When I perform outdoors, I sound distant and thin, and I'd rather sound pretty much "in your face". How do I achieve that sound? I play with a country rock group, strong vocals, fiddles and electric guitars and drums.

  • What instrument do you play? Do you have an amplifier? Or a microphone? Please provide more details.
    – Xetrov
    Feb 23, 2018 at 16:05
  • Are you singing acapella on a mountain, playing drums in the back yard? We need a lot more info.
    – Tim
    Feb 23, 2018 at 16:08
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    Lots of powerful subwoofers. Actually it really can’t be done. You’ll never make outdoors sound like indoors. Personally I prefer the outdoor sound but either way sometimes a thing can’t be made anything other than what it is. Feb 23, 2018 at 16:42
  • @ToddWilcox - not as bad as playing in marquees though...
    – Tim
    Feb 23, 2018 at 16:51
  • What, no bass player?
    – Tim
    Feb 23, 2018 at 17:32

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Put up a wall behind you. The audience will be in front anyway, so there is little point in blasting out your behind. Stand on a stage with a hard floor: no need to make the ground shake: just brings out the earthworms.

The neighbors will also appreciate if you can deal out your sound energy more focused on the audience since then it will not be as loud outside of audience coverage. So basically you need a stage with a floor and back panels.

  • So the answer to playing outdoors is 'build a room' :-)
    – Laurence
    Feb 25, 2018 at 20:13
  • @ Laurence Payne- Perhaps a rental orchestra Shell and good monitors if the price is right. Feb 25, 2018 at 22:30

You've got used to the sound being reinforced by bouncing off the walls of a room. Outside, that won't happen - though you might get a slap echo if there's a wall or building in the vicinity.

You can turn the bass up. Add some reverb. Surround the audience with PA speakers rather than just having a couple set up at the front.

If you do home recording, learn the lesson of how much you're hearing the particular ROOM you're in while mixing.

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