i used ot have a mackie thump 12 that was great for small to medium sized places. very full sounding speaker for electronic stuff (good bass response too) w/ a nice lil 3 band eq on the back to compensate for the room. plug in a lil mixer if u have a bunch of stuff u are going to use.
the other advantage is that its powered by itself, so u don't need any power amps or have to worry about ohms or watts or special speaker cables.
Years and years ago I bought a Samson 160W amp and a pair of JBL Monitor 4208 speakers to do house parties and they rocked. 8" woofers and solid speaker design.
A pair of cheap 5" monitors that are made for DJ’s (bass heavy rather than true flat monitors) would be a good shout.
Still going to be a fair cost though.
It doesn’t sound like you need massive wattage and 20-40w stereo with oomph may suffice
i’ve toured for 2 years using only 2 minirigs. now i have the sub and its even better. we usually play shows for 50-100 people in small rooms. the best thing about the minirigs is that you can easily hide them out of sight for some nice sound design (for example, place them under a stool your gear is sitting on). we’ve done 300+ shows in 2 years and never had a problem with them or with volume…
i've toured for 2 years using only 2 minirigs. now i have the sub and its even better. we usually play shows for 50-100 people in small rooms. the best thing about the minirigs is that you can easily hide them out of sight for some nice sound design (for example, place them under a stool your gear is sitting on). we've done 300+ shows in 2 years and never had a problem with them or with volume...
Thanks for the feedback everyone! @instantjuggler – can I more specifics about your setup? I’ve thought about the minirigs as an option. What all do you run through the 2 minirigs + sub?
my current setup is a folktek luminist garden, laptop + push, and iPhone running to a Roland M10-MX battery powered mixer which then goes to the minirigs. but previously, last summer, i toured iceland with 2 op-1’s, nord drum 2, ipad, tenori-on, and laptop + monome going into the same mixer and then to the 'rigs.
Man those minirigs look really cool… Seems super expensive for Canadians if your looking for the 2.1 setup. Unfortunately I feel I need to hear one of these before I fork out probably $1000 to get it to my door. Kinda wish they had a ‘bare bones’ version w/o Bluetooth to bring cost down slightly.
However, I haven’t ‘heard-of’ anything that size having such great sound/battery operated so I’m very intrigued.
Pasce Minirig, great sound, USB chargeable & easily portable too. You can chain them together & the latest versions are Bluetooth compatible.
Gotta love Sonicstate & Gaz Williams:
It’s near the end, but they are talking about the previous model. Some great info on the minirigs.
I sense my bank account getting slammed in the future!