Acoustic Drum Solutions

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A. coustic Drum Kit - single K/KW loudspeaker, with mono sub-mix “to” main PA

This diagram illustrates how a single K/KW loudspeaker can provide stage amplification for a sub-mixed acoustic drum kit, while simultaneously sending a balanced “mix” to the main PA mixer.  

Directions: Connect the output jack of your Sub-mixer into Line Input B of your k/KW loudspeaker.  If you are also connecting to the main PA Mixer, the A+B Line Output provides a balanced mix of both inputs on a single XLR mic cable.

Note: For Line sources we recommend using Input B instead of Input A wherever possible as there is zero risk of someone inadvertently changing the input gain from “line” to “mic”.

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B. Acoustic Drum Kit - single K/KW loudspeaker, with mono fold-back send “from” PA

This diagram illustrates how a single K/KW loudspeaker can provide stage amplification for sub-mixed acoustic drum kit, while simultaneously receiving a discreet fold-back “mix” from the main PA mixer.  

Directions: Connect the output jack of your Sub-mixer into Line Input A of your K/KW loudspeaker.  If you use a balanced XLR or TRS output from the Sub-mixer, then the balancing feature will “LOOP THRU” to the PA Mixer, reducing buzz and hum.  Connect the PA Mixer “fold-back” send to Line Input B, then adjust your level balance to suit.

Caution: ensure that the Mic/Line switch on Line Input A is set to “LINE” (“0” on KW models).

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C. Acoustic Drum Kit - single K/KW loudspeaker, single K/KW for stage “fill”

This diagram illustrates how a single K/KW loudspeaker can provide stage amplification for a sub-mixed acoustic drum kit, while simultaneously feeding a “Stage-fill” K/KW loudspeaker for the rest of the band, plus feeding the main PA Mixer. 

Directions: Connect the output jack of your Sub-mixer into Line Input B of your K/KW loudspeaker.  The A+B Line Out provides a balanced mix of both Inputs on a single XLR cable.  Connect this balanced A+B Line Out to Line Input B of your “Stage-Fill” loudspeaker, then adjust your stage level to suit.  Because you are sending a balanced signal into Line Input B, then the balancing feature will “LOOP THRU” to the PA Mixer reducing buzz and hum.

Note: For Line sources we recommend using Input B instead of Input A wherever possible as there is zero risk of someone inadvertently changing the input gain from “line” to “mic”.

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D. Acoustic Drum Kit – stereo K/KW loudspeakers, with stereo sub-mix “to” main PA

This diagram illustrates how two K/KW stage loudspeakers can provide stereo stage amplification for a sub-mixed acoustic drum kit, while simultaneously sending a balanced stereo feed the main PA Mixer. 

Directions: Connect the stereo outputs of your Sub-mixer into Line Input B of the left K/KW loudspeaker and Line Input B of the right K/KW loudspeaker. This will ensure that any stereo panning or effects will be heard on stage in pure stereo.  If you are also connecting to the main PA Mixer, the A+B Line Outputs of each loudspeaker provides a balanced mix of both inputs (in pure stereo) on a pair of XLR mic cables.

Note: For Line sources we recommend using Input B instead of Input A wherever possible as there is zero risk of someone inadvertently changing the input gain from “line” to “mic”.

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E. Acoustic Drum Kit - stereo K/KW loudspeakers, with mono fold-back send “from” PA

This diagram illustrates how two K/KW stage loudspeakers can provide stereo stage amplification for a sub-mixed acoustic drum kit, while simultaneously receiving a discreet fold-back “mix” from the PA mixer and sending a balanced stereo feed the main PA Mixer. 

Directions: Connect the stereo outputs of your Sub-mixer into Line Input A of the left K/KW loudspeaker and Line Input A of the right K/KW loudspeaker. This will ensure that any panning or effects will be heard on stage in pure stereo.  If you use a balanced XLR or TRS outputs from the Sub-mixer, then the balancing feature will “LOOP THRU” to the main PA Mixer, reducing buzz and hum.   Connect the PA Mixer “fold-back” send to Line Input B of one K/KW loudspeaker, and simply LOOP THRU to Line Input B of the other K/KW loudspeaker, then adjust your level balance to suit.

Caution: ensure that the Mic/Line switch on Line Input A is set to “LINE” (“0” on KW models).

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1. All Drums to Subwoofer

This diagram illustrates how simple it is to add a subwoofer to a K/KW stage amplification system.  In this option the entire drum “mix” from the sub-mixer is fed into the Subwoofer.

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2. Bass Drum only to Subwoofer

This diagram illustrates how simple it is to add a subwoofer to a K/KW stage amplification system.  In this option only the Bass Drum output from the sub-mixer is fed into the Subwoofer. 

Note: We highly encourage the user to experiment with both options, and decide which method suits their needs the best.