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private message

hi joe,you wrote and said you wanted to contact me with privat message and to give permission for this,i have tried to make you a buddy and put your name in the add users to buddy list but no list comes up when i do this nothing appears in the buddy list box..i am finding it hard to navigate all these different things on the site as i have never been on any type of forum before, i really want to get this right please help...tomRead More...
Hey thomas, I sent you a private message. Just click on the tab that says "new pm!"Read More...

eq and stuff...

hi,i have just purchased li model 2 with tone match..i am not tech savvy at all so will state that right away...first i am trying unsuccesfully to get a mike sound that suits me i have an sm58 and a rode s1 mic..i have only used a dynacord mixer before with normal bass treb mid gain and fader controls..and i am finding it difficult with two different eq"s + compression etc.. could you please explain in real laymans terms ie. how to adjust the two eq"s..is there any rule of thumb which one to...Read More...
Hi Joe,how do i change settings to accept private message...sorry tom.Read More...

POWER MIXER

HI I HAVE AN LI MODEL2 WITH TONEMATCH..BUT I ALSO HAVE A DYNACORD POWERMIXER, MY QUESTION IS..WHAT APPLICATIONS CAN I USE THIS MIXER WITH THE BOSE FOR..WE ARE A DUO WITH KEYBOARD AND GUITAR..AND TWO MICS..SO THAT TAKES ALL THE INPUTS ON THE AUDIO ENGINE..ALSO HOW DO YOU HOOK THE MIXER UP WITH THE LI AND WHAT ADVANTAGE COULD I GAIN FROM DOING THIS..I AM SORRY I AM NOT VERY TECH SAVVY WITH THIS KINDA STUFF AND WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR ANY HELP..ALSO I HAVE ALWAYS USED A BOSS CHORUS STOMPBOX ON MY...Read More...
Hi Neil, my mixer is a dynacord ps800..8 channel power mixer..Tom.Read More...

No bass from modules

f I own three l1s and now two don't have any lowend coming out of the bass modules. I've tried swapping modules and cords. I did have a couple of cords broken but that wasn't the problem. thanks for the help. WaltRead More...
Alex, Thanks for the response. I have three L1s and another member of the band has one currently his is the only one working properly. I've connected all four B1s(one at a time) , to his L1 all b1s and cords are working properly. What I find confusing is that if you plug in the B1 while there is sound going through the system the system cuts out for a second, then it recognizes the B1 and turns on correctly. on the three L1s that aren't working it doesn't even recognize the fact I've plugged...Read More...

T1 Output Balanced? Maximum cable length?

John S
Using a balanced cable out of the Master out of a T1, what is the maximum (within reason) cable length that can be used without substantial signal loss? (hoping for 80 feet) Thanks, JohnRead More...
Thanks, ST. I apologize for my laziness in not checking the wiki first. JohnRead More...

preset and flat

Hello everyone, sorry my English but I used the google translator, I am Italian, I hope you understand my question. My current status is L1 mod.1, MatrixOne (www.essound.com) which is both a mixer with effects that a midi and mp3 player and an arranger, midi keyboard connected to MatrixOne, 2 mic (beta58 for me and SM58 for voice and sax for my wife). The master outputs of Matrixone to connect the L1 ch1 and ch2 preset 00 and everything works fine. But I want to exploit, and the effects of...Read More...
Hello Alex, We have Bose L1 experts in Italy. Would you like me to introduce them to you? KenRead More...

Tomematch selection dial

Hello. Just last night I noticed on my Tonematch unit that when I went to the EQ setting, the parametric field comes up. And when I go to the parametric setting, it stays at the parametric setting. It seems that other settings from the command knob are all not going to the correct places. (very strange)I just did a firmware update, and no change. I also tried several times just shutting it off and a restart... nothing. This unit is 1.5 years old and never had I had a problem. HELP WHAT CAN I...Read More...
Hi Alex. I have tried all that and I will be calling. I do currently have my Tonematch unit at Guitar Center here in East Brunswick NJ where the guys are looking at it. I will contact you(or they will) if they cant resolve the issue. Thanks,and I will be in touch.Read More...

