cr0ft Posted March 19, 2012 Share Posted March 19, 2012 Hi all. I've come here from Google and am looking for some advice on something. Basically I've been in a lot of pub bands so far and have sung in most of them as a backing vocalist. I've formed a new band and am the lead vocalist for the band. This is the first time I've done this. Basically we practise in a rehearsal studio, nothing fancy, just the sort pub bands use really. Concrete floors, solid walls. Our band setup is a drummer, bassist, lead guitarist and then me (I might be playing either keyboard or acoustic guitar depending on the song). When I practise at home I run my keyboard and vocals through my 300W Roland keyboard amplifier. I use backing tracks and everything sounds nice. I don't have to strain at all and therefore my voice sounds good, or so I've been told. When we are in the practise room its different altogether. My vocals and the keyboard go through a 900W PA and the guitarist and bassist go through their own amplifiers. Basically I really struggle to hear myself, even when I'm directly in front of the PA speakers. I also notice that the keyboard is setup around 4 times louder than it is when I practise at home. I think this is down to the drummer being quite loud and all the other instruments adjusting to him. The only way I can be heard is to sing louder than I am comfortable doing, resulting in straining etc. I know this can't go on, but the band don't seem to get the hint that we need to turn all the volumes down (I think) to let the vocals cut through. Has anyone been in this situation before? If so how did you deal with it? I don't want to upset anyone else in the band but I can't keep straining my voice for 3 hours every week. I'm presuming in a larger environment such as a decent sized pub or a club we would be able to turn everything up more and get away with it but it's just not working in a 5 metre by 4 metre practise room. Thanks to all in advance for your replies. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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