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Succeeding in the Performing Arts: Introduction

Ken-at-Bose
Hi Folks, For the past few years, we've had discussions amongst the moderators and others about the idea of collecting our experiences in the performing arts (mostly live music) into some short essays that might help to disseminate the knowledge. The time has come to begin this effort. Each "lesson learned" will be a new thread, whose title will begin with "SUCCEEDING IN THE PERFORMING ARTS" followed by a colon and few words about the topic. We are completely comfortable, in fact we are...Read More...
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Derby Party Gig

Oldghm
A few weeks back I was hired to play a Derby party. I did not know the host, nor did the host know me, I was suggested by someone else who could not do the gig. A few days after being hired the host called and wanted to know if I would mind adjusting the schedule to allow for a band to play in my agreed on time slot. I discovered he had been trying to hire an up and coming country artist before calling me and it didn't look like it would happen, then at the last minute he became available. I...Read More...
Hi ST, I agree. These guys reminded me of Eagles concerts I've been to in the past. Every note is pre planned. I admire and am impressed with the talent level it takes to play like that but I too prefer the vulnerability, and spontaneity of in the moment interaction. The drummer was the most disciplined I've seen in awhile, perhaps ever. He was just as deliberative as the guitarist or the bassist, never seemed to be playing busy, simply for the rhythm, but consciously making good music. I...Read More...
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Kemper Profiling Amp and the L1 Model II, (or L1 Compact or S1 Pro)

ST
I was telling a buddy about my great experience playing a Mesa Boogie Lonestar 30 1x12 combo amp over the weekend. He's a drummer but he knows that amp and really likes it. The fellow who owns it saw how much I liked it and offered to sell it to me at a great price. Why? Because both he are the amp are 65 (amp in pounds, he in years) and although he loves the sound, he hates moving it around. A few years ago I might have snapped up that amp in a heartbeat. But as I told my buddy the drummer,...Read More...
With a change in lighting to the first pic, BOTH left and right L1 systems are easily seen:Read More...
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Tablets on Stage

ST
Happy New Year! With the recent activity in Is Your Repertoire Defined by Your Memory? ( latest posts ) I wanted to check in on what you are using for technology on stage. I'm still using my Surface Tablets as I described in a previous discussion Microsoft Surface 2 Pro and original Surface RT. --∈∞ΘΞ Please click the picture for more details ΞΘ∞∋-- Gear I got the Surface 2 Pro and use it when I'm creating content, writing, drawing, making annotations. I still have the original Surface RT...Read More...
Hi ST, Interesting post, but just about what I've come to expect from many today. Music streaming instead of having a look through ones collection to see what you fancy listening to. Music being created on computers rather than using instruments that you can take into a forest and play your favourite songs. Those are just 2 examples. Don't get me wrong here. I think that all tastes should be catered for. However, some of them I will go out of my way to avoid if possible. Many songs I could...Read More...
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T4S with S1 Pro Gig Report

I played a benefit yesterday using a T4S mixer and one S1Pro. There were several hundred people in a huge hall that had a Big Bose house system. I put the S1 behind me sitting on a piano one of the bands used. I single-miked with my Ear Trumpet Louise mike but plugged my Gibson lg in to run at low volume with chorus. I set it to where it sounded good to my ears coming out of the S1 and then lined it out to the house system. The sound guy set everything neutral, reluctantly, but smiled when I...Read More...
Very nice report. Thanks for sharing.Read More...
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What's more important; what you hear or what the audience hears?

ST
Here are some things I've heard from performers. I have to be inspired by my sound before I can give an inspired show to the audience. Most of the time the audience will not hear the difference between a $300 guitar and a $3000 guitar. So why spend the money? It's good enough for live. I regularly play at a venue with a mediocre sound system. The monitors are ugly, and the sound in the house is muddy. Whenever I play there, I bring my Bose gear even though I know the regulars are happy...Read More...
CCC, so true. Besides my trio, I run sound for a local Southern Gospel vocal group and the first thing I had them do was save up for their own portable sound system for exactly that reason. As the group mostly plays small to medium sized churches, the house PA's are generally horrid...and the churches we play at generally see our little Presonus Studiolive / QSC K-series system as light shining from Heaven. (Btw, I used my dual L1 Compact setup for some small gigs we did recently, and guess...Read More...
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Why do you play? Why do you perform?

