What do you audio experts think about this audio vest? With music listening or even with mixing, as they say in their website "the ultimate studio tool".
"Subpac M2X, Mobile tactile bass system, SubPac adds real depth, connection and enjoyment to whatever you play through it - your music and media comes to life with the added dimension of physical bass. Frequency Response: 1hz-200hz".
I think this is kinda something new happening in the audio field.
Heres the link for their website, check yourself...
Post by Michael Lawrence on Jun 15, 2018 1:20:50 GMT
Generally you see the "tactile transducers" mounted under the seats in "immersive" movie theaters, etc. We mount them under drum thrones live for drummers to feel what the kick is doing without a gigantic subwoofer bleeding all over the stage. thebuttkicker.com/ This is more or less an extension of the same idea. When you have a musician on In Ear Monitors, they might be hearing the same exact thing that they would be hearing from a stage monitor wedge, but it doesn't feel the same to them because of the absence of the sound waves literally vibrating their bodies. It's important to note that this is not just a basic vibrator, like the one on your cell phone or xbox controller. It is driven by a power amp which is driven by the signal itself, so if the bass is at 30Hz, then it vibrates at 30Hz too.
I bought a cheap ($15) "bass shaker" and attached it to the side of my pinball machine. It did nothing, not even a little. So if you get a bass shaker, get a good one. Though I prefer a real subwoofer.
I bought a Dayton Audio BST-1 and attached it to the bottom of an onstage stands padded keyboard seat. I paid about $100 for the shaker and a small amp. It's interesting.
First of all, it's not totally silent. Maybe it's because the seat is resonating but you can definitely hear it. It's not as loud as a subwoofer, of course, but when matched to a house curve-calibrated sub, it's not suitable for midnight jamming in an apartment.
Secondly, I currently recommend getting one. Even at lower levels, it's exactly what I was hoping for. I remember reading on GS awhile back that you should be able to feel your subwoofer's effect in your feet. Well, I use this seat as a foot rest so problem solved.
I've only had it for a few days so I might be in the honeymoon phase. Besides, I've had to turn it off. This is because I don't want to constantly be turning the knob on this cheap amp so I'm waiting for a headphone amp so I can use a proper line output. It does run fine from the Babyface's spare headphone/line amp but it doesn't work from the Focusrite Octopre Dynamic's line outs.
This is something I've wanted for quite some time. The next one I'll get is the one from Aura. Supposedly it works to lower frequencies but is less sensitive. That'll be a good compliment to this one which supposedly has a resonant frequency of 30Hz but, at least when attached to this small bench, I feel like it doesn't well-represent that range.
Thanks for the report. I've never tried a buttkicker type device. I did try one that was supposedly full range (not just bass) years ago at a hi-fi show, but it was pretty lame.
Good to see you. The shaker I got is a passive 50w @ 4ohms. If you have that kind of amp on hand, it'll be a small investment for you. Or, if you want, I can let you borrow mine.
You'd probably do this but I find it best to calibrate with pink noise. Just adjust the shaker to feel how the sub sounds. Actually, with this headphone amp I can't quite get it as intense as with the Babyface. Regardless, I don't mind the effect being a little less strong.
I have a sub pac, the one that attaches to the back of the chair.
I have a small home studio, mostly for producing electronic music.
I also have 2x 10" subwoofers set up doing selective mode cancellation, and a pair of good monitors.
A lot of thick bass traps. The room is kind of like a 'body headphone' - it sounds awesome from the LP, but anywhere else in the room is no good.
The sound in the room is already good enough, but I use the sub pac turned down low to give a slightly somatic quality to the kick drums and other low end. The way the subwoofers are set up, there is also a subtle vibration / air movement around my feet and legs.
Other people might have different tastes / needs from their studio, i.e. different kinds of music, different aims with the production they're doing etc.
For me it's not an essential part of the system, but I prefer having it.
I don't know, mjh. There are two pieces of gear that might not be essential but they are for me. Those are the mixcube and the bass shaker. Of course, stereo speakers and an interface are right up there.
Especially if you can't regularly crank a sub, shakers are where it's at; at least for bass music but maybe I'm still in the honeymoon phase.
Edit: Uf, I realized my low end for my latest track is screwed up. My driver let me play it in his car with a sub. Listening back, I can tell. I think I haven't been letting myself turn it up enough to notice.