Using 3 L1 Classics for Church Band

My church needs help running 3 classics and they insist on running through a mixing board. I'm a DJ using the system and while I know a little about mixing boards I'm not sure how to do this. Here are the details. They have a ceiling mounted JBL system for the minister etc and are using it as well through the board. Board is a 32 channel Behringer. Keyboard-No Vocal Drums-No Vocal Guitar 1-No Vocal Guitar 2 Vocal Bass/Acoustic Guitar-Vocal Acoustic Gutar-Vocal 2 Background Vocals That would...Read More...
Hello Bobby, Thanks for using the sketcher to outline your configuration. With a standard mixer you do have the opportunity to use the left output of the mixer to go into channel 3 of the left system, and same for the right. You would also use an auxiliary send to go to the middle L1. With this setup, you can utilize the mixer's panning controls to "assign" sources to their respective L1 system. For example, you can pan the keyboard to the left so that it matches where the keyboardist is on...Read More...

Conference Sound

Hi, I am an international conference organiser/presenter and I am fed up with paying AV companies through the nose for only half decent sound support. If I took an L1 around with me, how large a conference hall could I fill with sound? We normally have 100 seater venues around the size of a tennis court. I would only be using it to amplify my speech through a head mic. Silver.Read More...
I use Bose speakers for my PC, iPod sound-dock and I have a wave radio - so I am no stranger to the Bose web site. I saw the L1 there. I would be interested to hear if anyone lese is using this for conference PA. JohnRead More...

Help controling echo in gym style building

We are currently using an L1 model II and a tone match audio engine as our sound system for church services in a gym style building with a stage. I am getting more echo with the pastor's lapel mic then I think we should be. The ZEQ is set as: Low (-8.0db) Mid (-9.0db) High (-4.2db) Para EQ: Level (-10.0db) Freq (65hz) Width (0.36oct) Comp1 thresh (-45.5 db) Gain (4.0db) Modulator bypass Delay bypass Reverb: Mix 29% Bright 18% Reverb type: Medium time 1.75s Bal. 50%Read More...
Yes! The rubber ball analogy is perfect.Read More...

Updating software - HELP!!

ftb
I have downloaded all the software for Rickenbacker guitars but I have now only three user settings: Rickenbacker, Taylor guitars, Audix mics. I have tried to download other software: L1 updater, and all I receive is 'The selected file is not compatible. Please select a compatible file'. What am I doing wrong and how do I get the tone match settings back? My computer is a MacBook Pro and the software is version 10.5.6 HELP! FTBRead More...
Eric-at-Bose Thanks for all your help. Went away, had a cup of tea, came back to it and all became clear. My journey from analogue to digital is improving every day! Thanks again FTBRead More...

updating L1Model2 firmware

I downloaded the L1 Updater and successful updating the T1 ver 1.8 firmware, but was unable to update the L1M2 firmware version 1.3. The Updater did not display it on its list, despite having downloaded it and having it on my desktop. Using a Mac 10.4.11 system. How do I do this?Read More...
Dear Pete, I would have a few questions for you here; first did you download the L1 Updater Tool for Mac? Second, did you extract the file once it was on your desktop? Then once you load up the L1 Updater Tool, did you click on the button "update" to the right of where it states "firmware ver 1.3"? After clicking this button, it should allow you to "find" the file on your desktop through pop-up screens. Once the file is selected, it should take about 10 minutes to load up the new firmware. I...Read More...

headphones

I have a ToneMatch and a L1M2 and PCDJVJ on a computer,how can I listen to one track while playing another track???? This is easy when useing a dj mixer but the sound isn't as good as when using the ToneMatch.If you can solve this problem I would be SOOOOO happy.Read More...
Donald, I use OTS. What I do is plug the headphones into the headphone jack on the computer. On the software, I set the cue output to the computer sound card and main output to Bose USB. works great. I am assuming that you can make those settings in PCDJRead More...

