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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...
Thanks, Ken! BobRead More...

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...
Why I Play My career was in advertising and marketing, and I loved the work dearly. But I seldom got to exercise creativity that was 100 percent mine. Music provides an unbridled path to sole ownership of the creative output. I get lost in playing, where nothing but the music matters. For me, that remains true when I’m alone or playing with others. Why I Perform People who seek out live performances are typically passionate about music, and having the ability to stoke that passion is a very...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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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...
Next year (2019) unfortunately I won't be here - got tickets to the Andre Rieu concerts in Maastricht! https://youtu.be/qKB_MOEhIgMRead 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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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...
Man, ST, that’s very cool. These amp profilers have come a long way and make things so much more portable and, hence, usable/practical. I still have my 68 Fender Twin Reverb I usedback in high school and I’ll never get rid of it. However, I rarely gig with it anymore due to its size and weight. It’s still a great amp for use in home jams. Thanks for all that info.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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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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