1. Mark L
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Sorry, not a bass question, but here we go: How would one incorporate a powered subwoofer as part of their bass rig? Should somebody even need to? Is it a ridiculous idea?
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Have you been following developments with MVW technology with BigE speakers? Very interesting to me. I can't speak from experience yet - I have one on order, but it's going to be about a month before I can 'lay ears' on it.
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if you do want a subwoofer look at the bag end ELF system - I have a bag end M1, a 2x10 (with coax tweeter) and a 18" bag end elf subwoofer.

it does get some serious low end - i strung my ab1 6 string F# B E A D G for a while, and even the low F# you could hear cleanly and loudly. (You need a pretty powerful amp to push em, at least 400w 8ohms). It is a pretty loud system but i could use another 2x10 to battle the guitars...

If you play in a decent size club the soundman probably wont be too happy with you tho, but...

oh yea - like any good musical gear they are not cheap.

-thumbslapper
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In a traditional "band" setting I think a true subwoofer as a bass rig(or part of a bass rig) is not a great idea, and probably not necessary if you have an adequate rig. One of the many problems is having a subwoofer up on stage can be really problematic. I think true subs do their best when they're dialed-in with the FOH system and their treatment and how they're used tends to be specific to the room.
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I would think that a powered sub woofer would have it's own low pass filter to focus on the lows.

You just need to get signal to the input, so maybe a parallel out from your amp, Di box, or preamp?

I was also thinking of the good old bi amp days, using the variable crossover on the pre amp to send signal to your powered high side and lows to the low side. The good old days of 300 lb rigs. My old Ashley BP 41 will do that. My Boss Loop station also allows for a dedicated low frequency output to go to a bass amp.

The fEarful sub cab is a larger box with a beefy lowpass that filters out the highs that the 3012LF or the 3015 LF wouldn't do much with anyway. Adding the sub cab to a full range fEarful drops the load to 4 ohms, and the sound gets massive. Just ask Burningskies.

I don't think it's a silly idea at all, FWIW, with newer powered cabs being made out of light weight composites and loaded with great drivers and the new class d lightweight amps. Those frequencies are frequently lacking! Or you could make mud.

I've played through a Mackie thump hooked up to my MXR M-80 bass di. Worked fine for practices, and made a great monitor for the bass and drums area.
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I think quite a few fEARful players have a dedicated 15" box that is crossovered into receiving lows only. That's a subwoofer of sorts, isn't it? Genuine question, I don't know where you draw the line between a subwoofer and a dedicated low-freq box (or even just a dedicated low-freq speaker?)
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