Practice room question

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Member Since: Aug 13, 2006

Our band(drummer, 2 gtrs, bass, KB, 3 mics for vocals and backing) practices in a room that is basically a 12' x 24' Rectangle. Currently we are setup with everything at one end facing the other long ways. Is there a better way to do this?? Would placing everything on one of the 24' walls facing the other 24' wall 12' away be a bad idea?? Does it matter?? Also, the taping the quarter trick on the bass drum... is it taped on the outside of the head where the kicker strikes it, or on the inside of the bass drum??

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Aug 24, 2006 11:14 am

If you tape it outside the head, I hope you have some money ready to buy a new head, cuz that quarter will punch right thru it. ;-)

Practice rooms I have been in we have generally set up in a circle type arrangement all facing the middle...

Pinnipedal Czar (: 3=
Since: Apr 11, 2004

Aug 24, 2006 11:30 am

I agree, a circle works well to help keep everybody visible to eachother for cues, and such... kind'a like you're playing to the drummer . Use baffles if you're planning on recording your practices to help deal with the bleeding .

Since: Aug 13, 2005

Aug 25, 2006 09:39 am

Lots of sound sources are difficult in small rooms but damping surfaces like carpet and wall sound proofing help,also positioning of amps to each player is better.Try the drums in one corner to maximise space,the pa cabs in the next nearest corner,the main vocalist in ,the corner opposite the pa cabs and the guitars/kb in the remaining corner split by the bass.Keep vol to minimum to be comfy and listen/watch what everyone is doing,good luck.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 25, 2006 09:45 am

I'm of a different camp. If you're learning new material, then seeing each other is all well and fine, but for actual rehearsal (not learning new stuff), we've been more inclined to set up in a stage pattern. I think this way each person is more used to not looking at each other for cues, making each person more confident, and stable in their performance.

I know that stages are usually never how you imagine, but still I think it's better to have rehearsals done like a stage performance. With audience chatter, talking, etc. built into the rehearsals.

Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Aug 25, 2006 10:03 am

All I can say is that for a practice room you need a continous loop of a drunk woman screaming freebird the entire time you're playing... trust me, you'll see why.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 25, 2006 10:07 am

we had one drunk mama keep yelling for us to play the 'Georgia Straightalites'.

We giggled and used that request repeatedly after that =).

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Aug 25, 2006 01:20 pm

I preferr to practice in a stage setup also... though with no PA... maybe a small one for vocals...

Since: Aug 13, 2005

Aug 25, 2006 01:59 pm

Proper rehearals are a rare thing with the guys I play with.We tend to do an hour on acoustic with no pa,drums or amps in somebodys house.If the drummer does turn up he's tapping knees n tables.We tend to do one tune then go for a drink, then slip the tune into the set in between some safe songs on gigs.Its usually a bit rough but helps us remember it for next time.

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