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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Banana_phone, Apr 28, 2009.
Do I? Or do I put them side by side?
Thanks for the quick answer bambibabe.
On top or buy a 45 ft speakon.
+1 on top- then U got 'em up near ear level & is best for hearing yrself w/out HAVING to be superloud-unless U wanna be!
Honestly, I think that it depends. If you want to be able to hear your rig shooting out thunderous lows without the aid of monitor reinforcement, stacking them on top of each other is best (and IMO looks coolest). But you will get maximum ground-shaking tone if you've got them side by side on the floor as they will couple better with the floor (unless that's not what you are after).
Personally, I usually stack my cabs (two 2x12's) on top of each other if for no other reason than it looks more intimidating than my guitarist's little 2x12 combo amp unless there is a height restriction for something behind you that needs to be seen (happens sometimes).
yeah. i would stack 'em. my two stacked V4 (4x12) cabs intimidate the heck out of some guitar players ......and chicks dig it too.
what about getting a long speaker cable and putting them on opposite sides of the stage?
i've never tried it, but i might consider it.
I know some guys do that and they like it I guess, but I think it sounds way better to stack your cabs and keep them together. The other way just annoys people in your band on the other side of the stage.
i tryed putting 1 either side of the drummer in a gig with a pretty large stage
now that was AWESOME i could walk (boogey!) anywhere on stage and hear my bass.
Never had a problem like JimmyM has described about it annoying band members, i really dont get how or why that should happen, my guitar player loved it!
smaller staged gigs i put one on top of the other though, and i think i prefer the sound i get that way.
still LOVED having a cab either side of the drummer, maybe an 8X10 on either side of him (**)!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have one guy in our band who would like it, and three that would beat me about the face and upper body.
If you have the cabs side by side and apart, you are introducing phase issues, and there are going to be places in the crowd & stage where that is constructive (louder) and destructive (almost non-existant).
Stack them (also brings it closer to ear level, unless you are a midget)
If you can get them far enough apart, there will be no cancellation issues. For subs, it something like '53 feet. High 40's for bass cabs would probably do it. It comes down to the wavelength of the lowest note that you will be playing.
In the low end two cabs mutually couple, acting as one source, so their position will have no influence on boundary reinforcement. Side by side or stacked the low end response will be identical. However, midrange dispersion is inversely proportional to the width of the source, so a side by side placement will have half the midrange dispersion as stacked.
Read this. http://www.prosoundweb.com/article/in_search_of_the_power_alley/
It's little person.
Wavelength = phase speed/frequency
phase speed of sound in air (room temp) is about 340m/s.
Go by the lowest of the low, 40Hz
340/40 = 8.5m (27.9 feet). So 30 feet would be enough?
I still fail to see why there wouldnt be coupling . . .
This is a strategy I've used in three-piece bands whose guitarist also placed a matching cab on both sides of the stage.
The result was a low budget wall-of-sound which was useful when using a vocal-only PA, especially on wider stages and in odd-shaped rooms.
For narrow stages and symmetrical rooms, stacking the bass and guitar cabs on their own side of the stage worked better.
Coupling requires the sources be less than a quarter-wavelength apart.
You have got to stop playing all the wrong notes Jimmy...
Now lets hit a note around 100HZ and you'll need to put the cabs on roller skates and spin them in to about 7 feet, this show would be pretty interesting. I'd pay to see it.