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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2009, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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PA systems!?!?

Aight, so my band just had a gig last night. The venue doesn't supply the bands with a PA, which we found out just hours before we had to go on(yay!). Fortunately our guitarist/vocalist had one, but its REALLY inadequate, even for just vocals.

Its a bar/restaurant/chill area so we don't need blaring amounts of volume. We mainly want something that'll give the vocals a lot of clarity, headroom, and richness. The drums are already loud enough and carry well, as do the bass and guitar.

SO! Since I know nothing about PA systems, what are you people's recomendations? For our purposes right now all we need to boost up above the band is the vocals. So what is a powered head/board/and set of speakers that would fit this application, as well as scale up to miking a full band setup in the future with additional purchases of speakers? We don't want to buy something that won't hold up over time and become just another piece of junk. In otherwords, we want to splurge and have something nice that is professional, and expandable.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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We use a Mackie system and have had great luck with it. Urm... it's... SRM450 tops with SWA1501 bins. Our bass player/sound geek runs a computer based mixer so there is no physical mixer.
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Those are the bins.



that's the tops.
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that's the tops.
We use those same Mackie "tops" laying on their side for monitors and I have a pair a 2-way Yamaha S115V speakers for mains. I would recommend a nice pair of 3-way speakers for the mains for better sound clarity like the Carvins that are available (like the LS1503 models - nicely priced I must say for what they are). Pole stands help project if you have the space for them.
http://www.carvinguitars.com/ls/

We use a Mackie 800 series powered head to handle the monitors and mains. We play small to medium sized clubs and even some outdoor stuff and have never been in a situation where it "wasn't enough".

Don't skimp on decent speaker cables either, minimum 50ft cables using 16 gauge cable would do the trick.

~Bones
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I've actually heard those makies before! I used them with a church group on campus for awhile. Had bass, vocals, keyboard, and acoustic guitar running through it and it all came across really clearly, so thats an option!

I was also looking into this:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/product...t=RX1200-LM153

I'm also considering Yorkville. I have a Yorkville Bassmaster 400 head with the 4x10 cab. I've always been blown away by how great it sounds, and have yet to not receive a compliment on my tone at a gig. So I was also considering getting a pair of Yorkville YX series 400 watt PA speakers speakers, then just buy a separate powered-mixer to run into them.

http://yorkville.com/products.asp?cat=58&id=372&type=29

The guitarist in my band is probably going to want to go with some kind of peavey setup. I know they make some great amps(JSX, 6505..ect.) But IDK anything about their PA systems except that I see them everywhere. I've never been "wow'd" by a peavey PA setup that I've heard.
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EV, Dynacord
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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EV, Dynacord

Tons of different product lines on their site..no direction XD.

The only PA's that I've had personal experience with are the Makie's and they sounded great to me. I wasn't involved in the setup, only heard em.

How do active speakers vary from passive ones? To make this setup work, could I just run microphones into a passive soundboard, then just use regular instrument cables from the L and R outputs of it into the speakers?
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