Sound for Classrooms and Non-profits
Quality sound does not always call for crazy amounts of cash to be spent. Here is a list for the basic PA system parts that will have you functioning trouble free for a long while. You can scale from a small room of 30 people to a room of 100-200 people with the kits put together. (Links are in Bold)
It's good to start off with a vocal mic that is a time tested workhorse that can survive the bumps and bruises of everyday use. The Shure SM57 and SM58 are the two mics that come to mind for most roadies and musicians because the value and proven reliability. The 57 is a great general use mic to capture sound from guitar cabs, instruments, drums, and can even be used for vocals as well. The 58 has the same internals as the 57 but with a different grill design (the ice cream cone looking one).
Kits and combos to start....
Now build on from the kits by buying the individual mics to add to the kits:
For a smaller room workshops (up to 40 people) or instruction with a need for portable reinforcement go with the:
For medium rooms and audiences (50-150 people) the QSC sounds pristine and is fairly portable and the Mackie Thump is the best bang for the buck. For anything over 100 people then you can pair them up and add a mixing board. Otherwise, you can plug straight into the powered speakers with the right cables and adapters.
Cables and adapters for PA systems:
Below are a mix of adapters and cables (instrument and speaker). Also included is a DI box...to connect instruments to the PA system/soundboard like a keyboard or guitar to the board (it provides a balanced signal).
Capturing the workshop, interviews, and testimonials:
SD and MSD cards....you can never have enough. Get extras for the recorder, camcorder, camera...etc (these are all quality cards).
Capture video footage of workshop, lesson, or interview with something simple and easy to use.
Capture audio with this workhorse portable audio recorder (bring your own headphone or earbuds to attach)
A place to store it all...
I would go with a contract chest from Home Depot or Lowes or get one of the boxes below.
There it is! Contact me if you have any questions about setup!
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