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Kent Thompson

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Re: Tightening up Bass Response from Subwoofer
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2010, 02:54:29 am »

What does you eq look like on the bass drum channel?
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Re: Tightening up Bass Response from Subwoofer
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2010, 09:08:19 am »

Perhaps a little different approach...

What do you have running to the aux signal that feeds the subwoofers?

Are the drums in an enclosure?  Do you have a bass amp on stage?  Are there floor monitors?

What is the room like?  How large is it, what finishes, etc.?  What is the stage construction and is it built up over a slab?  Where is the sub located in relation to any walls?

What is the rest of the system?  What are your expectations as far as level, response, etc.?  Why is the drummer getting on you about this, is it because of what he hears on stage or is it what he is being told he sounds like to the congregation?

In your efforts to resolve the problem, what have you done?  Have you verified that it is not something simple like a reversed polarity?  Have you accounted for the sub's internal 120Hz crossover?  Are you just trying things and assessing the results by ear or do you have any analysis tools?  How it sounds is the final determination but some analysis tools could provide some valuable insights into what is happening.
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Re: Tightening up Bass Response from Subwoofer
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2010, 11:53:20 am »

Josh Lyon wrote on Tue, 13 April 2010 14:12

Please keep in mind I have a $0 budget for this project. haha Smile


You can probably sell the SRS1500 for about $500 from what I'm seeing.  Do some research on that.

The QSC RMX's are good, most anything from QSC, Crown, Crest, Peavey (May have missed some other quality manufacturers) that can put out 3-400W/channel at 8ohms or run 1000+ in bridged mono should be adequate.  You can probably find those for a few hundred on Craigslist.

That'd be a nice upgrade, but it's worth it to get what you have working better.

That 4800 will do Linkwitz-Riley 48db/oct crossover filters.  Granted you're running aux-fed rather than full-range, but I personally found LR48 filters on a full-range configuration to give me almost as clean a sound as running aux-fed subs as long as you HP all the appropriate channels.  The steeper the slope, the more the filter will keep unwanted frequencies out of the sub and clean up the low-mids.

If you're running Butterworth filters and the subs and tops are at the same point, you've got a 3db gain centered at the crossover frequency.  I pull 8db at 100Hz on my sub output to counter its rising response and improve "clarity".  I don't think the SRS1500 needs anything like that, but a combination of slope, filter type and crossover frequency might be part of the issue.

+1 to Jeff's comment on running the HP even higher if necessary.  I don't think I'd go much past 55Hz, but you can always change up the filter type to more agressively cut out the bottom end.  That may allow you to leave the HP point lower.  Your kick drum needs mostly 60Hz+ and around 120Hz for its impact.

Low end from the monitors and the house combining on stage may also be muddying things up.  I cut the bottom off my wedges at the house crossover frequency and let the subs fill in any bottom end necessary for the monitors.
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Re: Tightening up Bass Response from Subwoofer
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2010, 12:04:26 pm »

I would add that, in addition to trying changes in the crossover you need to be sure that the amplifier can draw it's required current and voltage.  If it is plugged to a circuit that has voltage sag due to large voltage swings or that can't provide enough current due to many items drawing to much current from that circuit, the amp (in the powered speaker or a separate amp) will just not function properly.
This can result in a sound like compression occurring or it can sound distorted or just create poor sound overall, depends a lot on the amplifier type and design.  Generally this means that the bass sound will lack punch (transients are compressed) and can sound very loose.

This happens a lot in churches were many amps (and stage gear, and coffee pots and...) are plugged into vary few circuits.  Not just very few outlets but actual circuits.

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Re: Tightening up Bass Response from Subwoofer
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2010, 12:59:09 pm »

Josh Lyon wrote on Tue, 13 April 2010 16:12

Please keep in mind I have a $0 budget for this project. haha Smile


Do you really need a Driverack 4800? Are you all the features it offers? That unit is about $4K new.  You could sell that get a different processor and pickup a pair powered subs, something like the QSC HPR181.
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Re: Tightening up Bass Response from Subwoofer
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2010, 02:05:09 pm »

Just to explain why I asked those questions, there are many factors that may apply to your problem regardless of the equipment specific subwoofer and amplifier used.  If you have open drums, a bass amp on stage, multiple floor monitors, etc. then those could be contributing to the problem regardless of the subwoofer.  If you have sources run to the aux feed for the sub that do not need to be in it then that could make things worse.  If there are anomalies caused by the stage construction or room they would likely apply to most subs.  And so on.  Some of these other factors require little or no financial investment to assess and perhaps even resolve.  And addressing any deficiencies found would also likely benefit you regardless of what subwoofer you use.

Raising the high pass frequency to 55-60Hz on that particular sub seems to be fighting its natural response, which appears to peak around 60Hz
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Re: Tightening up Bass Response from Subwoofer
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2010, 03:27:22 pm »

Josh,

I mix electronic drums as well. The first thing I always check is my head phones. Solo up the kick and listen to it through head phones. Make sure his settings don't have some kind of low end hang over. There are certain drum settings that do this.

If that's OK, you can try a couple of EQ settings. I like to bring in the high end click (simulated drum beater on the head) to give it a nice click, some where around 8-10khz, tight Q and a good boost. I run the kick on 2 separate channels on my M7 I use one channel as my sub send and only allow low freq information to the sub via a low pass. On the second channel I send the kick to the mains, but only allow the higher freq info to the mains. This keeps the lows (crossover point) from the mains interfering with the subs. I only do this because I run subs on the floor in the center stage and mains on the wings. Since you effectively can only time perfectly to one location this helps me make sure that the low end only has one arrival and eliminates a lot of low end comb filtering with the mains at the crossover frequencies. I do the same with the bass guitar.

It could be many things but these are freebies if you have the resources.
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Re: Tightening up Bass Response from Subwoofer
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2010, 06:24:04 pm »

Thank you so much everyone for all your input! I've tried a lot of different settings/tweaks/all sorts of stuff per your suggestions, but I'm just not happy with this thing! I'm actually going to rent a QSC HPR181i and mess around with it. The rental place/reseller was kind enough to let me rent one for $40 bucks for 5 days. I'll be able to A/B the QSC vs the Mackie with the drummer and worship leader. We'll see how much an improvement there is Smile
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