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Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show by Dave Swallow

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CHAPTER 8

Public Address Systems

Public address (PA) is a general term that refers to all types of amplified speaker systems, whether it’s a small system that has been permanently installed in a church or a system that has been installed for a day in a big venue for a five-piece rock band. The original definition of PA system was a sound system used for making announcements. Now the term also is slang for a musical soundreinforcement system.

A sound reinforcement system is what we use to amplify our music. I think of a sound reinforcement system as a system in a small venue that just reinforces the sound coming off of a stage, so you get a mixture of on-stage sound backed up with amplified sound from your sound reinforcement system. When you ...

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