additional mixer for lines and recording

Good Day all, Using L1 model 2, T1, Vista laptop with usb off T1 for recording and playback. All is right with the world! Love the system, the sound etc. mostly 1-2 guitars vocal/s. Just downloaded Audacity and pretty excited about the possibilities there as well. However, for the drop ins and parties which now brings me to 6 or more inputs needed, I'll use a mixer and run 1/4 inch cable to power stand analog input and we still have sound getting to tower. If I want to record what's...Read More...
Good Day all! Thanks for the input and ideas. I was home over the weekend and was using a Yamaha MG82CX which has onboard effects. Came out of one of 82's stereo outputs, panned hard to left or right and came into T1 Channel 3 (could have been any channel)for additional guitar and set presets for Taylor on that channel(closest desired preset)and then came out of T1 with USB to laptop using Audacity Software. Obviously I'm only getting one channel, but am able to record what's coming out of...Read More...

Bose 802 Series II speakers

Hi. Please help me. I bought a pair of Bose 802 series 2 speakers, but don't have the controller. Could I use a Bose 901 active equalizer for the 802 speakers? How about an 802E equalizer? or do I have to get the 802C systems controller? PLEASE HELP. Thanks.Read More...
musicnmotionz, Welcome to the L1 Users Forum. The following Bose controllers are compatible with your 802 series II speakers: 802C 802C II Panaray System Digital Controller Panaray System Digital Controller II NeilRead More...

other forums

Hi, I was a previous owner of the L1, but I couldnt really get used to the mono sound (I play keyboards) so I sold it and moved over to a Bose 502a stereo and 502b sub system. My question is are there any forums around for these, and indeed the 802 systems that anyone can point me to? I know this is a dedicated L1 forum but I can not find any other references. Thanks edit: original message was damaged and subsequently restoredRead More...
Hi Miden, We do not have an online users forum for anything but the L1 family of products. You could try the forums at Harmony Central. With best regards, KenRead More...

EQ.

HI,CAN YOU TELL ME IN WHICH ORDER IS BEST TO USE THE TWO EQ,S..ZEQ AND PARA EQRead More...
Hey Thomas, Thank you for your question. On the T1, the Eq section is laid out by ‘stages’ of Eq. The first stage would be utilizing the Tonematch preset to match your source or if you decide to go 'flat', meaning no EQ, then leaving it with no preset. The second stage would be the zEq setting which is a 3 band equalizer that directly adjusts the low, mid, and high frequencies of the Tonematch preset you've selected. The third stage is the Para eq which allows you to pinpoint a certain...Read More...

Connecting L1 model I and II together

We own both a bose L1 model I and model II with a T1 Tone match. We only have 1 Tone match which we use with the Model II. We usually only use the Model II tower with the tone match but I want to know if the model 1 and model II can be connected together and both controlled through the one T1 tone match? If so I need to know the best way to connect them?Read More...
Dear schar, Don't worry about being a newbie. I was, and getting the basics down was pretty easy. Let us know how things are going and whether you need any more help. KenRead More...

L1 compact vs L1 for karaoke

Howdy. I'm new to the KJ world. My friend is a KJ and uses the L1 with two bass units. It has great sound. But, then I saw the L1 compact. I have a system with huge Harbinger speakers for big events. I'm looking for something easy to transport and set up that still delivers good output and quality sound for the average bar and wedding. How does the sound and output compare between the two systems? Would it be comparable to have to L1 compacts? If I ran two L1 compacts should I also use a...Read More...
Hi Chuck, Welcome to the L1 Users Forum. The L1 Compact is extremely portable and offers excellent performance. It is very easy to connect two systems together to cover a larger room if needed. The L1 model I and model II systems are similiar in sound quality to the L1 Compact however sound from their loudspeakers will drop off more gradually than that of the L1 Compact. For many rooms this difference may be very subtle. The best way to know if the L1 Compact will fit the bill is to take...Read More...

