I’ve built several speakers in the past; decided to try my hand at designing and building a bass cab! Now that I’ve been playing for a minute, I know now what kind of tone I’m looking for: Mostly high-fidelity, with deep, sonorous lows, clean mids, clean highs.
My plan so far: I’m going to use 2x FaitalPro 12PR320 12" woofers, and a FaitalPro tweeter. Since I know jack about passive crossover design (but learning), I decided to take a unique road… Make this an active speaker. I’ll use a Hypex plate amp that has 2x 250w amps + 1x 100w amp. The Hypex amps have onboard DSP; 15 filters per channel. I can use this DSP for active crossovers, smoothing EQ (or tonal adjustments to make it sound like a more traditional cab), time alignment, etc. The Hypex amp is meant for PA cabs, and thus has a line-level XLR input.
To feed it, then, I intend to use something like the Mesa Subway+ preamp/DI box, which has a line-level balanced output.
On the other hand, as cool as this all is, finding a particular preamp that ticks all my boxes is proving difficult; so, I may just take a stab at a passive crossover, since I’ve discovered some software (XSim) that makes it a bit easier.
What do you all think? For practice right now, I either plug in to my studio monitors, or a little Peavey Max100. The Peavey is a cool little portable amp, but the studio monitor/sub setup just sounds big and magnificent.