#1
I need a PA system for my band, but do not know what I should get. My drummer already has a mixer, but ppl tell me we need a Power Amp. What is a Power Amp? Why do we need it?

I was just going to buy some Kustom speakers that can handle up to 600W. Why cant we just run the mixer to the speakers
#3
Budget?

+1 to carvin, a band we play shows with fairly often has one of their setups and it's fantastic.
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#4
the power needs to come from something.

so if you have a mixer, then you need a separate amp and speakers.

or mixer+ powered speakers.

the other choice would be powered mixer and speakers.

or if you're on a budget, and in the US, phonic makes a couple of reasonably priced pa systems.
come all together.
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#5
I am willing to spend around $1,000 for a good PA system in its entirety
#6
It would be like plugging your guitar straight into a speaker cab, you need something to amplify the signal, hence the power amp.
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#7
I just bought a ALTO 1200watt Power mixer and speakers for around $850.00. It is an Awesome set up. It is a 12 channel Mixer and very High quality sound. We only run 3 mics and drum mics through it and is is all we will ever need you should check them out.
#9
questions you need to ask your drummer.

1. is the mixer powered or unpowered?

if the mixer is powered, all you need is speakers. the watts handling should be a bit over what the mixer puts out to be safe from not blowing the speakers.

if the mixer is unpowered, you need an amplifier, or amplifiers. these look like little boxes and run in conjunction with an unpowered mixer.

i run my full band setup through a 1000 (500 per speaker) watt powered Yamaha mixer and 2 700 watt speakers.
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#10
It is for our practice space, but i would like to have something that we can use for gigs if we play somewhere with no PA system.

I don't think his mixer is powered. But I'm starting to get an idea of how to actually shop for PA equipment
#11
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I am willing to spend around $1,000 for a good PA system in its entirety


we picked up a Kustom PA system about a year ago for under $800...two 2x15" cabs, the mixer, mics, stands, cables, etc. Its worked great for us...we mic guitars, bass, drums, keyboard, vocals, etc. through it as well.
#12
damn i didnt know PA systems were that expensive, my band and i were only planning on spending about 500 not 800

well at least we know someone who'll let us borrow his setup and set it up for us (free) untill we get a system
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#13
decent full PA systems are expensive... dont go cheap you WILL regret it. my entire band piched in like 300 each and we got a system around 1200 and its great for any live show we play, or band practice. reliable too, we get no feedback, and have had no problems over the past year and a half.

our setup
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-EMX512SC-8Channel-Powered-Mixer-?sku=630191

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-S115V-2Way-15-Club-Series-V-Speaker-Pair?sku=600427
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#14
You don't have to get it all at the same time.
If you just need something for your vocals for now, get decent powered speaker (you don't have to go nuts with the $$$) and use the mixer. Add as needed.

Look for used gear too.
#15
we just bought a second hand Peavy PA which is 2x1000 watts and contains power amp and mixer with two 15 inch bass bins and two 12 inch satellites with tweeters and stuff.

It cost us 650 quid of ebay and does practice and live really well, peavy is definately the way to go, every Peavy PA i'v played through has been great and really good robust quality.

Stay clear of berringer for speakers btw, they have very little headroom so will distort easily.
#16
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I just bought a ALTO 1200watt Power mixer and speakers for around $850.00. It is an Awesome set up. It is a 12 channel Mixer and very High quality sound. We only run 3 mics and drum mics through it and is is all we will ever need you should check them out.


im trying to find this on the internet but cannot. do you know where i can get it?
#17
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im trying to find this on the internet but cannot. do you know where i can get it?


ebay, musiciansfriend, guitarcenter.com
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