4 piece rock band trying to figure out what to buy

We are a newly formed, all female, 4 piece rock band that needs to start buying PA equipment.  We have drums, bass, lead guitar, and we alternate between keys and rhythm guitar. We also have 3 vocal mics.  We currently use amps for bass and guitars, and run our vocals and keyboard through an inadequate L1 compact for practice as our gigs aren't until summer.  We want a PA system that will work for small outdoor events with less than 100 people.  Could one L1 Model II system with B2 bass work for this?  We have 2 JBL Eon 15 G2 powered speakers, but everyone is telling us that they aren't great for our needs.  We have a Mackie 1642-VLZ pro 16 channel mic/line mixer which we have also been told is pretty sub par.  We want to get set-up right from the start and like the idea of a Bose system so we don't deal with monitors.  If the L1 isn't enough power, could we build on it and add more components to make work?  We also want to be able to carry our own equipment.  Any help you could give us would be great, you seem to all know a lot.

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Hi Jami,

Thank you for joining the Bose Pro Portable PA Community. I'm glad you joined us.

Jami posted:

We are a newly formed, all female, 4 piece rock band that needs to start buying PA equipment.  We have drums, bass, lead guitar, and we alternate between keys and rhythm guitar. We also have 3 vocal mics.  We currently use amps for bass and guitars, and run our vocals and keyboard through an inadequate L1 compact for practice as our gigs aren't until summer. 

This is a good start for a rehearsal system.

We want a PA system that will work for small outdoor events with less than 100 people.  Could one L1 Model II system with B2 bass work for this? 

Yes, but you might be happier with two. This will give you better separation for the vocals and the keyboards.  You'll get a better monitoring experience with two. 

We have 2 JBL Eon 15 G2 powered speakers, but everyone is telling us that they aren't great for our needs.  We have a Mackie 1642-VLZ pro 16 channel mic/line mixer which we have also been told is pretty sub par. 

The soon to be released T8S ToneMatch mixer should handle all your inputs. In the meantime, the Mackie should work okay .

We want to get set-up right from the start and like the idea of a Bose system so we don't deal with monitors.  If the L1 isn't enough power, could we build on it and add more components to make work

It's not a matter of power, rather - clarity, for both you (monitoring) and the audience.

With two L1®s you could run

  • Two vocals and lead guitar, bass through in one
  • One vocal, rhythm guitar, keyboard, kickdrum through the other one

We also want to be able to carry our own equipment.  Any help you could give us would be great, you seem to all know a lot.

As your audience grows, you can consider getting another L1® and redistributing the inputs. 

Does that help?

ST

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