If you are interested in building a career as a professional singer, then it is likely you will need to start playing some gigs or recording demos to send to record labels so you can start making some money and getting your name out there.
Some concert venues do provide a P.A system and a microphone for singers, but smaller venues rely on the artists bringing their own equipment. A great source of income is singing at parties or events like Wedding receptions and sometimes even funerals.
If you are going to take this path, then it is almost certain that your clients will not have their own sound systems- if you want to get ahead of the competition, then you will need to invest in your own singing equipment to increase your chances of getting hired.
In this article we will run through the basic singing equipment professional singers need, although this article will provide you with a more detailed list of everything you will need equipment wise.
Even if you are able to project your voice when you are on stage, you need to factor in that parties and gatherings are usually noisy affairs.
You can’t expect that the guests will automatically stop talking once you start singing, therefore having a microphone is essential.
If you are going to be moving around the event space whilst you sing, then a wireless microphone is a good idea, as you don’t have to worry about tripping over the wires.
In order to select the best microphone to suit your needs an budget, either do some research online on sites like amazon.com where you can read other people’s reviews of microphones, or head to your local music store and ask to try a few out before you commit to purchase anything.
Having a monitor will allow you to hear everything clearly. You can choose between having in-ear monitors, which enable you to listen to your own voice as you sing, or a wedge monitor that sits above the speaker and is faced towards you.
Monitors are also great to use during practice as well as performance, as that way you can get used to hearing the sound of your own voice whilst you sing and then figure out where you need to improve.
The set-up of equipment you will need for amplification is generally made up of a powered mixer and single or multiple PA speakers.
Your mic will be plugged into the mixer, which. Amplifies the noise and transmits it to the speaker, enabling your voice to reach the crowd.
As you gain confidence and experience through singing at more events and gigs, you will get a clearer idea of the pieces of equipment that will further benefit you.
The above mentioned items are the essentials that every singer needs to get started in their career as a professional singer. If you are concerned about your budget, then you can always start by investing in cheaper equipment and then upgrading once you start taking more bookings and your income increases.