Posted by Bob Gollihur on November 10, 2001 at 15:35:24:
In Reply to: Re: Most natural sounding p/u & amp? posted by Monte on November 10, 2001 at 10:27:39:
: My rant is only that I wish more bassists took the time to be responsible for how they sound to the audience, not just the stage. Think about it this way; if we as bassists are only concerned with the bass end of the spectrum, how come every good studio records doublebass with full-range mics and not just kick drum mics which capture low-end very well? Just some stuff to think about. If you go out in the audience and are happy with your sound, can hear distinct notes (with the whole band playing), than you have the right rig.
Monte is really on target, here. One of the things I stress on the blurb I send out with the pickups I sell is that we have to be our own engineers in a lot of cases. I always try to get one of the guys in the band to play a few notes so I can hear the tone off-stage, and also away from the influence of the acoustical sound of the instrument. Very often, that satisfyingly fat on-stage sound is indistinguisable mud out in the audience.
Last time I went to the Cape May Jazz Festival, where several groups were featured in different venues around town, six of the seven bassists I saw had terrible sound, the exception being the one coming through a house PA. The remainder had a variety of minimal rigs, many terribly outdated, and it was extremely sad to see such great players unable to deliver an acceptable sound to a waiting audience.
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