The FR212 is an FRFR cab (Full Range, Flat Response) in a traditional backline style for guitarists who want the big look and sound of guitar backline coupled with the technology to use the full features of today's guitar amp modelling products.
The FR212 is a mono cab featuring two custom built, high powered (500W continuous power handling) lightweight 12" neodymium drivers and a single 1" HF compression driver with a custom designed passive crossover network handling the overall signal. The cabinet is tuned and ported as you'd expect to give the optimally flat response with an extended bottom end to handle 6 strings and beyond. It achieves this impressive bass performance with a flat response inherent in the design of the cabinet and porting rather than an artificial, electronically boosted bass.
Matrix worked with one of Europe's leading driver manufacturers on this project, trialing a number of custom built drivers before settling on one which met their exact specifications. The emphasis on this design was in matching the bass to the treble in a manner that allowed the best transient response, and maintaining a linear phase relationship throughout the working range of the cab. Minimising the phase shifts and getting the flattest possible response greatly assists in accurate reproduction of impulse responses, providing minimum coloration to the signal. The HF compression driver we chose is particularly flat and accurate, and again, is custom built for Matrix, specially for this speaker.
The FR212 is capable of handling the loudest band and stage situations with ease whilst providing a big full sound that feels like a 4x12 with a wide sound coverage and great off axis sound reproduction. The combination of the two custom built bass and HF drivers provides a consistent, even response throughout the frequency range. Put well recorded music through the cab and you will appreciate the work Matrix has put in. Clean, detailed and accurate - sounding like a large, well controlled studio monitor or large hi-fi system ... yet with the power to fill a stage and ruggedness to cope with the working life of band backline.
The passive version is designed to be used with the existing range of Matrix amplifiers, matching their highest power ratings to deliver uncompromising sound.
Weighing in at an impressive 23.7kg (52.2 lbs) the FR212 is comparable with other 2x12's on the market but few can match the 1kw programme power handling or impressive sound quality of the FR212.