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Can phantom power damage an unpowered microphone?

The existing answers are correct, but just to simplify a bit into a 'common rule'. If your mic was made any time in the past 50 years or so & you use standard XLR>XLR cables, there is no ...
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Should I use PA speakers for a full band all the time?

I went down a similar path to eventually starting a full band to accompany me on stage in paying gigs vs playing just for fun. My band has bass, two guitars, drums and vocal mics for all four ...
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Acoustic guitar with humbucker pickup sounds like an electric guitar, not acoustic

So this guitar is quite a unique model, the John Lennon signature. Its pickup is not an acoustic-guitar pickup at all but, well, basically a standard high-impedance humbucker in small format. It's no ...
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How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?

As already said, mic-preamp clipping cannot possibly be an issue if you use any amp that's legal to operate without a strategic weapons license, and the sound guys know what they're doing. I would add ...
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How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?

Get better sound guys. Clipping is an electronic phenomenon when the input signal is too hot for the circuitry, so the tops and bottoms of the waveform are getting shaved off. (This is bad because ...
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Can phantom power damage an unpowered microphone?

As long as you don’t have a ribbon microphone then it will not damage your other microphones.
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Can phantom power damage an unpowered microphone?

It depends on how your microphone is wired. If your microphone is wired symmetrically the two +48V contacts will just sit on opposite sides and create a 0-potential. This is why it is called phantom ...
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How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?

Clipping in this situation could be caused by: 1) the microphone not being the most appropriate to the task at hand, and not being able to capture your audio without, well, clipping. Positioning the ...
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Should I buy an amp or a monitor (PA system)

Based on the scenario you described and the way you plan to use your system, I would recommend a Powered Speaker/Monitor/Portable PA. This Harbinger Vari V2212 600W 12-Inch Two-Way Class D ...
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Are there different standards for XLR cabling?

Are there different standards for XLR cabling? Yes. The XLR connectors has been used for a lot of different things. They were invented around 1950. In audio today it is mostly standardized, but ...
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1 or 2 PA speakers?

I do plenty of 'little' gigs on one speaker. And it's often pointing at me more than at the audience. Also consider this point: Some gigs have the audience sat down in rows with everyone wanting to ...
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1 or 2 PA speakers?

It depends. If you are outside then having two speakers will help in two ways: First, you need a lot more power outside than inside. The sound just goes and goes and never bounces off a back wall, so ...
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Should I use PA speakers for a full band all the time?

Rockin Cowboy has comprehensively covered a lot of points! A couple more thoughts for you. Consider what sort and size venues the band may be gigging at. There's a fair difference between a bar that ...
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Why do PA speakers driven with more power deliver clearer and better sound?

It is all about headroom. I will use arbitrary numbers. If I was playing in a club at a volume that is not very impactful with three part harmonies and maybe an acoustic guitar in the system depending ...
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Should I buy an amp or a monitor (PA system)

A PA is certainly a good investment, because it can be used for any signal source. A decent PA will sound pretty similar to what you hear in your headphones, so if you enjoy that sound you should also ...
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Should I buy an amp or a monitor (PA system)

Are you using the amp and speaker simulation in the Zoom? If so that may be why you don't like it paired with the amp. Imagine running into one amp, putting a mic on the speaker, then putting it ...
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How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?

If your board has VU meters (input level meters), that would be a great way to determine if the mic is clipping your signal. If there is audible clipping before your meter indicates your signal is in ...
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How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?

Two options not mentioned so far are: Run another amp and cab offstage and mic that one. This does require a signal splitter, so you can get the tone you want on stage, while doing something ...
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Should I buy an amp or a monitor (PA system)

I'm actually using a Harbinger M100BT PA system with my electronic drums. I admit some depth of sound is lost, but other than the lack of a ringing bass i have no complaints as the mids and highs are ...
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Equalize on Mixer vs equalize on Instrument

I started writing a long answer about the different responsibilities of the performer (make the sound you want the audience to hear) and the engineer (convey that sound as accurately as possible, ...
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Daisy Chaining Mixers

Plug the mixer straight into the powered mixer, using one channel (or two if stereo). Plug whatever you need into the mixer, which I guess is a powered mixer amp., leaving the eq. flat on the powered ...
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Which way should I point subwoofers in a small-medium sized venue?

It's somewhat dependent on what the speakers are for. One assumes p.a., for vocals. That will mean there's no great need, in smaller venues, for sub-woofers anyway. If it's for the whole band, a disco ...
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Live set-up for electric guitar without any amp

'connect my guitar to the PA system'. We don't know what type of PA system it is. It might be a real PA, or it could be a glorified home stereo. So we're going to have to make an assumption that it's ...
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Should a singer songwriter play chord voicings outside their vocal range?

Guitar and voice are generally so tonally different it isn't really an issue. It depends a bit on playing style and guitar sound as well. I think for any singer songwriter an awareness of space is ...
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Should I use PA speakers for a full band all the time?

Using low volumes on stage and micing/DI'ing your amps to a console gives your sound engineer more control on how your music sounds in the audience, which hopefully improves the quality. At the price ...
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Is it possible to oversize a sound system for a given space?

I think the best answer to your question is No. If you want to get pedantic, we can go to extremes where the sound system is so large that it doesn't fit or takes up too much room, or requires more ...
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Which way should I point subwoofers in a small-medium sized venue?

If you’re making a single enclosure, all the drivers should face the same direction for time alignment purposes. Below certain frequencies, it matters a lot less, but you’ll get the tightest bass ...
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Are there different standards for XLR cabling?

If the cable is simply acting as an XLR extention cable - female wall box or plug at one end, male at the other, it's reasonable to expect standard wiring, pin 1 to 1 through the shield, 2 to 2, 3 ...
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boss loop station rd 2 with pa system

If anything, you may run into the issue that the loop system is too quiet coming into your mixer, and has trouble getting loud enough. If that is the case, you should consider purchasing a tool called ...
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