Hi, I am looking for 101 advice on getting our jam sessions setup for clarity in sound.
Please bear with me as I ramble this predicament.
I use a compter recording
(SONAR + other stuff) setup for home recording and use headphones for that just fine. But
we have a jam night crew and I am looking for the basic answers on how to get the best
from our gear LIVE soundwise, with maye some small additional investments if necessary.
please note this is just a fun thing so ambition is limited therefore I would greatly
appreciate some basic steps and advice from all and anyone!
I have very basic sound
engineering knowledge but smart enough to grasp concepts
Here's the scenario:
We have a Beringher 400w powered PA, 12 inputs with 3 XLR mic inputs to
which we are currently feeding pretty much everything STRAIGHT in!
* 2 guitars, 1
semi acoustic, 1 elect,
* 1 bass
* Audio sampled drum pattern on a laptop (Audio
line out from laptop sounds good actually, using Drumsite sw)
* Cakewalk sonar tracks
for extras, my stuff backing etc.
* Maybe other instruments seeing as it is a jam
I am trying to rethink my strategy to overcome the droning shite that
sometimes eminates out of this messy mix.
That being said, would we be better off
using our own amps? Thus singularising each sound output.
I have also heard that you
can then route those AMP outs back to the PA and thus have the mix sounding better? BTW
our jam space is small :-/
Can someone just outline me some cliff notes on what
would help me get a cleaner output, avoiding the hums, feedbacks etc.
I also use a
line 6 toneport on my acoustic guitar to some success.
And studying the use of gates
and compressors etc.
I seem to get a great mix on my PC studio setup and like
my modelled mic voice through the headphones, but it all falls apart come jam night.
Give the basic scenario can someone draw me a hypothetical diagram what we
should do to improve the live gig. We're not that good but we're not that bad for the fun
we have, I just sense it could sound a WHOLE lot better if I knew what I was doing.
All honest good advice really appreciated remembering This is a hobby not a career