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Jan 11, 2005, 04:24 AM

Hello out there!  I am a singer songwriter who performs solo acoustic shows.  I have an old Fender PA (6 channels, 2 speakers,  bass, mid, treble, reverb).  I was wondering if there is any other equipment that would help my little PA sound better.  The system is loud enough but I would like to “sweeten up” the sound.  I just run everything straight into the mixer with no effects.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Take care and thanks for taking the time to read this!

Billy O’Rourke
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William Matthew O'Rourke Joined Jan 10, 2005
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Jan 14, 2005, 07:53 PM

try putting a compressor in the mix of what you have, it will help even out your vocals and the guitar, also you may want to add an external eq, as the voice and guitar resonate at different frequencies. This will helps sweeten the sound a bit.

 
     
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Jan 16, 2005, 10:49 PM

Michael:

Thanks so much for the help!  That solution sounds easy enough even for a non-tech guy like myself.  Take care and thanks again!!

Billy O’Rourke
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Feb 11, 2005, 07:45 AM

I have a Peavey PA system, and I get very nice sound from both the guitar and vocals. I use a Sure 58 for the vocals, which is a pretty standard vocal mic. If the sound is dry (no effects) it is pretty lifeless, but if I dial in a bit of reverb and some EQ it sweetens up nicely. The acoustic guitar sounds great with a bit of reverb (takamine acoustic plugged straight in).

If the vocals suck, try different mics too. A condenser mic picks up more of the higher frequencies, and sounds better than a dynamic (in my opinion) but can sometimes feed back terribly in louder situations.

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Feb 11, 2005, 07:50 AM

Also… Michael’s suggestion of a compressor is a good tip, it will control volume fluctuations and generally improve the mix. Try to get a basic understanding of how a compressor works and what it does to the sound because without that knowledge you may not like the results. I use a dynamic effects like compression, limiters and gates in my recordings, but after years, I still don’t really know what the hell I am doing! Good thing my console comes with a library of presets!

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Jun 10, 2005, 10:29 AM

Hi Michael,
Is it a P.A. system? or is it a power amp? big difference.
Anyway, I would buy a four channel mixer. You can get better EQ from them as opposed to what is on a power amp. Hope that helps.
Tony Malone

 
     
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