Musician Purchase Program Still Active?

When I purchaed my inital L1 Model1, I did it through one of your Bose Musician contacts....after seeing his system and being ready to purchase, he had a Bose rep contact me. I did a purchase plan where Boe did an auto withdrawal from my account every month, with no intersst for a year. It was a great way for musicians like me to be able to finance a system and take advantage of it,,,,,just wondering if this type of program is still in place as I am seriously thinking about upgrading to...Read More...
SkipCourt, You may be referring to the musicians who were called Assisted Direct reps back then. We're called Referral Specialists now. TomRead More...

45 day trial period

hi,iam new to the forum and need some help..i want to buy the l1 model 2 with tonematch engine at the moment i am living in almeria spain but dont speak a lot of spanish i saw one in a shop in almeria called sonhidal but i dont know if they are official dealers or not..so i looked on your web site and found the address of your dealer in spain who is..mr mariano garcia ferrer..gaplasa sa.avda ing conde torroja 25 madrid 28022 spain...my question is...if i bought it from madrid which is a very...Read More...
Thomas Doyle, Welcome to the forum. I would suggest contacting the authorized Bose dealer and asking them this question. They are the only ones that can provide you with a direct answer. Thi sis the best way to make sur ethat you receive accurate information. Thank you, NeilRead More...

firmware

hi i am new to bose..?..what is firmware. Tom.Read More...
Hi Thomas, Firmware, in general terms, is just another way of saying software. For a "proper" definition, follow this link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firmware, and you can get a sense of what firmware is used for. Thanks for writing, Eric-at-BoseRead More...

Using only One Extention With Bose Compact L1

Does anyone know of any reason why only one extention can be used with the Bose Compact L1? I noticed in the manual on page 5 under item number 1 there is a warning that both extentions are to be used rather than a single extention. What harm could be done by using only one - if any. HammerRead More...
Neil, Thanks. That is great to hear. It certainly makes sense that that is the best sound situation for most applications. It's nice to hear that in situations like mine above, I could put it on a table with 1 extension, and get the speaker about the same height as it normally would be on a floor with 2 and have easier access to the controls.Read More...

L1 Model II settings for EQ

Please help me. I'm a solo singer to backing tracks using IPOD. I've been told my music sounds tinny. This is when using it in a big room. I've got many bookings this year in large areas and outside venues and I'm worried because I have absolutely no musical technical knowledge so don't know how to set base to my sound and my mic sound. I know you have lo mid and high but mine are all set to zero. I guess I could make them higher or lower but I need to know what it really means. Also can I...Read More...
Hey Rita - Please keep in mind when you say As good as the L1 is there are limitations. When you are you told that your sound is "tinny", where are these people in relation to the L1. How loud are you? How many B1's are you using? If it is a large room or outside how much of that area are you being required to fill up with your music? Outside sound can easily be blown around if it is windy. Sometimes you just can't control the enviroment. Also don't be afraid to turn a eq knob to see what it...Read More...

Looking for nuMetal suggestion for 7 string using L1 and Marshall 100HDFX

I guess my request says it all. Looking for the growl of bands like Sevendust and Pantera but need the ambient sound of the L1 Double Bass system w/ ToneMatch which I own presently. I'm using a Schecter S-7 7 String through a slanted cabon the Marshall which sounds like virtual **** when cranked. Ideas? Consodering Boss GT Pro straight through L1 or other Digi pedals but concerned about sound quality during an amp -less performance. Tube Screamer is another idea...Read More...
Hey Chas, For a Sevendust/ Pantera type tone the best option may be one of the many amp mods on the market. I haven't used the GT Pro, I have spoken to many cusotmers who have used other pedals like the Line 6 pod - and were quite happy with the performance. Although we don't specifically endorse any of them, I was able to find a download for the pod to get a Slayer patch. This may be worth investigating. http://line6.com/modelPacks/metal.html Thank you for the questionRead More...
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