How to tune a PA system (“ringing out”)

This video takes you through the easy steps of tuning your PA system with a graphic equaliser – also known as “ringing out” the PA. It  shows you how to set up your live PA system quickly to:

  • avoid feedback
  • get a better, more balanced sound

Ringing out isn’t just about killing feedback. Feedback is fuelled by resonances in the room that also affect the sound, making it wooly, boxy, harsh etc. The resonances are different for every room you play, and they depend on where you place front of house speakers, on-stage monitors and mics.

This is a very practical tutorial given by live sound expert Buck Moore.

Key message: a live gig is not a plug ‘n’ play event – spend some time tuning the PA to get a great sound!


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