I was having trouble with the bass guitar booming the other night. Started cutting lows out of everything on stage. When I turned the low frequencies down in the kick mic, the bass guitar cleaned up. Is it possible the kick mic was picking up the bass guitar! Bassist has a 4-10 cab onstage, not too far from the kick drum, but not right next to it either. I have a gate on the kick, but it might not be set tight enough. Everything sounded better so I left it like that.
I have never heard of that. The bass guitar bleeding in the kick mic?
If there was a resonance on stage, maybe. Every once in awhile, a mic will decide to pick up something you'd think was too far away or out of pattern to make a difference.
This theory is my own. I call it... my theory.Is it possible that the kick drum was sitting in the center of the stage, equidistant from the side walls, and at a distance from the rear wall where a room mode was being generated by a bass note and the kick mic was then creating a feedback loop? Actually that's probably worst case as this could occur at many places in a room. I have had somewhat similar issues with bass players who turn up their amps after sound check causing all kinds of room modes until I get them to turn down between songs. I explain that I have much more power in the PA, can control these issues and make their bass louder in the audience if I'm in control. They usually nod their head in agreement and the next 2 or 3 songs are good until they nudge the amp knob again and I ask them to turn back down again.
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