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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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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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When even the Compact is too big

ST
A little background. I play guitar with a light touch most of the time. I'm not a strummer. That's fine because I play amplified almost all of the time. When I'm performing it is usually with an electric guitar. Over the past few years It is only in more intimate settings that I get back to my acoustic roots. Today I found one of these at a great price. Yamaha THR5A (and yes, it does glow). This will work for those situations where even the Compact would be too big. ---=== ::: Please click...Read More...
Well it had to happen. See the Bose S1 Pro - announced today!Read More...
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Li Model 2 w B2 Bloody Brilliant!!

Hi Folks Just wanted to let the world know I did my first gig Friday night using my new L1 Model 2 with the B2 and all I can say is WOW. The venue was a fair sized club with around 160 people, the sound from the stage was crystal clear and filled every corner of the room. Upgrading to the B2 was definitely the right move, I could feel the bass thumping across the stage and into the room and at one point I must have had around 100 people on the dance floor. The place was rocking and I could...Read More...
Hi Geoff , thanks for the gig report. Glad to hear that you're happy with your decision to buy the Model II. Look forward to reading about other good gigs you make in the future. Tony Edited only to correct spelling due to autocorrection.Read More...
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Inverter Power

I am providing sound at an outdoor wedding. I have an L1S. I will only have a couple lavalier mics and a line for recorded music running. I have 480 amp-hours of Batteries running a 2400W Pure sine wave inverter. Will I have sufficient power for a couple hours of run time?Read More...
Thanks for the info on the power draw for the L1S. Everything went off without a hitch! I ran it on the batteries for about an hour then about two hours for the wedding and it performed flawlessly! According to calculations, it would have ran the L1 for about twelve hours! The readout on the inverter stayed at 12.1-12.0 volts the whole time!! It appears that battery storage is the key!! I was running two 240 amp-hour batteries paralleled. Again, thanks for the info!!Read More...
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How to Get Studio Quality sound with T1

Hi Everyone...new to the Forum and bit confused on getting the right settings on the T1. Background: My wife iis a Singer/Songwriter (and excellent performer). Just acquired the Bose L1 Model11 with T1 Stonematch and need your help. Read the manual a few times, tried some settings but no getting what we want from the system. Is it possible to get a vocal with the system that would come close to studio recording quality on a live performance. She is full quality female voice (2.5 octive...Read More...
Hi George, Thank you for joining the Community. This is square one and square two Please post a link to your microphone. Thanks. STRead More...
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Unseasonably hot night - can you spot the L1® Compacts?

ST
It's been unseasonably hot for my region this weekend. I stopped in at a local watering hole to escape. Here's what I found. Can you spot the L1® Compacts? STRead More...
Hi Tony, Yes, two L1® Compacts - I thought folks would appreciate seeing a band (complete with live drums) using a couple of L1® Compacts. A keyboardist arrived just after I took this picture. In total, I counted these inputs through the Compacts. Three vocalists Keyboard Acoustic Guitar (usually 12 string Ovation) For the backline, they had a couple of Fender combo amps and a bass amp. I didn't get the details. The venue is a local pub, perhaps 100' x 30' (30 x 10 meters). The band was loud...Read More...
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L1® Model II with B2 outdoors for 600-800

Hello,I have a qustion regarding an upcoming outdoor gig and would appreciate any input? This will be a rather large (600-800) picnic at a farmground.I'm not sure yet if there will be a small stage or just setting up on the grass. I use the L1 Sys2 B2. What I'm thinking of doing is: Set up the sytem behind me (say 12') and then run a pair of speakers in front of me,one on the left and one on the right.I believe I'll have enough volume and the Bose can act as my monitor also. I think I can...Read More...
Just to update,After some research I went with Spotify to download songs and build playlists. What I like is that the playlists can be played offline.So if there is no wifi in the park i will still be able to play the music playlists in between sets.Read More...
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Under Low Tents and Gazebos

Matt Wahl
Hi Friends! It's been a long time. I hope I'm doing this right. A lot has changed with the forum since I was here last! After more than a decade of Bose L1 use I sold all of my Bose gear the spring of 2015. I tried a couple of different set ups over the last few years and realized that nothing is as well suited for me and what I do as the Bose L1. So I've come full circle and just finished my first week on tour with my new Bose L1 Model 2 w/a B2 and T1. So far so good but I'm about to...Read More...
Hello,I have a qustion regarding an upcoming outdoor gig and would appreciate any input? ...Read More...
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Worship and Adoration Rehearsal at Church

