By JOE COffEy
Unless you practice in a venue-like room
with giggable gear, there’s a good chance
your rehearsal experience is nothing like
playing out with your band. The differences—individual musicians’ volumes, collective
volume, the monitor situation, how the room
reacts, etc.—amount to a unique situation
that affects the way everyone plays. Volume
creep wars tend to break out and, let’s admit
it, we guitarists often fire the first shot as we
turn our amps up to get that killer tone to
bloom. Or heck, sometimes we’re just trying
to hear ourselves above a drummer who has
no concept of dynamics. Essentially, many
musicians endure highly inefficient rehearsals
because they simply can’t hear their bandmates or themselves.
Plugging your entire band into a JamHub
TourBus silent rehearsal studio is one way to
try to sort everything out. The idea is that your
rehearsals can be more effective and efficient
if everyone can at hear each other clearly.
With a JamHub, each musician plugs into the
same device but controls his or her own custom monitor mix through their headphones.
Want more of your guitar? Turn yourself up.
Want less bass? Turn the bass player down.
Your bandmates are doing the same thing,
turning you and everyone else up or down as
they dial in their own monitor mixes.
PrEmIEr GuITar JunE 2010 159
Gotta Level With Ya…
If you know your way around a mixer, you can
figure out how to operate a JamHub pretty
quickly. The TourBus features seven individual
stations (six around the semicircle and one in
the back labeled “R”) where you can plug in
an instrument (using a 1/4" TRS unbalanced