Where’s the bass?

If any of you have been to arena gigs recently, you might be able to answer my question: where’s the bass?

It’s a genuine question: bass guitars are good, but unless you’ve actually got your chin on the stage it’s pretty much impossible to hear them at arena gigs. The rockier the band, the worse the problem gets – and if you’re not a huge fan, in some cases entire songs go by and you’ve absolutely no idea what they were or whether they were any good.

Is there something about those suspended PA rigs that means there aren’t enough bass bins sitting on the ground any more, or are soundmen and women just mixing things to make the kick drum as loud as possible at the expense of everything else?