Had a crappy sounding show this weekend. The sound company that was used for sound provided for the FOH: 2 18" subs, with 3 x12 mains on top of that I think they were EV's. for our stage monitors there were two 12" (EV's). We worked on the stage sound with the sound guy during sound check but the bass and kick bleed from the FOH subs was so substantial that it screwed up the stage /monitor sound. The bass was so loud, that we ended up trying to bring the monitors louder so the mids and highs were present, there was feedback from the SM58 vocal mics, the Vocal mics got EQed for that, and all around we ended up playing much crappier. Our vocals were really hard to get a handle on (we do 3 part harmonies). I've found that when we use our own PA: FOH: 2 QSC K12s , monitors: 2 Yamiha 12" clubs, we can keep the volume down only send a little kick (sometimes snair) and the vocals and the acordion thru the PA, (we're a zydeco band) and we can hear eachother well and clearly, have very little feedback, and play more inspired. But almost every show that a sound company comes and uses 18" subs, and the subs are near us, the bleed ends up screwing up the stage sound, and we play uninspired because we can't hear eachother well. Maybe the instruments (including the kick and bass) sound "clearer" to the audience with a system thats running Subs, but for me, I would much rather hear a band play tightly and well, with 75% optimal sound quality, than hear a band play lousy with 100% sound quality. Musicians, ever run into this, where you're playing right next to the FOH speakers, and the Subs are bleeding tons of bass onto the stage? Should I ask the sound guy to run everything thru the heads, and turn off the FOH subs?