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post Aug 16 2012, 02:15 PM
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Normally we don't have any monitors on stage but sometimes our crew leaves the ones that the support bands were using, and guess what, I love it, brings back the old school feeling when you can put your foot on top :-)


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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Aug 16 2012, 02:15 PM) *
Normally we don't have any monitors on stage but sometimes our crew leaves the ones that the support bands were using, and guess what, I love it, brings back the old school feeling when you can put your foot on top :-)


I bet that using in-ear monitoring must be so much better. However, is there ever a risk that you might have the volume too loud but not notice due to the volume on stage ?

Sorry if it's a naive question, I don't know how it works ! smile.gif


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indeed he has, He has 2 metal blocks near his pedalboard which he always uses to put his leg up and pose


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post Aug 17 2012, 05:48 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Aug 16 2012, 03:33 PM) *
I bet that using in-ear monitoring must be so much better. However, is there ever a risk that you might have the volume too loud but not notice due to the volume on stage ?

Sorry if it's a naive question, I don't know how it works ! smile.gif



Specially in the beginning there indeed is this risk, yes. Playing with In Ear Monitors is a whole different universe compared to playing with wedges on stage, and you have to get used to it, which can take a while. Most people tend to set the volume of their in ear to high in the beginning, because they are used to the very high volume on stage when playing with regular monitors. It takes a couple of gigs (sometimes longer) to slowly adjust and get used to the new situation, and step by step you will lower the volume, you have to experiment a bit to find the right balance between too high and too low. Setting the volume too low is also not good by the way, your ears might love it, but it will affect your playing on stage, you won't' "rock" when the sound is not pushing enough! And if you plan to switch to an in ear system, there is one golden rule: ALWAYS make sure there are some microphones set up to capture the audience, so you can actually hear them sing and scream, otherwise you are completely isolated and playing the gig won't be much fun.


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post Aug 17 2012, 07:48 AM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Aug 17 2012, 04:48 AM) *
Specially in the beginning there indeed is this risk, yes. Playing with In Ear Monitors is a whole different universe compared to playing with wedges on stage, and you have to get used to it, which can take a while. Most people tend to set the volume of their in ear to high in the beginning, because they are used to the very high volume on stage when playing with regular monitors. It takes a couple of gigs (sometimes longer) to slowly adjust and get used to the new situation, and step by step you will lower the volume, you have to experiment a bit to find the right balance between too high and too low. Setting the volume too low is also not good by the way, your ears might love it, but it will affect your playing on stage, you won't' "rock" when the sound is not pushing enough! And if you plan to switch to an in ear system, there is one golden rule: ALWAYS make sure there are some microphones set up to capture the audience, so you can actually hear them sing and scream, otherwise you are completely isolated and playing the gig won't be much fun.


Haha! Thanks for the insight Marcus! I got a new in-ear system last month - this one: http://www.thomann.de/gb/shure_psm200_e2_set_inearsystem.htm - and I understood it's pretty different for guitar players to get adjusted to the way the guitar sound feels like through the in-ear monitoring system, rather than having the amp boom away in your back. I haven't yet tried it onstage, but I will have the opportunity soon enough smile.gif

What sort of system are you using, Marcus?


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post Aug 17 2012, 08:39 AM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Aug 17 2012, 05:48 AM) *
Specially in the beginning there indeed is this risk, yes. Playing with In Ear Monitors is a whole different universe compared to playing with wedges on stage, and you have to get used to it, which can take a while. Most people tend to set the volume of their in ear to high in the beginning, because they are used to the very high volume on stage when playing with regular monitors. It takes a couple of gigs (sometimes longer) to slowly adjust and get used to the new situation, and step by step you will lower the volume, you have to experiment a bit to find the right balance between too high and too low. Setting the volume too low is also not good by the way, your ears might love it, but it will affect your playing on stage, you won't' "rock" when the sound is not pushing enough! And if you plan to switch to an in ear system, there is one golden rule: ALWAYS make sure there are some microphones set up to capture the audience, so you can actually hear them sing and scream, otherwise you are completely isolated and playing the gig won't be much fun.


Thanks for the info, that's really interesting. I had no idea about the audience/microphone situation ! smile.gif


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post Aug 17 2012, 07:41 PM
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I know your Shure system, as far as I remember this was the first system hat we used back in 2002. Later we switched to a Sennheiser System (no idea what it is called, sorry smile.gif ) and we are using Ultimate Ears UE 10 headphones with that, in my humble opinion the best headphones I ever used.


