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Pat Metheny Group and the Bose L1 System

Ken-at-Bose
The legendary Pat Metheny Group played a number of dates this summer in Europe using, from what I've been told only L1 Model II and L1 Compact systems for stage amplification. We were sent several photographs of the setup and have some technical details which I can share. The photo shows drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Steve Rodby.Read More...
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Pat Metheny On Tour with the Bose L1 System

Ken-at-Bose
Hello Folks: I am honored to debut here a video we've made with 19-Grammy Winner Pat Metheny. I'm going to tell you the story of our work together over the past few years. In order to do that, I'm going to close this discussion thread to comments so that I can lay out the story and edit it over the coming days. In the meantime, you can enjoy the short video now. Pat Metheny On Tour with the Bose L1 VIDEO I've set up a separate discussion thread where you can comment and ask questions about...Read More...
And to Pat...may your star burn bright.Read More...
I had the great pleasure of assisting bassist Christian McBride work an L1 Model II into the ensemble Five Peace Band, the superstar ensemble led by Chick Corea and John Mclaughlin. They are currently in the middle of a three night run at the palace of jazz called the Rose Theater, a 1,500 seater (approximately) that forms the performance center ground for Jazz at Lincoln Center (music director is Wynton Marsailes.) The other members of the band are the astounding Brian Blades (drums) and...Read More...
Yowzah Ken! What a bunch of monster players. Must have been wonderful to experience. Great plug for Bose as well. I love John's playing - if Jeff Beck had a musical "brother" it would be him. Happy Holidaze............Read More...

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...
dennismp We have started a new discussion for your post. See Concerns about the Message Board Posting / Threading systemRead More...

Steve Miller Band and Cylindrical Radiator(r) speakers

Ken-at-Bose
Some of us in the Live Music Technology Group recently went to see and hear the Steve Miller Band play at the Tweeter Center in Boston, a summer shed holding about 18,000 people. Steve has purchased a number of Cylindrical Radiator speakers over the past 18 months and has written us to tell us of his experiences with them. (With his permission, we've posted these HERE ). We did not realize until we arrived at the Tweeter Center that he was using the two most recently puchased double bass...Read More...
Even better than the 'patented' solution in the above post would be a simple wooden doorstop, because you could adjust the angle of declination of the sound pattern. Line array loudspeakers oriented vertically are 'aimed' to play to an audience that is an infinite distance away. To aim your L1 in such a way that plays with full volume to all rows of the audience, put a laser pointer on top of your L1 (or imagine one there) and insert the doorstop underneath the rear edge of the Power Stand...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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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...
I want to control the both the monitors and the sound coming off stage. I try to bring my gear to compensate for **** out sound systems. I listen to the monitor and then go to the back and listen and then confer with the sound guy. Trying situation but above all I want all to sound as close to my head as possible. For me the name of the game is the sound quality both front and back.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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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...
As far as I know, Kemper uses L1's whenever possible for demoing their gear. It speaks for the L1. As a guitar rig which doesn't break your back carrying it, a Kemper teamed up with a Compact is a pretty awesome set-up. With a Model II I think it's mind-blowing. TonyRead 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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Reliable, and easy. 4 act changes for an event of 400 attendees, in a high school cafeteria... cinderblock box ha ha…Read More...
That young brunette in the tan slacks and blue t-shirt holding a balloon in the background on the right was totally in the groove during Rolling In The Deep!Read More...
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English Country Dance and Contra Dance - S1Pro, 2 L1m2, T4S

Ran sound for an English Country Dance, followed by same band, same venue (different caller) for a small Contra dance. I have mixed feeling about the S1Pro - I intended to use it as a monitor, if needed, but wound up using it as the main for the caller in each dance. It worked better than I expected and also not as well - more thoughts will follow.Read More...
Question is it really necessary to mic the players in this room? I have seen callers in the middle of the dance. Question 2 do you use a wireless mic?Read More...
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Two Players / 2 L1 Systems

Hello all... as a lifelong singer/songwriter since the late 60's, I've gone through a WHOLE BUNCH of PA gear in my career, but I have never played through anything that sounds so lifelike and clear as my Bose L1 Model II w/ T1... and it's very "workable" and well-mannered, as far as errant frequencies and sonic "insubordination" goes... While I know that it's common knowledge that each of the Bose rigs are really designed for one player, I know that the cost can be prohibitive for most to...Read More...
Thank you for the report John! It is great to know that people are still discovering and experiencing the benefits of one/player.Read More...
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