Hey performing Geezers. Our band was discussing our next move on the weekend. We want to get some gear to allow us to do small gigs (block party, fund-raiser, etc.).
As it stands now, we all know about our instruments, but none of us really understands where the sound goes next.
We were looking at a PA (Yamaha) that has four mic inputs and three stereo lines with some mixing capability.
Our band consists of:
1. Lead singer (microphone)
2. Lead guitar
3. Rhythm guitar
4. Bass guitar
We may also mic the other members of the band for some chorus vocals.
We're wondering just how to set things up. Would the guitar and bass players leave their amp at home and just plug straight into the PA, or do they plug into their amp, and then patch their amp to the PA?
What about levels and mix? Nobody uses stereo outputs. Can we put our two guitar players into one line by using one guy on the left channel and one guy on the right? Then we'd have one volume for "Guitar" and we'd use the balance to mix the levels of the guitars?
Maybe there's more gear? A mixer that goes in line before the PA so that all instruments enter the mixer and get balanced and set to stereo and the mixer left and right output leads to one stereo channel on the PA?
Can guitars plug into a mixer before they are amplified?
How would you set up this garage band?