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Setting up the PA

Discussion in 'Recording and PA Lounge' started by Robert Remando, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Robert Remando

    Robert Remando

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    Hi there, I have a question that i hope someone can help me with.

    I dont know whether there is more than one opinion on this but here goes.

    I want to know the correct way or hear some opinion about setting up a mic (main vocals) on the mixer. The way that I learned is to set the level/fader to 0 and turn up the gain until there is feedback, then dial the gain back a notch or two. From there, use the level to decrease or increase volume as needed.

    Is this correct? It seems wrong but i dont know. I have limited experience with running a pa.
     
  2. bw66

    bw66

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    That's one way to do it. And for many applications, it will work fine.

    The generally accepted way to do it is to kill mains, set the gain according to the meters on your board with the loudest sounds reaching 0dB. Then set your mains and/or power amp so that the sound is loud enough for the room. I'm rarely running sound on the verge of feedback, but I don't do sound for a lot of acts with loud drummers.
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2020
  3. Robert Remando

    Robert Remando

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    Thank you, that makes perfect sense. I will try this.
     
  4. 1SweetRide

    1SweetRide Gold Member

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    Also, you can use the mixer’s EQ on the mic channel to try to lower feedback should you need louder volumes from the vocals. Oh, I turn on the HPF for all channels that aren’t drums or bass.
     
  5. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    What board are you using?
     

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