Playing heavy music means that you have to be prepared to play loud.
The best thing about live bands that love to be heavy is the powerful force that can be exhibited in the live setting. There are a few bands that I have played in that have focused equally as much on songwriting as the relentlessness of mammoth stage volume. By pushing your stage presence to the limits through power and sound levels, you can create a unique experience for your audience. I had a friend who said watching bands play quietly is like going to pay and listen to their album.
Although I do not think this is true all the time, I do think there is something really strong about a band with lots of loud amps. I like going to shows and wearing earplugs. I like to feel the low end running right through my body with complete disregard for the fact that I am even present in the room. In addition to this, I think it is a lot of fun to be able to have played in a band that is fortunate enough to deliver their songs at a volume that is so ferocious that it disgusts far more than it attracts. I used to play with two Ampeg V4 heads and four Orange 4x12 cabinets.
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The bass player in our band ran through a couple of Ampeg SVT Classic heads through Ampeg 8x10 cabinets and the power was incomprehensible. One of the things I knew I had to have on my pedal board was a volume pedal. Without this, I would be a complete train wreck onstage. All this beastly might lashing forth without a leash is a mixture for disaster.
The Dunlop GCB 80 High Gain Volume Pedal is an awesome one if you're in the market for such a thing. It has a powerful clip and stays quiet when you pull it all the way down. The thing I like about this one is that it is smaller than a lot of the other, more popular pedals. The Ernie Ball units are nice, but they take up a lot more room. The other thing that makes me really comfortable while using this pedal is the fact that there is so much play in the wheel. The leveling adjustment is perfectly equalized so you can be extremely precise.
This pedal is great for control of volume. You will be able to keep your power exactly where you need and provide massive strides in dynamic ability for your band.
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