Band Going Cab-less
I'm in an experimental rock band, SHAH (sometimes hands are heavy). We are new, but the music is coming along sweet as ever and we have big ambitions.
We are really focusing on our stage presence, as putting on a good show is half the battle - making good music is the other half.
We are going for a white out look, all white instruments, drums, PA speakers, etc.
To save on money, space, and transportation efforts - and to add to our appeal - we decided to go without individual cabs for both my guitarist and I (bass). This will allow us to invest into proper heads, and then go straight into a mixer > power amp.
As we live in a small town, and for the most part at first will be putting on our own shows (as well as promoting local acts and doing dance parties / PA rentals for extra income) we are going to invest heavily into a great custom built PA.
Our budget is about $3,000 for POWER AMPS and for SPEAKERS (thinking of going with Carvin) and wood / materials / etc.
Due to the nature of our band, we are going to be using the m-audio Profire 2626 profire as a main mixer (through Ableton Live, the profire has a very very low latency) and will output from there into your traditional PA setup.
My question is - what kind of speaker setup should we go for? This is going to be all custom built speaker cabs, covered in white tolex.
I know I want at least 2x 18's - cause there is nothing better than FEELING the bass and drum in your chest - just like any good old fashioned rock show.
As to the other speaker sizes we're unsure. We are a 3 piece that uses Ableton Live for a lot of looping (horns, random percussion, accordion, etc).
We will probably want 2 power amps, pushing 500-1000watts each depending on Ohms. One for the 18"s and another for 10s?
Thinking about it, we may need to go with 3 PAmps, the third for monitors.
Whats the take on this? Can we do this and have a good sound output? Any recommendations or input would be lovely!