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Carvin PA Sytems

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Roaddog77, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Roaddog77


    Nov 11, 2011

    I've had a couple friends with Carvin PA systems and they seem pretty nice. I've put a band together and I'm wondering exactly how much PA I'll need. We play surf, 60's garage rock, rockabilly and twangy stuff like Commander Cody and Duane Eddy. While we're not quiet I don't think we have the same needs as a metal band.

    Are these systems, based on their XP800L enough for most of what we'll run into?


    While most larger venues and places that run a lot of music will have their own sound I'd like to have enough to play outdoors. Street festivals, large parties and such.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. BadB


    May 25, 2005
    AZ, USA
    I don't think that 250W will get your vocals out there over the drums. Are you planning on a vocal only PA?
  3. Roaddog77


    Nov 11, 2011
    I'm not sure yet. I was looking at some of their bigger systems but had a friend tell me this would probably work for us outside. The money isn't an issue beyond wanting to stretch it as far as I can while we're getting started. I want something I can use for a while and not worry about having to upgrade. I'm just wondering because it's quite a bit cheaper than the XP1000 based systems and would free up some money that I could use on other things for us.
  4. modulusman

    modulusman Banned

    Jan 18, 2004
    Well your friend is wrong. if you plan on playing outside you will need to mic instruments and drums. a 6 channel mixer is more suited to playing small crowds indoors. I would not waste money on a powered mixer if you don't want to upgrade soon.
  5. Roaddog77


    Nov 11, 2011
    OK I thought it seemed a little small but I've never had to worry about the PA other than helping load and unload it when we had a big beast of a cabinet.

    So you'd suggest a mixer board with a rack PA and such? I've played with both. Those all in one mixers are so light and easy to move though.
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    ...and, all too frequently, limited in terms of power and application potential. I'd go with a DIY box with mixer, amps, peripherals, etc. I can go on CraigsList (or TB, for that matter) and find everything I need in about an hour provided I'm not too picky.

  7. Chuck King

    Chuck King Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    Look into powered cabinets. If you like Carvin, their PM12A would be something to consider; all the usual suspects make similar cabinets. For bigger/outdoor gigs you might want to add a sub. You can use them with most any mixer, so you can upgrade one thing at a time.
  8. bassgod76

    bassgod76 bass turd burglar

    Mar 13, 2003
    South Florida
    I purchased the equivalent to this like 4 years ago on Black Friday.

    My powered mixer came from Carvin mounted in anvil-type road case, and I also bought speaker stands as well.

    I've used it a handful of times with a 4 piece band outdoors, and it worked fine.

    I'm happy with mine.
  9. pflash4001


    Dec 2, 2011
    I like that mixer and was pretty disappointed it came out about 6 months after I got my Peavey. I love that the lines in on the first few channels double as inserts. I think that makes them much more handy than my Peaveys in some regards. I have 2 Peavey (6 &8 channel) powered mixers I use for rehearsals or small vox pa only gigs, but I also use them to push my monitors when I rum my full PA system. That may be something to consider. Get something small like this and don't chuck it later. Grow your system and use this for monitors.
  10. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    The PM12As are quite nice. We have a pair. Stand-alone vocal PA for small venues, monitors for larger shows.
  11. will33


    May 22, 2006
    I get away with a 6- channel Yamaha powered mixer...BUT...I also tie in another 6-channel non-powered mixer for more channels.....AND....it has enough ins and outs to patch it through an active XO, so, when needed, I have the powered mixer playing north of 100hz and an additional poweramp plus sub carrying the bottom. The "stripped down" version still consists of the additional mixer, running a little bit of kick thump, not low bass, through some half-decent 3-way 15" woofer mains with the bass rig carrying the room, or having a little help from the mains to spread/project the bass guitar. Again, not chest-pounding bass, just audible bass guitar.

    It works quite well when you're comfortable/familiar with your equipment and your band....but always improving on the gear.