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Old 06-12-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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setting up the band on a tile floor

our gig last night was in a bar with a stone tile floor.

couldn't get a decent bass sound for anything. settled for a nice low rumble.

any secrets for dealing with this?
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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Don't gig in a bar with a stone tile floor?
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:58 PM   #3
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If you can get your cab into a corner, sometimes that helps. The walls help to carry the bass since the floor won't. I've even heard of cats that put their cab in the corner, and pointed it strait into the corner.

If nothing else, just make sure you can get the mids out over the crowd. Without FOH support, sometimes that's all you can do.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:12 PM   #4
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I'll generally try to put the cab up on a crate if I can. Asphalt, cement or tile are all terrible for carrying tone. I find it all so brittle sounding.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:11 PM   #5
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Bring a rug / throw?
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:04 PM   #6
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Amp up against a wall. EQ until you find the offending frequency and try to remove enough to stop the annoyance within reason.

First, you will NEVER get it out completely - don't try. Just find the frequency and tone it down a bit.

Second, turn the overall volume DOWN a bit. With that much flat surface reflecting the bass (more than any other frequency) you can definitely survive with less volume. It would be great if the entire band could turn down, but, if not, at least turn the bass down.

No, a rug would not help unless it covered the entire floor. But, the more people on the dance floor, the more sound they will absorb.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:31 PM   #7
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Always carry throw rugs in the trunk.

It is also a good idea to keep them swept/deodorized as there are other applications which may arise (such as the occasional groupie).

This is an example of thinking outside-the-box. Or perhaps exactly the opposite.
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I'd think maybe raising the cab off the floor might help it project some.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:33 AM   #9
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our gig last night was in a bar with a stone tile floor.

couldn't get a decent bass sound for anything. settled for a nice low rumble.

any secrets for dealing with this?
we used to play in a sports hall...and everything was scratchy or boomy
i just lived with it as later we went to a more muffled place and the sound was better
i dont think its coming from your speakers but acoustic spikes
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I'd think maybe raising the cab off the floor might help it project some.
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Totally forgot that.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:22 AM   #11
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:43 AM   #12
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Gramma Pad?

http://www.auralex.com/sound_isolati...ion_gramma.asp
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #13
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I used to use one of those in a similar situation. The only difference, as far as I could tell, was not feeling the bass as much. The rumble remained. (Those are great for hollow stages, however)
I have been getting extremely good results at that gig with my amp slightly raised on an open-faced wood box and a high-pass filter.
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