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Hi guys,
The amp at my church is on its last leg and only has a mono RCA out. This means that when we try and record sermons, it only records on a single speaker.

We have a VERY basic setup (amplifier outputs to 4 speakers, receive signals from a wireless and wired mic) and I don't want to have to shell out cash for a 1000Watt amp when we need something only a fraction of the size.

Thoughts on what a good replacement would be?
    
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Whats your budget? Not quite sure what you are talking about powered RCA out, but an ideal seatup for a small venue would be a 8-16 channel mixer running to a small amp, then out to the speakers. I just picked up one of these early last year and I am quite impressed with its quality. We do multiple services a week, and special events. I have used it for several 6-12 hour sessions of it pushing two 15" loud speaers and a 20" sub(mic'd the kick) and it never clipped once.

On just about any board you can record from one of the aux sends, special recording output, off the mains, or other options.
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There's a connector like this coming out of the back of the amplifier for a monitor. But there is only one (think of hooking up your PS3 or Xbox using the Yellow, Red, White connectors? What happens when you only use the red or the white? You only get one channel audio, right?).


I'd really want to be at less than $500 for amp and mixer.

We have had the current powered mixer since the 80s, and its great as an amp but has no way to output a signal in stereo to the computer we use for recording. This means that I have to use GoldWave to convert it to mono so itll at least play out of both speakers.

Our current setup is two bookshelf speakers (seriously...) and a ceiling speaker in the nursery. Again, we only use a wired mic and a wireless mic (it has a wireless receiver that connects to the amp through a conventional mic cable).

We might be able to daisychain to a small mixer and then use the out on the mixer to the existing amplifier...


@Hydraulic: That looks like that would fit the bill perfectly. Is $300 about the cheapest something like that runs? If that's what it costs to have a decent amp, that's fine, just want to make sure there isn't anything else that might fit the bill at a lower cost.
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You can just tell your computer to record in mono and not stereo, but yes, otherwise when recording you will only be picking up one channel.

If you are just using 'bookshelf' speakers, then thats an upgrade you need to take care of. the amp I linked you is an amazing amp, it produces an excellent sound quality and can push alot of power and not clip. that being said, if your services don't really grow that much, and its pretty much the same thing every sunday, then I think a mixer like this would work nicely and give some room for improvements.

I linked Behringer because its quite inexpensive but still provides a good quality. I use one for a youth band and it can take the abuse of moving it around alot and still keeps on going. If you were going to want to purchase a mixer that you could have room to grow into and be a really good sounding mixer, look into Mackie or Allen and Heath. I have used alot of the A&H mixers and they are always top notch, at the moment I have a Mackie 32x8 mixer and I absolutely love it.

And just in case you would like to move from analog mixers to digital ones, PreSonus makes a really nice digital one for around 1800, and you can pick up some 1-8 channel ones much cheaper.
Edited by Hydraulic - 5/17/11 at 8:29pm
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