My problem is that when I'm playing gigs or rehearsing with my band and when its time to play a solo or something that is supposed to be in the "center of the music" it always gets swallowed up by the noise made by the other instruments. What am I supposed to do? Should everyone control their volume on their instruments and turn it up when it's their moment to shine or do you need a professional sound technician that does that on the mixer board or something like that?

(I play metal in a band with two guitarists and one bass player. )

I'm thankful for any helpful responses!
turn their volume down... and/or turn yours up... not too hard to figure out have a pedal that when turned on blows out there volume
boost pedal
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use an EQ pedal as a boost and also use it to boost your mids and highs when you're about to play the solo
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use an EQ pedal as a boost and also use it to boost your mids and highs when you're about to play the solo


You don't necessarily need to boost the volume, although it can help. If you're alread loud enough for your rhythm tone, yet it sounds empty when you reach an instrumental section in the song such as a guitar solo, you need to boost the mids, particularly those upper midrange 'vocal' frequencies.
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yeah a boost pedal or an EQ pedal with a little boost on volume
thats what i do
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get a boost pedal, or if you want, an overdrive and turn the level up and use it as both a boost and overdrive.
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this is what i do:

if you have a big amp, like halfstack lets say, or any other amp that you can use a pedal to change channels. Get the awesome solo sound you want on the amp and turn the amp a bit louder then everything else.
Then use a distortion pedal and get the sick rythm tone, just turn the volume down on the pedal a bit, so your volume matches everyone else.
Since you need to have the amp on clean with the distortion pedal on and not sound like crap, just use the pedal up untill you need the solo sound.
Thats when you step on both so one pedal changes to the distortion on the amp (the loud solo sound), and the other turnes the pedal off so you dont sound like a wall of buzzing.

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Last edited by Tango616 at Jan 25, 2009,
bugeras come with a boost function activated trough the footswitch its like adding 4 to the volume. its awesome
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get a music book, and slap every member of your band with the page titled 'dynamics'
A mid boost is the most effective way to get heard. Either with an EQ or something like a Tubescreamer, you can add mids and volume, along with perhaps some gain and away you go. Magic!
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