Essentials In A Pa System Upgrade -- Recommendations
timrobwall
Aug 29 2011, 05:32 PM
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Our band is looking to upgrade our PA, which now consists of an 8 channel powered mixer (Mackie 808S) and three powered monitors (three Peavy 12Ms). Thinking of replacing our two unpowered EVs with two powered Aeons (15G2s) for FOH. Also, getting a 16 channel (unpowered) Mackie and a Mackie powered subwoofer. Questions: do you recommend a crossover for the sub? What is your experience with a sonic maximizer? What other signal processors do you recommend for the rack (external compressor and limiter)? Band consists of bass, guitar, drums, keys and two front-line vocalists -- guitar amp is miced, bass currently plays through 2x10 cabinet (unmiced) and keys directly through the board. Mostly small club venues and outdoor gigs. Thanks for the help! -- Tim

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Saoirse O'Shea
Aug 29 2011, 05:54 PM
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FoH isn't my area but I'd add decent snakes/looms and an auto feedback suppressorto the list. Many consoles have a comp and eq now as part of the channel strip or 2 bus - if it hasn't then a compressor and gate is helpful if you have time to set up and soundcheck or have a FoH engineer. Maybe add a lbrickwall limiter just in case.

Personally I hate sonic maximisers and the like.

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Sinisa Cekic
Aug 29 2011, 10:09 PM
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If the bass woofers are used crossover is very required smile.gif !

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Daniel Realpe
Aug 30 2011, 12:50 AM
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If it's only small venues and your speakers are full range maybe there's no need for crossover. But since you want to add a sub woofer, the crossover is essential to get the max out of the equipment and protect it as well.

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Gabriel Leopardi
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I would also add a reverb for the voice...

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