Huh?? PA, Mixer?? AHHHH!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BigBohn, Oct 11, 2001.

  1. BigBohn

    BigBohn Guest

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Dude, I am just trying to play the bass here. I will soon get a Ampeg SVP-PRO preamp, Carvin DCM1500 poweramp, and SWR Megoliath to run it into. Do I need a freakin' PA system, mixer, or DI (direct in?right?)box, or anything like that? I'm just playing at school, garage practices, and occasionally and outdoor event. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: :confused:
  2. nickis thebest

    nickis thebest Guest

    Aug 17, 2000
    bible belt, usa
    i dont know about Pa's and mixers, but your user name sure is funny
  3. martininpv

    martininpv Guest

    Oct 1, 2001
    Pflugerville, TX
    It all depends (everything does doesn't it)?

    It depends on the sound mix you require.

    For example:

    Are there other instruments?
    How many and what are they?
    Do they go through a PA?
    Are there vocals?
    Do you play loud or soft?
    What type of music?
    Do you have monitors?
    Do you have a loud drummer?
    What is the size of the audience?
    What is the size of the room?

    It just depends.
  4. BigBohn

    BigBohn Guest

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    nick, hehe, thanks


    martin, you're right, this is my situation. i'll be playing mostly solo, but when i do play with my band (2 guitarist, vocals, and semi-loud drummer), i might need to consider something else. what would be good for my predicament here?
  5. martininpv

    martininpv Guest

    Oct 1, 2001
    Pflugerville, TX
    OK - when your playing solo - no PA.

    When you're with your band:

    Do the vocalist have a PA?
    Is the audience having trouble hearing you?
    Are you having to generate too much stage volume in order for the audience to hear you?
    If the vocalist currently have a PA, is it big enough to give your bass assistance?
    Do you have a soundman?
    Does he need to control your volume?

    If you and your band (mostly you - forget the guitar players - they'll never be happy) are happy with the sound you are getting on stage and to the audience, then there is no need to run through the PA. If any of the above questions apply, then you might consider it.
  6. BigBohn

    BigBohn Guest

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    wow, thanks alot, in that case, i think i'll let my current setup be. if a problem shall arise on stage, ill check out the pa. THANKS !!!