The Acoustic Image UpShot Speaker Cabinet is a highly unique compact speaker system that can be used for bass, guitar and keyboards, and most any other instrument. The cabinet is 11 inches diameter, 6 inches high and weighs 11.5 pounds. So tiny it can be carried in a backpack.
The UpShot uses AI's proprietary 10‐inch driver mounted in a cylindrical enclosure with the driver firing upwards (hence, the name). Along with our Clarus SL series of amps, it becomes a compact, highly portable, high performance amplification system for acoustic instruments.
The design was inspired by storied New York bassist Harvie S and AI also refers to the UpShot as the Harvie S Signature Model. Harvie has been testing a prototype in various venues in NYC and has concluded:
“The speaker is changing the whole way a bass player lives. I'm on my first gig with it and everyone loves the sound of it. I walked in just carried it like I was carrying a small briefcase. This thing is so great.”
“I played a trio gig last night at the Kitano. I used the [UpShot] and everyone said it was the best bass sound they ever heard in that room. Most people thought that I didn't have an amp but they could hear the bass perfectly.”
One of the technical hurdles faced by such a small cabinet is that the transient response is degraded by the underdamped resonance of the speaker in the small cab. In technical terms, the system has a high Q (quality of resonance). AI uses an approach they call “Q Control Technology” to significantly reduce the Q and improve the transient response. In the product photos you will see that there is a vent on the bottom of the cabinet. The vent is stuffed with a specific material to control the Q at resonance.
The UpShot is designed to be placed on the floor, close to the player so that the musician can clearly hear his/her instrument. The omnidirectional nature of the sound resulting from the driver being close to the floor, allows the instrument to be clearly heard on the bandstand and throughout the club.
Everyone who plays an amplified instrument should own one ... or several. Please buy them in bulk quantities from SOUNDISLANDMUSIC.COM! ;-)
PLEASE SEE OUR BUNDLE WITH THE CLARUS SL SERIES HEAD AMPLIFIERS AND BACKPACK! Includes a 10-ft speaker cable.