If you and your mates have been practising at home for some months now, you may be quite pleased with the sound that you're putting out as a fledgling group. You may certainly have bigger aspirations, but understand that you have to walk before you can run, and as such, you're looking at taking some small steps forward in order to help launch your career. With your eye on some of the local pubs in the months ahead, what type of equipment do you really need so that you can be self-sufficient and create a good impression at the same time?
Sorting Out Your Equipment
Self-sufficiency is probably the most important buzzword for a new and aspiring band. Many pubs and smaller venues are looking for different types of entertainment and may well be pleased to offer you an opportunity to play there. However, don't expect them to be fully equipped with all the necessary equipment you may need, so make sure that you have a good PA set-up to take along with you for your big day.
PA systems come in all shapes and sizes, but at the core they will always focus on several important elements. Your number-one job should be to make sure that you have the best-quality microphones to interact with the rest of your system. Get a dynamic version that may cost a little bit at the outset but will last well and provide you with a good output. Make sure that you have a stand that will not wilt under the strain, as well.
If you're going to play at relatively small venues to start off with, then you will only need a pair of regular PA speakers, as this will be more than enough to fill this type of venue with an acceptable sound. The speakers will, in turn, need their own stands so that the sound can be projected at ear level, and occasionally you may need a woofer or bass bin to help provide some deeper frequencies at slightly larger venues.
Amplifiers, Mixers and Cables
In between the speakers and the microphone will be your power amplifiers and mixers, which will convert the signals correctly and at the right frequencies. Smaller systems will have all of this technology in one unit, and you'll be able to fine-tune your sound so that it pleases the audience.
Never skimp when it comes to buying your cables, and always opt for the very best ones on the market. You will need different types of cable with differing connections when it comes to your speakers, microphones and any powered instruments. It's a good idea, as well, to have some spare cables on hand just in case one gets damaged or there is a failure.
Kitting Yourself Out
Have a word with your equipment supplier to make sure that you get hold of the best equipment for your needs and to see whether there are any new and exciting components available for your use.