BassBox Lite - Box Design Software
Lite is a streamlined or "Lite" version of BassBox Pro, our premier
speaker box design program, without a driver database. It offers 85% of
the most powerful speaker box design features of the Pro version while
using a condensed user interface that combines the graphs with the main
window. BassBox Lite offers additional cost savings by providing an
extensive on-screen manual instead of a printed manual.|
Easy to Learn and
BassBox Lite has many features that make it very easy to learn
and use. This is underscored by its top-notch graphics design. For
example, BassBox Lite received a first-place graphic
design award in 2000 for
its package design from NEATO, the label products company.
When BassBox Lite is first run, a
Welcome window (shown below) will appear to help you configure the program
and introduce you to its on-screen manual.
The on-screen manual (shown below) is extensive
and well illustrated. It is installed with the program and it can be used
by itself or it can be opened from within the program. It includes a "Box
Designer's Guide", "Sample Designs" and "BassBox Lite
BassBox Lite also includes a "balloon" help
feature (shown below). When the mouse pointer hovers over a control or
label, a small text box will appear to provide a definition or explanation
of the object below.
Box Design is as easy as 1-2-3
are many ways to begin a speaker design with BassBox Lite. You can begin
with a driver such as a woofer or you can begin with the box itself. For
- Enter the driver parameters such as Fs, Vas
and Qts. The Audio Links page of our website
contains links to the websites of many driver manufacturers to help you
locate driver parameters.
- Calculate the box volume and tuning. This is
very easy with the program's helpful "Suggest" button. It will cause
BassBox Lite to recommend a box that will produce a smooth bass
- Evaluate the performance with the graphs.
This can include the effects of the acoustical environment. For example,
BassBox Lite can estimate the in-car response in the graphs to show how
the speaker will sound to passengers inside a car.
Each box design can be saved and re-opened or
re-used later. As many as four different designs can be open at the same
time. Box designs can also be duplicated so that driver or box information
does not need to be re-entered.
The focus of BassBox Lite
is its compact main window (shown below) with a summary of all open
designs and the performance graphs. Up to four designs can be open
A mini preview graph is provided for each
design to show its amplitude response. These preview graphs are
automatically updated whenever a design is altered, providing "real time"
feedback. A small picture beside each mini graph displays the box type
that has been selected (closed, vented, bandpass or passive radiator). A
summary of the design parameters are listed below in a text
Nine full-size graphs are viewed one at a time
at the bottom of the main window. These are the same graphs available in
BassBox Pro and they enable you to analyze the performance of a speaker
design in detail. The Normalized Amplitude Response, System Impedance,
Phase Response and Group Delay graphs are provided for small-signal
analysis. The Custom Amplitude Response (shown above), Maximum Acoustic
Power, Maximum Electric Input Power, Cone Displacement and Vent Air
Velocity graphs are provided for large-signal analysis.
The graphs have numerous options including two
vertical and two horizontal scales, seven graph memories, cursor and an
export (copy) function via the Windows clipboard.
the driver and box is contained in the Design Properties window. The
Design Properties window uses eight tabs to organize the information. The
"Box" tab with a scaled drawing of the box is shown below:
Speaker designs can have multiple drivers,
including isobaric designs, with a variety of wiring options. Dual-voice
coil drivers are accommodated with separate parameters for each voice coil
Driver and box information only needs to be
entered once. Then it can be saved and re-used later in new designs.
Driver data can also be imported from an existing BassBox Lite or BassBox
Pro speaker design file without affecting the box data of the open
Design Many Different Box Types &
BassBox Lite models a wide variety of box types including
closed, vented, vented with active HP EQ filter (B6), single-tuned and
double-tuned bandpass and passive radiator boxes as shown
Twelve different box shapes are available as
The bass boost of
several simple acoustical environments can be estimated. For example, the
12 dB/octave rise in low frequency response of a typical motor vehicle
interior can be approximated and added to relevant graphs to simulate the
in-car bass response of the speaker.
Custom printouts can
be created which include the box and driver parameters, a
three-dimensional box drawing with internal and external dimensions, a
parts list with two-dimensional box part drawings, dimensions and cut
angles, an English fraction-to-decimal conversion table, wiring diagram
and nine graphs. A custom logo or graph can be imported and printed in the
BassBox 6 Lite can open
speaker design files from BassBox 6 Pro and older versions of BassBox
(versions 5.1, 5.0, 4.0 and 3.0).
BassBox Lite includes:
A BassBox Lite
license includes a CD-R disc with the BassBox Lite computer program and
thorough on-screen manual.
Microsoft® Windows® 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000 or XP and a
compatible computer (IBM® PC with a Pentium processor or equivalent) with
at least 16 Mbytes of RAM (recommended: 32 Mbytes or more as appropriate
for the Windows version), 16-22 Mbytes of free hard disk space and a CD-R
compatible CD-ROM or DVD drive. Also, the Verdana and Symbol TrueType fonts
must be installed (both fonts are a standard feature of