Mike Volkerding / Freq City Sound in Cincinnati here. We are a regional production company. You can look for freqcitysound on the web and check out our clients list. I’ve been designing and have speaker boxes built in China for 15+ years. Usually bring in a couple of containers a year. The active wedges I sell are the same I’m using on all the performers on that clients list (Exception: the larger acts, Styx, Credence, Huey Lewis, Andy Grammar, Five for Fighting etc. bring their own ear packages).
We fired the FCS15PW up in my warehouse, did some adjusting to the DSP program and they’ll blow your head off. Being a singer, my vocal cut (through all the stage sounds term) but also, the sound was very pleasing. Most of the time a singer doesn’t actually like the sound of his voice. They keep thinking you can fix their brain by adjusting a knob. The FCS15PW will fix a lot of that. I liked my voice and my tech that was working on the DSP finally took the mic away from me.
I way overpowered the wedge for a couple reasons. One, more power never hurt me in the past. I’d rather be looking at it, than for it. Two, I’m using the same amp in my 2x12” & 2-2” horn line arrays also my 1X12” x 2” line arrays. Just seemed easier to have one amp for everything.
The built in DSP lets you tune the sound to YOUR idea of perfect. I can program your wedges to what I like or email you the DSP program, so you can do it yourself. The amp plate is bi amp (two built in amps – one for the low end, one for the high end). You’ll have full EQ adjustment over both the horn and the sub. You set crossover points, limiting, EQ etc. We cut the lows at 90 in the shop. When we put two side by side, the low end coupled and got huge even with that cut. That would be the trick for a deaf 80’s big hair bassist.
On the horn itself. Because of all the power available, I requested a 3” – 1.5” exit B&C style horn that will handle 220W continuous power. Combine that horn with the 300 available watts – you can really tear someone’s face off. Most of what I’ll address here is due to deaf performers. My goal was to make a wedge that when the talent says “Check” his next line is, “can you turn that damned thing down?”
Versatile: I had stand mounts put on both sides of the speaker box. The FCS15PW will also work as a stand-alone speaker on a stick. There’s rigging track built in that can be changed to either side of the box and I’ll include a diagram of some hanging ideas and uses for an install.
DSP: why do you need it with all the EQ and control available in today’s consoles? To set yourself a good starting point. Most touring engineers will want a flat box that they can adjust to their performer’s liking. You can achieve that (I’ll attach a picture of the flat EQ we use for guest engineers / regional tours. In that situation, you would still want some high pass and limiting.
Let’s say you and your crew are the only guys/gals ever to drive the wedge. You set it to perfect for your mics and sound situation. Can save quite a bit of time if all you do is plug and play. Have you ever heard the db Technologies T4 line array? No EQ needed. Plug and Play. They sound great. You can do that with this wedge. There’s virtually no limit to how good they can sound. All the components, power and speaker processing are there for you to paint the picture you want to see.
Warranty / Service / Parts
One-year warranty on the FSC15PW. I stock back up amps, horn diaphragms and full coax speaker systems
This is the DSP Program on our last wedge. Just to show you some of the sound shaping you can do. We'll upgrade this to the new wedge and some of our tunings as soon as we get it done.
FCS-15PW Road Case 26' x 37 3/4" x 31 1/2" high w/casters
FREQ CITY SOUND 1940 Dana Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45207