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Running PA with (1) Main and (1) Sub

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by mam1862, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Northfield, Ohio
    We play one club that is very small. We are also jammed into a corner and we have tried various ways of trying to get a good sound without blowing everyone away. My question is would it be ok to use one main along with one sub. We have a pair of the JBL JRX125's for mains and a pair of the JBL JRX118's for the subs. We have (3) Crown XTI 2000's. One for the mains, subs and monitors. Looking for thoughts/help.
  2. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    I've done it. If the place is so small there isn't room for two mains it's probably small enough that you don't need both.
  3. Hi.

    I do that all the time, works like a charm.

    In fact, most of the bigger places would benefit tremendously from the "one point source" method as well. But as we all know, speaker towers on both sides of the "stage" look soooo cooool ;).
    As do subs under the tops as well.

    "Two towers spread the sound better" is usually BS since the distance between the towers is great compared with the dimensions of the space we're playing in. All kinds of reflection and arrive time differences just create a sonic mess.

    Good luck in convincing the other band-members on that approach though ;).

  4. Vinny D

    Vinny D

    Jan 9, 2007
    Warwick, RI
    At one of the smaller clubs I work at (providing sound) I do this all the time.
    One night I was forced :bag: to use the rig I had loaded in my truck...(didn't feel like swapping systems over for my smaller rig).
    A little over kill, but it was a lot of fun.
    Here is a pic during sound check..
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Should work fine if the venue is small.
  6. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Northfield, Ohio
    Thanks for the input guys. I will give it a shot Saturday and let you know how it worked. Also the guys in the band are pretty flexible. I don't see this as a problem.
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    A single main / sub config will be fine...but you won't be able to run all those neat ping-pong effects!

  8. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    I cluster everything most of the time 1-4 depending on venue size