Thursday, November 17, 2011
Note To Soundmen
I play with a multi-effects processor, into a D/I box. I generate no sound except what the guitar does acoustically and what you let get through the PA system.
During soundcheck in venues where there is no monitor mix, when we're asking for more or less sound, I will ask for enough volume that I can hear myself. I am sensitive to the idea that others don't want me to completely overpower what they're doing, and that, in a guitar/keys/vox setup, the singer wants to take most of the queues from the keys.
This means, at the end of sound check, I am literally running at the lowest volume I can effectively hear myself at. If you decide to lower my headroom, there might be a place I can push myself, but you are giving me a choice between not being heard and sounding like a garbage disposal.
I do not want to be a prima donna.
I do not want to be silent.
I do not want to sound like a garbage disposal.
If given a choice between silence and garbage disposal, I will pack up my gear mid-song next time. Just watch me.