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Cabinet placing on stage

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by keiththebassist, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Hey guys and gals,

    Wondering if anyone out there has experimented with using two cabs, one on each side of the stage for a fuller sound. I think the optimum is if the guitar player did the same, meaning a guitar and a bass cab on each side. Other than the long speaker cable required are there any downsides?
  2. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    Been there did that in a trio. Worked well but when I put one of my cabinets on top of the other it worked soooo much better.
  3. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Does not work out that well in real life, creates a sonic mess on stage.
    If you are looking for that "big" sound, run everybody FOH and use stage gear for monitoring purposes.
  4. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
    Not a good idea. You get cancellation issues and null points. Too busy to point you to the material right now, but have a lookie......
  5. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Phase cancellation of your low end from separating the source of the low end. Depending on where you stand some notes may disappear altogether. Try it and walk from one side to the other and you'll hear the effect.

    Even PA Subwoofers should not be separated. Even though the effect can be quite pronounced, people still do it all the time because it looks cool and it gives a ready made stand for the mid/hi cabs to sit on, on each side. ;)
  6. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    It doesn't give a fuller sound, just the opposite. This explains why:
    Live Sound: The “Power Alley” - Discussion & Solutions To The Troubling Interaction Of Subwoofer Stacks - Pro Sound Web

    With guitar no problem, the wavelengths being so much shorter. But there's no need either, spreading the sound about for better dispersion is the PA's job.
  7. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    It'll lead to phase cancellation of various low frequencies at different locations throughout the venue. Please keep all your cabs in one location (preferably vertical/stacked) to avoid this.

    You can experiment with having your cabs at various distances from walls and/or corners if you wish.

    I have learn how to type faster.
  8. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
  9. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
  10. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
  11. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Two great minds on the same page.

    But one slower than the other, LOL......
  12. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    Something like that...
  13. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    IME, this only works if one or both cabs are used as low volume spot monitors; and if you've got serious (bass-capable) stage monitors, there's no need.
  14. Ah! But back-to-back will work. I know, I've done it to fill in the area behind the stage and the front too.

    Now I just wonder if back-to-back and facing to the stage ends will work. Hmmm?

    Is bass dispersion omnidirectional or is it not? I know one cannot point to where my subwoofie is located - it just thumps and is 'there'.
  15. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Below somewhere in the neighborhood of 150hz is omnidirectional, 100 and below for sure. You can stack them, have the bottom cab playing sideways across the band and the top one playing the audience and be OK.
  16. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Back to back is fine. The low frequency sources remain less than 1/4 wavelength apart, so there's no power alley. With the cabs placed at a 90 degree angle or more their mids and highs don't have overlapping coverage, so there's no combing. But a better arrangement is stacked vertically with the lower cab aimed across the stage, the upper aimed at the you.
  17. The PA subwoofers is a new one to me. I don't recall ever being to a big concert that didn't have subwoofers on each side. Back in my 3 piece rock and roll days I had sort of a bass PA set up with the regular PA with two 18in. subs, and it sounded great. (Guass 18 in. subs)
  18. suraci


    Apr 11, 2005
    Two issues for me- and I trust experts here, no debate- I want my sound near my ear but coupled to the floor to not lose bass
    so a stack from floor to near ear level ( I am thankfully short guy )
    The second issue that is more related to this thread... I have been toying with idea of an extra speaker for the drummer.
    He is right next to me, but we play so dang soft that I wish him to have a speaker.

    How can these two goals be achieved? 2 identical speakers stacked but one turned slightly towards drummer ( the lower one ) and the higher ( the higher in the stack ) be aiming at my ear???? PA support not needed nor liked!
  19. thanks for all the great info friends!
  20. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Yes, turn one towards the drummer and one towards you but keep them stacked.

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