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Articles & Videos: PA Systems

Intro to live sound equipment
by Jim Richardson

Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system.

Our live sound speakers buying guide will get you on the road to finding the right PA speakers for your live sound needs.

Microphones buying guide
by Ralph Graves

An overview of condenser and dynamic microphones, including shotgun, ribbon, and lavalier mics.

Sound mixers buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

A mixer is the brains and control center of a recording studio or PA system. This article will help you understand the different features you'll need in a audio mixer.

Learn the basics of power amplifier applications and connections, plus criteria for choosing the right amplifier for your PA sound system.

This article will help you understand the different features you'll find in different kinds of sound and effects processors and why you would use them.

Charlie's Guitar
by Charlie Pastorfield

Crutchfield web editor Charlie has entertained people for decades playing a variety of guitars, but one in particular has a story right out of The Natural. Check out

Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery
by Buck Pomerantz

See the extensive audio-video system Crutchfield designed to meet the needs of a venue that features a bar area, dining room, patio, and a live music stage.

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