Accessories For Your Portable PA System
Although today's portable PA systems can include almost everything you need to get your sound
system up and running, there is always the need to customize or upgrade to suit your individual
needs. This guide outlines some of the most effective ways to accessorize your new audio system.
Choosing the Right Accessories
For PA system use, your microphone should be a unidirectional
microphone with a tight pickup patter to reject feedback. Feedback is the howling noise that
results from the microphone picking up sounds coming from the speakers and sending them in an
endless loop through the system. You can avoid that by choosing a good microphone designed to
reject extraneous sound and correctly placing it away from the speakers. To get the best sound from
your portable PA audio system, always use the best quality microphones you can afford.
Excellent vocal microphone choices for PA, include the
Voice ND767a, the
Q8, and the
OM2. If price is an issue, other good choices include the
CQ6. For miking instruments popular choices include the
SM57 and the
microphones must be considered if you plan to pass mics around to an audience or if your
performers are moving around the stage. Although the subject of wireless microphones is too large
for this article, you can be sure that all wireless microphones will be suitable for your PA
system. With wireless mics, you need to consider whether you want a handheld microphone, which is
easy to pass from performer to performer, or a clip-on lavalier microphone which leaves the
speaker's or performer's hands free.
Speaker Stands and Microphone Stands: We recommend that you mount your speakers on
stands for the best sound and dispersion in a large area. This may not be necessary in a
boardroom, classroom, or kiosk location where you are not trying to cover a large space. If using
handheld microphones, you will also need to consider microphone stands. In performance, a
stand will usually do for vocalists, but for drummers and acoustic guitar players, consider a
stand to enable you to position the mics properly. There are also tabletop stands for
conference tables and dais locations.
Cables: All portable PA systems come with the necessary cables for the speakers.
You will need to purchase
cables for each of those items.