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Mixing 'n matching 12s is a good/ bad thing...?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by doublestop, Jan 21, 2006.


  1. Good, the cabs can complement each other

    10 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. Bad, it will be muddy

    5 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. What is your take on this: is combining two 1x12 cabs of different brands

    a good thing (if they complement each other)

    or is it a bad thing (two different cabs in the same freqency range = MUD) ?
     
  2. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove
    I dunno why, but I've always been weird about mix and matching cabs and such.
    I know it really doesn't matter, but I'm just weird like that!!
     
  3. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    It strictly boils down to the sound. The only thing is that if two cabs differ significantly in sensitivity (more than ~ 3 dB), then you might as well leave the less efficient cab at home.

    (As an aside, don't mix 'n' match drivers in a single cab).
     
  4. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    it can sound awesome.

    i've mixed an aggie 12 with a beg end 12 and later with an epifani 12. both combinations were fantastic.
     
  5. Crockettnj

    Crockettnj

    Sep 2, 2005
    North NJ
    my current setup is quite a mixn match, however i am also not enthralled with it. So, no help there.

    I recall Bgavin commenting that in PA setups its a no no to mix and match, since different drivers (cabs) are ultimately tuned to different freqs, and it results in (?) gaps, holes, or ???? in the sound at certiian freqs. Interference of some kind? i dont recall the techs of it, so hopefully those in teh know will check in.

    i figure when all is sadia nd done if it sounds good, do it.
     
  6. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    moi aussi,

    for some reason, i just need the anal retentive look of matching cabs.

    and going along with what Sonny said, and i know i'm in the total minority, but sometimes, i swear i can hear weird phasing when different cabs are played together. i.e. on axis and off axis sounds are wildly different. and you can call me shirley.
     
  7. Crockettnj

    Crockettnj

    Sep 2, 2005
    North NJ
    Shirely
     
  8. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I don't have experience with twelves, but I agree that mixing cabs can sound awesome.

    For awhile I used an Ampeg 2x10 with a Mesa/Boogie 2x10. Togehter they sounded much better than either cab did alone... and not because of the volume difference, either. The Ampeg had more punch, and the Mesa had better highs and lows. Mixing them, I got the best of both worlds.
     
  9. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Chicago
    The concept is no different than using a 2x10 and a 1x15 together.

    You have to try out the two perspective cabinets and listen for yourself.

    If the first pairing doesn't sound right, try a third cabinet with each of the first two, etc.

    Have fun!
     
  10. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    ya know, billy,

    even that sounds weird to me, especially the ubiquitous 4x10 / 1x15 setup.