Speaker Distortion Diagnosis

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BlacksHole, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. BlacksHole


    Mar 22, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    I have a Hartke 5000 that I run through an Avatar stack (2x10 and 1x15). On occasion the 15 makes the dreaded farting noise. I took off the front grill and did the basic push test and the speaker seems fine (no scratching). I also took off the back plate and trimmed a little extra solder off one of the connections and at our last gig, I did not have any problems. BUt I'm not convinced this was the problem. I've switched speaker patch cords, switched amp heads and switched cabinets. The only thing I'm sure of is that occasionally the Avatar 1x15 makes the farting sounds and I can see that the speaker is really stressing it's excursion. I've also checked for balance/tightness of the screws holding down the speaker. Since it isn't a constant problem, I'm wondering if someone can suggest some other tests. ATM, I am thinking that the fault lies in the amp. BTW, I do run it in Biamp mode and turning down the bass also seems to abate the problem, but not necessarily solve it. The Avatar is an older one, so it is rear ported and perhaps I've just been too close to a wall when it's happened, but I don't think so. I'm open to any suggestions others may have as to likely causes and cures.
  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Instrument Technician, Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    It's probably just a large transient that the 15 can't handle. The 10's have less cone mass so they respond better to high intensity LF transients than a 15 would. 15's can be really hard to control at low frequencies with the sudden itensities of a slap or hard pluck.

    Try using a compressor/limiter to tame the big transients.

    Or try "Beano".