PA Sound System | How to simple explanation

PA Sound System: How To Setup and Use A Simple System

Arguably, if you are a musician, singer, speaker, etc., the PA Sound System is the most important aspect of any performance.  Here is a great, though simplified, explanation of what a PA/Sound system is. And, basically how to use it.  Learn where to plug your microphone and what the little dials on your channel mean.

If you are new to singing/performing, then you have probably never learned to use a PA (public address) or sound system.  As a singer, you will ultimately need to know, at least, a little about how to set up or use a simple sound system.  Where do you plug in the mic?  How do you make it sound good?  What is reverb?  Where do you put the speaker wires?

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Howard Mock, Owner of Rhapsody Music in Mankato, MN, Walks you through setup and proper usage of a simple PA sound system.

Rhapsody Music
326 Madison Avenue
Mankato, Minnesota
(507) 387-2562

Using a PA Sound System

You don’t need to have a degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music to make your band sound good.  Sometimes just using a simple little cost effective PA sound system can make your:

  • band
  • duo
  • trio
  • speaking engagement
  • whatever

sound great!  After you have played around with the system for a while, you will know exactly how to set all the knobs for the best sound for any situation.  Whether you are using self-powered (active) speakers or a powered mixer/head, you will get comfortable after a little messing around.

Next, to go along with the nice little PA sound system, you need to grab a few lights to create a nice atmosphere around you on the stage/performance area.

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