Header Content Region

Insert text, image or banner ads here, or just delete this text and leave this area blank!

portfolio1 portfolio2 portfolio3 portfolio4

Welcome to Michael Arnopol Soundworks!

We're proud to present some of the finest Bass Instrument Loudspeakers commercially available...

Double Bass Loudspeakers

MVW Loudspeakers designed around the specific needs of the Double Bass artist...

Tattoo Parlor

Hang out in the MAS Tattoo Parlor and exchange tattoo, gig, and other life-as-an-artist experiences...

Electric Bass

MVW Loudspeakers designed around the specific needs of the Electric Bass artist...

small portfolio1 small portfolio2 small portfolio3 small portfolio4
themed object

Home of Fine Bass Instrument Loudspeakers

get in touch

Login

Forgot your password?

Join Mike on the Big E Forum

Enter: The Eight Series

The Super 8
We've been working with the top speaker designers in the world to:
1. Come up with the absolute highest quality speaker design
2. Optimize these speakers to utilize our MVW technology in the most efficient way

I've always like 8's. They seem like the perfect balance of speed, fidelity, and extension.

About 4 years ago we worked with the top design engineer at Eminence to design a "super 8" driver". We liked the driver but its implementation called for an enclosure that was a bit big and unwieldy for a gigging bass player to carry from gig to gig. So, we put the 8" projects on hold and worked with custom 6's, 10's and 12's.

Earlier in 2017 Tom and Steve (the Big E crazy scientists) tried something different. Previously they were trying to fit an MVW waveguide into a typical rectangular box. This time they let the waveguide dictate enclosure shape. The new enclosure was much smaller and slightly wedge shaped. This opened up a new range of possibilities. I could now fit the 8" driver in an enclosure 16" by 10 1/2" by 14" deep and around 21#

So---we revisited the 8" driver design. Again working with Eminence we came up with an astounding little 8" driver. A driver at home in a bass cab, PA top, or home hifi.

Some specs
fs (resonant frequency of the driver--an indication of the low frequency limit) 31hz.
This is lower than any 10", 12", or 15" driver used for bass. The lowest I've seen is 37hz. (3012LF)
Xmax  (linear excursion) this is a great indicator of how much air a speaker can move. The Xmax of our 8 is 12mm. The "super" 12's and 15's like the Eminence 3012lf and 3015lf have xmax's between 9.1 and 9.6mms.
When you combine the excursion x the cone area you get what is called the VD, or the amount of air moved. For bass players this is the best figure to anticipate the actual volume of a speaker. The Vd of this driver is 227 cc's. With the MVW design we can double this figure---we are getting all of the rear wave of the speaker combining with the front wave. So---the effective Vd of the MAS18 is around 460 cc's. This compares favorably with the best 12" or 210 cabs.
Even with a "super 12" or 210 cab -3db response in the low end is typically above 50hz. The -3db response of the MAS18 is 35hz..
Be prepared to experience what your B string sounds and feels like for the first time. Tight, well defined---and no overhang of notes.
Add world class midrange drivers and tweeters--as well as crossover help from Duke LeJeaune of Audiokinesis and we have cabinets to rival any conventional design.
Power, articulation, extension and unbelievable volume and power handling---we introduce the MAS18, the Bodai 28, and the Bodai 38 special.

 

A Special Greeting from Mike

The bass instrument has been a passion for most of my life. Finding and constructing fine instrument loudspeakers is another.  I now bring these passions to you in the form of Michael Arnopol Soundworks Bass Instrument Loudspeakers. These products are based on the emerging Manipulated Vortex Waveguidetm or MVWtm technology developed by Big E Loudspeakerstm. I have drawn upon my many years of experience as both a studio and performing artist in collaboration with the Big E team to design and manufacture what I believe to be the most astounding and functional Bass Instrument Loudspeakers I have ever encountered. I trust you will have as much enjoyment using my fine products as I have in bringing them to you.

Michael Arnopol 

The Bodai Line

   "Bodai" essentially means "to awaken to" That's what the Bodai line is for me. An awakening to the sound and function I've been hearing in my head in 47 years of bass playing. It seems to transform into the same experience to everyone who's tried one. 

   The Bodai line is a culmination of all that we have learned in the past 4 years. The Bodai's are the next step in the evolution of the MASoundworks cabs. Do you absolutely need one? No you don't. The MAS109 will go just as loud and with the same low end control as the Bodai110. Same with the MAS112 and the Bodai112. Same woofer and cabinet design. All custom woofers that are part of the key to the "MAS Sound" 

   What's different with the Bodai's? We learned a valuable lesson with the MAS Flex cabs. When you put your mids in a separate  MVW enclosure the results are quite remarkable. The impact and dispersion of the mids and highs take on a new character. And—I can have much more control over the entire midrange spectrum. In previous cabs the mids were crossed over pretty high. More like just upper mids. That's why we came up with propriatary woofers that had MUCH better mids than any others commercially available. But I had little control beyond the "baked in" curves. And I think that they sound great. But now—I can manipulate the mids from the low mids all the way to the super tweeters. 

   The Bodai line costs more because I actually have to build two separate enclosures. The crossovers are also very complex—high part count. With the upper mid enclosure you get much better dispersion. But—you also get increased dispersion from the coupling with the output of the woofer. 3D like you wouldn't believe. With the Bodai's the woofers are doing what woofers do best. If you want high power handling, low frequency extension, and high SPL's there is inevitably some compromise in the mids presentation. As good as the mids are in many 10, 12, and 15" based cabs—a dedicated midrange driver is much better at the subtleties of midrange production. Which is why we're using the absolute best quality Beyma and Faital midrange drivers. The same drivers you'll se in $10k highest end PA cabs. And with the paper cones mids that we're using, they break up when pushed hard in the same musical way that we're used to. Albeit with much better fidelity and articulation. They also have a very high quality compression driver firing into the output flares of the mid sections. The highs (all the way up) integrate with the mids coming out of the flares to yield a much more 3D coverage of the high end. 

If you're looking for the best in power, fidelity, extension, and impact—we present what we believe are the best bass cabinets on the planet. And---at the 2017 Winter NAMM show Bass Gear Magazine gave the Bodai line "the Best in Show Award" They usually pick one particular item but were so impressed with the Bodai's that they gave the entire line the award. They couldn't decide between the 3 models! 

 

 

slide up button