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What to do when the keyboard's bass volume is as loud as your bass?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Onofre, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. Onofre


    Feb 28, 2015
  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Become the lead singer?
    slugger, kobass and Onofre like this.
  3. Spectre1966

    Spectre1966 Striving For Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Wallingford, CT
    Take advantage of Black Friday sales and get a bigger amp. :bassist::bassist::bassist:
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Have a talk with your keyboardist.
  5. kartiste


    May 5, 2008
    Have a matter of fact conversation with the keyboard player, pointing out the clash in the lower register. He doesn't need to be there, but you do. He'll probably change his playing to fix it. BUT - be darn sure you are holding down the bottom after that!
    Ekulati, Pocket4, smogg and 6 others like this.
  6. ani_enhanced-23677-1431374704-2.
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  7. Geri O

    Geri O Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Also, considerable use of a high-pass filter set around 80hz on the keyboard input channel will get a lot of the mush out of the way. Or simply turning down the bass tone control.

    As well as a conversation about the role of the keyboard player’s left hand.
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  8. Gatlin


    Sep 22, 2016
    Ellisville, MS
    I also run our FOH and I keep a 100hz filter on the keys. Geri O mentioned 80hz but I still felt like he was in my territory even at 80. 100 seems to work pretty good for us. And....since we use a digital mixer no one can even see what filters I have applied to their channels, ha.
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  9. Flippy


    Jun 9, 2017
  10. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Find out where he plugs in, and pull with all you got...
    Alik, quickfix, GoLeafsGo and 9 others like this.
  11. Geri O

    Geri O Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS

    I'll bet we have a mutual bass-playing friend, also in Ellisville...:D
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  12. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Only had this problem once (don't usually have keys). I gave him a nasty look and pointed at his offending hand. It worked! Miss that guy, he was good.
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  13. Geri O

    Geri O Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    I know good and well I have a sense of humor and use it around here, but I don't get the useless, non-practical, and at times, downright childish responses. Keyboard players are our friends, we just need to work out the mutual territory issues.
  14. Chorus, delay, distortion??

    Get a set of Taurus pedals?
    Bad azz tone and alesreaper9 like this.
  15. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    There is no need for the keyboard player to be playing left hand bass. None whatsoever. I joined a band a couple years ago and found the keyboard player did just that. So much so he was using bass patches on his keyboard. We butted heads right away. He refused to stop so I ended up leaving.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
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  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Having a talk is the obvious first step... but a few years back I was supposed to be playing but the guy on organ was feeling himself and wouldn't lay off on the low end. So I stopped playing. After about 5 minutes I guess he got tired and he motioned for me to come in. I didn't. It wasn't up to him to decide when I could play.

    "And I get paid whether I'm playing or not so knock yourself out".

    Never happened sgain.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2017
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  17. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    Take the keyboard player out and shoot him behind the chemical shed....
    Nev375, Shamiri On Bass, 40Hz and 2 others like this.
  18. Awesome V for Vendetta reference.
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  19. interp

    interp Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    Every time he does it, immediately turn your volume knob to zero and glare at him. If he notices and fixes it, fine. If he doesn’t, either fire him or quit the band.
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  20. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    take piano lessons! :laugh:

    seriously: talk to him about it, explain it to him, yada yada. when keyboardists understand (really understand) they cooperate, more often than not. get back to us after you've done the responsible thing: communicate! good luck! :thumbsup:
    NeverDropTheBass likes this.

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