How To Build Your P.A. System

Yamaha EMX512SC/S115V
Yamaha EMX512SC/S115V P.A. System Package

One of the most essential collections of equipment you’ll need for your live band is a good P.A. System. There are a lot of different P.A. System configurations and you can spend a lot of money building a P.A. from the ground up. Today I’m going to talk about what you need to build a basic P.A. system that will get you out in front of people playing gigs.    

   There are 4 main components you need when building a P.A. System. Here’s the list:

  1. A mixer or soundboard
  2. An amplifier
  3. Speakers
  4. Cables

With these four main items you’ll be able to assemble your basic P.A. System.

   Right here on Live Musician Central we’ve discussed some great mixers such as the Behringer Xenyx X2442USB as well as some fantastic club speakers such as the JBL JRX125 speakers. These are both great components and I use them in my live band with great success. All you need to complete your setup is a good power amp such as the QSC RMX 1450 Power Amp which is well matched to the JBL JRX125 speakers.

   The best way to buy cables is to keep an eye on reliable websites like Musician’s Friend and watch for accessories sales and discounts. They usually have a selection of cables on sale all the time. You can also check here at Live Musician Central on the Musician’s Special Offers, Coupon Codes and Discounts page for special deals through this website.

   Finally, the easiest way to get into a P.A. is to buy an already assembled P.A. System package. These P.A. packages contain all the components you’ll need to amplify your live band and get out there playing gigs. You can also find some great deals on eBay for complete P.A. System packages. Check out some of the great P.A. packages below, get one, and get out playing!
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Author: Live Musician Central

My name is Matt Rushton. I have been playing in bands for 27 years. I've been playing professionally for 21 years. I have opened for Sheryl Crow, Barenaked Ladies, Joan Jett, Little River Band, and Quiet Riot.

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