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Dynamike
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Do you recommend a PA system at a kids party at a house, inside/outside? I do have a loud voice. I don't need one. But if I'm doing several outside shows in one day, I do recommend using a PA. At times I tried it without a PA and my voice was hoarse for my next day shows.
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I use one for every show, whether there is 5 or 500 kids, in a house or a hall, it's always used. it adds a proffessional touch.
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I usually will not use a sound system for a b-day party unless there are a lot of kids and it is held in a large banquet hall or big room other then at a home. I usually judge it based on location and the amount of kids present.

I have a WONDERFUL sound system that packs down small but can play a small theater if I needed it to. I highly reccomend it to anyone needing a great system for kid's shows etc.

It is the Fender Passport 150. It is a 150 watt system with up to 5 channels for input. The sound is amazing and it sets up very quick. The speakers and the main unit all lock in place so that it becomes a small suticase of sorts for travel.

If anyone is interested in more information about it, Please PM me and I would be happy to fill you in on the details.
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I rarely use a sound system and would never think of using one in a home party situation as I would feel silly doing so. My voice carries quite well and I never use music in my performances so there is little reason for me to invest in a sound system that I would never use. If I need one I will generally plug the wireless mic I have on permanent loan from an ex-jugglar friend of mine into what ever sound sysrem the venue has or borrow a portable system from a friend of mine.
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That's OK until you have a gig booked where you need it and your friends are useing theirs.

We talk constanly about background noises during shows, if your doing 2-3 shows a day without any form of PA your voice will suffer, useing the PA alsp allows me to whisper quietly where necessary and get over the top of parents voices drifting in from other rooms.

I use one all the time, not just as amplification, my voice is loud enough as it is, but it also acts as a badge of authority to the kids.
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I agree with Clive. It does act as a badge of authority and helps you with a lot of the background noises that do occur. I like to always have mine available because I never know exactly if a situation may change where I may need to use it. For example I may be scheduled to perform inside, but get there and they want me outside because it is so nice. Outside, I may need the sound system to cover the larger area and be heard.

Also with the amount oif shows I do, I do not like to have to scream as much. A nice sound system allows me to talk normally and wven quietly and still be heard quite well. This saves my voice especially if I have more shows that day.
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If your voice is suffering after only two or three shows then your not using it correctly.
Learn to project from your diaphram.
I'm getting ready to head out and do 4 shows at a local mediaeval faire where any form of sound amplification is strictly forbidden. It is outside with plenty of ambient noise and I have no difficulty whatso ever gathereing and holding an audience and still have my voice in perfect working order at the end of the day.
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I think I agree with Payne on this one. Using a PA System at most birthday parties is just a bit too much. I perhaps see it's use at a large party in the park. Learning to project from the diaphram is the key - much like blowing up 260s.

This whole idea of it as a "badge of authority" seems a bit weak to me. Your confidence in abilities, accompanied by body language and group management skills, etc. is your "badge of authority" - not a piece of electronics equipment.

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I know we have discussed the use of PA before, you can do a search on this to get more info.

But I do use a PA in every show including BD parties. For anyone that has seen and bought my "Making the Birthday Dough" can tell you I use the music and sound as a BIG part of my show. Adding music or even using a mic adds so much to the look and the feel of the show. I often get my reviews back from parents who have said they really enjoyed the music and me using the microphone.

The speaker I use is one that is very small. It is made by achor and it is called a monitor speaker. It is 50 watts (plenty of power for any home) and it is about 5 inches high 12 inches long. This is something new I am using and it is really working out great for me.

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Ron is right.I never have the need to use my PA system for birthday parties. I do though, perform a lot of fairs and carnivals in the summer for my illusion show. In this case, I always bring my system with me as it is often needed for people to be able to hear me better in the large tents etc. It works quite well for this.
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Ken,

Seen your birthday dough tape, it sure made me realize how much of an effect music can have. Made me want to start using more music in my shows.
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