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    Default Building PA Question - First Time

    This may come off as a stupid question. And forgive me for my ignorance…

    I am beginning the process of planning and building a PA System so I can get out and play at some parties and such. I did not know anything about PA's until about 4 hours ago.

    I see the basic system calls for a Mixer, Amp, and speakers. There are powerd speakers, powered mixers and so on. I am trying to do this on the cheap to get it up and going so that I can buy more to add later.

    Would I be able to go from my Kontrol S2 with TRS cables straight to an amp (With TRS input) that then goes to the speakers over XLR/Speakon?

    Controller > Amp > Speakers

    My thinking is since I'm not a band with traditional instruments I don’t need a multichannel mixer with lots of inputs because everything (EQ, Effects, Mic input) is on my controller/software

    Will this work just to get me up and going with a PA?

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    I don't see anything wrong with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by manchild View Post
    I don't see anything wrong with that
    I didn’t either. But I didn’t want to buy something and then break it right away from lack of knowledge or experience

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    If you have active speakers you can even plugin the s2 directly to the speakers!

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    Definitely get active speakers. So worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parameter Y View Post
    If you have active speakers you can even plugin the s2 directly to the speakers!
    I saw that but I noticed you tend to get less sound for the same price. I could go with lower wattage self powered speaker or for the same price just get a better speaker. Then maybe get a smaller amp and have the headroom to get a better amp later on. I dunno I'm still looking at all the options. I was thinking of heading to my local guitar center to just hear the difference in different configurations for myself.

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    just a tip. Underpowered amps are a recipe for disaster. Not to also mention that a 200w amp powering speakers that are rated for 200w will be a lot louder than a 200w amp powering speakers that are rated for 1000w.

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    What is your budget to start?
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    So if i were planing to buy a pair of 1000w speakers I should look at a 2000w amp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brocklambert View Post
    What is your budget to start?
    Id like to keep it under or as close to $600 as possible. The speakers i think I've decided on are Behringer EUROLIVE B215XL

    Now I'm trying to decide on an amp. But it looks like i might overshoot my budget if I have to buy a bigger amp. I didn't think of what manchild said.

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