ST
Can you folks help me with something? It speaks to our reason for being here. Why do you play music? -= and =- Why do you perform? Thanks! ST I asked this question in 2006. Please reply here before looking at the old thread . Thanks.Read More...
Hi Lawdy, Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community. I'm glad you joined us. Thanks for introducing yourself. It's nice to get to know you. STRead More...
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Who is the customer: the venue or the audience?

ST
In your business model, who is the customer? Venue People in the audience STRead More...
We play at a local fine dining-on-one-side bar-on-the-other-side venue quite often. Have played there almost 100 times. No two evenings are the same. We have it worked out with the bar manager, who also books the bands. If there are business meetings going on and they are selling a lot of food in the restaurant and the bar is relatively quiet, we pull the volume way back,. Some evenings, we pack the bar and it turns into a concert. If we are the reason they came, we crank it up as loud as we...Read More...
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L1 on tour with Ariko

Starvin
Introduction Homegrown in Tiny, Ontario, Ariko features the rich vocal harmonies and dynamic fiddle stylings of the Lefaive sisters along with a driving and energetic rhythm section delivered by their parents Laura and Louis and friend Rick Patenaude. Their repertoire consists of fiddle driven original and traditional music performed in English and French. Ariko is presently on tour throughout the province of Ontario in Canada playing festivals, community centres and schools. ST encouraged...Read More...
Hey guys Just got back from our last mini tour. It started in Wawa Ont. then Chapleau,Hearst, Kapuskasing and finally Timmins. We had a great time , met some really nice, interesting people and saw some cool things. You have to love that northern hospitality. We brought the Bose setup for what we thought was the one school workshop we had. The rest of the tour was supposed to be sound supplied. Thank God for that school because 3 of the venues either had sub-standard PA or no PA at all. We...Read More...
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Relevance in the 21st Century - What are you playing these days?

ST
What music are you playing these days? I have been trying to find music that means something to my audience today. That is, a different audience than I have known in the decades gone by. Have you changed the content of your show lately? How do you choose what to play? Things that I have been doing lately: Asking the staff and management at the places where I play for ideas. Listening to music has been written lately. For me, that's anything written in this century. Learning some of this new...Read More...
Love the term "Melody-deficient". O..Read More...
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Musicians - What are you driving?

ST
I remember the day I realized I could pack enough L1 Classics into a car to support my four piece band. That was the day I sold my band van. What are you driving to gigs these days? What are you putting in it? DJs and KJs we've got a discussion for you: DJs and KJS - What are you driving?Read More...
Yes, this is true... I am a musician, live sound engineer, studio engineer and DJ.Read More...
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Shure SM58 vs. Shure Beta 58 - What's the difference?

ST
We often talk about these Shure microphones as options to connect to our Bose equipment. Here's an article from Shure that talks about the differences. Shure SM58 vs. Shure Beta 58 - What's the difference? Here is a more detailed article Enjoy. STRead More...
Yes for the same reasons I listed above.Read More...
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What's changed for you in live sound?

ST
In another discussion, I got a chance to reflect on how things have changed in live sound. A few years ago I would have scoffed at the ideas I would: Play a carbon fibre guitar for most of my acoustic gigs Use a 16-pound, battery-powered portable PA for real gigs Use a 12-pound amp profiler through a personal PA to replace all my guitar amps I've changed my thinking about what's possible and the value I can get for my money. What kinds of things have changed for you? STRead More...
Here's an example of how things have changed. Someone can ask a question and a community like we have here will rise to the challenge to help Wireless Mic Experiences with L1M2 and folks on the sidelines can follow along and learn. Wonderful. STRead More...
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What prevents you from enjoying the performance?

