My impression from lurking sporadically is that r.a.p. is primarily devoted
to studio audio. Is there a better ng for discussion of PA gear for live
If not, I'm looking for advice on how to get the best value in upgraded PA
speakers, power amps, etc. for my rock band, which plays small to medium
clubs and wedding dance parties, with an occasional (small) outdoor gig.
I'm upgrading from a couple of powered mixers (one for monitors, one for
mains) and two Yamaha SM12e two-ways on stands. We mainly want the ability
to get some fuller sound and to put more of the mix (e.g., drums) through
the PA without running out of headroom.
I'm thinking about the Mackie M1400i for the amp, since it's supposed to
have good power (1400W bridged into two ohms) and low distortion for the
price. It's probably way more power than we'll need for most gigs, but
better that, I think, than too little.
For mains, I'm hoping to find something reasonably inexpensive but decent
quality and of commensurate power-handling ability. We've already got a
powered sub with built-in active cross-over, so we're only looking for
speakers to handle everything from roughly 100 Hz up.
Last but not least, we think we probably need an inexpensive rackmount EQ
between the mixer and the power amp ... suggestions?
For reference, we're a semi-pro band that plays paid gigs only once or
twice a month, on average, so our budget is tight -- amp plus main speakers
(new or used) will hopefully come in under $1000 or so with careful bargain
hunting. Reasonable portability is also important, as everything has to be
dragged up and down basement stairs for every gig.
"Grant W. Petty" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> My impression from lurking sporadically is that r.a.p. is primarily
> to studio audio. Is there a better ng for discussion of PA gear for live
> band performance?