Originally Posted by Fleaman
Can you elaborate a little on the lows to mid-lows? How's the power capability? Do they have the power to be mid-field like? Or are we still talking near-field territory?
Low lows are deep and among the tightest I've heard on a ported cab; sealed designs are always going to be tighter, but they lack the 'oomph' I need to feel when I turn it up. The bottom on the 4288's is fast and accurate, it's been effortless to clean things up down there and to get the kick sitting in exactly the right relation to the bass, which has traditionally been something I've had to work at.
The low mids are like everything else on the speaker, it's all there in exactly the right amounts and with the right speed. What I hear in these speakers is a 'dryness' if that makes any sense, which has removed another struggle I've traditionally had: what type of reverbs to apply. I'm not talking about degrees of wetness or length of decays, I'm talking about the 'shape' of the spaces and how they relate & connect to both the source and the overall song. I have a very easy time hearing parameters like diffusion and depth now, so I'm starting to use more reverb in my productions because I'm completely confident in the nuances of that effect. That's a big change for me.
The biggest shift for me by far though is how much less eq I'm using, and how much more compression I'm able to use without it being apparent because, again, the choices I'm making are more musical and relate better to the elements being shaped. Between getting my acoustics dialed in and getting these monitors, everything happens fast and easy these days, it's even affecting the choices I make in the arrangement/writing phase... which leads to better mixes, and so on.
Gregory Scott - ubk