have definitely changed in the past thirty-seven years of my life as a
The bass is not merely a rhythm instrument anymore and bassists
want and need a clear and defined sound in order to be heard on stage.
Naturally, the equipment has become more sophisticated in an effort to
address these needs.
Yes, a bassist needs to be heard, and that has been my eternal
dilemma. As a gear nut myself, I often switched gear whenever I heard
promising news about new
equipment, whether it offered a more compact size, or more defined
sound, etc., etc. I was always searching for that special something out
there that I'd be able to enjoy for a very long time. But... I did not
find anything that really satisfied my needs, and gave me the volume,
depth and clarity I needed and wanted in a compact
There are already compact, single-speaker cabinets that are
lightweight and easy to set up. But if you play a larger venue and need
something louder and stronger, then the dream of a quick, single trip
from the car to the stage is over. Iím not a fan of single speaker
cabinets anyway, due to the simple fact that one woofer will suffer more
than a dual speaker cabinet.
Now, there are certainly a lot of very nice bass cabinets out on
the market today, but I still feel that there is room for improvement. Who wants to lug around a full stack when a single, multi-speaker
cabinet can do the job? My biggest cabinet (the 4x10 configuration)
is more compact than most 4x10s and delivers more volume and clarity,
including a better defined low end with plenty of clean punch.
It is possible. Wouldn't it be great to make one trip to the stage,
set up within 5 minutes and be ready to play? I wanted to achieve
something compact, yet loud enough for use in larger venues that could
still be carried in one trip for easy setup. Second, I wanted to
hear myself on stage, and I wanted my band members to hear what I play.
The better you hear each other on stage the better the band will sound
to the audience.
In my research I tested over two-dozen different bass amp and
preamp/power amp configurations, with numerous basses, from budget
instruments to custom made "boutique" basses.
The cabinets Iíve designed excel with superior sound and compact
size while remaining affordable for the working musician. My
cabinets are designed around 10" and 12" woofers which due to the
different cabinet design, produce a deeper response than more
traditional larger woofers. So, all bassists out there who believe a
full stack has to include a 4x10 and a 15" or 18"cabinet, might be in
for a serious surprise.
Schroeder cabinets produce a clean low end
without losing the punch and crispness.
just like my cabinets: simple,
efficient and to the point.