Amping up the Jazz xTet: Gandalfe buys into a PA System

Suzy and I have been toying with how to mike the jazz xTet. We have been practicing sans mikes and for our vocalist, that is not a good thing. We have regular musicians, have purchased some serious combo music, and have started to define our set list.

So we ventured over to the Guitar Center hoping to get some stuff on sale and buy the most wattage for the lowest price. We wanted portability, juice, and clean sound. Oh, and if possible a system that was intuitive in design so that it would be easy to set up and use.

We had considered the Cadillac of systems the Mackie  because we had a friend who could get us a serious discount. Everyone we talked to and a couple of bands use the Mackie PAs but the price point for us was too high at $3000 without the mikes, cables, and such.

So we purchased this Kustom Profile Two 300W PA System with Roller Bag for $400 under list. We also purchase a really nice Shure vocalist mike/cable, two horn mikes/cables, and speakers/mike stands. The speakers are 300 watt speakers. The large case has wheels and a luggage style, pop-up handle. So we can wheel this whole unit in and carry our instruments on our shoulders.

Suzy and I set it up yesterday in the music room (come living room) and it should only take us about ten to 15 minutes to setup once we get used to the procedure. We noodled with the adjustments and were able to get all three condenser/procimity mikes to work without squealing. Note to self, get earplugs for the earth-shattering squeal that happens when you point the mike at the amp unit! ;o)

The next practice session we will mike the vocalist and see how she sounds with the four horns that make up the juice of the band.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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3 Responses to Amping up the Jazz xTet: Gandalfe buys into a PA System

  1. I says:

        Nice PA system! You know this whole onling dating thing is kind of creepy sometimes. I am hearing from a few goofballs. I dont reply back to the goofballs though. You are very fortunate to have found your one true love. I think the older I get the harder it gets for me.  And the times are a changin. Things certainly are not like they used to be.  Have a great rest of the week! 

  2. JaAG says:

    This system worked so well we moved it into a dedicated studio in 2008.

  3. Pingback: Casa du Glassa ~ Music Studio by Design | The Bis Key Chronicles

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