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Looking for a Vocal Amp, wanting to buy this weekend

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by sublimesubmind, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Well im new here, so excuse me if this has been asked before or im in the wrong forum. I tried using the search, yet i cant seem to search by topic only, leaving me with over 400 pages of results :roll:

    So, i was eyeing the Alesis Sumo 300. Im looking to just use this for practicing, and maybe as a personal monitor for live performance.

    I cant find many reviews on this amp, so i want to know if anyone here has tried it. I have a pair of alesis monitor speakers that sound incredible, so im not really liking when someone tells me alesis is bottom of the barrell stuff (guy at the local music store)

    Also, the Roland KC550. This one is a bit more than the sumo 300, so i would probably get this one used. I know roland is a better brand, yet it only rates as 180w, when the alesis claims 300w.

    Now i know wattage numbers can mean nothing when comparing different brands, so let me know what too look for in a vocal amp!

    Again, its just for practice, but i want it LOUD. i have a mackie 1400i amp comming and eventually a pair of nice big speakers for live performance...

    Thanks in advance
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Most people use a PA to amplify vocals ... these 2 products you have mentioned are really keyboard amps ... that accommodate vocals as an afterthought.

    If that's what you think you want, then by all means go for it. Don't let the sales people coerce you into buying something you don't want. The Roland brand is no better than Alesis .... actually, they both are kinda crappy.
  3. well i know they are keyboard amps, i was thinking of saving space but now i guess it shouldnt matter

    maybe i should ask this-

    what good speaker/amp combo could i get for around $500 new or used?

    ill be getting a sm-58 for practice and stuff, not too worried about the recording part of it yet....
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    The Alesis will be as good as anything else in that price range ... You might consider a small Yamaha or Mackie PA as an alternitve.
  5. hmm, well im starting to like mackie products so maybe ill do some searchin and see what i can find

    thanks for the new b help, i just now see another thread pretty much identical to this, oops
  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    I've seen both and heard the Roland units a few times at gigs. The Roland KC series is much better than what Alesis is doing and Roland at least has the experience in making great jazz combo guitar amps for many years.

    Remember, It's not how many watts it's how well you use them.
  7. oh yeah, i know all about the wattage scam

    how about jbl speakers? i mean i know theyre good, im looking at the JRX115 PA. decent? or should i ask is there much difference between the jrx and the mp series?

    I can seem to get the jbl jrx115 and a yamaha 66m in my range...
  8. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    If you go with a small, self powered PA.....you can't go wrong with Mackie. I cant think of the model, but I used one for band practice and they do want they are supposed to and then some. I've even seen wedding DJ's use them cranking the hell out of them and they sounded fine. Not great, but as good as a wedding DJ gets that doesn't know how to properly drive a PA.

    Nothing is worse than a singer that can't hear himself at band practice and then realizes he can't sing when he gets to a studio! hahaah I've been there with one of my old singers.
  9. well i dont want to volume to be an issue at all in practice.

    thats why im leaning toward the yamaha 66m for a powered mixer and a jbl jrx 115 for a loudspeaker. This way, eventually i can get another jrx speaker to lay them down as monitors on stage.

    sound ok?
  10. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    That works.
  11. tubes4tone

    tubes4tone Guest

    If you're going the small PA route with a powered mixer and passive speakers, then I would suggest getting monitors, maybe something similar to the Yamaha SM12V (1x12 + horn). There are several advantages to using a monitor speaker versus a regular speaker on a stick. First, when you're practicing, you have a speaker on a stick shooting across the band, then you are much more likely to have feedback problems than if the monitor is on the floor shooting up at you (and at the null point of your cardiod SM58). Second, many of these monitors have pole-mounts so that they can be used for "mains" in a speaker on a stick format if needed.

    And if you're someone like who is always planning ahead, thinking about the next step, then you can always keep the monitor speakers around (assuming you buy decent quality) even if you upgrade the rest of the PA (speakers, board, amps). I have a feeling that you might soon outgrow or get frustrated with a lower end speaker, but a decent monitor can last you for a while.

    Personally, I went the monitor route and it has proven to be very flexible. I have since bought better "mains," but I still have the monitors to use for smaller gigs, rehearsals, etc. Just a suggestion.

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