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Louie Warren

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DIY compact sub cabinet
« on: April 28, 2008, 02:49:35 pm »

I want to build a compact sub with a 15" driver.  Our singer has some EV Eliminator i 18" subs and thought of a similar design.  Are there any good plans on the net?  Things to think about?   I don't want state of the art... it would be a drum monitor sub for my kid.
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Re: DIY compact sub cabinet
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2008, 03:25:40 pm »

There are free plans on some manufacturer websites for standard front load cabinets based around the speakers they build, you might also try looking around at speakerplans.com.  Or if you don't really want to build (just trying to keep $ low) maybe put a WTB ad in the marketplace section here.

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2008, 03:53:14 pm »

Jeff Babcock wrote on Mon, 28 April 2008 15:25

There are free plans on some manufacturer websites for standard front load cabinets based around the speakers they build, you might also try looking around at speakerplans.com.  Or if you don't really want to build (just trying to keep $ low) maybe put a WTB ad in the marketplace section here.


Thanx!  I checked out the Eminence site and they have a program that will allow you to design your own based on a speaker.  The HD 15 folded horn on speakerplans.com seems to fit my needs... I will continue to search.  If I find anything exciting, I'll post it here.  Thanx!

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Re: DIY compact sub cabinet
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2008, 04:28:02 pm »

If this is to be a drummer's monitor sub, then horn-loaded subs are probably not the best solution as there is some small delay introduced by the horn path length of the cabinet, anywhere from roughly 5-10ms could be introduced depending on the design.  While I personally prefer the efficiency of a horn sub for general PA applications, for a drummer's sub I would prefer front loaded.  

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2008, 04:40:22 pm »

Jeff Babcock wrote on Mon, 28 April 2008 16:28

If this is to be a drummer's monitor sub, then horn-loaded subs are probably not the best solution as there is some small delay introduced by the horn path length of the cabinet, anywhere from roughly 5-10ms could be introduced depending on the design.  While I personally prefer the efficiency of a horn sub for general PA applications, for a drummer's sub I would prefer front loaded.  


Didn't think of that... I'm a guitar player Embarassed   Ok... my main issue is a small foot print... right now the sub is an old Peavey 1516 Bass cabinet (loaded with an Eminence Kappa Pro LF)... I don't need the mid speakers or the crossover... it all fits under my JBL TR-105 for the mid-highs.  My kid plays in a punk band.  I also use this for a country project I play with, but the drummer for that is working going in-ear/ButtKicker, so I can kinda tweak it for my kid.  I need a small footprint 15" sub that has at least the thump of the Peavey.  Since I can drag the Peavey around until I find a solution, there is no rush so I want to do it right, but I want to do it with what I have and the only new expense being what is necessary to build the cabinet.
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Re: DIY compact sub cabinet
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008, 04:44:24 pm »

I would use the Eminence tools to build a small volume box for the Kappa Pro, or use some of the other free design tools to build a box based on the driver specs.  Keep in mind the tuning of the box is VERY important to get right.

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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2008, 05:38:21 pm »

Jeff Babcock wrote on Mon, 28 April 2008 16:44

I would use the Eminence tools to build a small volume box for the Kappa Pro, or use some of the other free design tools to build a box based on the driver specs.  Keep in mind the tuning of the box is VERY important to get right.


Sounds like a plan... I will definitely check into the Eminence software!
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Re: DIY compact sub cabinet
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2008, 05:54:27 pm »

just download WinISD from here

http://www.linearteam.dk/default.aspx?download=winisd

it has your driver parameters already inside.

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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2008, 06:16:00 pm »

Marjan Milosevic(MarjanM) wrote on Mon, 28 April 2008 17:54

just download WinISD from here

http://www.linearteam.dk/default.aspx?download=winisd

it has your driver parameters already inside.


Got it!  Thanx!
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Re: DIY compact sub cabinet
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2008, 09:24:35 pm »

You won't find a good horn sub with a small footprint anyway.
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