A Bonamassa rant(ish) on Stage Volume (hint he likes loud)

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  1. brookdalebill

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    Sound men, or sound people, you know, those folks who control, or try to control every solitary aspect of what happens on stage are the reason why loud guitar is largely a thing of the past.
    I’m obviously older, so I remember when you could show up, turn up, rock out, and keep a crowd happy.
    Ancient history.
    Everything and everyone is controlled now.
    The band, the seating, the amount of money you can make, the volume and EQ of what you play.
    As a full time working player, I cooperate.
    I have to, if I want to keep playing.
    All it costs is a percentage of the joy you can have, or bring.
    Oh well.
     
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    Dive bars?
     
  3. Troubleandahalf

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    Eventually I learned to clock the guitar volume at like 7 or 8 at soundcheck. Leave myself some réserve if I disagree with the sound guy.
     
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  4. Paul in Colorado

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    OK. Besides being a guitar player, I've been a professional sound person for 30 + years. Here's something some of you might not realize. The sound person is in the audience and is (should) be trying to make you sound good in the room. If you're so loud that you're screwing up the mix (can't get the vocals up above your guitar noise, for example) it's gonna sound bad to the audience.

    On the other hand, the whole sub woofer fetish drives me crazy. No, I don't want the bass and kick drum louder then everything else. And there are quite a few people with tin ears and own equipment who mix shows.

    Communication is the key.
     
  5. Whatizitman

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    Preach it, bro.
     
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