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Mixed Cabs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Acoustic356, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Every time I have seen mixed cabs used by big named bands, the basically mic 1 of the 410 speakers and mic the 115, then blend the two at the mixer.

    I use that technique when I record as well.

    The thought here is that you should not use this combination because 1 will be starved/not heard over the other.

    However, in most gigs I have played, my stage rig wasn't to provide enough volume to be heard by the house, but to provide the tone that I need for a solid mix.

    What say ye?
  2. MCS4


    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Life's too short to argue about mixing cabs.
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  3. tallboybass

    tallboybass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Agreed. But this will still be a big thread.
  4. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Think of it more of a conversation about whether it makes a difference when using sound reinforcement, which is a valid consideration.

    When I play, I have been fortunate to never have to worry about having a loud stage volume. We're really pretty quiet... even our drummer.

    I have been in bands where I have had to wear hearing protection standing next to the drummer, but in our current set up, with our current PA, no one feels the need to play loud enough to fill a stadium. So... we set up, mic, go for it...

    Even the guitarist uses a loadbox to simulate load so he can get tone at a lower volume.
  5. Then you wouldnt need a second cab in the first place.
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  6. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I LOL'd

    ...but, as per the OP, the point of the second cab is for tone, not volume.
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  7. Which wont matter, as it is going to the desk and getting tweaked there, right?
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  8. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Exactly @Bob_Ross. Although 410/115 is an extreme example... I generally use 210/115.

    Although I have seen 410/115 used on stage - with low stage volume.
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  9. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Merged... EQ'd separately.
  10. But they still have to be EQ's and slotted at the desk. Which means that the individual tone of both cabs is getting adjusted. Which means your sound man is either working twice as hard, or he is more likely turning on of your channels off.
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  11. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    I'm not sure why this is such a novel concept...

    In studio, people will usually record Direct Box, and mic'd cabinets and mix the 2 on the recording. It happens more times than you think.
  12. Because you have the luxury of a controlled setting, where you are paying the people working for you, and you have time. This isnt the case on many a gig for most players.
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  13. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    I believe in paying the sound man!
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  14. So do I, but if I am playing one set, and the sound guy is paid by the venue, it is a quick set up between bands.
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  15. Acoustic356

    Acoustic356 Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    So... the conversation is degrading a little bit into "is this practical" and "your average around town 1 set musician."

    My initial statement was, I like the sound of a 110 mixed with that of a 112. Our band uses low stage volume. I mic each because I have the luxury and I like the tone.

    I have not had to play in a situation where there isn't sound reinforcement, so I am not trying to fill the auditorium/venue with bass.

    As a result, mixing cabs does not have as great an impact.

    While I realize that it may not be feasible for some, it is a great way to get nice crisp 10" brights with bass filled 12" without worrying about starving one or the other because I'm looking at the tone and not the volume.
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  16. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    IF You're Getting The tones you like from mixed drivers, then do it
  17. BryanB

    BryanB Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    If you are talking about mixing two sources of bass, I think you are better off mixing direct with a single mic'd cab.
  18. See I just get crisp brights and bass from 15's.
  19. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015

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