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Bryan Gilles
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Hey guys/gals,

I've been thinking about looking into the fair and festival circuit for the summer season of next year. With that in mind, I'd like to build a sound set-up that could accomidate both indoor and outdoor settings. I'm looking for something that would project enough sound for a larger crowd, yet still have a great sound when turned down a little lower for the smaller crowds in a cafiteria-like setting. I'm kind of brain-dead when it comes to the components to a complete sound system. I know I'll need an amp, and equalizer, something to play my music through, and a pre-amp for the mics... Other than a couple mics, and speakers(I know I'd like to get Mackies), is there anything else I need or am I just over complicating it? Please help me design a sound system that can meet these restrictions... Oh-yah, and try to be cost efficient (I'm a college-age-newly-wed...)

Thanks for the help!

Bryan Gilles
Wade Live
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DUDE....Get a fender passport PD 250! I been using that system for over two years and love it! Fair and festivals will work fine with that system. I use the Icue duo to run my music and set the entire thing up in 5 min flat! Fairs are tuff to work! The heat, rain, wind, smell of cow poop in da face! LOL..I remember my first fair two years ago. I was set up behind the COW BARN! Never really know what kind of stage you will have or space to perform. keep the show compact and easy to set.

Your looking at about 600 bucks for the fender and another 5 or so for the Icue..
For larger shows I use two fenders with custom tripods to hold two speakers on each. There such a small unit to use but plays huge with sound. is where I get all my sound gear. Great prices and FREE shipping!

Hope this helps.

Tony S
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I second the Passport PD 250. I've been using one for a couple of years now. It is portable, and has great sound. It's a little bit on the heavy side, but given the power of this system I find that to be a trade off that is well worth it.
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Michael Messing
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I'm partial to the Carvin StageMate with the extension speaker:

It's 100 watts with the extension speaker, works off a sealed lead acid battery or off AC, is all self-contained and it's impressive sounding for the size. (I got mine with a second battery for longer use. I get about 6 hours of use when cranked up. I get about 8 hours when using it in smaller venues with lower volumes.)

The key question is how large a crowd. The StageMate and extension speaker will handle a reasonable size crowd but outdoors, it takes a lot of power to cover a big audience (over 250 people.)

For smaller venues, I use the StageMate without the extension speaker.

Ken Dumm
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I second the StageMate. Michael cued me into it, and I've been very happy with it. The second battery does add extra weight, but the confidence of longer battery life is worth it.

Bryan Gilles
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Great advice guys! I will look into each model... Thank you!

Bryan Gilles
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