ST
We've talked about Why do you play? Why do you perform? What prevents you from enjoying the performance? Let's see what we've got in common and share ideas and solutions. Thanks! STRead More...
Thinking about this, "What prevents you from enjoying the performance?" I decided to go the other way and think about what I personally enjoy about musical performances. I like story songs, ballads, melodic music. I like good harmony, clear vocals, a sensitivity to the story being told and a delivery that convinces me the story teller has been there, done that. Good musicianship. I am a mediocre musician at best, self taught, play by ear, relatively little band experience. I marvel at good...Read More...
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Points East on 2 L1 M2's

Points East on 2 L1M2 2xB1 Terrific sound! Best the venue has ever heard!Read More...
To be honest we've just started using this set up with 2 L1's. Only a few gigs in. Have not experienced phasing issues yet. Using the L/R outputs will allow me to quickly route signals to either L1 base (rather than both).Read More...
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Gig pictures!

S1 saved the day! I’ve attached photos of a gig I did a couple of weeks ago at a large catering hall for a 60th birthday. I didn’t see the venue prior to the gig but I knew it was large. To my surprise it was separated into two areas. The main dining area (Pic 1 and 3).And another area thru the barn sliding door that turned out to be a lobby area with a separate bar and was set up to be a gambling area.(Pic 2 and 4)The second area was actually larger than the dining area. I brought my Bose...Read More...
We has a very similar situation where the venue was L shaped so the other area was off to the side and behind us! We did the same thing where we ran the S1 on battery and simply plugging it in an Aux Out on our mixer (not a T1) pointing off in that other direction. Sounds quality was great comin out of the L1 into the S1 and the customers were amazed they could hear the music so well. We were one of the only groups who projected sound into both areas. The owner was extremely impressed with...Read More...
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Li M2 + B2 and T1 Tonematch

Hi Guys Following on from the issues with clipping and feedback in my last thread I just had to report back about my brilliant weekend using my L1 Model 2 and B2 with the T1 and my new KMS 105 mic. Following the advice given by ST about settings in the T1, I checked and found the compressor was set so I bypassed it then set the trim using the loudest vocal track and set the volume independently. I never did it this way until reading ST's advice. Master volume was at 12 o'clock and I simply...Read More...
Wonderful @Geoff happy to “hear” things went so well. We just did an “Irish” wake for a dear friend of ours whose wife of 56 years passed away. There was 120+ folks in attendance in a long rectangular room with somewhat high ceilings and we played through our L1 M2. We wanted people to hear us, but also be able to comfortably talk as well. The L1 performed perfectly. I honestly can’t think of a better system for that sort of room/playing situation.Read More...
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Sunburst Gear CTS1-BLK tripod speaker stands review

Oh, yeah, the Sunburst Gear CTS1-BLK tripod speaker stands. Pros: Fold up nice and tight, they're just a little over a foot long folded in the case. Very nice protective case. They don't weigh a whole lot. Pretty sturdy - certainly with our 14 pound S1s. Correct size post, actuates switch in mounting hole to change EQ. They will EASILY fit in my Miata with all the rest of my toys. Cons: Don't be in a hurry putting them up -- there are about 16-17 moves involved in extending and locking the 5...Read More...
Oh, yeah, I wouldn't tilt these stands back too far with S1s on board... A couple of inches of tilt would probably be OK - but I haven't tried it.Read More...
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El One The Inventor appearing Saturday with Wachadoo

