A while back, in another thread, the question arose about finding a small crossover, to use with a Bose L1 Compact system, and a subwoofer.
Another forum member found and suggested the Rolls SX21 tiny crossover.
I had been looking for a solution like this for a long time, so I bought a Rolls and tested it, out live with my acoustic drums. It was quite the success.
Of course the success probably depended somewhat on the small-ish nature of the venue,
meaning that the Compact didn’t have to throw the sound all that far.
A good thing, since it was competing with a Classic L1 used by our guitarist/singer.
Also, I was only mic’ing my kick.
My gig report later in that thread mentions set up details and my perceived results.
Bottom line is that the Compact, the Rolls, and a Bose Extended Bass Pkg can work very well together, very, very well.
My testing also led to the discovery that the B1s can sound really good out in front of the drums. My band mates said they could hear my kick way better than usual.
I would like to add a bit more to this subject.
I tried a similar setup a few weeks later at a gig with my Model II and my Trapkat (e-Drums), putting the B1s in front of the set.
This time though, I had 4-B1s, not just the two I’d used for the acoustic drum test.
I thought that this would be a really big sound…unfortunately, it was not.
The e-drum kick sound was very weak with the B1s out front, and the overall sound of my drums was “disjointed”.
It sounded like only two of the 4 B1s were working, but putting my ear up next to them, they all worked.
The guys in the band were looking at me like “what the heck, where’s the kick??”
So, I’m just guessing that this was due to acoustic properties of our setup; outdoors on a patio, not indoors in a corner, low roof overhead, not the 16’ ceiling of the bar.
I only mention this to say that putting your B1s out front of your drums may not always work as sterling as it did for me that first time with the Rolls set up.
However, I wish to reiterate how impressed I was by the Compact’s performance with a sub-woofer and crossover, for mic’ing a kick drum.
I will continue to experiment with the “B1s-out-front” idea in the future with the Trapkat when it returns from the shop with pad upgrades.
Until next time.