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Bass Notes Through PA - Will It Bark?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by SurferJoe46, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. OK - the song by Marty Robbins: "Don't Worry About Me" with all that fuzz-tone added in - does that bass effect drive a PA speaker harder than it would if it were a clean tone?

    Leaving the volume at the same level - is an effect like something that heavy gonna hit the cone of the PA harder or cause more excursion?
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    as long as you don't go nuts with the gain or low end, you should be fine.
  3. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    What are the specs of your pa cabinets
  4. Not much - it's an older Peavey PA-100 4-channel with an ART Tube preamp for a little heat.

    It has a 15-inch @ 16-Ohms and a pair of Kustom KSC10s with an Ohm-load of another 16-Ohm series setup for a total of 8-Ohms overall.

    I was just trying to solve for the fuzz-tone verses the clean sound and if one or the other is harder on the speakers and electronics at the same volume settings.
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    No, fuzz is not harder on speakers than clean tone. It's excess power that hurts speakers, not "fuzziness".

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