I am using two L1 Model 1s with a B2 bass and two B1 Bass unit.  I also have an S1 for rehearsal. I have mentioned that I intend to ad two F1 812s for larger venues.  Would I be making a mistake not adding the F1 bass modules as well?  I usually perform with my jazz band, three horns, upright bass, banjo, vocal and drums so we don't have a ton of bottom.  However, I am about to start using a Ketron SD90 sequencer arranger which affords the ability to play all kinds of music with a lot more bottom.  If cost is not really an issue, am I going to just wind up buying them anyway?  The Ketron has absolutely amazing sound and I want to maximize it.  ST can you offer some advice?

 

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Hi, Rob Wright.

I looked back at your previous post about

T8S with Two L1 Model II and Two F1 Model 812 systems

Rob Wright posted:

I am using two L1 Model 1s with a B2 bass and two B1 Bass unit.  I also have an S1 for rehearsal. I have mentioned that I intend to ad two F1 812s for larger venues.  Would I be making a mistake not adding the F1 bass modules as well?  I usually perform with my jazz band, three horns, upright bass, banjo, vocal and drums so we don't have a ton of bottom.  However, I am about to start using a Ketron SD90 sequencer arranger which affords the ability to play all kinds of music with a lot more bottom.  If cost is not really an issue, am I going to just wind up buying them anyway?  The Ketron has absolutely amazing sound and I want to maximize it.  ST can you offer some advice?

 



You know I have to say, "It depends...".

The F1 Model 812 systems go down to 55 Hz so there's lots of support for your instruments and even the upright bass should sound good. 

The F1 Subwoofers will add more sound in the frequency range from 40-100 Hz. When you use the F1 Subwoofers, you set the EQ on the F1 Model 812 to WITH SUB and it cuts off the low end at 100 Hz so the F1 Subwoofer can handle the low end.

You'll get more of the open E string on the bottom with the F1 Subwoofer.

Yes, if you use the Ketron to create more content in the sub 100 Hz range, you'll appreciate the F1 Subwoofers. 

If you are doing outdoor shows, the F1 Subwoofer will help. Indoors, you have the walls to help contain and reflect the bass, but outdoors you don't have that.

If money is no object:

Getting the F1 Subwoofers is the no-regrets option. You'll never have to wonder if you should have gotten them.

You can always scale up or down depending on the gig.

F1 Model 812 on stands

or F1 Model 812 systems with one F1 Subwoofer

The F1 Subwoofers have an integrated stand for the F1 Model 812 so if you get two and I like the look with the F1 Model 812 systems on top of the F1 Subwoofers.

I'm sorry I can't be more helpful here. I'm trying to imagine what the Ketron will bring to your (already excellent) music. But the more you use the Ketron for the low end, the more you'll appreciate having the F1 Subwoofers.

ST

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Thanks.  That's about what I thought.  I am expecting to get a lot of interest in the Ketron Act so I'm going all in.  I'd rather go overkill than underkill!  When I rehearse using the S1 the Ketron can sometimes be too much for it when I get carried away.  So if I ever get to crank it up I'm sure I will be glad I have the horsepower.  And usually, having the bigger speakers seems to help at the lower volume as much as the higher volume.  Some base principle my recording engineer likes to talk about.  FYI I will not be using the Ketron with the band.  That will be for playing other kinds of music, Rock and Roll to Symphany stuff and everything inbetween.

 

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