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Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Choosing a PA System

10. Examples

Next, let's look at three typical PA setups, all of which you can build with equipment available from the Thomann Cyberstore.

The basic band PA

This is pretty much the minimum requirement for a band or small venue that wants to create a decent sound. You have two mid/high range 6.5" speaker
CabinetThe housing for a loudspeaker, often abbreviated to "cab".
cabinets
, an
ActiveDescribes an instrument or speaker system that has its own electronic functions built-in, as opposed to requiring external devices. Active speakers have their own amplifiers built-in, while an active instrument such as a guitar or bass will have electronic controls or a pre-amplifier.
active
12"
SubwooferA speaker designed to transmit only the lowest part of the audible frequency spectrum, usually up to around 80 or 100Hz. Subwoofers are used to complement full range speakers in many situations including live/club sound, studio control rooms and cinemas, to provide deep bass that is often physically felt as well as heard.
subwoofer
, and a
ConsoleA device through which audio signals are routed for mixing, monitoring, processing and re-routed for either recording, amplification or both. A console contains a number of channel strips and a selection of auxiliary, monitoring and main outputs.
mixer
. (If you don’t need much low end, you could get away without the
SubwooferA speaker designed to transmit only the lowest part of the audible frequency spectrum, usually up to around 80 or 100Hz. Subwoofers are used to complement full range speakers in many situations including live/club sound, studio control rooms and cinemas, to provide deep bass that is often physically felt as well as heard.
subwoofer
.)

Larger venues

This is a good standard setup for larger venues and bands looking for a more professional sound. It can handle most small and medium-sized venues, and some outdoor settings. You have two full range 12"
ActiveDescribes an instrument or speaker system that has its own electronic functions built-in, as opposed to requiring external devices. Active speakers have their own amplifiers built-in, while an active instrument such as a guitar or bass will have electronic controls or a pre-amplifier.
active
speakers and two 18" subwoofers. This configuration also gives you a high degree of flexibility, because you can leave one or both of the subwoofers behind for smaller venues.

DJ and band

Discos and bands have significantly different requirements, so a big event featuring both types of performance requires a versatile and powerful system. The biggest challenge is the amount of
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
pumped out by the disco, which can ruin the whole sound with
DistortionIn most cases distortion is an undesirable alteration to a signal which occurs when a piece of equipment is driven with a input level that is too high for its operating level. Sometimes, as in the case of guitar distortion, this can be an intentional and desirable effect.
distortion
if not properly managed.

The example shown here can handle high volumes across the whole frequency range. It consists of two coaxial horns, four 1x18” subwoofers, and a rack of power amps with a
CrossoverA device that splits an audio signal into two or more frequency bands for more efficient amplification.
crossover
to manage the frequency division.

In all cases, the
KeyAn additional input on a dynamics processor such as a compressor or noise gate, enabling the dynamics of one signal to control the level of another. This can be used for many functions, including ducking (compressing a music signal when a DJ or announcer speaks), synchronised gating, and (in conjunction with an equaliser) de-essing.
key
question is: how much power will you need? And remember, the answer is about the quality of the sound, not just the
Volume1) In audio and music, the loudness or amplitude of a signal. 2) In computing, a fixed amount of storage space, addressed as a single entity ('C:', 'D:' etc). A physical drive may contain more than one volume, but a single volume may also span more than one drive!
volume
. Consider the venues you’re likely to be playing, and make your choice on the basis of the type of sound you want to create. Clearly, a jazz band will have different needs to a heavy metal band, but all good musicians will want the sound out front to be as true to their musical vision as it possibly can be.

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