So I'm hoping this is "answerable" :) We are a small band (two vocals, two acoustics, keys, sometimes an electric guitar, sometimes drums). Stopping by a Guitar Center there was a lot to look at, but it was hard to get an objective measure to evaluate against cost.
For example, is there a rule of thumb for speaker size for musical style? How many watts should we be looking at (i.e., is it based on size of audience)?
We are thinking:
- Two powered mains
- Two powered monitors
- A mixing board with a good number of inputs (say 10)
I'd love to hear recommendations of what equipment people love, but we also really just need some metrics to judge speakers against apart from just listening to them.
EDIT: Here's some more helpful info:
- Budget - Roughly $2,000-$2,500
- Venues - Currently of the large coffee-house variety, but would like something versatile enough to take to maybe a small-medium sized concert hall or even a small outdoor thing (maybe 100-150 people)
- Style - somewhere in between folk, rock and blues