I can set up my audio analyzer in 10 minutes, but 10 minutes is a lot of time when you're in a hurry. I'm a small rental company and I have events every weekend. I need my PA to sound the best it can every time so that I can make the audience happy and keep getting work. If I don’t align the system I can hear it immediately and the audience will complain because the sub is too loud and the vocal is muddy.
As sound systems become more and more complicated, so does our tools race to close the gap. Great sound has come to be associated with a level of complexity that is only attainable by a few specialists who have access to the right gear and training.
In contrast to this trend, I believe that great sound is for everyone, everywhere. While physics may be complicated, our tools don't need to be. They can be simultaneously intelligent, practical, accessible, and easy to use. They can make us feel smart and accomplished while building confidence in our skills.
Great sound isn’t discovered by scraping the bottom of deep pockets. It is uncovered using a combination of art and creativity.
Isn't crossover alignment a waste of time, because it only works for one point in the audience?
Ignoring the crossover alignment doesn't make it go away, it just keeps you from knowing the location. You may end up placing FOH in a null and inadvertently screwing up the mix for the rest of the audience.
Is crossover alignment overrated? I have more important things to do.
Yes! It's not worth obsessing about. That's why we created a tool that lets you get it done fast and move on with your work.
Is SubAligner designed for professional use? I've been tuning systems for years. I don't need an automated solution.
Yes! You can use SubAligner to get an alignment quickly, which you can verify later with your audio analyzer. Nathan wrote an article about his experience in the field testing 13 common alignment methods.
Does the app include speaker model X?
Not yet! Our long-term goal is to include every speaker known to man. But, first we need to make sure that the functionality is rock solid. We also want to verify that this is actually a problem worth solving (aka you want to pay for it) before we sink months into building a database of measurements.
You can request a speaker here and contribute your own measurements here. The current version of the app includes only two speaker model pairs: Leopard + 900LFC and Perfect Combo. Perfect Combo will allow you to calculate the absolute delay offset of any speaker pair, assuming you already know the relative offset. Learn more about Perfect Combo here. Questions or suggestions? Contact us here.
I created SubAligner to help you improve your confidence and consistency as a sound engineer! The app is set up to produce immediate results and that’s why we let you try it risk-free for 60 days. By then you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt whether the app is right for you. If it is and you are delighted, simply continue gaining all of the benefits of the app. If you find that you are unsatisfied for any reason, just send me a message and I'll process a fast, friendly refund.
I could hear the low end tighten up.
It's almost like the sub sounded closer.
SubAligner is a real tool for every professional user in every condition. Why do it the hard way when it can be done easily? Save effort and save your brain for meaningful tasks!
The price is a bit high for an app, but a working sound engineer will see the value in it. It makes life tremendously easier.