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General PA for acoustic amplification, voice, and small groups


General PA for acoustic amplification, voice, and small groups

This group provides members an opportunity to discuss experiences and advice regarding amplifying guitars and voices for various venues. Not to be limited to any particular system, but rather examining all reasonable options.

Members: 52
Latest Activity: Sep 1, 2015

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Question about microphones and mic plug/jacks 8 Replies

I  need advice on microphones and microphone chord/jacks.At home, I use a simple set-up for practice and rehearsal before going out to open-mic performances.I have a small Kustom Sienna 30 watt…Continue

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Jud Hair Mar 22, 2013.

First 2 Replies

Hello All: Forgive the absolute newbie question but I am looking at picking up my first Acoustic Electric nex week for my birthday and am looking for an amp to proctive with. I am a beginner and the…Continue

Started by Andy Tauber. Last reply by kevin Mar 21, 2013.

Songer Songwriter - Very simple home and live amplification set up

HiI've put together a really simple Singer Songwriter set up for live playing (small clubs - house concerts) that really works, also for playing home with headphones. With the risk of sounding a…Continue

Started by Patrick Corbett May 29, 2012.

Follow up on my last thread 2 Replies

The last time I was here, I was discussing my frustration concerning past experiences with operating live sound equipment improperly.  Just last week, I have bought a First Act two-channel PA amp for…Continue

Started by Benji Martin. Last reply by Benji Martin Feb 28, 2012.

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Comment by Robert on September 1, 2015 at 7:23am

I got my first PA back in '71 - a Peavey 300 with a 4-channel, Hi-Z input head with 2 huge 4x12 columns. Only 2 low-end Shure mics, so there was no micing of guitars for our duo, and it was a bear to carry around, but it did the job.  And then it was stolen.

Have wanted to replace it for years and am finally able to do so:  Peavey PV-14USB mixer (the one being discontinued, some great deals out there now on remaining stock) with flight case, Blue enCORE 200 mics, and a pair of Alto Trouper powered speakers (200w ea.).  We have active pickups in our guitars so, no preamp needed.  Should be able to run the whole thing off one 15 amp outlet.  Not all assembled yet, but I've tried the individual components and they sound great.

Will update you all on the finished product.

And one other note:  I plan to add a power conditioner (Furman P-1800) to this rig.  Stable 110 voltage makes a HUGE difference to both the sound and longevity of electronic gear.

Comment by Robert on September 1, 2015 at 7:09am

Late comment on Ed S's post - avoid Behringer like the plague.  I bought one of their mixers to use for radio production and it was defective out of the box.  Fortunately, I was able to repair some bad connection soldering and used it thereafter for about five years.  But I wouldn't trust their gear on the road at all.

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 23, 2013 at 6:03am

I have a passive under saddle pickup in an old Ovation acoustic bass.  I t sounds horrible just plugged directly into the PA, but it comes alive with a real preamp.  I use the Fishman powerjack internal endpin jack/preamp.  So just try a preamp.  I also used to use a stompbox graphic EQ and trun up the volume and the bass end and again it made all the difference in the world. I would avoid anything with the name Behringer on it! 

Comment by kevin on March 22, 2013 at 8:10pm

vocals sounded good & the act before me sounded really good so im sure its the passive ust on my guitar

Comment by Robert on March 22, 2013 at 11:22am

Is it just your guitar that sounded bad or does everything sound crappy thru the PA?  If the latter, no DI or preamp is going to help.

Comment by John Gundrum on March 21, 2013 at 7:37pm

For the DI you'll plug your 1/4" jack in one side and the house will plug a standard XLR (mic) jack into the other side.  If there is hum flip the ground-lift.

Comment by kevin on March 21, 2013 at 7:15pm

thank  you John--i should have said that im fine with the sound of my guitar thru my amp just the way it is, so i would expect it to sound no different thru the pa.  said pa even has 1/4" jacks that they were plugging me into both times.

just could not believe how low the sound level was & what i could hear was so crappy.

playing thru my Crate amp it sounded very good & was quite loud--loud enough for the coffeehouse, & at other times when using it jamming with a drummer it was loud enough for that also.  not bad for an inexpensive old Crate 35 watt amp that i bought years ago.  :)

Comment by John Gundrum on March 21, 2013 at 6:57pm

I use both an ART PDB Passive DIrect Box and a Live Wire Solutions SPDI Passive Direct Box.  Either one of these is all you need if you just want to plug an acoustic guitar into a board.  They come in handy in the studio as well.

The Behringer is fine but if you're fine with unadulterated sound go with just a DI box.  If you want the fluff, then I'd suggest checking out the LR Baggs Para DI 5-Band EQ and Direct Box instead of the Behringer.

Comment by kevin on March 21, 2013 at 12:08pm

Hi Everyone!  just joined & already looking for advice.  physically, im at the point where i cannot carry my amp & guitar to one of the open mics that i play at.  ive run my guitar (96 Guild dread with undersaddle pickup) thru the pa they have & it sounded awful--no volume, ragged.  serves me right for not getting an active system when i had the chance (e.g. the cash).  so now im looking for an inexpensive preamp that i can get.  portable, easy for someone like me to use.

someone suggested the


any other suggestions in about this price range?

thank you.

Comment by Brandon McHose on January 20, 2012 at 12:06am

Hey everyone!

My new album 'Late Night' is now out! You can grab a copy on iTunes, here's the link:

I'd love to know what you all think about it, and I hope you enjoy it!

Brandon McHose


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