Everybody wants to be screaming loud in band practice which is fine and dandy, but it helps to be able to hear the bass drum. Sure, I know some of us (especially guitarists) hate it – but it helps if you’re actually playing in time! Without being able to properly hear the bass drum in practice many bands have a natural tendency to start rushing their songs or get sloppy. If you have an extra spot in your PA just throw an old mic on the kick. Then just dial a little EQ (taking out some of the highs) and just give yourself enough volume to hear it in the mix – it doesn’t have to sound like 95 South, just enough to guide the band.