Bands need a PA system that can grow with them
For musicians who know what they're looking for we stock pro audio equipment including amplifiers, mixers, monitors, active & passive speakers, wired and wireless microphones, plus cables, stands and accessories in the online shop, as well as a large range of Packages at discount prices.

Active or passive speakers? ...
 
If you're just starting out and not sure whether to get powered or non-powered speakers we would recommend a passive desk and active speakers every time. An active speaker package is flexible, meaning you can add to it over the years as your band begins to play larger venues. 10" or 12" speakers you buy no w can be used as monitors if you want to upgrade to 15" in the future, or you can add bass bins later for a fuller sound. You can also double your number of speakers in time, and still run them off the same mixing desk.

Should you be buying powered speakers, a powered mixing desk or a powered amplifier?
It's a mind-boggling question if you don't know the answer, but it's actually quite simple to decide. A band PA system only needs one source of power, so you would either have powered speakers (they contain their own amplifiers and plug into the mains as well as the mixing desk), or passive speakers ... if you choose passive speakers you need some other source of power, so you can choose a powered mixing desk with an amp built in, or a passive mixing desk and a separate power amplifier. If you want less gig gear to lug around then powered speakers or a powered mixer means no separate amplifier - one less thing to carry. If weight is an issue, a powered mixer is less heavy than powered speakers. If your mind is still boggled, give us a call on 01375 892317 and we'll help you to choose! View speakers in the online shop

Mixing desks ...
If you are considering micing-up lots of instruments you need to make sure that your mixer has the right number and type of input channels. An average band will need at least a 12 channel mixer to give you the flexibility to plug in everything, especially if you're using wireless mics or wireless in-ear monitors. If you play loud then micing-up allows you to have a lower stage volume level so that you don't damage your ears! We would normally recommend 15 inch speakers for a typical set up with a full stage monitor system. View mixers in the online shop

Speakers and Monitors ...
For medium bands (typically one or two guitars, bass and drums, vocalist and maybe a keyboard) we'd normally recommend 12" band speakers, but if your style of music is on the heavy side and you are planning to mike up the bass or drums through the PA, then you should consider 15" speakers. Large bands need a rugged, professional-quality set up at an affordable price. Playing larger venues, there will probably be a need to mike up instruments and have the mixer at the back of the hall, connected to the stage via a multicore cable (stage box). If you are playing at a reasonable level then we would recommend using stage or in-ear monitors - this really does help you to sing in tune! Did you know that you can use one wireless receiver with multiple belt-packs and ear pieces, so everyone in the band can have their own in-ear monitor at a very reasonable cost. View monitors in the online shop

How many watts do you need? ...
Take a look at our How Many Watts page in the Advice Centre for some tips on this. Finally, have a read through the Advice Centre, have a browse around the online shop and if you need advice give us a call on 01375 892317 or drop us an email to enquiries@whatpa.co.uk

 

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