The Whisky a Go Go PA System Instructions

Peavey mixing console

Powering Up

First locate the large toggle switch on the back, right hand side of the mixing console.  You should be able to do this by feel. Switch this on.  

Secondly, turn on the power switch on the power amplifier that is sitting to the right of the console near the base of the left hand side FOH speaker.  Turn off the system in the reverse order.

Fold back power amp in Whisky studio

MICROPHONES ARE FOR VOCAL USE ONLY.  DO NOT MIC UP INSTRUMENTS, AMPLIFIERS OR DRUMS.

Peavey Mixing console microphone settings

The Mixing Console

 

The three microphones are connected to channel’s 1 (left hand mic), channel 2 (right hand mic) and channel 5 (centre mic).  These should be set up without needing to do anything other than turning them up. 

The fader itself is the level of volume that is sent to the two main speakers.  The master faders, located at the far right of the desk should be turned up to just below unity (about two thirds of the way up marked by a 0)  The FOH speakers however are not where you should focus the bulk of the power of the PA as the foldback speakers in front of each mic and by the drums are where the main part of your sound will come from.  These speakers are fed by Aux B, a knob for adjustment of this is located near the top of each channel on the desk. 

The other Aux send is not connected to anything.

Each channel has an FX knob above the fader.  This can be used to adjust the level of reverb on the channel.

A general rule of thumb is that these should be the only things that you need to touch to have great sound.  If you are finding that the PA system is not loud enough for your needs, the issue lies in the volume of the rest of the instruments in the room, not the PA.  The PA system is set up to be right for the environment. Guitar and bass amplifiers, etc should be turned down to a level where the vocals can be properly heard.  

Correct settings for master section of Peavey mixing desk

Adding additional instruments into the PA

Although the PA system is primarily for vocal use only we do allow certain instruments to be connected for your convenience.  Acoustic guitars, keyboards, electronic drum kits (provided their volume is not excessive) and drum machines may be plugged into line inputs of the mixing console.

Line input ¼” jack sockets can be found on the second row of sockets down from the top on the back of the mixing console.  Please make sure that channels turned down and that gain knobs are set to the fully off position before plugging an instrument in and when unplugging.

Once you have plugged in your instrument, un-mute the channel, play the instrument while turning up the volume fader to the unity position.  For additional level, now adjust the gain knob upward (slowly) whilst still playing the instrument until the desired volume is reached.

Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing problems getting sound, it is likely something fairly simple.  

First, check that the power is on for all units.  (everything has a light of some description. If you see something doesn’t have a light on, turn on that unit. 

Check that the channel fader is up and that the gain knob is not set fully off.

Check that the main mix fader is turned up.

Check that the Aux Send B knobs for the channels you are using are turned up (these should never go beyond the 12 o’clock position.)

Check that the volume knobs on the power amplifier are set to full.

If none of these fix the issue, please feel free to call on one of our friendly staff to help.  If there are no staff on site, call the studio number 9905 0010.  

Shutting Down

Please remember to turn off equipment before leaving the room!

To turn off the Whisky a Go Go PA system, switch off the power amplifier first and then the desk via the toggle switch on the rear, right hand side.