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Posted by Dave Rawlings ( on October 31, 2002 at 20:30:10:

In Reply to: Boomy Bass posted by Jonathan on October 30, 2002 at 22:01:06:

: Hey, I play bass at a teen mass at my church. I've been having problems with my bass being too loud. It's a new church, very big with lots of reverb. The main music director said the midranges are what make it too loud and so I cut all of them out, but the bass sounds terrible at that point. I'm thinking of using my 100 watt amplifier instead of the 600 watt Carvin Redeye they have there. Is there anything better I can do to help with the situation? Thanks!

I've got 15 years behind me playing in churches and I've heard advice from tons of people who have never even set foot in one! Not that that makes me an expert but I've learned a few things. First, every church is different so some of this may not work. Changing from a 600 watt amp to a 100 watt amp makes little difference. You play at a certain level and they all sound the same. What IS important is to match your sound with the room. Churches have a LOT of sound absorbsion built in; carpet, covered pews, etc. They tend to suck up both highs and lows. Thats why I switched from flatwounds to roundwounds. They give a brighter sound that doesn't get sucked up and I still maintain the punch. IF, and its a biggy, your church has the pa system to handle it, go direct into the main system rather than use an on-stage amp. Most good quality systems have a LOT more EQ capabilities than the standard bass amp. It also gives a better blend with the other instuments. Stage monitors should be able to handle the low frequencies and are preferred. One trick most board operators miss: adjust the stage monitors for all players FIRST, then adjust for the house. This will keep the overall sound level lower than usual and this can always be good; you have more headroom if needed. One final note: if the board operator is a musician, he will be your best friend. He knows what to listen for and will know how to adjust for it. If he is a bass player, he will become your best bet for being able to be heard with AND above the rest of the band.
Good luck, Dave

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