#1
so i have a power mixer for a pa system. its 150 watts each side at 4 ohms.

inputs are for 4 or 8 ohm one pair or 4 ohm 2 pairs.

i want to be able to play metal but most of my gigs will be for jazzy bluesy, even latin flavors of music.

so im asking what kind of size speakers will i need. do i need a subwoofer? ;p for the brootalz

how many speakers will i need for 200 or less ppl. ive seen a 2 speaker set up do 100+ ppl in open air. so is that suitable? it was full volume tho lol. wasnt very loud.


recommend me a brand of speakers because i have no clue where to start?

peavey speakers any good? :P i love peavey XD
Last edited by janjuko at Jul 27, 2015,
#2
12 or 15" is best for mains. Just run vocals through this basic system that will serve 90% of your gigs. You will need to add serious powered subs to mic out the drums for massive chest thumping bass. Those are better rented than owned IMO because they are heavy and expensive. Maybe even rent all the sound for major outdoor shows and add the cost to your performance fee.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#4
i cant find any pa speakers under 400 watts each. i only have 150 watts each side -_-. only ones i could find are 8 inch and way too expensive. for the price the craigslist ad is really a steal!
#5
Quote by janjuko


Those will sound awful. All foam no beer. Check out these instead. Awesome sounding 15" speakers that are older and kinda heavy but sound great. Watts rating on speakers simply means "maximum amplifier power before damage". You can always use less power. These are a good match for your powered mixer.
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/msg/5112894124.html

These are also high quality cabs for cheap cause they are heavy:
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/msg/5124896044.html

Remember that for full range horn loaded cabs like these, you will need a truck or van to haul them around. They won't fit in the back seat of a Honda. If you don't have a truck or van, a lightweight pair of 12" two way Yamaha speakers is a better way to go. They will fit in anything and one person can carry them. Lots more to think about than ohms and watts.

These are lightweight portable speakers that sound good:
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/msg/5076535427.html
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
Last edited by Cajundaddy at Jul 27, 2015,
#7
Quote by janjuko
alright i see. i think i might jump on that last one.


but what do u think of these??

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/eld/5141706978.html

i absolutely love the styling on it!! if you think these will work ill get these.


Decent 1970s quality for vocals and designed to cover small gigs. They have a small piezo tweeter instead of a compression horn so highs will not be as smooth but will get the job done. A good buy at that price. The Yamaha and Mackie are more high end pro stuff with compression horn drivers that originally sold for a lot more $$.

There are some other Peavey and Yamaha speakers available on CL for a reasonable price. Yamaha, EV, JBL, Mackie, tend to be 1st rung quality. Peavey tends to be the next rung down when it comes to PA speakers. Whichever you decide, be sure to test them thoroughly to make sure they sound good with music coming through them and that no components are damaged.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
Last edited by Cajundaddy at Jul 27, 2015,
#8
Quote by janjuko
so i have a power mixer for a pa system. its 150 watts each side at 4 ohms.

i want to be able to play metal but most of my gigs will be for jazzy bluesy, even latin flavors of music.


You're a bit underpowered. No, you're a lot underpowered.
Are you going to run vocals only through that?
#9
Quote by dspellman
You're a bit underpowered. No, you're a lot underpowered.
Are you going to run vocals only through that?



was planning on running my irig on my ipad thru it should be enough for myself
#11
Quote by dspellman
Wait, you're in Orange County?
California?



There you go, sell him some of your old gear that you are tired of storing...


Or give it to him. You don't want the gear and don't need the coin and it strikes me as the type of thing you might do.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
Charles Darwin
Last edited by Arby911 at Jul 27, 2015,
#13
Quote by janjuko
I'm in south bay not orange county lol but yes California.


dspellman has a warehouse of quality used PA speakers in LA he would like to re-home. Hit him up! I already sold-off most of my passives a few years ago. I had an awesome Altec 15 2way pair that were in custom tuned cabs and nobody understood. Practically gave them away.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY