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Old 27th April 2005, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default what does the response curve of a bass guitar speaker cab look like?

Im designing myself a new cabinet for my bass guitar using 2 10's
im modelling the response in winisd, but im not really sure if i want a flat response or boosted low end or what... im not sure wha a good sounding cab response would look like..

anyone have any input?
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Old 27th April 2005, 11:05 AM   #2
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Commercial speakers are usually sealed, with an F3 at about 35-40Hz. Especially with 10" speakers, you won't want to go any lower than this.
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Old 27th April 2005, 11:26 AM   #3
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yes i dont plan on going too low..

i was more interested in whether they design teh cab to give gain at certain frequencies which gives bass guitar cabs their certain punch..

easy you say, boost at 100Hz..
-this is my train of thought so far, but would like to know of any specfic knowledge of bass guitar cab freq response for best results..
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Old 27th April 2005, 11:35 AM   #4
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Just go for reasonably flat, anything else is done better with EQ in the preamp.
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hmm, thats a good point actually
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I agree, don't go for sound effects in the speaker, because they will be there all the time then. You can EQ whatever little boosts you want in the preamp.

And keep this fundamental idea in mind - your bass cab is for PROducing sound, not REPROducing sound.
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Old 28th April 2005, 12:26 PM   #7
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haha yes i totally agree..
I just got carried away with winisd and completely forgot about the eq

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Sorry Mr Optical, i have a little question. How do you choose your speaker for bass guitar? Which thiele small parameters are critical for this type of use?
Thanks for your answer.
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I use a Peavey TNT130 with a single 15". I recently changed the standard 15" to a 135 Black Widow and couldn't tell the difference.

I've also used 2X12", 4X12" and 4X10" cabs with different results but not THAT different. My "play slap in a day" DVD tells me to use a cab with a tweeter, and use a graphic with a smiley profile.

I have to derive from this that, just like your instrument, its more about your preference than being a'droit.

Or it doesn't matter!
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Old 28th April 2005, 11:31 PM   #10
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Sorry Mr Optical, i have a little question. How do you choose your speaker for bass guitar? Which thiele small parameters are critical for this type of use?
Thanks for your answer.
Best regard.
very untechnically - i looked at commonly used drivers such as the black widow and eminence brand ones and looked for similar specs to those..
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