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Making sure you hear your amp.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by msaone, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. msaone


    May 13, 2012
    It's been a blast getting back into live playing with one exception. I set that bass can on the floor, and that's the last i hear from it.

    I've decided to change this before the next show. At first I was gonna add another 410 can but for now I'm gonna build a stand that will get my amp up I. The air.

    The plan is to make a vertical X 36" h.
    This should put my 410 can right at chest/face level. Can't wait for the next show. I've based my design on a worn station I've used at work. It will be sturdy and fold flat for shipping.

    Please show me the things you do in an effort to hear your bass on stage.

    More on my design to follow.
  2. JR Bass 62

    JR Bass 62

    May 7, 2007
    North FL.
    I have the same problem with my LDS 15/6.Let me know how it works for you..
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I just tilt my small cabs back when I use them. Found a piece of 2x2 in the hardware store parking lot, painted it black...tilt-back.
  4. I personally like throwing my amp and cab up on a chair unless I'm gigging my ACC 361. My markbass 12" sits perfectly up on a chair and then i can hear it great. Sometimes ive found that tilting the cab back decreases what the audience can hear if you arent into the PA
  5. aprod

    aprod Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2008
  6. d_town


    Jul 2, 2013
    I use my 15 as a prop.. That way my sound is at my shoulders, not the floor and if i've got the room to use it, i plug in the 15..
  7. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Another vote for a tiltback option here.

    I think this thread would do better in the Amps forum - I'll move it there.
  8. marijn van gils

    marijn van gils

    Jan 23, 2002
    Works great for large (and heavy) cabs like 410's: sturdy and stable but light, correct size and height, folds flat, and cheap.
    Find it ugly? Drape a black cloth over it.
    Nowadays I stack two 210's vertically though, which is the perfect volume/hearing/transportability solution for me.
  9. You can lift it as high as you like if it's only your monitor and the PA is providing the bass to the room. Otherwise you'll want to limit the lift to 2ft or your lows will be decimated from uncoupling with the floor.

    I tilt back my monitor 2x10 on a foldaway cardboard wedge. If I was Jimmy I'd shoot it with some black spraypaint but it's dark enough under there with stage lighting.
  10. Arjank


    Oct 9, 2007
    Above Amsterdam
    Can be put on the floor for maximum coupling and because of the tilted baffle dispersion is great.
  11. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Last gig I went DI from the pedalboard and used a small 12" EBS Drome combo at my feet, tilted up and back at me. The others in the band heard what they needed from the monitors and leakage from the PA speakers. I heard myself very well from the combo and when I cranked it a bit more - guitar player upped his volume - I don't think that affected the FOH sound. Other times I've placed my amp stage left, pointing in towards the stage, that works too and gives the other band members a bit more bass without interfering too much with the FOH sound.

    When using my bigger amp as backline I usually stand quite close to it, so no problem hearing myself. Only issue with that is I have a tendency to not dial up the bottom end enough, I get too much low end where I stand, but I try to compensate by stepping out a bit and listen at sound check.
  12. Smit_Dogg


    May 17, 2009
    Cumbria, UK
    I stack my cabs and amp on top of the multicore drum, it's a secure platform and it also saves on stage space.
  13. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Another vote for tilt back designs...use them all the time these days for small stages :)
  14. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    East Tennessee
    My band uses a large diaphragm condensor for vocals at center stage. I wanted to echo the above as a side note (no pun intended)--when my bass amp is in a traditional backline position it plays havoc with the condensor mic.
  15. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yeah, I also prefer to tilt rather than elevate - these days, I'm using a 215 most of the time, so it isn't an issue...

    - georgestrings
  16. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Play guitar.
    I raise my cabs on every gig, using at any given time, the examples already talked about. +1 on the two foot limit. I cut down the Quik Lok speaker stand to 18", and , if not using that, I use one of the tilt back stands available that raise the cab about a foot or so. I'm just one of those guys that has to hear every note I play, or I'm not comfortable.
  17. kellyrojo


    Feb 16, 2011
    South Carolina
    Took an old rubber floor mat, rolled it up, put some red duct tape around the edges....bam a wedge to tilt your cab. Its nice cause its free, nobody ever sees it, and you can adjust the tilt by moving it forward or backward under the cab. Its also indestructible.
  18. sears


    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    I wish I'd tilted mine yesterday
  19. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    I use a GK MB212 and basically all i do is push about 10 feet behind me and use a 25 foot cable and i can hear it just perfect.