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Hi. I am starting a blues band which will have a total of 11 performers/musicians in it. I need to build a PA system to play to crowds of 500 to 750, maybe more I hope. I don't really understand the technical terms of this so I need to know what I'll need to build it. How much power for speakers (plan is to use active speakers), do I need DI's, Processors, Crossovers, or any other equipment?
 

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Welcome to the GC forum!

I can't reliably comment on the question, but since you're in KW, please keep us appraised of progress -- would love to come out and hear your guys.
 

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Welcome to the GC forum!

I can't reliably comment on the question, but since you're in KW, please keep us appraised of progress -- would love to come out and hear your guys.
+1

Have you played with other bands locally
...or at the K-W Blues Fest
...or in any of the local venues?
If that is your pic in the avatar, you look familiar.

Cheers

Dave
 

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I would think about renting a system first. The rental guys can advise you what you will need and you will have more options for tweaking your set-up before you commit to buying. For example, you may find that active speakers, while convenient in other ways, are too heavy for slogging in and out of gigs.

Even saying 500 to 750 people doesn't really nail down your requirements. Are they seated? dining? dancing? partying? There are a lot of variables that you need to take into consideration.
 

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+1

Have you played with other bands locally
...or at the K-W Blues Fest
...or in any of the local venues?
If that is your pic in the avatar, you look familiar.

Cheers

Dave
I've played a lot of stuff in the area, Blues, Country and Done a Lot of Elvis shows too. I know a Dave played who with the Cartunes.
 

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I would think about renting a system first. The rental guys can advise you what you will need and you will have more options for tweaking your set-up before you commit to buying. For example, you may find that active speakers, while convenient in other ways, are too heavy for slogging in and out of gigs.

Even saying 500 to 750 people doesn't really nail down your requirements. Are they seated? dining? dancing? partying? There are a lot of variables that you need to take into consideration.
Most will be seated but there'll be space for the dancers as we do get that at a lot of the gigs we do.
 

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Most will be seated but there'll be space for the dancers as we do get that at a lot of the gigs we do. Basically, I do plan to rent at first but I just need a basic list of equipment that I'll need. Size and power of said equipment will be based on the needs after a few gigs.
 

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Rental is the best way to go for a big show. Buying does not make sense right now. Hope you can get a good company out your way for your gigs. Best of luck.
 

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I would add that it may be worth your time to just hire a guy with all the equipment. One that will do the sound and lights. It will have to be reflected in your price, but may save a lot of hassle if (when) technical glitches come up.
 
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