playing live.....

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by ldiezman, Nov 30, 2001.

  1. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I don't know where this belongs really... but here goes anyway... When i play gigs at some places.. the soundman always ends up barely running me through the mains..... so i am always having to crank up the amp... my amp is a nemesis and is only about 200 watts. i mean it will fill up a club but usually the systems are fairly big and I can't be heard over it.. Why is it that some sound men think it necessary to have as little bass running through the mains as possible??? just a bit of beef I have..
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Well some p.a. speakers and monitors can't really handle bass and are just meant for vocals - also a lot of bass can have an effect on other things and can cause them to distort, if you haven't got a very sophisticated system.

    If you're talking about a top-notch stadium sized pa, then it should be able to handle huge amounts of bass, but most small club-type p.a.s aren't reallt suited to a lot of bass.
  3. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks! In Memoriam

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Let's go off to Gig stories.........

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I've found that a lot of soundmen are guitarist, so they're naturally evil. I make it a rule to have no less than 600 watts at the ready at all times.
  5. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    ther are many of reasons:

    1-Bassists always get the least attention,no matter what.Unless theyre a solo act.

    2-The crowd probably wants to hear drums and guitar more.

    3-Like warwicknut said,guitarists that are soundmen dont want you to be heard,so they crank up the guitar.
  6. RHCFlea


    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    Compensate by turning the other amps off... then, if the other members of your band get mad, use your larger instrument to clout them over the head.
    Or, if there're 2 geetarists, take their guitars, one in each hand, and beat 'em down. Save your bass from injury.