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P.A support?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by jacobrownoly, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. jacobrownoly

    jacobrownoly

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    Hi I am just looking for some advice and opinions on the subject of P.A support. :help:

    I am in a wedding/function band which has our own PA system (2x Mackie 12" mains and 2 x Mackie 18" subs, Mackie desk and rack compression and EQ)

    Last night we did I wedding in a small'ish village hall (around 100 people) and I put everything through the P.A, bass, kick, guitar, vocals and keys/synth... :eek:

    I have always been a firm believer that its not for volume sake but for overall balance and ommmppp (with the subs)

    I feel that the kick drum and bass guitar should always be in the P.A again just for the balance and OOMMPP. :D

    I dont think I can bring myself to not use our subs :bag:

    Overall it sounded pretty good and everyone said they had a great time. (With a few compliments to the band ;) )

    But....is it necessary for us to use all that gear?

    I am still new to the world of sound engineering and I find it hard to do the sound and be the bassist at the same time, so I am just after some advice and opinions.

    Many thanks! :hyper:
  2. David Hayes

    David Hayes Guest

    Necessary? No. You have the stuff though so why not use it.
  3. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

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    I've done plenty of those small weddings with backline filled out only by a pair of 12" active tops. Even if you do need more low-end power, you probably don't need more than one sub for a hundred-guest wedding gig.

    Why carry more subs than you need for the gig?
  4. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke Supporting Member

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    In case one goes.(most likely speaker to blow during a show.)
  5. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

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    Carry your subs, use IEMs and leave your bass cabinet/amp at home.
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    That's the way I do it....almost to a "T". The kick drum is the first thing to get lost if not mic'd. I use both 18" subs 'cuz they ride around in the trailer and it's no great hardship to drag 'em into the venue. Overkill in some instances? Sure, but I located the volume control years ago.

    Riis
  7. synaesthesia

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    It's not always perfect. The club I regularly gig at has a compact PA sub the type with small drivers that when driven sound crap, typical of home cinema boom subs for car chase explosions. It interferes with my bass rig. I can't hear my notes for the 100hZ boom coming out of those artificial 'subs'.

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