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Sound Systems, Microphones, iPod’s, and Speaker Stands

In this article I’m going to give you a detailed description of the equipment that I use, why I use it, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

I should preface all of this information by telling you the types of venue’s and events I normally perform at include birthday parties, community events, festivals, and corporate floor shows.

Sound Systems

Small events

At events with less than 150 people I use the Fender Passport PD-80. This system has two speakers that disconnect from each side, so that I can place them on either side of my performance space. Personally, I really like this setup over the single speaker arrangement because it gives better sound coverage across the room. For small events children will be sitting close to the speakers. Children’s eardrums are more sensitive than adults so you don’t want to blast your music. You want the music to be loud enough to create energy and excitement, but you want to keep the levels low enough so that they are still comfortable. By having two speakers you can more easily fill the room with sound without having the volume too loud.

The disadvantage is that it takes a minute or two longer to setup, but I think it’s worthwhile. I’m usually done setting up before the audience is ready anyway.

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