Magazine article Guitar Player

Rock the House! Professional Live-Sound Gear under $999

Magazine article Guitar Player

Rock the House! Professional Live-Sound Gear under $999

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WHILE GUITARISTS ARE ALWAYS LUSTING FOR MORE guitars and amps and pedals and accessories, a monitor speaker isn't likely at the top of the wish list. But not every venue provides a house sound system these days, so savvy bands are always armed with their own P.A. gear. Unfortunately, acquiring professional live-sound equipment--you know, stuff that doesn't just amplify your vocals and instruments, but actually enhances the artistry, tone, and dynamics of your fabulous stage show--can be a significant investment. However, the GP editors searched throughout our 2013 Ultimate Guide to Guitar & Bass Gear (on newsstands now), to find some pro performance tools that can deliver kick-ass sound for a typical working band's budget.

MICROPHONES

AUDIO-TECHNICA

ATM650 HYPERCARDIOID DYNAMIC INSTRUMENT MICROPHONE

All-metal, dual-wall floating construction. Includes clamp and storage pouch.

$169 retail

audio-technica.com

BLUE MICROPHONES

ENCORE 100

Studio-grade handheld mic. Proprietary dynamic capsule under reinforced grill

$99 street

bluemicc.com

SAMSON

Q8 PROFESSIONAL DYNAMIC VOCAL MICROPHONE

Professional dynamic vocal microphone. Supercardiold pickup pattern. 50Hz-16kHz frequency response. Shock-mounted capsule. Mic clip and case included.

$99 street

samsontech.com

MIXERS

ALLEN & HEATH

ZEDGO-10FX

An ultra-portable mixer for concert or studio.

$399 retail

allen-heath.com

MACKIE

DL806

8-channel digital live-sound mixer. Cirrus Logic converters, four aux sends, built-in processing, wireless mixing from iPad/ iPhone/iPod touch.

$799 street

mackie.com

BEHRINGER

iSTUDIO iS202

Professional iPad docking station. Connectivity for mics, instruments, audio, video, and MIDI.

$149 street

behringer.com

P.A. SYSTEMS

CARVIN

XP800L-PM10

500-watt, 2-way system includes XP800L 6-channel powered mixer, two PM10 2-way speakers, two M50 mics, XLR cables, and 50-ft speaker cables. …

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