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RULE #1: AMP on last - AMP off first!
Simple Set up
Traditional Simple Set up with Passive Speakers, with Powered Speakers no amp is needed.
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The first thing you want to do is setup your speakers. Place the speakers as far apart a possible within reason at a minimum distance of 4 meters and at a height of about 5 to 6 feet to the audience.
Place the mixer and power amp/power mixer somewhere where it can be reachable by one of the performers. You want to have this close to someone since you may need to change the levels at times during performances.
Next connect the speakers to the power amp/power mixer with the speaker cable. If your speaker cables are jacks or cannons they will plug straight into the speaker and the power amp/power mixer. However if the connectors are speakon connectors than you with have to plug the cable in and than twist it to lock it in.
Next you will want to plug in all your input devices, for most people learning how to setup a P.A. you will just be plugging in microphones and CD players or audio devices. So connect the microphones with microphone cannon leads and connect CD and audio devices with phono leads (maybe phono to phono or phono to jack). If you are connecting instruments, sequencers or effect units use jack leads.
If you are using a power mixer you will not have to do this step. Next connect your mixer to the power amp. The outputs from the mixer will normally be on the back or on the top on the right. Take two jack leads and connect the left out on the mixer to the left input on the power amp and the right output the right input.
Connect the power cords to a power outlet. NOTE: DO NOT SWITCH ON YET. Before switching on check that all volume knobs and sliders are down on the mixer and the power amp/power mixer and that all power switches on the equipment if off too.
Switch the power on at the wall than switch your gear on. If you are running a power amp and mixer switch the mixer on first and than the power amp, when you switch it off do the opposite - power amp off and than mixer off.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO GO
When it comes to switching off switch off the gear first and than switch off at the wall. Make sure that you do not remove, change or unplug any leads or cables while the gear and the wall power is switched on.
PA Set up worksheet.pages
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PA Set up worksheet.doc
TWO ADDITIONAL VIDEOS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE INSTRUCTOR
1. Understanding the Audio Mixer
2. The Sound Check Trainer
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