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Best PA Systems For Performing Musicians

Best PA Systems For Performing Musicians

The Best PA systems for wedding bands and touring artists

If you’re a performing musician, touring solo artist or play as part of a function band playing weddings, parties or anything else, chances are you’ll either need a PA to practice with, tour with or provide as part of your service.

Unless you’re in a gigging originals band i.e. on a venue tour, you’re likely to need your own PA and in some occasions provide your own sound engineer, so having your own PA and equipment is vital and often means the difference between someone booking you for a gig or taking on someone else instead.

If you’re reading this you either already know this, or you’re looking for the best PA system to suit you. So without further delay, we’ll show you a few options and try to identify some of the best PA systems around, for professionals and those that need a highly portable option to gig, tour and busk with. This includes:

  • Yamaha Stagepas 400BT Portable PA System
  • Alesis PA System In A Box
  • Alto Uber Portable PS
  • Alto TX215 Complete Package

Yamaha Stagepas 400I Portable PA System

Yamaha Stagepas 400BT Portable PA System

The Yamaha Stagepas 400BT Portable PA System is an industry standard for those who want a highly portable and extremely reliable PA option for gigs, whether large or small. You have 400 watts of power to play with all pumped out through the high-efficiency amplifier that comes with the built-in advanced limiter circuits.

These limiter circuits are extremely useful as they not only provide the high-quality sound you need at any volume but do so whilst extending the life of all the vital components making it a great touring rig – it’s going to last years and years! Straight out of the box you get a 400 watt (200W + 200W) system as well as a mixing console and two speakers both with LF:8 inch woofer/ HF:1 inch Voice coil compression driver. The detachable mixer is extremely useful for touring bands as it has 4 microphone inputs all with phantom power as well as 4 mono/2 stereo high-Z line inputs.

The connectivity options don’t stop there either as you have Phono stereo mini-jack and iPod inputs too which means you can play music in between sets. You’ll also appreciate the range of onboard effects and the way they can be switched on and off via an optional pedal – you can essentially mix your own gig on the fly whilst the Stagepas does the hard work for you suppressing unwanted feedback while you play. As far as best PA systems of wedding bands and touring bands – this is a great deal.

Alesis PA System

Alesis PA System In A Box

Essentially all we want from a PA system is to take the tones and sounds we’ve lovingly created on our instruments and amplifiers, and make them really loud. That’s it, in a nutshell. And it’s understandable that it might seem a large outlay for something which, ultimately, does only one thing.

Yet for a touring, wedding or covers band, the ability to rock up at an event with your entire backline in tow is hugely important. Having your own backline can be the difference between getting a booking and not getting a booking.

The Alesis PA ‘system in a box’ takes away any of the hassles, delivering everything you need in one handy package. Speakers? Check. Mixer and power amp? Check. It’s all here, in a simple to use, yet extremely powerful package.

As a tool for the ‘weekend warrior’ crew it’s perfect, giving you everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Alto Uber PA

Alto Uber Portable PS

On the other hand, maybe you need something a bit more…portable. Full-on setups with speakers on stands, power amps and the like are superb for what they do, but not the most practical if all you need to do is stand outside the train station earning some money by busking.

Enter the Alto Uber Portable. This superb little unit has everything the portable performer needs. Its internal battery can give you up to 50 hours of use on a single charge, while connectivity is a dream thanks to the included XLR and jack inputs. It even has Bluetooth and NFC capability, meaning you can stream backing tracks from a smartphone for you to play over the top of.

Best of all, at just 8kg the Alto Uber Portable won’t weigh you down as you travel.

Alto TX215

Alto TX215 Complete Package

Rounding off the list is a superb bundle comprising the Alto TX215 speakers, with a compact mixer and the necessary accessories (stands and cabling) to get you up and running in no time.

The TX215 speakers deliver 300w of power each, making them comfortable in larger rooms and halls. Four XLR inputs and two balanced stereo pairs mean you can comfortably mic up a full band, along with an auxiliary input so you can connect alternative sound sources like phones or music players.

For larger venues, the Alto TX215 Complete Package all-in-one bundle will deliver the goods time and time again.

View a complete range of PA systems over at the Dawsons website.

About The Author

Lee Glynn

Lee Glynn is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Liverpool, England. After moving to the UK from Perth, Australia, Lee enjoyed a successful career as guitarist in Liverpool based rock band Sound of Guns. After releasing two albums, a myriad of EPs / singles and touring extensively around the world for 6 years including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, as well as the coveted Reading & Leeds Festivals, Lee decided it was a time for a change of scenery. Utilising his experience in music journalism, Lee now works within the web team at Dawsons Music, where he can still relay his passion for music by producing great content for the Dawsons blog and social media. Lee is still an avid guitar player and writer.