Barefoot Sound hit a sweet spot when it introduced the Footprint01, the first in a new line of active 3-way speakers designed specifically for today’s evolving production workflows. Recording engineers, producers, composers, musicians and beat-makers as well as post-production professionals quickly recognized that the Footprint01 offered the sonic character and design features of Barefoot Sound’s high-end studio monitors, but in a smaller package and at a more affordable price.
Second in the Footprint line is the Footprint02, a similar but smaller active nearfield speaker at an even more affordable price, offering the same uncompromising audio quality and design characteristics as the Footprint01. However, these two models don’t just share each other’s looks and quality; they also feature the same Barefoot signature designs — Dual-Force™ technology opposing subwoofers, dual-ring radiator tweeters, and Multi-Emphasis Monitor Emulation™ or MEME — technology first featured in their flagship MicroMain and MiniMain series.
The Footprint02 bears a striking resemblance to its larger counterpart, the Footprint01, featuring side-mounted dual opposing paper cone subwoofers, a dual-ring radiator tweeter, and an aluminum cone midrange driver set in an aluminum front sub-baffle. Its sleek, rounded corners and edges minimize cabinet diffraction. The front baffle speaker configuration is instantly recognizable, with the tweeter positioned below the midrange woofer, an unconventional geometry that creates acoustic focus at the center of the cabinet.
Inside they are nearly identical. The Footprint02 houses 2-way DSP crossover feeds, dual Class D amplifiers modules, as befits its reduced cabinet dimensions which is about 60 percent the volume of the Footprint01. Dual opposing 6.5-inch opposing subwoofers offering deep bass extension. The Footprint02 may be small but it is mighty, offering all the characteristics of a Barefoot Sound speaker — exemplary sound quality, 3-D imaging and wide dynamic range.
Dual-Force is a core Barefoot technology, placing two subwoofers in opposition to eliminate cabinet vibrations, eliminating all vibration at the source. The only sound heard comes from the drivers, not the cabinet.
The dual ring radiator tweeter is another key design component. As the wavelength of high frequency information approaches the diameter of a tweeter diaphragm, the dispersion begins to narrow, adversely affecting the image. Combining a center waveguide with the dual ring tweeter ensures a wider high frequency dispersion pattern at the listening position.
Barefoot’s MEME technology enhances the versatility of the Footprint02, allowing it to fit into a broad range of applications: playback room, mobile setup, home, and production environments. MEME offers true emulations modeled on the performance and character of mix cube speakers, the infamous white coned speaker we all know well, and consumer hi-fi speakers, allowing the mixer the ability to reference all of those iconic monitors with a flick of a switch. No more need of multiple monitors cluttering up your bridge.
|3-way active monitor with MEME™ voice emulation
|Input level stepped attenuator, MEME™ voice select
|Balanced XLR, 20k Ohm Impedance
|90dB @ 1 meter with -15dBV input signal (Level control set to 0dB)
|42Hz – 45kHz (±3dB), 52Hz – 40kHz (±1dB)
|-3 dB @ 36Hz, Q = 0.707
Slope = 18 dB/octave asymptotic
|13 liters total internal volume, Sealed woofer and midrange enclosures, Machined aluminum baffle plate, Acoustic damping throughout
|180 / 3600 Hz (Passive crossover between Midrange and Tweeter)
|1″ ring radiator, Low distortion motor, Rear waveguide chamber
|4.0″ aluminum cone, Aluminum phase plug, Low distortion motor
|6.5″ paper composite cone, low distortion motor, Dual-Force™
|High Frequency Amplifier:
|Low Frequency Amplifier:
|AC Power Input:
|85 VAC to 265 VAC
|Idle: 14W, Maximum: 400W
|Speaker: 27.9 lbs each (12.7 kg)
Shipping: 33.6 lbs each (15.3 kg)
|Cabinet: 12.12 x 8.7 x 13.0 inches (308 x 222 x 330 mm)
Overall: 12.12 x 9.50 x 13.6 inches (308 x 241 x 330 mm)