Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: Need help...clueless
Ok i'll give this a shot anyway...
You have a mixer, PA, and an amp correct?
Also, you have 1/4'' cables and mics.
Now, are these 1/4" cables guitar cables? I'll assume they are. And i'll also assume you have xlr cables for your mic(s)
Now, one key item you're missing is a speaker cable. It sort of looks like a 1/4" guitar cable, but is significantly different. The speaker cable goes from your power amp, to your PA. A guitar cable will not work well for this at all, so do not even attempt it. GET THE SPEAKER CABLE. Top priority if you do not have it.
Now, I will assume that you plan on mic'n up your guitar amp and run it though the PA. The way that would be set up is guitar-->effects---->amp (Or however you usually set up your amp in your bedroom or practice time) then the mic infront of the amps speaker, plugged into the mic cable which has an xlr end on it, the xlr end plugs into whichever channel you wish to use, then the mixing board gets plugged into the poweramps input. The poweramps output, as I said before, goes into the PA speaker, using a SPEAKER CABLE (Sorry, I just cannot stress this enough)
And that would be your basic setup for the guitar. The same general practice would apply to mic'n a drum set or bass or whatever aswell. Make sure to find a good distance between the amp and the mic, sort of find its "sweet spot"
Now, you mentioned a pod in the mix somewhere. You can either run that between your guitar and amp, or in the amps effects loop OR you can run straight from the guitar---> pod--->mixer--->power amp---> PA
You can experiment between the two options I provided to find what you feel sounds best, Or you can just go guitar---->mixer--->poweamp--->PA, but then that leaves no effects or eq except for the mixers eq.
One last word of advice would be, if you are going to experiment between the setups I showed, do them on different channels on the mixer, so that you do not lose previous mixer settings.
Keep in mind that I provided all this information without knowing where those links go to. So let me know if AMP doesn't equal GUITAR AMP or somethin.