Yet another subwoofer question

Yet another subwoofer question


So I’m officially on my first contract as a re-recording mixer, pretty much a life/career goal that I’ve been aspiring to for about 10 years lol. Tore the studio apart yesterday to install a 5.1 system, soon to be built into a 7.1 (or maybe not if the room simply can’t take it).

I decided to go with a 6 front, 2 back speaker config. JBL (L, C, F, LFE) and Focal (L + R) at the front. All set up at the same time. Then JBL (LS, RS) in the back.

So I was looking at systems with dual and quad subs. It seems that the question of “how many subs” has to do with the amount of energy needed to push a certain amount of air in order to provide a clear low range image in the room.

So does this basically mean there isn’t a fixed or proper way to install subs?? Its just how much balancing the power of the sub system with the room?


The more sources you have, less extreme the peaks and nulls should be. It’s not so much about having enough power to push the air. Even a single 12" sub can put out a waaaay more low end in a small->medium sized room needs at standard mixing levels.But if you set it up correctly, you should be able to get a more accurate frequency response from the low end with multiple subs.

I mean, it does minimize distortion and turbulence as well to have multiple subs, I just think that’s more of a side benefit than the main benefit.


I don’t know anything about this topic, but wanted to say congrats on achieving this goal!!


Thanks girl. I can’t believe I’m finally getting paid to do one of these!! Yay :wink: