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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / power amplifiers

phil lassiter


Don't blow your top,I'm leaving town.
Nov 16th, 2011 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

How much does a good one cost and what brands to check out?It would be to power vocals only in a medium volume rock band,pretty small venues.I can't be more specific because there is no band at this time.I'm just guessing the most I would probably want to take my singing.I know a little about powered mixers and powered speakers/monitors but I am asking only about power amplifiers.



hmm Hairy Eyeball not just for breakfast
Nov 16th, 2011 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

best bet is a box top amp like a Mackie. Enough inputs to also do some instruments, usually onboard DSP, vocal effects and EQ

if you get an amp only there will only be single or stereo inputs so you will need a mixer

can pick up cheap on eBay or CL
Have not had good luck with Beringher but Yamaha and Mackie have always held up well

phil lassiter


Don't blow your top,I'm leaving town.
Nov 23rd, 2011 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I appreciate the information.

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Nov 29th, 2011 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile  


as a (former) PA owner, the amp power is really dictated by how much the speakers need/can take. The power amps are just there to run the speakers correctly, which is why powered boxes (eg like JBL MSR400's) combine both: they match.

The speakers used is, in turn, dictated by the room they are used in. Will the speakers have the dispersion and SPL (sound pressure level) to do what's asked of them?

Last point: you may want to start with vocals, but I bet the next to be added in is "just a bit of kick" then keys (or backing) or acoustic guitar, then the bass amp won't cut it, then the overheads to get the rest of the kit above the stage noise, etc etc (notice no mention of the electric guitar? in most cases it's used to balance the stage sound upper limit... it should really be the acoustic sound of the drums and guitar come down to match it).

IMHO the ultimate 12" + horn speaker box. Stupidly loud with excellent power handling.

phil lassiter


Don't blow your top,I'm leaving town.
Nov 30th, 2011 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks barry for the good information.

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