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What is a PA System?
A “Public Address” system is anything that amplifies sound so more people can hear it. The most basic example might be a megaphone, or single microphone and speaker, used to make someone’s voice louder. These days most PA systems are used for music too. Prices vary widely, anywhere from several hundred dollars for a little karaoke set up to several thousand dollars for just one of Bruce Springsteen’s concert speakers. A few things that affect choices for a PA system include:
•    The kind of music or speech being played
How loud it needs to play
The space where it’s being used
How portable it needs to be
Who is running the system                                                                                
Desired sound quality and durability

Most basic systems these days include several different parts such as:
•    one or more microphones
one or more speakers
a “mixer” that allows the user to control the volume, tone and balance of different voices or instruments
an amplifier (built into the mixer, built into the speakers, or purchased separately)
stands to hold the speakers and microphones at appropriate height and angles

Additional items worth including:
•    appropriate cases to protect the equipment when not in use
quality surge protectors and/or power conditioners
quality extension cord
roll of Gaffer’s Tape (no duct tape residue) to secure things
removable marking tape and pens to label the mixer (Staples has these)

Better systems often add more items, such as monitor speakers, effects devices, graphic equalizers, etc. But the main thing isn’t the number of items, but how well each piece is made and how well the system works as a whole.

In over 20 years of performing and recording, I’ve seen a lot of different equipment in a lot of different settings. I’ve seen too many people spend money on equipment that doesn’t last, or isn’t appropriate to the task at hand, or that they don’t know how to run properly.

Follow the various links above to learn more. Please give a call or email if you’re interested in purchasing something.

Musically yours,

Steve Schuch / Night Heron Music
(603) 464-4321

*I’m often on the road, but will look forward to getting in touch when I return.
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