As an alternative to the many fine acoustic amps available, I am using a PA system, which also allows me to plug in multiple devices (another guitar, keyboard, electronic drum kit, mic, etc.).
I'm using a Harbinger M60 PA System, which is a 60w, four-channel mixer with 10" speakers. Great for a home music room, but easy to take along to a gig. They make a 120w version, if you need something more powerful, but this is plenty for my needs.
Perhaps others can post about what PA systems they use, whether at home or on the road.
For solo/duo gigs, I use a Bose L1 1S system with a Mackie ProFX8v2 8-channel mixer. I have to say that Bose is on the expensive side, but it sounds very nice. The line array spreads out the sound evenly throughout the room and is very feedback-resistant; I can put it in back of me (usually slightly to one side), and I'm hearing pretty much exactly what my audience is hearing at roughly the same volume.
Lightweight, sets up in a few minutes and packs up just as easily. Good carrying cases come with it. The B1 bass module is... well, adequate for my purposes, but hardly gut-pounding like a powered subwoofer. Running a bass through it is problematical at anything higher than coffee-shop volume.
The Mackie mixer gives me enough channels for 2-3 vocalists and as many instruments, along with a decent array of effects for each channel.
All told, this works very well for me.
The band I'm in uses two of the Bose systems (I own one, the band owns the other) and a 16-channel Mackie Mixer. We're not a quiet group, and that work very well for us in the club/bar venues we play. We also have a set of Mackie PA speakers and powered subwoofer to add for outdoor venues.
Current acoustic guitars: --Eastman E10D, 2018 (solid Adi spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides) --Eastman E8D, 2019 (solid Sitka spruce top, solid Rosewood back and sides) --Guild GAD F212 12-string, 2011 (solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany b&s) --Guild OM-140ce, 2018 (solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides
Post by modernsaint on Jun 20, 2016 15:51:50 GMT -5
If the venue does not have a house PA, I use an Allen Heath Zed 10 Mixer for Solo/Duet and even a band. The mixer can accept up to 4 microphones and I would sub mix if I needed more (never had too). For small venues, I just use a pair of Kustom powered monitors with 10" speakers. My larger setup has the Kustoms for floor monitors and for the mains, a pair of Alesis 12" Powered Monitor. I debated on many different powered monitors and just made the jump when these were bargain priced. So far they have sounded great, aren't noisy, and do the job. I was originally looking at some powered EV's and almost went that route vs Mackie or Yamaha. Bottom line was price point and if the cheaper brands didn't work out, I could sell them for something better. So far, so good and they work great!
My mics are Shure SM57's or SM58's. I can run DI Through a Fishman Spectrum AURA but since I have bought a Fishman Loudbox Mini, I just go through that.
Post by FloridaGull on Jun 21, 2016 9:32:37 GMT -5
I have the reverse situation - I own a Roland AC-90 acoustic guitar amplifier which I have used as a PA for my daughter's 16th birthday party, as well as for a few autism events she has participated in. It is a wonderful amp for acoustic guitar, and also serves well for party/event entertainment...
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
My PA system an old Yorkville MP6-D forgot the words and now hums really loudly. Opened it up and it looks like there are 2 really big capacitors in the power supply that would need to be replaced. Not something I want to touch myself.
So for now I am just using my Fishman Loudbox mini.