Needing to amplify vocals at home

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  1. jerryfan6

    jerryfan6 Silver Supporting Member

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    Just wanting something simple, so I can sing along with an Electric guitar. The only effect I need is a touch of reverb. What is the simplest solution? Powered speaker with vocal pedal in front...was thinking an Alto 110a and a TC Helicon Mic Mechanic? Small mixer that has effects and a passive speaker?

    Not looking to spend a lot...probably under $500 in total.
     
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    Get the: TC-Helicon Voicesolo FX150 Personal PA and Vocal Processor.
    It's less than $300, very small, and probably the best piece of vocal practice/playing gear I have ever purchased.

    It has different reverbs, and 2 instrument/mic inputs. Highly recommended.
     
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    Just find a used acoustic guitar amplifier like the Fender Acoustasonic series.
     
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    I was thinking this option too, but wondering if it would be loud enough to be heard over an amplified electric guitar.
     
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    Any other suggestions?
     
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    Powered speaker with a little mixer would be a good bet, as it's scale-able. You can run a couple other things through the mixer (I run recordings through a setup like this in my jam room while learning songs) and when you start playing out, you can use it as a monitor!
     
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    I'd go with the 10" Alto (or another powered speaker, depending on how much you want to spend) and the vocal effects pedal or a small mixer with effects.

    Louis
     
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    Go old school and plug into the second channel of your guitar amp.

    You might also be able to plug your mic into some of your home stereo gear.
     
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    I've owned the TC and I own the Alto TS110a.

    No comparison. Spend the $249 and get the Alto. It's the best bang for buck PA purchase I've ever made. Add a little Yamaha mini mixer and you've got a real, usable solution to build on, rather than wasting money on something inadequate.
     
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    I have a $150 harbinger powered pa cab and a $50 used Alesis mixer that I use for rehearsals with a duo. Just watch your local craigslist for a powered cab and a mixer with effects.
     
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    I found a used Yamaha MS400 on Craigslist, works great. Now we've expanded and I'm using an EV ZLX 12 for vocals and it sounds much better.
     

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