#1
Having played in different bands over the years I've noticed different rooms/set up of gear can affect the sound greatly. Does anyone have any tips to maximize a room for band practice? Anything from positioning gear, putting stuff on the walls or anything you can think of would be of help. In terms of saving my ears do you also have any suggestions as well? I suppose dampening the room would be the best bet as I'm unwilling to wear ear plugs. Thanks a head of time!
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#2
earplugs. sorry.
or in ear monitors.
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#3
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Having played in different bands over the years I've noticed different rooms/set up of gear can affect the sound greatly. Does anyone have any tips to maximize a room for band practice? Anything from positioning gear, putting stuff on the walls or anything you can think of would be of help. In terms of saving my ears do you also have any suggestions as well? I suppose dampening the room would be the best bet as I'm unwilling to wear ear plugs. Thanks a head of time!


You can choose not to wear earplugs to feel cool now, or you can choose to wear them and feel cool in 20 years when your friends are all using ear trumpets and you can sit there smugly listening to ants crying 50 miles away.
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You can choose not to wear earplugs to feel cool now, or you can choose to wear them and feel cool in 20 years when your friends are all using ear trumpets and you can sit there smugly listening to ants crying 50 miles away.


I find it way easier to hear everything without them. It has nothing to do with feeling "cool" in front of two other guys. Dampening the room helps a great deal. I was looking for help along the lines of other methods to increase the effect and less for douche-baggy answers.
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#6
I keep it real in the garage. No frills. Hot as hell in the summer, cold as hell in the winter. Cooler of water. Motivational poster of Rage's first album. No distractions. no excuses to do ther stuff, like a computer.

We have a no phone rule, no shop talk rule, but thats just so we dont get caught up being douches with our very, very limited practice time.

We keep it fun as much as possible. Playing through a PA will help with sound, if your drummer's commited, he might look into sound off pads, or an electric kit. Hell, my drummer GIGS with Roland V-Drums, thats just his style. Its a big investment, but it counts.
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#7
Doesn't have anything to do with the sound, but I always like to have posters/pictures of certain bands (or whatever else) on the walls. You know, for motivation and inspiration.
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I keep it real in the garage. No frills. Hot as hell in the summer, cold as hell in the winter. Cooler of water. Motivational poster of Rage's first album. No distractions. no excuses to do ther stuff, like a computer.

We have a no phone rule, no shop talk rule, but thats just so we dont get caught up being douches with our very, very limited practice time.

We keep it fun as much as possible. Playing through a PA will help with sound, if your drummer's commited, he might look into sound off pads, or an electric kit. Hell, my drummer GIGS with Roland V-Drums, thats just his style. Its a big investment, but it counts.


I actually have an electric kit we've used before but it's just not the same. It's hooked up to a crappy makeshift p.a so that could be the reason. I'm sure it would sound better on a good p.a though. That's a good idea with the no phones rule haha. I should mention that to our singer/bassist who gets texts a couple time a practice.

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If those actually do what they say (not muffle the sound) than I'm definitely considering looking into them. Still not sure though I'm still going to do that or experiment with dampening the sound using blankets and other stuff I can find lol.


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Doesn't have anything to do with the sound, but I always like to have posters/pictures of certain bands (or whatever else) on the walls. You know, for motivation and inspiration.


That's actually a really good idea. Though I doubt I'll be able to find posters of bands we like. I'll look into though. Thanks dude.
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#9
Keep the volume down. Too often, the drummer beats the crap out of his kit, so the guitarists turn their volume up to something that would drown out a jet plane, and then the singer has to scream into the mic, and still can't be heard.... and then everyone wonders why it sounds like crap.

Amps on chairs to get the cones up closer to ear level helps you to hear yourself without having to crank it to the t!ts.

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#10
Bring fans and mount them on the wall if you're not air conditioned. Our space gets upwards of 90 degrees and the fans are the only thing keeping us sane.

Stack amps and other stuff on top of each other to save space.

Get a ton of white boards and markers. Put them on the walls and use them for song layouts and motivational **** -- its a big help.

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#11
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I suppose dampening the room would be the best bet as I'm unwilling to wear ear plugs.

If you don't like earplugs than wear construction headphones. They work fine for me.
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#12
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Keep the volume down. Too often, the drummer beats the crap out of his kit, so the guitarists turn their volume up to something that would drown out a jet plane, and then the singer has to scream into the mic, and still can't be heard.... and then everyone wonders why it sounds like crap.

Amps on chairs to get the cones up closer to ear level helps you to hear yourself without having to crank it to the t!ts.

CT

this might be why i have issues getting into a good band
i go audition for a metal band and instead of going crazy n stuff i sit next to my amp on the ground (its a 120 watt solid state which is always drown out)