cclement Posted June 28, 2015 Share Posted June 28, 2015 So last night (June 26th) was the first time I've used my HD500X and Alto TS110A for a real gig... not just rehearsal. So I thought I would share a few thoughts for those who may be coming up on a similar situation. For our gig, we only had mics for the vocals, and the kick drum. The other guitar, and the bass were not mic'd. Mid-range - Most of my patches seemed to get a bump in the mid-range when playing at on-stage level. This was good is some ways - cuts thru the mix - but it also seemed unusually high in a few spots. I might tweak them a bit to drop the mids some or use the global EQ the shave a bit off. Get it up off the floor - Getting your FRFR speaker up off the floor and at a waist/ear level is a must I think. Not only do you get to hear yourself better, but for gigs when only vocals get mic'd... you can cover more of the audience with a higher vantage point. I had brought my speaker stand along, but ended up just putting it on the Bass Player's amp. The Pioneer Saloon has a small stage, and every inch is needed. Low cut - It's your friend. Use it. I had already used the low cut on just about all of my patches to tame the low end, and it made a big difference in stage volume. Also, my Alto TS110A was on top of our bass player's SVT and 2-15" cab... so there was NO WAY I could ever compete in the bass department ;) Gain - Turn it down. As I expected - at least to some degree - my patches had a bit to much gain to them. I will definitely going back in and dropping the gain (aka distortion/overdrive) down some. One patch in particular - a Brian May AC30 style patch for Queen's Dragon Attack - was the killer.. straight to squeals when not playing. Overall volume - I had done my best to tweak all of my patches at home - at a loud level - to get them all about the same overall volume level. I use a SPL meter app on my iPhone. I did some further tweaking live with the band at rehearsal to get them closer. This was a BIG help. It's didn't mean that patch to patch, song to song was perfect... but it sure did help. Boost your solos - There are a few ways to do this, and it's really a must. My current method is to use the Tube Comp at the end of the chain - but before the reverbs - with the Threshold set to 100% (no compression) and the Level set to 15%. I have this set to FS8 for all my patches to give me a nice bump for solos - kick it on and go. I may swap this technique for the FX Loop boost trick... just have to try them both and see. Overall, the HD500X and TS110A were a great match. A buddy of mine who is also a player, said that we sounded great and my tone sound good from the front to the back of the bar. That's about all you can ask. 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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