The Music Equipment You Will Need To Get Started Gigging As A Singer
So, you want to start doing cafe /restaurant/ corporate gigs eh?
Glad to hear you’re ready to start earning some cash from your singing and start performing! However, there is a certain amount of equipment you will need to get started. This particularly applies for things like cafe gigs where there is generally no PA system organised for the musicians and you have to bring all of your own equipment in.
So today I have the lowdown on what gear you absolutely need, I’ll give you my recommendations for equipment I’ve tried and tested myself and I’ll also share some inside tips on things you DO need to start gigging, but you probably haven’t thought of.
Links to all the equipment mentioned:
- Resources Page: http://bit.ly/2BjFzpM
- Shure 58 (original) mic: http://amzn.to/2hPyqos
- Shure 58 Beta mic: http://amzn.to/2A8Dq00
- Shure Beta 87A (the mic I use): http://amzn.to/2zjoKd3
- Microphone stand (cheap): http://amzn.to/2hQ9Nbs
- Microphone stand (weighted base): http://amzn.to/2A2jA8y
- Yamaha StagePas PA unit: http://amzn.to/2A3pDJP
- Yamaha StagePas (bigger): http://amzn.to/2A3Ydnt
- Sibelius (chart making software, full package): http://amzn.to/2hPCPYq
- Sibelius (basic edition): http://amzn.to/2A8XrmO
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Thanks for the equipment advice. Sounds really practical and pertinent, especially r/t Insurance.
I hope it’s ok that I add a few things here, just in case there is a complete beginner reading, here are a few things I’ve been caught without or forgotten.
-if you are new to performing, you might also need a music stand
-always bring an extension lead/ power board in case the don’t provide one for you
-microphone cable/any other cables you need
-small pegs and black electrical tape (I can’t tell you how many times these things have saved me at a gig)
All great comments and used all the suggested extras when gigging with a pub band.
Can you suggest a small onstage monitor that might go w the Yamaha PA? I play solo gigs singing w a keyboard and I’m in need of a new PA but want to have a monitor too