SABINE FBX 1210 User Manual

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5.1. FBX Filter Control

5.1.1. Selecting Filter width

If you’re using the FBX for a music application, the standard 1/10-octave constant “Q” filter is most effective. However, in

spoken word applications, such as lectures or teleconferencing, we recommend using the wider 1/5-octave filter for more

robust feedback control. You may enable the 1/5-octave filters by pressing the FIFTH OCTAVE button, and the built-in LED

will light. Only filters set after pressing the button in will be 1/5-octave. Press the button again to set subsequent filters to

standard 1/10-octave filters.

5.1.2. Setting number of Fixed vs. Dynamic Filters

To change the number of Fixed filters from the factory default of 9 Fixed and 3 Dynamic per channel, push the NUMBER FIXED

button for 4 seconds. The filters LEDs will flash 4 times and then go out. Release the NUMBER FIXED button, and the LEDs

will begin to light in sequence. When the LED corresponding to the desired number of Fixed filters lights, press the NUMBER

FIXED button again.
IMPORTANT TIP: You can mix 1/10- and 1/5-octave filters in the same channel. If you have an especially bad feedback prob-

lem, try making the first few filters 1/5-octave filters.

5.2. Important operating Considerations

5.2.1. Power-off Memory


FBX stores the positions and depths of the filters in nonvolatile internal memory when the unit is turned off or during a

power failure. The unit will return all filters to their previous frequencies and depths when it is turned back on.

5.2.2. Bypass Mode

The FBX has a true power-off bypass. The signal is unaffected in Bypass mode even if the unit is turned off.

5.2.3. Setup Mode

NOTE: Setup mode is for pre-performance audio setup only, and will cause distortion in your audio program if left on dur-

ing performance. You must follow the setup procedure outlined in the previous section, and do not play program during Setup

mode. Otherwise the FBX will clip and filters may be set improperly. (Clip level is set to the lowest level so the feedback clips

quickly; therefore, your program will also be clipped in setup mode. Be sure a dynamic filter is set, and if one isn’t, press the

READY button before your program begins.)

You’ll know the FBX1210 is in setup mode when the SETUP button is lit.

NOTE: You can manually override Setup mode if necessary.

5.2.4. Mobile vs. Stationary Microphones

One significant advantage offered by the Sabine family of FBX Feedback Exterminator products is their ability to adapt to changing

acoustical relationships involving sound system components in various applications. One major source of potential feedback prob-

lems arises in situations with wireless microphones, when the user of the wireless mic is moving around the performance area. As a

microphone moves in a sound space, with varying degrees of proximity to the speakers and varying acoustic responses, feedback

frequencies may shift. In such a situation, feedback-free mobility may be more important a concern than maximum system gain.
For this reason we recommend setting FBX filters for mobile microphones by moving to the various possible microphone locations

and setting filters for those locations. As the Setup instructions show, raise the system gain and set the FBX filters in each predict-

able location.
In some situations, increasing the number of dynamic filters (versus fixed FBX filters) may allow a second layer of defense against

new feedback from new locations. This technique is recommended if you cannot predict where the performer may roam. But fixed

FBX filters placed in the setup procedure are still your best bet because the feedback filters are already set.

SeCtIon FIVe — How to USe FBX FeAtUreS

Dynamic FBX filters: Factory default of 3 Dynamic

filters flashing just before reset.

5.1.3. resetting FBX Filters

All FBX filters: To reset all FBX filters, follow the directions in Sec-

tion 4.2.
Dynamic FBX filters only:
To reset only Dynamic filters, press RESET

DYNAMICS until the current Dynamic filter LEDs flash and then turn

off. Release the button.