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PA (public address): The thing (noun) with what we earn our living on a daily basis.

The “PA” is the source of the sound that people hear at a concert or event.

It consists of multiple speakers, amplifiers, wires, cables, mixers and a whole host of very technical gizmos that would make even the most advanced nerd gawk in awe.

The “PA” is both set-up and operated each day by a skilled group of technicians and engineers whose sole purpose is to amplify the particular Artist or event in question.

Example: “Oh man, we might need a bigger PA” or “We’re gonna need more ‘PA’ subs”.   NEVER to be confused with the remarkably similar (noun) “PA” (personal assistant).  I don’t know what that word means.

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Originally posted 2013-11-21 22:45:10.