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The covers band that I'm in wants to renew its PA. Probably uppermost in our needs is portability. Our old PA is a 600W powered mixer with a couple of passive FOH speakers (Peavey I think) and a couple of passive wedges (Peavey). The mixer is heavy and the FOH speakers are particularly heavy and awkward to carry. We're all getting to the age where we don't want to be carrying awkward heavy stuff any more.
We've just been using the PA for vocals (lead +3 BVs). Instruments are just handled by instrument amps. Drums are purely acoustic. This has sufficed for the places that we play in.
A replacement mixer isn't a problem. Between us we have a couple of line level output mixers to choose from, so the choosing bit comes down to speakers. The current technology in active box speakers (eg Mackie SRM450) seems to offer quite a bit of power from relatively lightweight boxes. But I'm also wondering about Compact Line Array systems.
I've had some very good results using a borrowed Bose L1 model 2 on acoustic, folk, rootsy, type gigs and even with a rock band that used a drum machine, rather than a real drummer. This was with the L1 behind the performers. The sound was pretty good for the performers and the audience. The Bose units are pretty expensive, so I'm considering something out of the LD MAUI range, but the one application that I don't see discussed much with this type of PA is 'pub band'.
I understand that these systems really need to be heard from a few feet away to get right blend of frequencies and knowing the tight spaces we sometimes find ourselves in I can see this as a problem. I'm not sure that having one behind the band will be possible at times. So we could deploy a line array for FOH, but then we'd still need wedges or IEMs.
Has anyone else got any experience of using this type of PA kit in a pub band?