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P.A support?

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

  1. jacobrownoly


    Jun 16, 2007
    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

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    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

    Jul 27, 2013
    In case one goes.(most likely speaker to blow during a show.)
  5. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Carry your subs, use IEMs and leave your bass cabinet/amp at home.
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    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.

  7. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004
    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'.