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Old 12-08-2014, 12:19 PM   #1
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One venue where we play is a big rectangular room about 40 feet x 50 feet and a 10 foot high ceiling. The sound is always boomy and exaggerates bass frequencies at about 100 Hz. The boominess is so severe that we can't always hear each other and sometimes get out of sync with the drums.

The other night they put a couple tables in the corner - tables about 3 feet wide x 8 feet long - in the corner, covered them with that fabric that looks like fake snow, put something under the fabric to make it hilly, put model houses on it and made it into a nice winter holiday display. They had a Christmas tree in the room too.

Our sound was clear that night. The boominess disappeared. We received lots of compliments about our sound, how we sound better now that ever before.

I remember reading that bass waves build up in corners. Maybe just a couple tables in the corner is enough to reduce the standing waves to a more acceptable level. Anyway, It's something that I am testing.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:50 PM   #2
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You can always (and probably should) play with your EQ as well.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:24 PM   #4
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just don't play with it in public.
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I believe the tables acted as bass traps:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bass_trap

I seem to remember reading someplace that you will often see these installed in the corners.
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:39 PM   #6
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Anything that makes a rectangular room less rectangular is going to help your sound. There's a reason your don't see rectangular opera houses. Also, was the venue more crowded than usual that night, cause that helps too.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:40 AM   #7
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Tuning for a room is never easy. Often, at large concerts, I used to see techs at a center console tweaking eq and volumes for the theater. Outdoor concerts can be worse if it is not in a place designed for sound. I've played my share outdoors, and at one point, ended up with a multiple cabinet "Acoustic" amp setup with 6-10"s, 6-12"s Altec speakers for outdoor use...and the sound still seemed flat. Thank heavens for studio monitors; they were the only way (then) that we could play. Now with wireless headphones, I suspect that it is a lot less of a chore with a good mix.
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