#1
wtf is there purpose (music related), y not just use amps? or are they neccassary for singers or something?

and im pretty sure this is the rite forum, if not, oh well.....
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#2
Yes nessecary for singers, monitoring, and preparing your own gigs.
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#3
Voice sounds pretty awful through an electric guitar amplifier but PAs can be used to amplify pretty much everything.

If you go to a big stadium gig the PA system you see will be amplifying EVERYthing on the stage.
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#4
Its easier to eq the levels of all instruments

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#5
PA systems are basically amps. They amplify all sound. Vocals, bass, drums. guitars,etc. Each having its own channel and EQ.

The purpose of a PA is to make the band sound good, and be heard equally well thru out the whole venue.

Gig without a PA, and you and your front crowd will be deaf, and the people at the back of the venue will only hear muffed bass drum noise.
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PA systems are basically amps. They amplify all sound. Vocals, bass, drums. guitars,etc. Each having its own channel and EQ.

The purpose of a PA is to make the band sound good, and be heard equally well thru out the whole venue.

Gig without a PA, and you and your front crowd will be deaf, and the people at the back of the venue will only hear muffed bass drum noise.


Not strictly true, that could happen with a PA if all the speakers are at the front.

It just gives everything it's place with in the wall of sound. It makes sure everything can be equally heard.
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Not strictly true, that could happen with a PA if all the speakers are at the front.


True, but I never personally met a sound person dumb enough to do that.
#8
I have, and have done it. Not every venue has enough space to have speakers anywhere else but the stage with it causing a major safety hazard.

But we won't argue over this coz it's not the point of the thread.
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#10
alright thanks, basically answered my Q. so, if i have a band that doesnt have a PA system, we're basicallys screwed? good thing i know a keyboardist who owns one (he DJ's too).....
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#11
PA is just flat voiced amp.. it could be big big enough for large stadium or 20 watt combos used as keyboard amps..
#12
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alright thanks, basically answered my Q. so, if i have a band that doesnt have a PA system, we're basicallys screwed? good thing i know a keyboardist who owns one (he DJ's too).....


if you are playing the usual barroom play to 10 people from the other bands and their girlfriends, then the pa is normally provided. If you are playing professionally eg touring originals band or club/wedding/corporate gig band like i do then you normally have to provide your own PA. I have a Mackie Srm450 and subwoofer system which is pretty much the industry standard.
#13
that last bit was really helpful, thanks tuwyci
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that last bit was really helpful, thanks tuwyci


no problem. itll cost you about 3grand tho lol