You've spent the time to get your act together, and now it's time to let people hear the results. For them to be able to hear you, you need a small PA system…nothing world-shattering, just enough to be heard in a coffeehouse or other small venue. But you also want your system to be expandable as your options grow. So we've assembled a small, powerful, lightweight system to help you get your sound out there without breaking the bank.
The mixing board
The mixer is the center of operations, where your signal goes in and sound for the speakers comes out. Yamaha's rugged, little MG10XU mixer gives you four XLR microphone inputs that double as line inputs, plus three sets of stereo 1/4" line inputs and two sets of RCA inputs, so it'll cover anything from a solo performer to a small group. Built-in effects and compression make it easy to get a good sound at the gig.
The powered speaker
Powered speakers simplify PA setup because they eliminate the need for a separate amplifier and a lot of cabling. Just plug the Yamaha mixer into Yamaha's DXR12 speaker, adjust the speaker and mixer levels, and you're ready to go! The DXR12 speaker gives you plenty of power for a small space and its tough ABS enclosure will stand up to the bumps and thumps of setup and takedown.
For your singer (or potentially for acoustic instruments) to be heard, Shure's SM58 dynamic microphone is the worldwide standard for a reasonably-priced, good-sounding, and rugged microphone that'll get you through any situation. It includes an adjustable microphone holder that fits standard microphone stands.
Cables provide a signal path from the mic to the speaker. The package includes two Rapco/Horizon 25-foot cables, one for the mic and one that runs from the mixer to the speaker.
The K&M Tripod Microphone Stand offers a sturdy tripod base and a boom extension so the mic user can move without colliding with the stand.
The K&M speaker stand adjusts from 52" to 79-1/2" tall to get your speaker up over a crowd.
Find out more about putting together a PA system for smaller venues.