Felipe V.
First time playing in Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Rehearsal before the event. L1M2+B1+T1, 3 shure SM58, 1 Seagull Maritime Guitar and Fishman effect pedal, Keyboard. T1 Full of connections --> Great Sound!Read More...
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L1 Compact for cello and organ

GLB Productions
Hello everyone :) I have a recording gig coming up in a month or so which involves a solo cellist - amongst other works he'll be playing Marcel Dupré’s sonata for cello and organ, which has never been performed in Singapore before. The current plan is to use no reinforcement at all, as the venue is a concert hall. However, given that the hall is fairly large for solo cello (600+ seats) I can foresee balance issues when it comes to this particular piece, especially for those seated in the...Read More...
You're welcome! This forum is a great resource for L1 users. A big help is that actual people from Bose are here to help not just in a retail capacity.Read More...
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CD Release Party with Two L1® Model IIs and backline amps

ST
Here are some pictures from last Sunday night. Pictures are always an afterthought for me and it shows. If you look closely, you can see the L1®s at the back (below) This is the stage layout. This wasn't the plan. But it's the way it turned out. We had about half-an-hour to set up after the previous event cleared out. There was a house system. We didn't use it. We used a combination of two L1®s and backline amps. It was a medium sized blues bar that we took over for a night for a CD release...Read More...
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GoPro Camera Soundcheck after L1 Refurbish

DaveyCrocket
GoPro Camera Soundcheck after L1 Refurbish One of the acts including accordian and trumpet ukelele guitar and vocs Acoustic Jazz on Taylor Guitar Amplified Guitar not thru bose, Electric Guitar Thru bose, Harmaonica and vocals thru bose Acoustic Taylor and Female VocalsRead More...
Hi, Im currently using portable PA system. I like listening to blues and jazz classic from muddy waters to montogomery. I do have a small area which my L1 accommodates pretty well.Read More...
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Community home grown music with an L1

ST
A Model II at the heart of a weekly get together to make home grown music.Read More...
1977! I really do know how long ago that is. I emigrated to Germay in 1977. That really is a long time ago. For me a lot's changed since then. It's life time ago and this group is apparently still going great guns. Now that is something to celebrate. "I'm sure that there will be multiple L1®s across the back of the stage." Your L1's ST? I know that you're always willing to help if you can. I'm sure that it will be a memorable anniversary party. BTW I've just followed the "hand made music"...Read More...
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Yesterday we played a gig where nothing was ideal but with improvisation I got a set up which served everyone excellently. We were playing on a stage sitting down (we always play sitting down). The stage was being shared for other things including the use of a video projector on the wall behind us which meant that we had just less than half of the stage to set ourselves up so that we weren't sitting in the way of the projector which was set up on a stand in front of the stage in the middle.Read More...
Hi ST, "Thank you for the excellent gig report. I appreciate the ingenuity that it takes to adapt to non-textbook situations." You're very welcome, always. My view on this type of gig is that we can maybe all learn from each other if we share our more difficult situations. I've learned a fair bit from your experience with the L1's over the years. "The sketch was also very helpful." I was just trying to show John (jmruman) the layout as best I could without having any pictures of the set-up.Read More...
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B2 Bass unit and stage colouration.

Garry
A question for the community. If I put the B2 bass unit directly on the stage that is "approx" 10mtr wide 4mtr front to back and 1.5mtr high , and is hollow underneath will this colour the bass, as I think the stage would act as part of the cabinet? I was thinking of making a small stand (only 2-3" high) to stand the B2 on. The L1 model 2 & B2 would be in the middle of the stage area with me in front.Read More...
I believe that it does, in a big way. On rare occasions that I use the Compact at gigs, I am sitting very close to it, and down low, so I am hearing lots of bass from it. As you might know, you need to get some distance between you and the Compact before you hear what is really coming out of it. Putting it on the Baby Gramma, takes out that low, masking tone I hear. Also makes it possible to mic the kick thru it, but only a bit, volume-wise, and probably only noticeable by the band members,...Read More...
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We use a Model II for our live gigs (acoustic trio) and usually rehearse purely acoustically in my living room (except for a small combo for the bass guitar). There is, however, nothing to replace the experience of playing live through a sound system. The acoustic orientation disappears as soon as you start to use amplification. The sound reflections from the walls and ceiling aren't there in a live performance situation at a gig. In other words you need the orientation that you experience...Read More...
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Bose sound fills the room for fundraising auction in Texas!

