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Steve Carpenter

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Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:52:10 am »

In our church (seats 750) we have two 18 inch subs on either side of the room in installed cabinets.  We also own two more 18 inch subs in mobile cabinets with castors (Tannoy).  I also have some spare amps.  I want more low end punch for our contemporary worship services.  How can I use the spare amps, my existing mobile Tannoy subs and "add" them to my church system?  I can bridge signal from the existing system to the other amps I think and get speaker cables to connect them.  Question is where do I put the portable subs?  My installed subs do not move.  I could put the Tannoy on top of installed subs or next to them or someplace else altogether.  I also have existing digital delay units at my disposal.  Have been reading about swapping polarity and adding delay to get a sort of "array" approach though I do NOT have room to place subs one in front of the other.  Thoughts or advice?
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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 08:28:21 pm »

In our church (seats 750) we have two 18 inch subs on either side of the room in installed cabinets.  We also own two more 18 inch subs in mobile cabinets with castors (Tannoy).  I also have some spare amps.  I want more low end punch for our contemporary worship services.  How can I use the spare amps, my existing mobile Tannoy subs and "add" them to my church system?  I can bridge signal from the existing system to the other amps I think and get speaker cables to connect them.  Question is where do I put the portable subs?  My installed subs do not move.  I could put the Tannoy on top of installed subs or next to them or someplace else altogether.  I also have existing digital delay units at my disposal.  Have been reading about swapping polarity and adding delay to get a sort of "array" approach though I do NOT have room to place subs one in front of the other.  Thoughts or advice?
It dosnt appear anyone wants to touch this post because first off the recomendation is NOT to mix different subs together.  If you have a spare powerful amp then use that to power
the Tannoys.   Run the same signal that drives the installed sub amp into the amp driving the Tannoys, and place one Tannoy next to each installed sub.  You are going to have to match the outputs of the subs . Get a sound level meter and set it on slow and on the C scale.
 Run a pink noise source through the installed subs and note the DB output.   Shut down the installed subs and run the same pink noise source at the same level through the Tannoys and get the db output. Ajust the input gains on your sub amps so both types of subs have the same DB output with that pink noise source.   Now adjust whatever you are using as an electronic crossover so all four subs output matches up with your mains.  The real easy way would be running
a real good source of music through the entire system and then adjusting all four subs output on your xover.  Im not going to post everything in detail here cause I am assuming you have the knowledge to do this.  If you do not have the knowledge then have someone who does help you. 
Good luck
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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 08:39:04 pm »

It dosnt appear anyone wants to touch this post because first off the recomendation is NOT to mix different subs together.

And that is the proper recommendation.  Trying to get them to "play nice" together is very complex......and often futile.
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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 10:58:37 am »

And that is the proper recommendation.  Trying to get them to "play nice" together is very complex......and often futile.

Thanks for your thoughts & advice I do appreciate it.  I am probably going to try this and ultimately judge the results on how it sounds hoping I'll get that extra punch I am looking for though I understand you think it is difficult and maybe futile.  The cabinets are almost exactly the same dimensions and I believe they have the same general porting.  The same contractor that installed the 18 inch subs in the installed cabinets also did the work on the other room where we use the portable Tannoy subs and that same contractor really loves Tannoy so I am hoping the speakers inside the installed cabs are similar in characteristics as the Tannoy though I understand not identical.  I'll give it a go this week hopefully and report back the results.  I do have a Goldline SPL meter and can generate noise from my M7CL 48 board.  I assume the last suggestion of running a music source and "matching" up with the mains via the crossover means simply listening and making sure I have the right balance between low sub output and the stuff up top.  Thanks again for the response.  Sorry no one else wanted to touch it.  :)
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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 01:29:03 pm »

Thanks again for the response.  Sorry no one else wanted to touch it.  :)

i think at the end of the day there are just so many variables when it comes to mixing and matching subs and rooms.  but i too work in a church environment and i understand that the art of the game is playing the hand your dealt since you don't have the luxury of asking for new cards [can i use a gambling analogy in this forum?  :) ].  the advice on how to match up your different drivers is very good.  beyond that, you probably just need to try a bunch of different things and see what works and what doesn't.

and then let us know so we can claim we helped...  :)
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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 02:44:03 pm »

Thanks for your thoughts & advice I do appreciate it.

Just trying to be realistic and help if only by pointing out the pitfalls. 

There are some other issues in the transfer of information to us.  For one thing, you haven't given the types and specs for the tops that these are supposed to work with, what if any processing you're using or have available, etc.  The more information you can provide, the better your chance of getting some hard info back.

Another thing is that you've stated that you desire more "punch" in the low end for contemporary worship services.  This term is almost entirely nebulous.  What  instruments need "punch"?  How are you defining "punch"?  Some tonal reference (bass, kick, LH keys) would help.  Some frequency range as well.  Quite often the thing I think of as "punch" isn't coming from the subs themselves but from the low mids.  Of course, some support from down below is always nice, but the frequency center for "punch" as I think of it is usually half an octave above the typical cross-over point between the subs and the tops.  Without enough response in the low mids, the characteristic of the subs is going to be much softer, more of a "thud" than a "punch".

