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How much power do you run

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Posted By : The Alchemists | Comments : 26

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Hello

A quick survey, on how much power everyone runs PA wise?

Do you all mic up drums?

We currently only mic up for vocals, drums are still acoustic, and were running on a 400w mixer amp.

Cheers Ian

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# Posted by Off The Rails - 05/01/2011, 20:42 (GMT)

mic up every thing 2000 watts but that is only small time. A lot off bands have a lot more power than that.Try 4000-5000 watts a time
Carole


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# Posted by Graham - Mustard - 05/01/2011, 20:50 (GMT)

Same as Off the rails, mic everything and it's more than enough for pubs
Graham


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# Posted by Guilty Pleasures - 05/01/2011, 20:56 (GMT)

About 5000 watts front of house. About another 1000 for monitors. Everything is DI'd or miked up.

Jon


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# Posted by Off The Rails - 05/01/2011, 20:57 (GMT)

like I said we are Toy town lol.


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# Posted by VANKWISH - 05/01/2011, 21:04 (GMT)

my comment vanished??????? not going through that again,,, shorter version!!!
2400 on bass, 2000 on tops and 2 x 800 for monitors(I use in ear monitoring now). all drums miked up, guitars and keys di'ed and 3 vox mikes.


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# Posted by Rude Mood - 05/01/2011, 21:19 (GMT)

We find a good quality 500w per ch stereo or 1000w mono to be sufficient for most pubs, bass drum and snare mic'd, 2x vox and guitar and keys through.

Bass man loud enough on his own...


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# Posted by Mr C. - 05/01/2011, 21:42 (GMT)

Too much ! everything Mic'd

;O)


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# Posted by Laser Monkeys - 05/01/2011, 21:48 (GMT)

Geez, i feel so under-dressed now!!

We use 1000w for PA, 150w for monitors. Vocals, backline and bass drum through PA - not really for volume but just to balance the sound more!

John


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# Posted by The Alchemists - 05/01/2011, 22:04 (GMT)

jaysus, looks like were still in puberty lol

were are looking to increase to about 2.5k, solely to control the drums better, i keep asking our drummer to turn his drums up but no joy.

bass is loud enough, may consider mic'ing both guitars at some point, not sure if this has been discussed on here before but its very interesting.


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# Posted by VANKWISH - 05/01/2011, 22:08 (GMT)

it all sounds good, but you have to find a really good sound engineer, when you build your PA, there lies the problem. you know what your getting on stage, but what are you getting off. we have all been to pro gigs and I'm sure we have all said," that sounds shite".


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# Posted by Laser Monkeys - 05/01/2011, 22:11 (GMT)

yup its a fair point! i think simplicity is the key too: if it breaks can you fix it with gaffa tape and WD40??

J


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# Posted by VANKWISH - 05/01/2011, 22:14 (GMT)

@ northern riot
yup its a fair point! i think simplicity is the key too: if it breaks can you fix it with gaffa tape and WD40??

or a cowbell??????


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# Posted by Alyerpal - 05/01/2011, 22:18 (GMT)

I'm with John - i think we're running about 1000 front of house with everything thru for balance. We used to not mic the drums in smaller venues, but then we got mix problems. If everything is mic'd you can just turn the master down or up.
I have seen several bands who were just too loud for the venue and the problem then is you lose clarity.
Better to be clear and quiet than loud and sound like mud!

AYP


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# Posted by Graham - Mustard - 05/01/2011, 22:19 (GMT)

Well said that drummer


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# Posted by VANKWISH - 05/01/2011, 22:30 (GMT)

the sound engineer trap, you can turn down as well as up, but yes, i too have had my ears broken..... as mr meerkat says, well said that drummer!!!


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# Posted by TEX & THE HARDCORE TROUBAD... - 05/01/2011, 22:45 (GMT)

3k I think with extra 1 k fer monitors


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# Posted by Graham - Mustard - 05/01/2011, 22:55 (GMT)

"1 K fer monitors" Pardon?


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# Posted by TEX & THE HARDCORE TROUBAD... - 05/01/2011, 23:10 (GMT)

yup, 1k ;-)


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# Posted by Graham - Mustard - 05/01/2011, 23:14 (GMT)

no wonder you're deeef pmsl


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# Posted by TEX & THE HARDCORE TROUBAD... - 05/01/2011, 23:18 (GMT)

I couldn't possibly go see the MeerKats if I wasn't !! pmsl
Tex Piss


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# Posted by Markk (Vankwish) - 05/01/2011, 23:41 (GMT)

'better to have than to have not' lol !!

the volume controls go both ways.

You need alot more power to drive the low frequencies than the high frequency.


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# Posted by Bass Bloke - 06/01/2011, 00:09 (GMT)

Well obviousley i dont use it all , except for very large venues and when i hire out etc etc but got a possible

8k (8000 watts ) True watts to

and same on Tops Mids and Highs

1000 watts on foldback


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# Posted by Graham - Mustard - 06/01/2011, 00:21 (GMT)

@Tex you're feelin better then matey? BARSTEWARD!


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# Posted by TEX & THE HARDCORE TROUBAD... - 06/01/2011, 06:47 (GMT)

lol, I wish, gonna park outside the site n sleep all day today, any issues they can wake me up !!!
I'm only paid from the neck up n it's just a sack of snot at the moment....pmsl


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# Posted by Guilty Pleasures - 06/01/2011, 10:06 (GMT)

I've gotta say that we could get away with a lot less if we had more modern efficient speakers and crossovers etc. In Delirium we have a lot of grunge and modern rock (eg Black Stone Cherry) that's played in drop C and you need a lot of power to get the low notes clear.

In Angel Of Sin I think we have about 2000 watts FOH, with db active cabs and it's nearly as loud, and just as clear sounding.

Jon


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# Posted by NIGHT TRAIN - 06/01/2011, 11:41 (GMT)

90% of venues on here you're lucky to get a double socket which you share with a fruit machine...four par cans and a smoke machine you're pushing it :D


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