Does this ever stop?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by steve42, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. steve42


    Jan 24, 2013
    If I ever have the opportunity to meet Nathan East or one of my other bass heroes, I swear I'm going to ask if they have hinally reached the point where this doesn't happen.

  2. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Asking to "turn it down" is insulting to me.
  3. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN

    Why ? If you're too loud, you're too loud.....
  4. I think it's because the insinuation is that bass should be felt and not heard, or some such nonsense. Personally, I like to hear my bass (within reason and without sacrificing a good live mix). Both are possible.
  5. Joedog


    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    If it's the guy paying you, you have to be an idiot to "be insulted". Besides a lot of bands don't get a good stage mix, and don't realize what it actually sounds like out in the room.
  6. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    I was being facetious. My band always does a sound check before taking the stage. But like clockwork, it always seems that I have to crank it up notch to be above the drummer. By the end of the 1st set my ears are ringing. I don't like to be outrageously loud but I do want the bass to be felt and heard. I can't understand turning it down when you have a full house with people dancing. My gui**** player actually keeps telling me to tun it up. We don't play for money as we do charities for organizations with very large ballrooms or outside venues like country clubs. I invested some bucks over the years to get to the rig I have now so if they want mild music with a volume control, get a DJ.
  7. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #?

    May 28, 2005
    bass should be heard and felt without killing the mix
  8. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    It stops when you turn it down.
  9. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Roselle, IL
    I suggest grabbing something earplugs - get some hi-fidelity ear plugs that allow you to hear everything around you. By time the ringing in your ears goes away, part of your hearing will already be lost....
  10. I've been told to turn up almost as much as I've been told to turn down. There's been several times that after wandering out into the audience , I've turned myself down. It's a band and it needs to blend. If turning up or turning down helps that out , I'm OK with either one. I find the most important thing is every instrument being heard clearly , not necessarily how loud they are. If the singers good , they should be heard over everything else in the band. If they are not so good , do everyone a favor and bring them down a bit.
  11. CultofJay


    May 3, 2010
    NE Indiana
    I was told I was too loud on just one song at our show Saturday. I never play with a pick but was told during rehearsal that it sounded "cleaner" for this song. Soooo yeeeaaahhh....
  12. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains

    I want my whole band to sound good. Getting a good mix is crucial for that. If someone with trusted ears tells me I'm too loud I turn down.
  13. RnBass


    Jan 3, 2010
    After I began recording every time we played, I started to lower my volume to better fit in the mix.
    When I did everyone in the band told me to turn it up...:confused:
    If you have a wireless, take a walk into the audience for an eye (ear) opening experience.
    Bassists also have a greater challenge of hearing themselves accurately in different rooms and in different places in a room than do other instruments:

    It seems as if our rehearsal spaces sound different from week to week based on minor changes in equipment location.
  14. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Fixed :D