#1
Hey UG,

I am getting ready to do some live shows around September/October.
Do I need a mixer for the band? Help would be greatly appreciated!
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#2
depends on how big a venue youll be having
if its small, you dont really need one
jus tplay the drums louad, and turn the amps up

if you;re gonna run through a soundsystem, you might need one
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#3
well what about the singer? im assuming you have some vox in your sound as a band?

but really all depends, are you 'hosting' the shows as in inviting other acts to play with you? then chances are depending where you play you will need a mixer and much mroe such as speakers and a poweramp depending on whether the mixer is powered or not; and much mroe equipment.
but it entierly depends again haha. the place may have a complete system with everything you need and maybe even a sound tech.....

if you are simply playing a show chances are the 'host' or club or band whatyever or whoever is hosting it shoudl have put the thought into it before booking bands, and should be well prepared.
#4
It really depends on the type of PA System you'll be using if any. If you need vocal amplfication small club systems with either column style or min-bin (woofer & horn) speakers in the 100W -200W range are more than adequate for voice(s). In that case you may mike the bass drum if it's too soft to hear over guitar/bass amps and many small systems have some sort of mixer built in whether its console style or amplifier head style. You really can't mike a entire band thru these systems as the speakers won't handle it. To mike a band you really need a fair sized system with multiple speakers for extended range and power handling.
If you're not miking the band, I would use the drum volume as a baseline and set the guitar/bas (& keyboards if any) volumes appropriately so as not to drown out the drums. Then you only need to mike vocals and a descent club system should be able to handle that.