Friday, April 24, 2020

How To Build A Bass Cabinet | Music Think Tank

A speaker gives your favorite bass some extra power, but the sound isn’t always what you might want it to be. That’s where bass cabinets come in — speaker boxes that are designed to provide the best sound possible from your instrument. While you can buy one from your local music shop, it’s not nearly as much fun as building one yourself. 
It might seem intimidating, but with a little bit of elbow grease and planning, you can create a fully functional bass cabinet. Here are some quick and easy tips to follow to help you build one. 
Decide on Your Design
The first step in this process is to decide on your design. If you’ve ever searched for bass cabinets, you know how varied they are. Some are entirely sealed, designed to keep any air from leaking in or out, while others are vented to allow air to move through them. Some have additional speakers or subwoofers, while others might just include a single speaker.
Once you’ve got that step behind you — and feel free to take as long as you need to create the perfect design — the rest of the pieces will fall into place. If you’re not great at architecture and engineering, there are plenty of free plans available on the internet that you can try out.
Collect Your Materials
Step two is to collect your materials. You’re going to want to use some decent quality wood to compose your box, as well as paint, spray adhesive, carpet and all the electronics you’re going to need to assemble your speakers inside the box. 
Make sure you choose some high-quality fasteners that will be able to withstand the vibration of a bass box without shaking loose or sheering off. You’ll also likely want some clamps that won’t shake, rattle and roll while you’re playing. Low-quality fasteners could vibrate loudly, interfering with the sound quality coming from your bass cabinet.

Assemble Your Bass Cabinet
Once you’ve got your pieces gathered, it’s time to put them together. The exact directions you follow for this step will depend largely on your chosen design, so we can’t offer a lot of advice there. Just make sure you’re following the directions and that you aren’t skipping any steps. 
Decorate Your Project
Once everything is assembled, you’ve got one last step — decorating. This doesn’t just help your bass cabinet match your aesthetic — it can also help improve sound quality. The final thing you’ll need to do is spray it down with adhesive and cover it with sound-absorbing carpet
Pick your color or pattern, but make sure you’ve covered all the surfaces — especially the seams. This way, the sound you’re generating is only escaping through the speaker port. 
Enjoy Your New Bass Cabinet
Building the perfect bass cabinet is part art, part science and all patience. Don’t give up just because your first cabinet doesn’t work perfectly. Building is easy and rewarding, but making it perfect will take some practice. Still, if you’re an avid musician and enjoy working with your hands, building your own cabinet can be a fun weekend project. 

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