No posts in this section yet, so I thought id start with some easy overlooked tips on getting better sound and volume for your saber font sounds.
Most often, people assume the first place to start for getting a better saber sound is by replacing the speaker. While replacing the speaker may have good effect (depending if the speaker is of better quality), there are many other easier ways to get better sound without having to rip open your saber and grab the soldering gun.
1) Check your resonance space/chamber -
- The resonance chamber space is the empty space distance between the speaker and the pommel (if any space exists). A resonance chamber basically traps some of the audio in this space and the sound waves bounce around inside it, before exiting the pommel vents. Resonance space helps create a bit more low end and bassy sounds (bass build up is created in this chamber), and sometimes even gives more apparent volume. Too short of a resonance space makes a saber sound a bit brighter and more clarity, with the sacrifice of reduced low end. Too long of a resonance chamber will sound dark and muddy. I’ve found the optimal balance of equal parts of clarity and good low end, with the apparent effective volume increase is about a space/distance of 1" between the speaker and pommel.
2) Ensure proper pommel ventilation -
- An obvious easy fix here. If a pommel is not properly vented, the sound is choked and muted. I’ve had many of pommel styles, and have noticed all will benefit by simply drilling in more holes in your pommel to get the sound waves out, so your audio will clearly be heard. There’s no rule of how many ‘more’ holes is needed, simply keep drilling until your sound is more defined and no longer muffled. One some of my pommels that are built with thick walled materials, I’ve even gone and drilled in one major main port/hole about 1/2" in diameter directly in the bottom center of the pommel as a main sound port, and then drilled smaller holes around it, which has improved the sound tremendously.
3) Speaker Replacement -
- This is usually a last resort for me. Mostly because I’ve tested out various speakers (of the same size/type) from different companies all varying in price and found the difference to be too subtle, and the 2 above suggested fixes (resonance and ventilation) are far more apparent in noticeable & beneficial changes. Off all the speakers I’ve tested (same size/wattage), all performed relatively the same, gave the same apparent volume output, and only one speaker showed to have a difference in sound (SmugglersOutpost on Etsy). This speaker did show a touch more clarity and brightness, however with the sacrifice of slight reduced low end. Almost as if this speakers frequency spectrum was shifted slightly higher to achieve more high end clarity, but with the low end being rolled off a bit more…a trade off. So a speaker replacement isn’t the first place id tinker with if a ‘better sound’ is what I’m after, and usually only go this route if the speaker has shown to be faulty/blown.