#1
I have been jamming with my rythm guitarist friend and bassist friend. My bassist friend continues to turn up his bass volume ultra loud during our jam sessions. As lead guitarist I dislike it but I wanna know the appropriate level of volume for my bassist friend to be at. We play metal and he is influenced by Cliff Burton and David Ellefson mainly. HOW ****ING LOUD SHOULD HE BE!?!?

Also he is awesome
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#2
It should be at least loud enough to feel it.
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#3
Loud enough so you can all hear it, especially the drummer.
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#4
Two simple rules to follow:
1- Don't be a dick and make him inaudiable
2- don't let him turn up loud enough to ruin the music
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Two simple rules to follow:
1- Don't be a dick and make him inaudiable
2- don't let him turn up loud enough to ruin the music


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#6
if you cant hear the bassist its not loud enough, if you cant hear yourself or can hear everything but drums. Its to loud. (in the second instance everyone is too loud if you drown out the drummer
#7
His EQing may be a bigger problem if he's turning it up really loud for audibility.
#8
You need to be able to hear him in the mix. If you can't hear him, his volume is too low (or his tone is so muddy it just sounds like a bunch of blurts and farts coming out of his amp).

Just out of curiosity, what amps are you, said bassist, and said rhythm guitarist using?
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#9
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You need to be able to hear him in the mix. If you can't hear him, his volume is too low (or his tone is so muddy it just sounds like a bunch of blurts and farts coming out of his amp).

Just out of curiosity, what amps are you, said bassist, and said rhythm guitarist using?


Bassist is using 20 Watt Legacy amp and the rhythm is using his brothers old shitty bass amp w/ distortion pedal... we have only just started
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#10
20 Watts? That must sound terrible when he blasts it then. If you don't have a drummer, (as I assumed when I read the post originally) none of you really need to be cranking the volume too high to begin with.
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Bassist is using 20 Watt Legacy amp and the rhythm is using his brothers old shitty bass amp w/ distortion pedal... we have only just started

theres your problem 20w is fine for practicing on your own but when you want to be heard your wanting at least around 250w to be heard over a drummer unless he's like a mouse.

The low wattage + gained to the max through a small speaker is going to sound atrocious for the whole sound.One thing to do is tell him to roll it off untill you all find a suitable mix for all of you and please please dont go metal core and make him scoop to the extremes or turn him into murderface its one thing that always dissapoints me bout metal bands live sometimes is that it becomes a guitarist/singer ego competition.
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#12
When mixing recordings, the general rule is to start with the bass guitar about the same level as the snare drum. Then you can adjust it according to the guitars etc. But also EQ is rather important.
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#14
i favor the bass and i like it to be very loud, but you have to be able to hear the drums as well...the guitars arent THAT importaint to me...but they should be able to be heard, if while your playing the only sound your getting is RUMBLLEEEE and the snare shaking, its too loud. but it should be pretty much alittle louder than the guitar to match the drums, in my opinion.
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