Originally Posted by Tupac
Do you guys notice any correlation between your timing and cleanliness when turned up or down in a mix? I found that my timing sounds the best when put down in the mix because I can clearly hear all the drum hits, but it sounds very unclean obviously because I can't detect when I make flubs or ringing strings. How can I learn to play just as well regardless of volume?
Regardless of volume ---- I think you must be able to hear yourself. Read on..... for how we do this.
I need (like) to hear myself, the drummer and the lead vocalist. To do that we each have this monitor (Sorry do not know it's name or what it is called beyond monitor.) where I can control the volume of each instrument or voice to my stage monitor
, i.e. 12 different inputs to my monitor on stage
. For example:
Mike's rhythm guitar #1.
Mike's voice #2.
Sharon's keyboard #3.
Sharon's voice #4.
Sallie's keyboard # 5
Sallie's voice #6
John's Drums #7.
David's lead guitar #8
David's voice #9.
My bass #10.
Guest instrument #11.
Guest voice # 12.
If I'm having trouble hearing what I'm doing I can increase the volume on # 10. If I need to increase or decrease one of the other inputs I can -- and it does not affect the house mix that is controlled by the sound person through the sound board.
So ---- my point. If it was not important that we know what we sound like no one would have invented that monitor I talked about. Yes, you gotta hear what you are doing - one way or the other, so you can keep the good stuff coming.
There are all kinds of aids that allow you to hear yourself - within the mix. The guys have already mentioned a few, talk to your local music store and see what they recommend. Perhaps an ear bud from your amp.