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Touring Musicians

This section is dedicated to touring musicians. Should you be renting systems from good rental companies for your larger shows, continue to do so. Should you need a system so that you can cater for your own events more thoroughly, please continue to read.
 
Touring bands have predominately two main concerns. 

  1. Money
  2. Space

 
So, what are the best possible systems for your application? Well, as usual it all boils down to the performance requirements of the band and the type of venue that you cater for mostly.  If your ‘band’ consists of you as a singer and backtracks, you don’t necessarily need a highly dynamic system. Depending on the size of the crowd that you are catering for, you could comfortably look at the PFA12.18 system. Should you be part of a 5 piece rock band then the PFA 12.18 system is still a great starting point but you could bump yourself up to something like the HFA12.18 system for higher dynamics and clarity. The HFA12.18 system can also allow for coupling of the HFA112 side-by-side using the built-in preset. This way you’ll have a much larger system that is not just a bunch of speakers stacked next to one another, they will act like one incredible box!  Should your band be in predominantly larger spaces including outdoor shows, then the PX system is your solution.  The PX system is a long-throw, point-source system that is comprised of 4 x high-ouput single 18” subs and 2 x horn-loaded 12” mid highs using a 2,5” voice coil compression driver in a coaxial format.  This system can be doubled-up by purchasing another ‘slave’ system of just the speakers and you re-use the amplifiers from the original system to power them.  This makes for a massive cost saving for that amount of extra power and coverage. 

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For bands looking at smaller crowd sizes but where you need excellent sound quality, portability and pattern control, you should look into the ‘M’atrix series of coloumn linear arrays.  These have excellent pattern control and are incredibly compact.  Should you require a bump up in mid-high pressure then the HFA108 used with the HFA115sHP subwoofer makes for a very powerful and highly musical system that is still small in size.  
 
For general guidance, it is highly recommended to add a compact subwoofer to your systems. The traditional thing to do in South Africa is to buy a powered 15” format plastic moulded speaker because they produce a bit more bass, and then you don’t have to cart around a sub. However these systems, as proven in practice, often sound incredibly ‘loud’ or ‘harsh’ because the bandwidth is so narrow. They also have the tendency to punt sound into places that you don’t want the sound to go and their ability to help you control feedback is not great especially because you push them into instability in the low frequencies.  An unstable driver is just as much of a cause for feedback than pointing the open mic directly against a speaker. It is therefore better in almost every situation to use a sub & top combination even if the tops are a small 8” configuration.   



DJs

Mobile DJ-ing is an avenue that takes the meaning of gear to a whole new level. Gear doesn’t just mean a DJs controller and mixer. The term encompasses controllers, laptops, microphones, stage lights, dollies, and much more. One of the most important set of components for any mobile DJ is to have a good pair of loudspeakers. A mobile DJ will typically be an all-inclusive package so a sound system is definitely needed and it is important to understand what to look for in a sound system. DJs will have either passive or active speakers and knowing the difference between the two is a skill every mobile DJ should have. We will break down each type and provide the knowledge to determine where each type excels.

Passive vs. Active Speakers

The first concept to understand is that not all speakers are the same. Car speakers aren’t studio monitors and studio monitors aren’t loud speakers. Mobile DJs in particular could be doing events with less than 100 people to over 1000 people and it is important to understand how sound is processed by loud speakers in order to accommodate the audience size. While there are major differences between passive and active speakers there are a few things to understand first.



Watts and Speakers

DJs have probably heard the term watts from their electric company before because watts are a simple way to measure power. The power of a speaker is what pushes the volume of an audio signal. The higher the watts doesn’t necessarily mean the louder the sound though. That can be determined through frequency responses and other audio statistics. This is an important concept to understand because as a mobile DJ it is easy to say that a 500 watt speakers is better than a 350 watt speaker when in reality it is not that simple. However, understand the watts of the speakers because this will help determine how to buy the rest other pieces of the mobile DJ setup.

Buying speakers, especially as a mobile DJ, can be a tricky task. There are so many different choices to choose from even if a DJ narrows their choices down to active or passive speakers. The thing to remember when buying speakers is how big the gigs usually are.