There are thousands of products and dozens of product lines and manufacturers in the pro audio marketplace. All the information can be pretty overwhelming. To take the edge off, and make it more manageable, try the following:
- Read industry magazines and get an introductory book.
- Talk to members of other bands, or even offer to help another band set up and tear down.
- Buy some inexpensive used equipment and use it to learn what you do and do not like.
Also, don't forget to check out places like pawnshops, used music stores and eBay -- they're prime spots to find used equipment. Check out the links in the following section for even more information.