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post Aug 18 2012, 06:49 PM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Aug 17 2012, 06:41 PM) *
I know your Shure system, as far as I remember this was the first system hat we used back in 2002. Later we switched to a Sennheiser System (no idea what it is called, sorry smile.gif ) and we are using Ultimate Ears UE 10 headphones with that, in my humble opinion the best headphones I ever used.


I have some friends using JH Audio earphones, which were made for their ear shape and out of what I understood they cost about 1000 euro a pair. This is pretty costly but nonetheless it's a great tool, as long as it provides a superior level of control onstage. Tell me Marcus, how does it feel to listen to your guitar in the headphones?


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post Aug 18 2012, 07:07 PM
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Our headphones are also molded after our ears, like this you are really "protected" from the outside "noise", you only hear what is coming through your headphones. The UE 10 are also around 1000 Euros, which of course is hellish expensive, but they are 3 way headphones and sound absoutely perfect in my opinion, very balanced, there is no shifting into high or low frequencies like in many other headphones. And after all you don't need to buy new ones every year, so it is a long term investment.
About the guitars sound, well, it sounds exactly the way it is supposed to sound... What I hear in my headphone mix is pretty much exactly the sound that is coming out of my cabinets and what is going through the PA. My sound for the PA is not processed or altered with EQs anymore, actually the signal is picked up by the microphones in front of my cabs and just made VERY loud for the PA, that's it. I remember the day when our FoH mixer came to me during a soundcheck and asked me to come to his place and isten to my sound on the PA, I told him that I liked it cause it sounded exactly like on stage, and he told me that he only amplifies it, no eq, no other effects, no nothing, he said there is no way to improve it any further ;-) And as I said, this is exactly what I hear on my in ear.
In the beginning you definitely have to get used to playing with such a system, but I definitely don't want to go back to wedges anymore, no way! You can move on stage, your sound doesn't change, each band member can have his own mix and we are not interfering with the others mixes anymore, it is absolutely perfect.


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post Aug 18 2012, 07:26 PM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Aug 18 2012, 07:07 PM) *
About the guitars sound, well, it sounds exactly the way it is supposed to sound... What I hear in my headphone mix is pretty much exactly the sound that is coming out of my cabinets and what is going through the PA. My sound for the PA is not processed or altered with EQs anymore, actually the signal is picked up by the microphones in front of my cabs and just made VERY loud for the PA, that's it. I remember the day when our FoH mixer came to me during a soundcheck and asked me to come to his place and isten to my sound on the PA, I told him that I liked it cause it sounded exactly like on stage, and he told me that he only amplifies it, no eq, no other effects, no nothing, he said there is no way to improve it any further ;-) And as I said, this is exactly what I hear on my in ear.


That's brilliant to have a guitar sound that great that it needs no extra EQ or anything ! biggrin.gif


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post Aug 18 2012, 08:13 PM
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Yeah, at some point we did some serious soundchecks and then this was solved smile.gif


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post Aug 19 2012, 03:34 PM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Aug 18 2012, 06:07 PM) *
Our headphones are also molded after our ears, like this you are really "protected" from the outside "noise", you only hear what is coming through your headphones. The UE 10 are also around 1000 Euros, which of course is hellish expensive, but they are 3 way headphones and sound absoutely perfect in my opinion, very balanced, there is no shifting into high or low frequencies like in many other headphones. And after all you don't need to buy new ones every year, so it is a long term investment.
About the guitars sound, well, it sounds exactly the way it is supposed to sound... What I hear in my headphone mix is pretty much exactly the sound that is coming out of my cabinets and what is going through the PA. My sound for the PA is not processed or altered with EQs anymore, actually the signal is picked up by the microphones in front of my cabs and just made VERY loud for the PA, that's it. I remember the day when our FoH mixer came to me during a soundcheck and asked me to come to his place and isten to my sound on the PA, I told him that I liked it cause it sounded exactly like on stage, and he told me that he only amplifies it, no eq, no other effects, no nothing, he said there is no way to improve it any further ;-) And as I said, this is exactly what I hear on my in ear.
In the beginning you definitely have to get used to playing with such a system, but I definitely don't want to go back to wedges anymore, no way! You can move on stage, your sound doesn't change, each band member can have his own mix and we are not interfering with the others mixes anymore, it is absolutely perfect.


