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Beginner's Gear Guide: Live Sound
Ready to build your first PA system? Get started with this guide.

Whether you're a presenter, a musician, or a DJ, sooner or later you'll need a PA system that's easy to use, reliable, and powerful enough for the venues where you perform.

To build a complete rig, you'll need speakers, microphones, a mixer, a subwoofer (only if you need a lot of bass), and accessories. Follow this guide for gear recommendations to get you started.
Main PA Speakers: It's all about wattage
We recommend powered speakers, also known as active speakers, for a simple-to-set-up PA system. Venues like coffee shops and conference rooms generally won't require more than 400 watts. For larger venues such as wedding reception halls, clubs or auditoriums, you'll need 400 to 1,000 watts or more, depending on how loud you need to be. See All Powered PA Speakers »
Gemini ES-10BLU Active Loudspeaker with Bluetooth
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Stage Microphones: Reinforcing spoken or sung vocals
It's hard to go wrong with a classic hand-held dynamic microphone -- they sound great and they're very durable. Supercardioid mics are ideal for noisy environments: they capture sound from directly in front of the microphone, which reduces feedback. Need more mobility? Digital wireless systems are easy to use and interference-free, while analog wireless systems tend to be more budget-friendly. See More Stage Mics »
Shure SM58 Dynamic Handheld Microphone
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Mixers: Control levels of multiple sound sources
A mixer is useful when you have multiple sources of audio that all need to go through your main speakers. If you have multiple mics on stage, or you need audio from a laptop or MP3 player, a mixer can route all your audio into one stereo signal. Mixers let you set relative levels of each source, and they help control your overall level, so you don't have to go back behind the speakers every time you want to adjust volume. See All Mixers »
Mackie 402VLZ4 4-Channel Mixer
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Subwoofers: Biger bass for live bands, DJs, or movie playback
Not every live sound rig requires a subwoofer -- a PA for a presenter or an acoustic act typically won't need one. However, if your music requires hard-hitting bass, consider adding a subwoofer or two to your system. Typically you'll want a sub with considerably more power (watts) than your main speakers: lower frequencies require more energy than higher frequencies to sound as loud to us. See All Powered Subwoofers »
JBL EON 518S Powered Subwoofer (500 Watts, 1x18")
 
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Accessories: Cables, speaker stands, microphone stands, and more
Don't forget accessories; you'll need cables, stands and more to make your rig work. If you need help picking out the right accessories, or want more advice on building your PA rig, our gear experts are available seven days a week at 800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637) to help you pick out exactly what you need. See More Live Sound Accessories »
On-Stage SS7761B Tripod Speaker Stand
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No interest. Ever.
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No paperwork. Nothing to track.
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We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

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We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
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