The first question to ask yourself is how often you’ll be playing out. Answering this question could save you a ton of money.
Think about it. If you play shows every weekend, you’ll for sure need to own a PA system that will last you a long time. If this is you, you should invest a decent amount of money in a high-quality system ASAP.
But if you only play concerts every once in a while, it may be better to look at local companies that rent equipment. You’ll have to break out a calculator and figure out the cost-benefit ratio of renting verse buying.
And if you’re a touring artist, depending on the type of venues you’re playing and how big of a crowd you can draw, the venues will most likely provide sound for you.
It all comes down to what direction you want to go with your music. What kind of musician do you want to be?
Do you thrive onstage? Then you’ll definitely want a PA system.
Would you rather write songs and produce tracks? Then it would be a better idea to invest in new recording equipment or paying Studio Musicians. And if that’s the case, the rest of this guide may not be for you (at least right now).
But for you performers, keep reading.