Everything here sounds heavenly smile.gif The bad part is, that in Romania, things are not that nice when you don't have your own sound man or the people at the festivals always treat you like you should be on your knees thanking them for the great opportunity you have received to be on that stage. The organizers simply do not allow enough time for a decent soundcheck and setup if you are not a big name. Both of my bands are now in the mid ground, somehow, but we still get some bad treatment now and then. I don't want to complain or anything, but I am looking forward to that day when I will walk on a stage and be treated decent from A to Z. I don't need a red carpet, just a decent soundcheck smile.gif


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I perfectly understand you Cosmin, I know exactly what you are talking about, things like that happened to us too. We always have our FoH Mixer with us when we play live, our whole Crew works perfecty and exactly knows what we want, so we don't even need soundchecks, things work fine without too. But this is a luxus of course, without such a crew things would be different and we would HAVE to rely on soundchecks each night as well. We actually still do soundchecks, but they tend to be very fast, liek 15 minutes maximum, and I can't really remember when I had to change something. But as I said, this is the bonus of having a great Crew which is working for us since 12 years.


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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Aug 19 2012, 04:32 PM) *
I perfectly understand you Cosmin, I know exactly what you are talking about, things like that happened to us too. We always have our FoH Mixer with us when we play live, our whole Crew works perfecty and exactly knows what we want, so we don't even need soundchecks, things work fine without too. But this is a luxus of course, without such a crew things would be different and we would HAVE to rely on soundchecks each night as well. We actually still do soundchecks, but they tend to be very fast, liek 15 minutes maximum, and I can't really remember when I had to change something. But as I said, this is the bonus of having a great Crew which is working for us since 12 years.


Well, one of my bands has more people with the same mentality as mine - getting a solid crew together and investing, so that we could be able to offer a great performance and a serious product - both musically and visually. The other band, on the other hand, has a great product already but is not willing to invest anything further and I can't do much in that direction as I was invited to play there - it's not my project - so I am not the one making the rules.

Anyway, I will do my best in growing Aria, the first band I was talking about, which is my child smile.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 20 2012, 07:56 AM) *
Well, one of my bands has more people with the same mentality as mine - getting a solid crew together and investing, so that we could be able to offer a great performance and a serious product - both musically and visually. The other band, on the other hand, has a great product already but is not willing to invest anything further and I can't do much in that direction as I was invited to play there - it's not my project - so I am not the one making the rules.

Anyway, I will do my best in growing Aria, the first band I was talking about, which is my child smile.gif


When we create something we believe in, I think we owe it to ourselves to see it through all the way.. so go for it ! smile.gif


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I am already on the way smile.gif You gave me an extra boost of energy when I found out that you took the Reckoning's duties on your shoulders. Thank you man!


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I play with the strap kindof low but not insanely low. The top of my neck pickup is about at my belt line (I don't wear saggy pants tongue.gif)

I've experimented playing with it high and low and right in the middle, and while having it high or right in the middle gives me better reach on the low notes, I critique how I look when I'm playing - I always practice in front a mirror ~ and if you crouch low for rhythm playing in heavy music, it doesn't look right (on me). I sacrifice a little neo-classical playability for the look. But then again, most of what I play is your standard blues style pentatonic rock / licks.

I'll have to say though, the more I play with it strapped low, the more I've been able to adjust. I can pick/play full scales just as fast standing up as sitting down now. Of course, I never practice sitting down anymore. Your body adjusts over time. It takes a while, but if you practice standing all the time, within a few months, it feels natural.


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 20 2012, 12:26 PM) *
Anyway, I will do my best in growing Aria, the first band I was talking about, which is my child smile.gif


Yes, thank you ! biggrin.gif I would love to see Aria grow more and more, just some more solos wink.gif I really love Aria, and wish to see them live during my time in Russia smile.gif You have 6 years Cosmin, get to work laugh.gif

Just kidding, keep sharing some good live vids and I'll be happy biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Aug 20 2012, 09:14 AM) *
When we create something we believe in, I think we owe it to ourselves to see it through all the way.. so go for it ! smile.gif




Absolutely agreed 100%, why invest in creating something and then stopping somewhere in the middle, like this everything you invested is waisted. But well, if you are the only one in the band with this attitude then there is not too much you can do.


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QUOTE (Yash @ Aug 21 2012, 07:34 AM) *
Yes, thank you ! biggrin.gif I would love to see Aria grow more and more, just some more solos wink.gif I really love Aria, and wish to see them live during my time in Russia smile.gif You have 6 years Cosmin, get to work laugh.gif

Just kidding, keep sharing some good live vids and I'll be happy biggrin.gif


I hope someone up there will hear you and Aria will perform all over the world biggrin.gif Russia included, of course biggrin.gif


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