Youth Building PA Help

We’re building a new space for the youth next year and I have the incredible task of proposing a budget for acquiring a PA/lights/computer etc. Any and all help needed and appreciated. 

I’ll try to upload a pic but here’s the dimensions: 

32×44′ rectangle room

10′ ceilings

14×8 or 10′ stage at one end of the room looking down longways  

Youth building so the music that we do is David Crowder*Band, United, Fee, etc. I like to rock it 🙂 However, I’m not beyond the acoustic worship either. 

I’m trying to get creative with the elements of the room to help the acoustics and still keep the cost down. 

What do you think? Suggestions? Advice?


6 Responses to “Youth Building PA Help”

  1. November 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Hey, you saw our PA at the church when we practiced. I would definetly go Allen and Heath with at least 16 channels. Of course a snake, and I would look at two mains with two subs and at least three monitors. Brian at Allison’s Music in Gonzales hooked us up. We went with the brand that Mackie makes. Powered speakers ALL THE WAY!!!! You can take them anywhere. Also . . . don’t forget lighting! LCD lights all the way. Very long life, don’t consume much electricity, don’t get hot and can be controlled at the board. There are so many different types of lights that you can get really inexpensively. You don’t really realize how effective lighting can be in a worship environment! I would definitely call Brian. Tell him that Jason from Bluff Creek Baptist sent you! (225) 677-9299.

  2. November 24, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Dude true that but have you priced A&H lately? That’s not going to happen 😦
    I’m with you on the lights. Actually, I think I’m the only one on staff who realizes how much lighting can do in this environment. It’s a constant struggle.
    Thanks man! I was gonna call you when I got a seat but I see you’ve answered my questions!

  3. 3 soundman460
    November 24, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    hey its me again look at QSC’S website and in the HPR series of powered speakers check out the 3 models that they have, the 3 way with 15 should do good and they also have powered subs. the 18 inch subs should rock all you want!!!
    i have qsc amps and eaw speakers and you wont be able to buy a speaker and a good amp to push it right for less than one of the QSC BOXES

  4. 4 soundman460
    November 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    for lights, chauvet colorstrips are 250 and put out a lot of light. DMX and led. i have 20 of them on a stage at the church for a backdrop. only downside they dont dim

  5. November 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Hey man – just make sure you don’t let anyone stick you with a low number. In our building project, a number of $85K somehow landed on our budget and after putting everything together based on ministry plans and reams we were looking at $350K!!

    Let’s just say we’re not doing anywhere near what we would love to do – we got that $85K number bumped up a little bit but because someone put it on a budget sheet at some point there was a mentality that that number had to be a starting point.

    It doesn’t matter what kind of numbers you’re talking about, just make sure someone doesn’t make your job way harder by sticking with you an unrealistic number to work with.

  6. 6 Ken Ivey
    December 1, 2008 at 2:51 am

    I am the technical coordinator at Spartanburg Community Church. We just set up a new Youth area! Fun Fun Fun. Email me I was able to het alot of good equipment for a very reasonable price. Ken

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