A Practical and Realistic Guide to Making the Most of Your Band's PA


The PA Tutorial Site is moving!!!

Yep, that's right. In fact, it's already moved. This old location for the site will remain exactly as it is, but the new site is now the official MAIN site. It is basically the same with only a few slight modifications. Most of the changes are in the form of repaired links, grammer corrections, and simple things like that. However,the most striking and important change is that, with the exception of the Message Board link and the Guestbook link, you will find NO BANNERS or POP UP WINDOWS on the new site location. None! Geocities has annoyed me for the last time, therefore, if you want to find the most up-to-date version of this site, you will need to go to the following url:

New Home of Scott's PA System Tutorial

When you visit the new site, be sure to sign the new guestbook. And don't worry, the same message board is still there. . .I wouldn't give that up for the world.

Scott L. Hysell

Interact with other musicians and soundguys/gals on the PA tutorial's Message Board.

     One of the most common assumptions in the world of live music is that a sound engineer can either make or break a good performance. Simply put, if your soundman sucks, your band sucks. Strangely enough however, the PA system and the knowledge to use it effectively is usually the first place where musicians are likely to cut corners. This is a terrible mistake. Even Steve Perry or Celine Dion would sound bad through a PA that was constantly feeding back or distorting, and a big ballsy 24 inch kick drum isn't worth much if the PA system makes it sound like you're beating on a tupperware bowl. The problem is that learning all the ins and outs of setting up and running a sound system can be nearly as complicated and time consuming as learning to play an instrument in the first place. This can be doubly difficult since there are very few simple to-the-point references out there that can help you learn how to get it all working without bogging you down with a lot of unnecessary details and technical jargon. This is especially true on the web, where sound reinforcement advice can be hard to find.
     Scott's PA System Tutorial has been created to help try to fill this void by explaining in layman's terms how to hook up and use a variety of different PA setups. On this web site, you will find diagrams and directions on hooking things up from the smallest one microphone one speaker system all the way up to a large stereo tri-amped system. Also included is advice on how to operate the system once it is all hooked up and running. In addition, there is an entire section dedicated to tips and tricks. These range from making do in a pinch to saving money on equipment to creative ways of hooking things up. Also, there is a glossary of terms you are likely to hear (and use) when working with your sound system. After all that, if you still haven't found the answers you were looking for, you can post a question on the Message Board, or you can check out some other PA System related sites by checking out the links at the bottom of this page.

Who am I?

     I'm just your basic small time musician. I've been playing bass (or drums) and singing for years, and because I know how, I usually end up running sound from the stage. Hey, it's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it. In my last band, a cover band called The Kee Creek Band, I was a drummer, but recently, I've moved on to another project. Now days I'm playing in an all originals band called Sunday@three. Don't ask me why (because I don't know), but in that band, my official nickname is MOt, so if you wanna find me, that's who to look for on the site. Like most originals bands, it's hard to explain what we sound like, but there will soon be some sound files on that website to check out.
     Also,you can find out more about me (and my world) by clicking here. If you want to hear some of my own sounds you can click here to listen to some songs I've written, mixed, and recorded on my own.

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Now that the intro stuff is over, let's get started. Just click on the section below that you want to visit, and we'll be on our way.

Sign Guestbook Table of Contents View Guestbook
Words to Know Setting it up Running Sound Tips and Tricks
Message Board

Comments? Suggestions? Mail me atBassist@Spydee.net

Feel free to post any questions you might have on the PA Tutorial's Message Board.

Other PA System Resources

PA Tutorials and References

www.thesoundman.net - - - Among other things, this site contains an excellent tutorial that gets right to the point with vivid illustrations and easy to read explanations.

PROFESSIONAL AUDIO for DUMMIES . - - - Similar to Scott's PA Tutorial in subject matter, this site is great for beginners.

Kai's Sound Hell . - - - This site contains a wealth of sound system information.

Live Sound: Audio University . - - - This site contains many informational articles in the audio field.

Sound Expressions: Church Sound Systems . - - - This site, from a church system point of view, deals with a more human side of running sound. I particularly enjoyed the "tongue-in-cheek" section.

Bulletin Boards

live_audio WWWBoard. - - - A lot professional soundmen hang out here. Sometimes the talk gets pretty technical, but it's a great place to learn about live sound.

TSC Audio Forum. - - - This is another place where the pros like to hang out. This site is open to almost all aspects of sound engineering and recording.

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