like walls of muddled noise? Do they even notice?
Would having someone record you at your next club gig help get your point across?

5Strats
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Edmond/OKC

Chasing Sanity
Mar 5th, 2012 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We've talked about this problem, but haven't had a chance for a serious discussion. That's going to change before our next gig.

jazz-singer

Arizona, USA

Mar 5th, 2012 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I brought a very small amp to play in a huge hall. I didn't know it would be that big. The leader said, "Okay, everyone turn down except for David."

Deacon Blues
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With a big iron on

his hip.
Mar 5th, 2012 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^I love when that happens.

ECS-3
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USA / Virginia

Mar 5th, 2012 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Depending on the venue, if the band is so loud I have to scream in my date's ear to have a conversation, it's time to leave.

DPH

Massachusetts, USA

Mar 5th, 2012 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our keyboard player is deaf as a haddock and always turns up to the point of pain. The guitar player for Gang Green sat in with us once and winced in pain for the whole song because he was standing too close to the Leslie.

waxcomb

=*Made in the USA*=

bassist, Stone Soup
Mar 5th, 2012 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It all starts with practice levels.


5Strats
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Chasing Sanity
Mar 5th, 2012 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's the problem, we very rarely practice (mostly because the band members live so far apart).

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