I play in three piece punk band and i get the same complaint at every one of our shows. "I can't hear your vocals." I do not play at raging levels with monsterous 100 watt tube stacks. I play a replica of a fender tweed pro that is right around 25 watts and I never run even half way with a green rhino overdrive in front of it and a morely volume plus pedal in front of all that to gate the distortion. I think its one of three problems: Most obviously it may be that the vocals need more volume to be hear. I could need compression to bring up the softer sung parts and eliminate frequancies stoping me from getting the most volume from my vocal channel. lastly it could be that i need to mix it differently. Here is a list of my PA gear though i do have that same problems on venue owened PA systems as i do on my own PA.
~Shure SM-58 (though i have use the beta 87 for solo acoustic shows i find it feeds back before i can reach the volume level needed to play as a band)
~mackie cfx20 mixer
~peavey CS-900 power amp
~Electro Voice SX100 12in speakers
I'm curious if its a problem where i need to mix differently: perhaps i could use my Vox AC-4 (usually my practice amp) miced and a line out on the bass amp (Fender rumble 75 watt 1x12 combo) to get more control and scoop them (cut the mids back a ton) then boost the mids on the vocals (use the sweepable mids on the mixer to boost around the.. idk 1khz range). Or if its an issue of compression or mic model i could get the TC Helicon cocal compressor stompbox and maybe a beta 57. that would be ideal because I could use these on anyones PA. Lastly if it is a power amp or speaker issue i could possibly upgrade and lug my PA to the venues so long as it fixes the "I can't hear your vocals" problem. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.