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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by assteak, Nov 3, 2000.

  1. assteak


    Nov 3, 2000
    What's a PA system and can more than one kind of instrument hook up to it at the same time?
  2. PA stands for "public address" system. In the context of a stage setup, it is the high-power, full-range system used to blast the sound at the audience. For the most part, microphones hook up to the mixing board, and then the mixing board mixes all the signals and sends them to a power amp, which then drives big full range speakers. Amps or other sources can also hook into the mixer, and then be fed through the PA. So yes, lots of things can run through the PA. Most guitarists get "their sound" or tone from their amp, then run this through the PA. Bassists sometimes just run direct to the mixer without using another amp.

    Basically, it's a giant stereo that blasts out the vocals, drums, guitar and bass to the audience, and during breaks can be used to blast out music from a CD.
  3. assteak


    Nov 3, 2000
    Are those the big speaker thingys bolted on the wall?

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