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Old 11-05-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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How to amplify a vocalist

I'm just wondering, today we tried to get our bands vocalist to jam with us, but we faced an issue with not being able to hear her. No matter which amp we ran through (guitar amps) we couldn't get her quite audible over the drums. Which kind of amp would you guys recommend to use to get it load enough? Preferably a cheaper one.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:56 AM   #3
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I'm just wondering, today we tried to get our bands vocalist to jam with us, but we faced an issue with not being able to hear her. No matter which amp we ran through (guitar amps) we couldn't get her quite audible over the drums. Which kind of amp would you guys recommend to use to get it load enough? Preferably a cheaper one.


Guitar amps aren't designed to do vocals. They're supposed to shape the sound. It's just a completely different animal.

That being said, everybody needs to calibrate to the vocals. Chances are that the drummer and guitarists will easily be able to play louder than the PA is capable of handling, unless it's a really good one. But the singer needs to be able to hear herself, and you guys need to be able to hear here. So if there's a conflict, everybody needs to turn down.

Something like a Fishman Loudbox Mini might work - it's a dual chanel thing designed for both an acoustic guitar and a vocal mike. By and large any amplifier for acoustic guitars will work, but if you don't need the dual-channel thing then you can probably save money by getting something that just has one channel.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #4
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Tyson 2011 said it already...

Vocalist Mic needs a dedicated Vocal box/PA Speakers.
Be best to have floor monitor in front of Vocalist as well.
Even with all that, turn down a bit and listen to each other
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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A keyboard amp can work in a pinch, but it will be a losing battle if your drums and guitars are louder than fighter jets.

Being in a band 101 - Leveling the instruments to hear the singer.

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