Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on January 04, 2001 at 11:16:33:
In Reply to: Needing advice posted by §žurious on January 03, 2001 at 09:54:39:
: So where do we go from here? We play in some interesting different places from rural churches to concerts to outdoors, etc. Any ideas of how to get a DIY "P.A" system together on the fly that would be fairly easy to carry around? I'm already looking around and the pods aren't that expensive so it may be a serious look at the guitar issue, a couple of cabs, a power amp, a mixer, and some gear like mics, xlr cords, and stands, and we should be ready to rock.
: Anyone have any experience in this?
Easiest Way To Do it: find a band that's breaking up - one that plays the same size places as you're playing - and buy their PA from them. They should have it all tweaked out nicely, and you're not having to spend a lot of money on new stuff. :-)
The Pods (and other preamp/modeling units) are *great* for guitars and bass through a PA; you're carrying a *lot* less weight that way!
You might want to take a look at a good mixing board and powered speakers instead of a power amp and regular cabs; again, it saves some weight (you *know* how heavy power amps are), and takes some of the complexity - and time - out of setting up.
But the one thing that's *most* important - and this is from over 20 years as a soundman, as well as a musician - is to have someone who *knows* how to run sound! I've seen *way* too many bands that bought thousands of dollars worth of sound equipment when they didn't need that much, and then wind up getting someone like the bandleader's drinking buddy to "run sound".
Invariably, it sounds like *crap*.
Get someone who's done sound before, knows his way around a mixing board, and who has a good ear; it'll make the difference in whether you can please an audience *and* a club owner.
Trust me. :-)
Hope that helps!
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