First visit but have been reading a few threads in a similar vein and wanted some possible advice on upgrading our bands PA system.
We're currently using at a very basic level:
- Behringer PMP6000 powered desk
2 x Peavey 15" passive speakers for FOH
2 x Peavey 12" passive speakers for stage sound or reinforcement in larger venues (usually just FOH mix)
Recently moved to using wired IEMs but limited to only 2 aux/monitor sends
We are a 3-piece band comprised piano, drums and bass/acoustic guitar - all 3 of us sing. We typically DI everything such as piano and acoustic guitar (via an LR Baggs Para DI) and we use a Fender Rumble Stage 800 (2x12) bass amp - which we've never DI'd but bigger events (250+) we're struggling to get a good balance and DI'ing through the 15s makes the whole mix muddy.
Although we're reasonably happy with what we have currently, our desire is to retire this setup permanently in our rehearsal space and find something more portable / newer for going out on the road with - preferably a digital mixer and a move to powered speakers (possibly with a sub). That way we have the inputs needed, plus additional Aux outs for a dedicated IEM mix each.
We've recently used a Soundcraft Ui24R and liked the sound and control provided from this unit, but just not sure where to go in terms of powered speakers, sizes and whether a sub would be useful or not. Intention is to get some ideas together and then try go see some of the gear in person locally (we're Oxfordshire based in the UK).
Budget wise - we're reasonably flexible, we have about £2,000 to play with at the minute but know that we may need to stretch that depending on whether the advice is to also include a dedicated sub etc.
Here's a recent photo of a typical gig - so you get an idea of the size of some of the rooms we play in - though we do play in smaller pubs also from time to time. So the idea of a sub might be great if we can 'pick and choose' whether we need it for a gig or not.