Here are a couple of ideas on how you can improve your live sound in any venue.

Don’t believe in a “randomly good” sound. There are maaaanny variables to your live sound. And most of it is in your absolute control!


welcome back to another video today
we’re talking about how you can make
your band sound better life
if this is your first time here my name
is Sasha I’m a music producer and
artists advisor from Cologne Germany and
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so a lot of times we are all struggling
with stage sound especially when we are
using a back line which means you’re
using guitar cabinets and base cabinets
and everyone is just basically buying
whatever he wants the thing is you can
buy a lot of great equipment but as soon
as you enter a band picture it’s not
about you anymore
it’s about sounding great as a whole not
as a whole whole but as a whole wall oh
and the problem is as soon as we enter a
band we don’t want to buy new equipment
so a lot of people have experienced this
you’re going to a concert you’re setting
up your stuff and you start sound
checking and you are going to be
interrupted by local sound guy because
he wants you to change your amp settings
and the problem is the thing is you you
don’t probably don’t know better and
this starts in the rehearsal room so a
lot of times in the rehearsal room
everyone sets their band up as a circle
so you have the drum kit and the guitar
cap and the other guitar cap and the
bass cap and speaker for the vocals
that’s a good thing so you can play each
with each other and everyone can hear
everyone what everyone is playing but
this is completely irrelevant as soon as
you enter a stage because your stuff is
most of the times
coming from the back or you decide to
have the guitars on the side which a lot
of people do because they want other
people to see their equipment which I
will not understand to this day
it’s a lot easier if you haven’t have it
coming from the sides but that is a
discussion for another day so it starts
in the rehearsal room so what can we do
what can you do
so you start by setting up your
equipment as a light in its life setup
and the drummer is sitting there if your
guitar cabinet auto guitar you have you
have a base camp which is the classic
backline and maybe you have a keyboard
player and that’s how you start so and
then you start playing guitars and drums
and bass and especially with guitars and
every guitars has a weird taste and
everyone likes a different amp and this
is a difficult thing for most guitars
because they believe in their sound and
they have tweaked it to death and they
don’t want anything to change but the
truth is it may sound good on its own
but it is probably going to sound like
with an other guitar player so if
you have different amps and different
cabinets you really have to play a lot
of guitar together and try to tweak the
sound so maybe your marshall yeah you
have to get lost of some mids in your
marshall and have to maybe get lost of
the mids and the other guys is huge in
Kettner and maybe boost his mids and you
boost your highs but you’ve got low on
your mids and you go lie low on his
hives because it’s really about how
those amps can complement each other and
not who is louder than the other one and
as soon as you find a sweet spot on how
your amps can actually complement each
other you don’t have to be as loud as
anymore as you thought you would have to
be the next thing with guitars
especially guitar amps the problem is
and you have to really remember this
guitars and vocals are fighting for the
same frequencies as well as keyboards it
gets more difficult once you have a
keyboard and two guitar amps so guitars
and vocals are fighting for the same
frequency range and as soon as you level
your guitars with each other and you
complement their the sounds of your two
different guitar rigs you can start
getting the vocal the vocals to it and
find out what is this what does the
vocal sound like maybe you listen to the
singer and you hear that it’s somehow
cancelling each other out and then you
hear a certain guitar note maybe the
sixth fret on the third-string you hear
it louder then the vocalists voice on a
specific thing and the vocalist just
gets lost through – through cancelling
each other out so you really have to
play with and take the vocal as an
instrument for once right so they don’t
kill each other so the two guitar amps
and the vocals have to play each other
really good and even if especially if
you’re starting out you’re not going to
play big venues where it just doesn’t
matter and everything’s going through
the PA anyways but in smaller clubs and
you’re playing amps and you’re playing a
drum kit there’s not much coming through
the PA that’s complementary and a lot of
the days not the bass but the bass is
coming from stage so as soon as you have
the guitars set up with each other and I
and you have to set it up and then play
against it so the drummer is anyways
going to sit there and has to play his
drums but you can turn against your
backline and you can hear what you’re
playing and now people are gonna make
both you’re gonna get feedback through
the pickups don’t worry about that as
soon as you hit a location you may have
wiring issues you may have power
cleanliness issue
you may have train tracks behind the
venue it’s there’s gonna be a ton
of problems once you start playing more
and more venues
so really level those each those out
against each other and then we are
coming to the base and I’ve always found
base gear to be very weird equipment
they always have eq’s they have
different knobs and the base has five
different knobs then there’s active
bases with more knobs and then you have
a push-pull and an inner and outer ring
to the inner ring bass is the bass and
the drums are the foundation of
everything you’re doing so your bass
player and your drum drummer should play
a lot together and they have to
complement each other as well and you
are going to get problems if they are
the problem is with low-end especially
with the kick drum and the bass they can
cancel each other out as well this is
nuance stuff but the thing about sound
is that nuances make the difference
because everything is in the ONS your
guitar neck wood makes a difference to
the sound if it was an other type of
what it would sound different and that’s
just the truth so set your set your
stuff up in the rehearsal room like on
stage and listen to what your backline
what your cabs and what your music
sounds like and then it’s not just the
technical stuff you have your technical
equipment has to complement your art so
if you are playing a specific kind of
music it has to translate through the
amps and if you go into a location and
sound shitty there is no sound guy that
can really save you because he is just
going to fight against your instruments
and really think about what your
equipment is doing to your sound and
it’s very important to level everything
against each other and I’m repeating
myself it’s very important to level
everything again
each other to make things compliment
each other and if it compliments each
other you don’t have to be so loud which
is important for smaller venues as well
because it’s going to be a weird sound
so and if you take your shell to a
location you have a long guitar cable
hopefully or you have a wireless system
so as soon as you are sound checking or
as soon as you are going on stage really
take the time and walk in front of the
stage and turn around and listen to what
your stuff sounds like and tweak it
because the roofs are different rooms
are changing and if the local sound guy
doesn’t tell you to change anything
listen to it anyways does it sound good
you go to concerts if you’re in a band
just make it sound good don’t overdo it
tweak a little bit like one to two
minutes and it’s done it’s going to
change completely when people are in the
location but your life sound starts with
you and the last tip I have to bring
here is to start to not depend on
anything else than the cake and the
snare these are the things that you are
going to hear you’re going to hear the
snare every time the snare is the
loudest thing always big stage small
stage micro stage no stage the snare is
always the loudest thing in the
room so get used to just listening
hearing the snare and the kick and just
the mud that comes from back there and I
don’t know if you have realized that if
you put your cabinet on the ground and
you’re standing five meters in front of
it you’re not going to hear a lot of it
and that’s going not going to change and
do not get louder these are a lot of
things and there’s probably more you
have to think about to make your band
sound good life I hope this has been
helpful let me know in the comments
have a great day

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