So keep the info coming.  There are some other typical suggestions just waiting in the wings, but it would be a bit premature to start throwing suggestions out without knowing more about your system as a whole.

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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2012, 11:46:39 pm »

Just trying to be realistic and help if only by pointing out the pitfalls. 

There are some other issues in the transfer of information to us.  For one thing, you haven't given the types and specs for the tops that these are supposed to work with, what if any processing you're using or have available, etc.  The more information you can provide, the better your chance of getting some hard info back.

Another thing is that you've stated that you desire more "punch" in the low end for contemporary worship services.  This term is almost entirely nebulous.  What  instruments need "punch"?  How are you defining "punch"?  Some tonal reference (bass, kick, LH keys) would help.  Some frequency range as well.  Quite often the thing I think of as "punch" isn't coming from the subs themselves but from the low mids.  Of course, some support from down below is always nice, but the frequency center for "punch" as I think of it is usually half an octave above the typical cross-over point between the subs and the tops.  Without enough response in the low mids, the characteristic of the subs is going to be much softer, more of a "thud" than a "punch".

So keep the info coming.  There are some other typical suggestions just waiting in the wings, but it would be a bit premature to start throwing suggestions out without knowing more about your system as a whole.

DR

Thanks for replying, I'll try to do better at providing information.  We have a digital M7CL48 board sending signal to an XTA DSP which provides EQ, delay and crossover.  We use all Crest FA901 amplifiers (see attached) for driving a first arc of Tannoy 12 inch two way speakers.  8 across L-R-L-R etc. and a delayed arc for 8 more smaller Makie two way speakers.  We have two 18 inch subs with mono signal on either side of the stage.  The right sub seems to have a small amount of hum.  I am exploring whether or not there would be improvement in the low end by adding two more Tannoy 18 inch subs I have with two more FA901 amplifiers.  Looking for low end punch I guess might mean Thud or punch.  Clearly if I experiment with sound by doubling my sub woofer drivers I will be looking for more sound below the Crossover setting (I think it is at 110 but not positive).  In any case, I wanted to use my ears as the ultimate measure of success so was looking for suggestions on placement and now I could use some validation on cabling the signal input to the two new amps I am proposing.  I checked my existing sub signal input and noticed the input comes from the XTA via XLR single connection to the first sub amp which is setup in Bridge mode.  I see the installer used spade connections to get signal to the second amp but he dropped the ground on the second amp which is in the same rack.

I am proposing adding two more identical amps and thought I could just add more spade connections to deliver signal to the two additional amps which would be in the adjacent rack (not the same rail).  I tried that with one amp and got more hum on the existing subs so either I have a bad amp or a ground problem I am not handling properly.  I am attaching pictures of the two existing amps to show the signal wire connections and then one picture of the speaker connections in bridge mode.

I hope this is enough information for people to give me good advice and/or suggestions.  I am not going to change the Tannoy's up  top or buy amps or speakers at this point.  The idea was to experiment with the number of sub cabinets to see if it would add more energy and a full sound for our contemporary worship.  Thanks in advance for your thoughtful advice!  Peace.
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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2012, 12:47:51 am »

As long as your install subs and the tannoys are both front loaded bass reflex boxes they should play fairly nice together without serious delay issues. The easiest and therefore the first thing you should try is as you thought, stacking the tannoys on top of (or next too) the installed subs so that they couple acoustically. You will instantly hear an increase in low end. If you do NOT hear an increase, it will be on to plan B. Good luck!
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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2012, 10:59:44 am »

Hmmm. Looking at the pics, it seems that the speakers are wired for bridged mode, but the switches are in stereo mode. If I am seeing it right, this would be an issue? Floating the shield is not uncommon, and typically is not a problem unless the amps do not have a good electrical ground.
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Re: Adding extra subs to church installed system - placement?
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2012, 12:53:25 pm »

Hmmm. Looking at the pics, it seems that the speakers are wired for bridged mode, but the switches are in stereo mode. If I am seeing it right, this would be an issue? Floating the shield is not uncommon, and typically is not a problem unless the amps do not have a good electrical ground.

Thanks Mr. Massey.  I did double check the switches as I too thought they looked set to the left/stereo mode but in fact they are centered.  Just the way the switches line up with the chassis markings make it look that way.  Thanks too for confirming floating ground should not be an issue. 

When I tried adding the two "extra" amps for my two additional subs, I just dropped a spade connection on the bottom amp (the one with the ground lifted) and carried it over to an adjacent rack with an identical amp.  When I powered up the new amp, I heard more hum from the amp I tapped onto and I became concerned about a ground issue.  Did I expose my lack of expertise?  I thought I could just get the signal from that second amp and provide signal to the new ones.  Thanks all for your thoughtful advice.
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