We played a new bar Saturday; quite different than others acoustically. It is a big room, relatively, slightly deeper than wide, with a lower ceiling than most places, we were set up in the middle of the wall, and the entire place is carpeted. Typical chairs/tables, pool tables and other bar-like stuff. Most places are tile or concrete or even hardwood floors that we play, higher ceilings, longer/narrower, stuff like that.
Jeez was I boomy. Some of the lower notes really hit hard, like an open E and the F and somewhat the G above it really seemed to "ring", albeit a low ring. So did the same notes up an octave, even on different strings (tried that), but to a lesser extent. The whole room seemed somehow deeply rich, but somewhat dull, if that makes any sense. The band as a whole sounded wonderful in there, well, except for the bottom.
My cab was on the floor, about 6 inches from the back wall, and because of a low-hanging TV, it was in the middle of the stage with the drummer set up off to stage left (which didn't help matters any, playing in a different configuration.)
Overall, the room sounded really odd to me, and it kinda threw me off; I could hear myself fine, but it just didn't sound right. I ended up playing lighter on the boomier notes, and I'm sure my playing suffered because of the oddness.
Suggestions on how to handle a situation like this? I dialed the Bass knob down to about 10 O'clock and it seemed to help a little, but no matter what I did with the mid (even tried the shift button) and treble on the E300T it just didn't feel right. My horn was set to about noon on the single cab D115XLT.
The guitar player/leader/experienced guy said that some rooms are just that way and not to worry about it, but hey, if I can make it better...
A small riser or sound pad under the cab? Further from the wall? Point the cab more away from the mics and room center somehow?
TIAs! You guys are such a great resource!