auctioneer
What a great event Saturday evening for the Bee Cave Police Benevolent Foundation at Sonesta Bee Cave Austin. We were happy to get to their next level in fundraising! Everyone could hear and understand clearly the auction and bid accordingly thanks to our # Bose Professional Sound System. (two L1 Model II w/B1 and a T1 plus two F1's) Had the room covered like a blanket! We are excited to have been asked back to be their auctioneers for next years gala! Take your event to the next level and...Read More...
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Greetings and introduction from Gerhard

Hi all, my name is Gerhard, I live in Vienna and use the L1 Compact since March 2015, followed by the T1 one year later. I use it at home for singing and playing backing tracks, sometimes for guitar accompanyment too. The T1 is the mixer. I make music for my own pleasure, most of the time alone. Sometimes there's an auditorium - friends, neighbours. Real gigs would be nice, but there's no chance . . . I like the L1/T1 combo for it's transportability.Read More...
Hi Gerhard, Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining our community. I started out with a Compact + T1 about 6 years ago. For smaller gigs it's an excellent combination. If the audience is a loud one I've found it to be enough for about 50 people. If I have to really push it I can handle slightly larger audiences, but I do notice that to reach them, the sound level near me is higher than with a Model II. If the the audience is very attentive (i.e. really listening and not talking) you can...Read More...
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Higher stage

Garry
Hi all, new to this discussion forum. I have a question? Using the L1 modal 1S with tonematch and B1 bass module. We are a duo and as yet not going out on gigs but are very close. One of the clubs I am hoping to visit when we are on the road is a local club with a very nice concert room, the issue may be the height of the stage, most clubs we have visited as guests to get a feel for the artists performing have a very low stage IE about 1ft from dance floor our club is about 3-4ft from dance...Read More...
Hi Garry, I noticed your post in the Ask Bose For Help Forum. Now that we've got a little more information about the size of the room I think you would be better served by a Bose L1® Model II in this venue. From the sounds of this, most of the sound is being projected above the ears of the people in the room. The L1® Model II has drivers from top to bottom of the Cylindrical Radiator® so even if the stage is a meter higher than the dance floor there should be coverage for people standing or...Read More...
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Ultimate FOH sound w/ L1

BanjoJames
In less then two weeks were going to put the L1 to the ultimate test. I will be placing the Classic and Model 1 as FOH in the AL. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, WI. Here is the show link, http://www.libertybluegrassban...luegrassCaravan.html I will place the L1s as FOH, snake them to a board. Use one wide condenser mic for vocals,use three instrument mics and plug in the basses. We will have three bluegrass bands playing. One band uses IEM, one uses themselves as monitor and Liberty (my band)...Read More...
Hi James, I've just started watching the video. There was some mighty fine music on that stage. Thank you for sharing this. STRead More...
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Recording with the T1

DaveyCrocket
Hard Rain Falling Link Above I recently purchased a power supply for my T1 so I could record some music. Here's The Setup Neuman KMS105 Channel 1 with The T1 Neuman KMS105 Preset Zeq Low 1.0 dB Mid 0.2dB High -0.8 dB Line 6 JTV Variax set to Acoustic Capo 7 through Line 6 Helix JC120 Patch through T1 Channel 3 using T1 Preset Line6 POD Zeq Flat Software Adobe Soundbooth NO POST EDITING For monitoring I plugged in My Bose QC noise canceling headphones into the Line Out of the T1. Master...Read More...
Tried running blue tooth, and there is way too much latency... running hard wired, but with the noise cancelling on.Read More...
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Scouting the Venue

ST
Here's an excerpt from an article in the wiki . I've been exploring some new venues and this was a good reminder for me. Enjoy. — ST Scouting the Venue Ken-at-Bose Whenever possible, I try to scout a venue before the day of show. I've seen so many train wrecks because problems are discovered without enough time to deal with them. A stressed out artist is unlikely to perform his or her best. Scouting allows you to meet the people with whom you'll be working. It allows you to do obvious things...Read More...
Do you have any comments or suggestions? How can we improve the article?Read More...
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