Lee Glynn | May 8, 2019 | 0
Best PA Systems For Performing Musicians
The Best PA systems from Touring Artists to Wedding Bands
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 or tour with. You may even need to provide one as part of your service on the day.
Unless you’re in a gigging originals band i.e. on a venue tour, you will likely 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:
- NEO Acoustics 12A PA Package
- Yamaha Stagepas 400BT Portable PA System
- NEO Acoustics 15A Speaker Package
- QTX QRPA 2-Way Wireless PA Speaker
- Mackie FreePlay Live
1. NEO Acoustics 12A PA Package
Great for Bands
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 NEO Acoustics 12A PA Package takes away any of the hassles, delivering everything you need in one handy package. Speakers? Check. Mixer and power amp? Check. Stands and cables, too? You bet your sweet face. It’s all here, in a simple to use, yet extremely powerful package.
As if a pair of mightily powerful active PA speakers wasn’t enough, this package includes an Alto Live 1202 Professional 12-channel mixer with a vast selection of connectivity options. The mixer even boasts a proprietary DSP (digital signal processing) section from Alesis with 16 premium effects, each of which has 16 variations (that’s a total of 256 effects if you please). As you’d expect from a professional mixer there’s phantom power and DNA preamps at the ready.
As a tool for everyone from the ‘weekend warrior’ crew to professionals on the wedding circuit, the NEO Acoustics 12A PA Package is perfect, giving you everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Spotlight on NEO Acoustics
Potentially, NEO Acoustics may not ring out with the familiarity of Mackie or Yamaha but don’t overlook these exceptional speakers. Not only are they ludicrously affordable but they boast Class-D amplifiers for delightfully cool running performance, masterfully crafted components housed in road-ready enclosures. Pairing clarity with consistency whilst adding the ability to deliver them at monstrously loud levels comes easy to NEO Acoustic active speakers. Already proving to be immensely popular, put them to the test for yourself and check out our selection of NEO Acoustics gear and packages.
2. Yamaha Stagepas 400BT Portable PA System
Great for Duos, Bands, DJs
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.
3. NEO Acoustics 15A PA Package – Perfect for Bands
Great for Bands and Ensembles
Having waxed lyrical above about just how good NEO Acoustics gear is, let me introduce something for those who want to take things to the next level with the NEO Acoustic 15A PA Package. Bumping up the speaker to a pair of Class-D amp powered active 15-inch speakers, as well as the addition of a meaty-sounding 15-inch active subwoofer, you can step things up a notch when DJing and/or performing.
Mackie’s ProFX8v2 professional 8-channel mixer lends a generous hand to keeping everything in check. Boasting a highly intuitive control layout, you can play with Mackie’s ReadyFX effects engine with readily accessible FX presets for adding depth and texture to your performance without the effort. Housed in a solid-steel chassis and reinforced ABS side protection, you can rest assured that short of someone accidently launching a bucket of water over it, you’re ready for anything.
For larger venues, those who want to ensure that the power of their low-frequencies isn’t somehow lost in the mix, then the NEO Acoustic 15A PA Package is the ideal choice.
4. QTX QRPA 2-Way Wireless PA Speaker
Great for Soloists, Duos, Spoken Word Performances
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 QTX QRPA 2-Way Wireless PA Speaker. This superb little unit has everything the portable performer needs. On battery power it can give you up to 8 hours of use on a single charge, while connectivity is a dream thanks to the options of Bluetooth and instrument Mic/Line combo inputs. You can stream music via an external sound source or utilise the SD Card or USB slots to load music from memory card or laptop, etc. QTX provide a VFF wireless mic to get you up and running, as well as a remote control for hands-free operation.
With up to 100-watts of power available and the ability to roam up to 30-feet from the speaker during performances, you will be heard loud and clear whilst having the freedom to roam.
Best of all, at just QTX QRPA 2-Way Wireless PA Speaker has an extendable handle and even boasts wheels that enables it to be as mobile as you are.
5. Mackie FreePlay Live
Great for Soloists, Duos, Spoken Word Performances
Wrapping things up is the awesome Mackie FreePlay Live, another excellent effort for those who are busking solo, as a duo, performing spoken word or simply kicking back with mates at a festival keeping the party going into the wee hours.
The FreePlay Live is the daddy of the highly popular Mackie FreePlay series, boasting a built-in 4-channel digital mixer with capabilities to cater for vocal mics, guitars, and other line instruments. Whether you need to power it via battery or mains the choice is yours, giving you the freedom to roam. Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, you can operate the speaker using the FreePlay Connect app via your iPhone or iPod Touch, unlocking a host of modes to play with to suit any setting: Flat, DJ, Solo, and Voice.
The FreePlay Live even gives you the option to mount the speaker on a pole for improved projection (stand sold separately).
Get in touch
Hopefully, we’ve given you some idea as to which PA system best suits your requirements. If you need any help or advice, then our Customer Service Team are more than happy to help over the phone on 01925 582420.
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