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Laughing Tiger, “Amazing” Bass

Tiger’s Rios prowls his studio when checking bass, and wound up turning to Powersoft.

San Rafael, CA (February 20, 2019)—Ari Rios, owner and chief engineer at Laughing Tiger Recording Studios in San Rafael—where he has recorded the likes of Carlos Santana, Tommy Castro and Maria Muldaur—recently upgraded his monitoring system, including installation of Powersoft’s Quattrocanali 4804 amplifier platform.

Rios decided it was time to upgrade the sound systems in both control rooms so that he would never have to run out to his car to double-check a mix again. “One of the hardest things to get right in a recording studio is the low-end bass response,” he says. “It can be tough, because the bass changes as you walk around the room. The reason for that, it turns out, is that you can’t provide low-end saturation to a room evenly from only a single subwoofer source.”

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To help with the installation, Rios turned to Manny LaCarrubba, founder of Sausalito Audio, to spec custom enclosures for 13-inch drivers in control room A, and 10-inch drivers in control room B, placing one subwoofer per corner in each room. Each set of four subwoofers is powered by a Powersoft Quattrocanali 4804 amplifier platform.

“We chose the Quattrocanali 4804 amplifiers because they’re super clean and punchy,” he states, “But they’re also reasonably priced. And because they’re four-channel amplifiers, we could power each control room’s four-subwoofer array from a single unit. Now, the bass response with those enclosures, powered by Quattrocanali amps controlled using a dbx DriveRack—it’s amazing.”

“I recommended Powersoft because I’ve been using their OEM modules,” LaCarrubba explains. “I have a really great working relationship with Powersoft, and I know the Quattrocanali series offered the performance we needed at a great price. They’re solid, reliable amps that do what they’re supposed to do.”

“It’s amazingly different,” says Rios. “You can sit down all the way at the back of the control room, and the mix still sounds punchy and bright. Anywhere you walk in the room, the bass response sounds almost exactly the same. It just has this tight, punchy and fat attack, that’s not exaggerated in any way. Everybody that has been through here has been super impressed.”

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