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Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Music Gear Monday: The Subpac

One of the best things about having a big set of monitors in the studio or being at a concert is the fact that you can feel the music as well as hear it. There's a feeling of power that you get that excites us in a truly visceral way. A big problem with headphones is they may sound great, but you just won't get that low end punch and muscle to make it feel like a real experience.

Now comes the Subpac, a tactile bass system that slips against the back of your chair and allows you to feel those low frequencies. Suddenly that you can feel frequencies down to 5Hz, which is impossible in most small studio situations.

This isn't the first time that tactile bass systems have been tried, as the Buttkicker has been around for a while. That unit took a little bit of clunky installation as you had to physically mount it to your chair or stool. The Subpac is simple in that it just fits to the back of any chair like a seat cushion, supply a line in signal, and get your butt shaken. I experienced it myself, and it really works well. The Subpac is available for $350.


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Anonymous said...

Do you think it's worth the price tag? I mix using Ultrasone 750's because Dave Pensado recommended them a while back, and when referencing other tracks I can get somewhat of a sense of the lo end if I solo it out in my track and compare it with others also solo'ed out. But I'm always looking for a step up. Thanks!

Bobby Owsinski said...

If it's worth it is up to you, but it's a totally different experience that using headphones.


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