Here is my dilemma: in the rehearsal room, where I now have the pleasure to play occasionally, there is an Ampeg SVT450H, which - I take it - has nominally 450 W of output power. Still, I struggle to hear myself over the guitar and drums. The guitar plays through a Marshall while also slaving a Roland guitar synth through a small PA (not exactly sure what this is really called in English - it is usually for singers). And the drums… well, are drums!
So, my active bass has the volume all the way up, on the amp the gain is fairly high (3 o’clock) and the master is almost on max (4 o’clock). Most of the tone control knobs are in a neutral position (also on my bass). The graphic EQ is in a “scoop” position most of the time.
So, what can I do to “get through” a bit more? I don’t want to increase the gain, as that would just increase the distortion, I guess!? Cranking up all tone knobs (on the amp and the bass) would probably give some more power, but at the expense of an ugly tone (and lot of string scraping etc). So, those are not really good options…
Using an extra pre-amp is not doing anything, if I understand this whole thing right… a pre-amp wouldn’t somehow lead to increase of the output power of the SVT, correct!?!
Are there some hardware tricks I could apply? Something obvious that I just don’t know about? Some little gadget to boost the bass perhaps?
I have asked them whether they could take their volumes back a notch, but they don’t seem to see the problem… Maybe it is just me, who after years of only listening to nicely mixed and mastered recordings on his Hifi stereo now just can’t “stand” a muddy, soupy sound in a rehearsal room anymore?!?