El One
At the Natick Elks Club, Natick MA. www.natickelks.org . Saturday night. See our website www.wachadoo.com for everything you ever needed to know. Plus you can sign up for our mailing list. "Not happy with your life insurance?" This is better. We’ll be playing all original songs from our first album (“Say What?”) and from our newest, “Little White Lie”, now in final edits. Simply put, this is a rare musical treat for all. Even though we’re not playing famous songs by fancy A-list artists,...Read More...
Hi Everybody! In case it's not super clear - the fine fellow who posted the announcement above is Cliff Henricksen. He invented the L1® . I had the privilege to hear him in the original L1 band. The next day I got my first L1. If you're anywhere near Natick Elks Club, Natick MA. www.natickelks.org . Saturday night, take in the show. I would if I could. STRead More...
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Bose S1 Pro - Gig Report in a clubhouse

Hi gang Just thought I'd post some details about my recent gig using just my S1. It was a smallish venue, one of those retirement villages with their own little clubhouse which will hold around 100 at capacity. I've played the venue before so I knew the layout, I arrived with one Compact and my S1, which I always have onboard. On arrival they explained that due to flu and weather only 45 were coming so I decided just to use the S1, the thought of a five minute break-down ready for the two...Read More...
Yeah totally agree. I have the S1 Pro and two Compacts and also the M2 with B2 so all my PA needs are pretty well covered. Sure is great to have a choice. I agree about the L1 M2, that thing packs a hefty punch, especially with the B2....wow!! I have to admit that I do actually have quite a fondness for my Compacts, especially both set up together and running in stereo from my T4s, the sound is pretty inspiring. Somebody once said they thought it was a CD playing, they didn't realize it was...Read More...
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Bose S1 Pro

Hi Gang Just thought I’d post details about the gig I did today using my newly purchased S1. When the gig was booked they specified they only wanted gentle easy listening in the background and they only expected around 40 people, so off I set with both my Compacts and the newly purchased S1. I knew it was a church hall so I went prepared because these places tend to vary in size. I got to the venue and with only 40 expected I decided not to set up on the stage and went in close and set up...Read More...
Very cool! Thanks for filling us in.Read More...
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L1 Systems and Acoustic Guitar Feedback Busters

Matt Wahl
I had an interesting experience last night. I've been playing this fun patio show at a nice hotel in downtown Knoxville the past few Friday nights. I go guitar and vocals into my T1, Master out to my L1 Compact and Aux out to my S1 Pro as a monitor in the floor wedge position. Last night I had to set up in a new spot and I was having a lot of trouble with the low end of my acoustic guitar. After about 2 hours of fighting it, I remembered that I have a feedback buster (rubber sound hole plug)...Read More...
Hi again Matt, "security blanket" Here's an afterthought. Set up the T1, and then don't make any changes to it for a whole set (or gig). Make any changes directly on the S1 Pro and L1 Compact. See how that goes. STRead More...
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Bose In Carnegie Hall? Ever?

Mike in Texas
Does anyone know if our beloved Bose systems have ever been used onstage at Carnegie Hall? I know that "In here, you don't have to shout", but.. (my brother-in-law is part of a large men's vocal chorus that just performed there - soloists used mics, but not the ensemble, and this got me curious..) Thanks, if anyone knows..Read More...
Hi Mike, It's good to hear from you. I've circulated your question. I'll let you know what comes back. Cheers! STRead More...
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Loving my Bose Compacts and Model 2

Hi gang I am posting a couple of pics from recent gigs showing my Model 2 and Compact in use. I use the Model 2 at venues that are over the 150 capacity and my Compacts for the smaller venues, sometimes I can get by with just one Compact. I love my Bose and really enjoy being part of the Bose family and I don't think I could have got by without this forum, so thanks to you all and happy gigging! GeoffRead More...
Hi ST The guitar in the first picture is a Faith Parlour, hand built in the UK, solid mahogany top and rosewood sides, she's beautiful and has real depth of tone and a unique character in her voice. Whenever I meet a fellow player at a gig they all want to pick her up and try her and then never want to give her back! Plugged direct in to the T1 with just a tiny hint of reverb she sounds glorious. The pink Tele is my absolute pride and joy, the first electric I ever bought and that was back...Read More...
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