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Discussion in 'Recording and PA Lounge' started by marcos, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. marcos

    marcos Gold Member

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    I am gonna try turning my amp towards the wall tonight and see if this helps and place a mic in the back of the amp.
     
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  2. Kerry Brown

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    Get an amp stand that angles the amp up so it is pointed at you.
     
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  3. Chito

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    This and bring your amp volume to as low as you can.
     
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  4. marcos

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    Some nights if i turn my amp any lower it will be off buddy.LOL.
     
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  5. marcos

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    I just tried facing my amp towards the wall here in the basement and placing the mic in the back of the amp. I may be on to something here that may work. Will find out tonight.
     
  6. zdogma

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    Can you hear yourself on stage in the monitors? If you can then a plexiglass shield works wonders. Just hang a dynamic mic in front and put the plexiglas shield up to control volume. I love how they let you turn the amp up and control bleed but in certain rooms it can be hard to hear yourself depending on the quality of the monitoring.

    On a different note, they can live with the volume of the drummer but not with a small Fender amp? I’m not quite getting that. I could see the issue if you were blasting a twin, but maybe they are being a bit overly sensitive?

    I feel for singers especially if stage volume is really loud, but unless you’re using a big amp the loudest instrument is generally the drummer.
     
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  7. DaddyDog

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    What amp? Do you have it loud to get distortion? Many options to figure out what works. Many worship bands in the USA have a strict policy of no amps on stage. Google that to get some solutions.
     
  8. Chito

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    Thanks zdogma for reminding me about the plexiglass shield. I have one of those and I remember using them before. One of the best sounding recording of one of the live bands I played in, the sound guy put the plexi glass infront of my amp. That's when I got one for myself.

    @marcos I'll look for the plexiglass in the basement. It must be there somewhere. If I find it, you can try it out.
     
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  9. Guncho

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    Attenuator?
     
  10. Chito

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    Found it!! It's a couple of plexiglass with duct tape.

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  11. player99

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    Maybe put the amp at the front of the stage and put the plexi at the back to keep the volume off the stage, but give the audience the sound to match the others.
     
  12. GuitarPix

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    If you’re micing the amp, my favourite thing to do now is lay it horizontally so the amp points straight up so it can be a bit louder without killing the front row. You have to lift it off the ground on a rack of some sort, I use my folding two wheel dolly that I bring it in on. Got this trick from Sue Folley in a local club when she laid her amp across the seats of two chairs. I know others do it as well.


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  13. player99

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    That might be hard on the speaker.
     
  14. marcos

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    Great idea with the plexiglass. We dont have a drummer but we have a keyboard with beats etc.. What i did tonight really helped. By placing the amp towards the wall and placing the mic at the rear of the amp also it really made a difference. Seems like i might have it solved but will try the plexiglass that our friend Chito has. Thanks for your input.
     
  15. marcos

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    Yes, i would love to try this out buddy. Give it to Moe next time you see him. Much appreciated and if this does the trick, i will make one.
     

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