Bass Manager: What is Base Manager and why is it needed?

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What is Base Manager

Bass Manager is a circuit that in a 5.1 recording system uses a subwoofer to expand the frequency range of the five main channels. The bass manager sends all frequencies below 80Hz to the subwoofer, along with the bass signal.

If your main speakers are small, Bass Manager allows you to get full-range sound by using the studio’s LFE speaker as a subwoofer. Also if your LFE is small and your main speakers provide full-range sound, the plugin allows you to boost the LFE sound by sending some of the high frequencies from the LFE to the main speakers.

If your monitoring system is connected directly to your audio interface and does not have a bass management system, you can use the Bass Manager in the Control Room inserts to adjust signal levels and route LFE and main speaker signals. In this way, using small speakers, you can get full-range sound.

Input/Output Level Meters

Level In (Input level)

Shows the input signal level.

Level Out

Shows the output level.

Mains (Basic)

Subwoofer (Subwoofer)

When this button is activated, the low-frequency portion of the signal from the main speakers is sent to the subwoofer.

Freq (Frequency)

Sets the crossover frequency. Frequencies below this value are sent to the subwoofer.

Gain

Sets the amount of attenuation/boost of the signal that is sent to the subwoofer.

LFE

Center (Center)

If this button is active, the LFE signal is routed to the center channel.

L/R

If this button is active, the LFE signal is routed to the left and right channels.

Freq (Frequency)

Sets the crossover frequency. Frequencies above this value are routed to the left, right, or center channel.

Gain

Sets the amount of attenuation/boost of the signal that is routed to the left and right channels or to the center channel.

+10 dB

Increases the level of the LFE signal by 10 dB.

Subwoofer (Subwoofer)

Solo (Solo)

Enables the subwoofer signal solo.

Mute

Mutes the subwoofer signal.

Low Cut

Additional low pass filter for the subwoofer.

High Cut

Additional high-cut filter for the subwoofer.

+10 dB

Increases the subwoofer signal level by 10 dB.

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