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Tried something new last night.....

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by jcerio, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. jcerio

    jcerio Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Just for grins, I tried something different with the front end at the gig last night and it worked out better than I ever dreamed! My band's PA consists of 2 Carvin 215 tops driven by a QSC GX7 that gets us by for 99% of our shows. We typically play small clubs and just run vocals, guitar, and a bit of kick drum through it. I have a set of Peavey 118 subs that I drive with a bridged QSC RMX 2450 for larger venues. Last night, rather than cross it over and balance the tops and subs I ran the kick and bass through the subs only, and everything else through the tops. It sounded great, it was easy to mix, and everything was crystal clear. I plan on doing it that way from now on.
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    In other words you auxed the subs? You should still use a crossover though.
  3. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Uh good for you. That wouldn't be my approach generally...
  4. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    That's my preference as well. There's nothing below 80hz on vocals or guitars that needs to go to the subs.
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    right, you still wanna cross over those subs and tops, and the bass and kick need to be in the tops, too.
  6. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    I think he meant to say "Only bass and kick in the subs", not "Kick and bass ONLY in the subs".
  7. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    It looks like he means what he says: not crossed over, bass & kick in subs only.

    In small venues, between stage sound and mic spill you might get enough definition on the kick and bass. For a large venue, YMMV but mic spill alone doesn't cut it for me.
  8. superflybass


    Feb 16, 2004
    La Crosse WI
    Aux mixed subs are nothing new. A lot of pros do it that ways. You could also sub mix out the subs. I am thinking about re setting up my pa rig this way my tops can go down to 37 hz. So I might even have those go full range