Got a couple questions that I think would be easy for many to answer here. About the past month or so I've been meeting up with a group of people to practice songs... we're definitely having audio problems. It's a little bit of an odd setup. - No drummer or bassist right now - Mix of Acoustic/Electric - The guy hosting has a lot of amps & a PA so we've been using his stuff - We generally have 2 microphones for singing and pass them around song to song to switch up whose singing - No acoustic guitar specific amps, all guitars have been going into electric guitar amps - It's kind of a warehouse type environment, high ceiling, acoustics aren't great, it feels like if you play unplugged it just disappears - Amps are kind of arrayed in a circle pointing inwards, he probably set this up because the background is more playing acoustic in a circle - No micing guitar amps (definitely no need, we're not playing that loud) Last night we were having a ton of trouble staying locked in. For the most part I was the only one who really needed an amp last night as I had my Telecaster. There were only 3 of us, the other two people were playing acoustic guitars. Sometimes it's more like 5-6 people. When we were all plugged in we were having a ridiculously difficult time staying locked onto the beat. Eventually I started realizing the woman to the right of me was sounding seriously weird with her acoustic guitar going through a Marshall. It was like some notes could barely be heard and others were loud, in a way that made it sound like we were out of sync even when we were. (E.x. Bass accent on 1 and I wouldn't even be able to hear it, then she strums on 2 and it sounds super loud so I think she just hit the bass accent on 1) She's got a vintage gibson, who knows what the pickup is, but when she just picked each string 1 by 1 by herself it sounded fine. The last song we unplugged all the acoustic guitars and I turned the volume way down and all of a sudden we played the song completely perfectly in sync all the way through. Are there any starting points on how to set stuff up so we're not wasting time? No one is being a jerk here or anything we just don't have much experience with everyone plugged in. In the past (for almost 2 years) we'd been getting together somewhere else and 95% of the time no one was plugging in guitars and we justed a PA for singing. No one really cares about guitar tone type stuff here either, the entire purpose is just to work on playing the songs and staying tight with everyone in sync with each other. I do think a drummer or bassist would clear this up cause we'd all just follow them. Finding a bassist is probably more realistic than a drummer. I'm fairly certain with a drummer I'd be able to stay on the beat even if I couldn't really hear myself. But if I can't hear myself that great and/or can't hear the other guitar player without a drummer it's a lot harder. I think we are also chronically not turning the singer up loud enough.