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ProSoundWeb Community. Please login or register. I own a sound company that was established five years ago and am at the beginning of a transition into providing sound for much larger events. Currently, I am doing outdoor graduations and festivals of people or so, with larger work on the horizon. I've generally have not had to provide very high volume levels for the work I have done, and so far the SRs have been good to me, and they have made me some good money, but I am well aware of their shortcomings.
I don't want to get into more SR cabinets because of the comb filtering issues, and they are getting older. I do get a lot of compliments on how they sound for vocal clarity. I think the SRs still have great potential for making money on smaller festival stages and rental, so I plan on keeping them.
I am seriously considering a used EAW KF system beause: I like the EAW sound for the most part They are recognized and respectable They sound better than what I have now They have more output capacity They are arrayable I have these questions right now: Would this be a sensible option that would cover the above kinds of jobs?
How much flexibility would I have with 6 tops and 6 subs? What does it sound like with just one top and one bottom per side? It would be nice to be able to split the system into multiple PAs for multi-stage festivals. If this and my SRs were my only systems, am I closing myself out of doing certain kinds of jobs?
I can always rent VerTec or other stuff locally if need be. Are there better options in this price range? The subs suck Chiara aka. Troy, NY - cell. Joseph Yoon Jr. Member Offline Posts: I as well am not a sub fan but there are great subwoofers out there that would complement 3 over 3 rig or a 2 over 2 rig Using 2x KF with 2x SB per side is about the smallest this rig goes and still works well.
Otherwise, you just don't have enough coverage, but if you are going that small you have the SR cabs to use instead. I would not waste your time with a total of six boxes, especially if you want to split the rig. Our amp racks had Crest Audio Pro series amplifiers, 2x for subs, 1x for lows, 1x for mids, and 1x for highs.
So, if you are doing a lot of ground stack stuff, you need to find a way to get the rig off the ground, then you need to get those heavy bastards up there. The HF horn is in the bottom of the box so the whole thing needs to get UP in the air. If you want a rig that can be stacked on the ground and flown but can live with it not packing as tight high frequencies have wider dispersion I am a big fan of the Nexo Alpha eF's over Nexo Alpha S2's.
The things I like about this are: -The boxes are taller, and they are configured in such a fashion that you can ground stack an eF over an S2 and have a system that works. The downside is that the eF's have a wider HF dispersion. However, when you need a narrower dispersion, it can be kind of tough unless you are a bit creative. This rig has got to be one of the greatest "club sized" rigs I have ever seen. Great Nexo sound quality and plenty of output. This is just my thoughts, I'm sure others will have much more inexpensive ideas.
Simon Ryder Sr. I too am a big fan of Alpha-E but normally use it without the S2s. I do 2xB : 1x EM. To double up - 2 stacks per side you just add another rack. Seriously though, in many venues 4 x S2 would be serious overkill. This or the KF rig would serve you well. My personal choice would and has been Alpha-E but weight and practicality are not your only considerations.
Who in your area has got KFs and who has got Alpha-E. Lets face it, you will need to crossrent at somepoint, so go with what you can get and support. It ticks most of your boxes. If the slightly wider coverage pattern is acceptable to you, this may be a good route.
A herd of used e's combined with a UX's Gunness Focused settings can be had for pretty cheap and makes for a very nice trap rig. Hello Josh, just to clarify what you said the High frequency horn in a is in the top of the cabinet, not the bottom. It sits in front of the 15" low, the mid horn is in the bottom of the cabinet. I agree with Randy, a properly powered and proccessed rig can still produce excellent results.
Like any system it come down to proper implementation and setup along with knowledgable operators. The UMX from what I have heard has given the rig a new "lease on life" so to speak. Doug Hammel Audio Systems Engineer dougcvaudio juno. Mattheus van Zanten Newbie Offline Posts: I've worked with a triple set for a few years. It's a very good sounding system by itself. It's not for nothing that this "old" design is still being produced. Mostly we did a set-up with two tops and 3 subs per side.
This gave a "fat" sound which we wanted. Setting up the system is a piece of cake, the system by itself is very god sounding. Though I heard from people that much has to do with the amps you use. We used 6 Crest amps to drive the systems and that went very well. I heard story about Carver amps being used, that went not so good, or at least not so "fat" sounding All in al it's a good system that can make a lot technicians and musicians smile.
You have to keep in mind that it's a heavy system and that nowadays there's a lot on the market that has half the weight of a system Its also wise to look around for users in the neighbourhood. It might come in handy for some crossrentals. Good luck with your choice! Paul Lea Sr. Check out the Phoenix system from EV. It has treated us very well and is very scalable.
Logged "mix is a verb, not a noun" Sooo, as Aunt Bea would say.. Logged Paul Lea Sr.
Eastern Acoustic Works EAW is an American manufacturer of mainly professional audio reinforcement tools, such as loudspeaker systems and processors. It combined a B dual in low-frequency horn, a MR in mid-frequency horn and a Community BRH90 high frequency horn into one gigantic box, and was the first commercially available horn-loaded single enclosure box system. For many years this system was the standard among loudspeakers used for professional touring shows. With this system EAW gained much of its credibility in the professional audio industry. Carlo Sound and Sun Sound were among the first regional sound rental companies to receive the KF's. EAW also became well known for creating custom loudspeaker designs for specific projects and applications.
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