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How do I set up my microphone with the T1 ToneMatch® audio engine

ST
Here's a quick video to help you to set the input trim for a microphone on the T1®. This is called Gain Staging. The same principles apply for an instrument or line level input. Set the source to the highest level that you will need during the show, and then set the input trim so that you get solid green, occasional yellow flickers, and never see red. ... more T1® Videos ... more information about the T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine STRead More...
Hi I am new to this community and can’t find the correct forum to ask for help on my particular equipment! Sorry in advance if this is incorrect! I have a Bose GT1 guitar multi-FX pedal, I am having some difficulty with the set up! Can anyone tell me how I can change the Master BPM manually? - I am able to do this through the app on my computer but can’t see how to do it manually on the GT1.Read More...
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Is my firmware up to date?

ST
Here is how to tell. What version level is your T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine? (T1® for short) Turn the Rotary Selector to Prefs Press the first button Turn the first button until you see Versions Press the button The versions for the firmware will be displayed. The versions shown below are sample values. See: T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine Firmware Updates for the latest firmware See: T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine Firmware Updates for the latest firmware Right now the latest T1® firmware is 1.8. What...Read More...
@Michael 4 I have replied to your original post - please follow this link. Can I use two L1 systems with one mixer? Thanks, STRead More...
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Set up the T1 for stereo

Hello everyone, This is a guide on how to set up a T1 feeding two separate sources for left and right, e.g. two model II's or model I's. T1 is designed to be a mono device, so the setup for stereo is a little complicated. But, once set up, you can easily control volume of the stereo feed from your stereo device (keyboard, DJ mixer, iPod, etc.). Please note - you will not be able to use reverb in this configuration. Most keyboards already have stereo reverb built in - you can use that reverb...Read More...
ST, after using those sound videos, you are absolutely right. What I thought I was hearing was not rightt at all. Thanks for your insight.Read More...
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Room Acoustics for Performers: Introduction

Ken-at-Bose
Hi Folks, At the recent L1 conference in Little Switzerland I gave a talk on Room Acoustics for Performers. We videotaped the presentation and we'll make that available as soon as it's been edited. I plan to add to the material in that talk here, and eventually I'm hoping we can move the information to the L1 wiki. I encourage you to ask questions and add your own commentary to these threads. The material gets better and better when you do. My goal is to provide information about room...Read More...
For bass traps you need much denser material (e.g. the densest building insulation sheet), ideally suspended a few inches away from the wall, and preferably positioned in corners.Read More...

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Audio over CAT5/6/7

Has anyone ever tried Audio over CAT5/6/7 for long speaker runs? DMX version https://www.amazon.com/Elite-Core-VRL-Adapter-Female-VRLDMXRJ45-3P-SET/dp/B01MRYZSFN/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1548879307&sr=8-5&keywords=XLR+to+cat+5 I know this is for DMX. I'm sure there is an audio version somewhere 4 channel Pro Audio Grade (note you need to purchase male and female version) ...Read More...
WirelessDJ, These are only intended for Line Level audio at a max. It's actually not uncommon to use CAT5e/6/7 for DMX and analog audio (both mic and line level) as Category cable is rated at 110 ohms, which is the same as DMX and digital audio mic lines (which is great for analog audio as well). Just make sure you use shielded CAT cable that is designed for portable use (i.e. not installation grade cable as it will break more easily over time). You CANNOT use them for speaker level audio,...Read More...
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MP3 track quality - Bit Rates - Live Musicians

ST
Hi, Live musicians. Are you using MP3 files for backing tracks? With the T4S and T8S ToneMatch mixers you can play audio tracks from a USB A source. And you can also use your computer, tablet, or phone. Can you hear the difference with mp3 files recorded at different bit rates? Here's some more information on the subject. What is a Good Bitrate Guideline for MP3 Files? How to Check the True Bitrate of Your Audio Files Please tell us what gear you are using and the results you get a different...Read More...

Behringer X18 Air Rack

I have 2 L1 S towers for my 5pc semi-acoustic group. The 8TS mixer is great, but if I need to ever add anything on top of the 5 vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboard (which seems to happen often), I have to add an additional mixer. I also want to have a sound man mix remotely via tablet, and add the bass guitar and electric guitar into the main mix. I am looking to see if anyone has experience using a Behringer x18 Air Rack in place of the ToneMaster mixer, and if there are any tricks to be...Read More...
I use the Midas MR18 (basically the same as the Behringer XR18 but with better quality preamps and connectors). The sound quality is superb as are the effects, eq, dynamics, routing etc. I use a laptop for backing tracks which is connected direct to the mixer via USB and a 12" iPad to wirelessly control the MR18 (this is backed up by a wired connection to the laptop for emergencies which I have never had to use). Another advantage of this system is that you can have multiple devices to...Read More...
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S1 pro

I recently traded a used pro in and got a brand new one in box. I have had it for a week now. I find it to have about 50% volumn out of the Mic input as the old one. Why could this be? The output from the Bluetooth is ok.Read More...
Hi Ray, Please look at this picture and notice the volume setting for channel 1. It's normal to have the channel volume up this high or higher, for a microphone. Please try this: Connect your microphone to channel one. Set the Bass and Treble controls to 12:00 o'clock (if they are below that, you will get less volume). Sing loudly - directly into the microphone with your lips less than one inch from the windscreen. Turn up the volume until you see the channel one signal light turns red or...Read More...
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While the origin of this thread is old, I thought I'd share some feedback to help anyone that may have L1 compact hum with powered devices in the input 3.5mm or RCA jacks and are looking for options. I have had good experience with the Line 6 Firehawk FX processing board. The Firehawk FX board 1/4 outs plugged directly into L1 RCA jacks is a No Hum, totally silent configuration. I play backing tracks from iPad to Firehawk's built-in Bluetooth and have Line 6 G10 Relay wireless transmitter on...Read More...
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Digital or Anologue delay for vocals

Hi everyone,i have a Bose T4S tone match mixer connected to L1,2 B26ASS system,i have not had the system long & only done three of four gigs.At the moment all i am concerned about is my vocals,i have been using analogue delay for my voice,in your opinions in easy explanation would you say it is best to use ANALOGUE DELAY OR DIGITAL DELAY FOR VOCALS,any help & guidance as i said in easy understandable terms would be much appreciated,i am also using reverb with the vocals together with...Read More...
No worries, @ScubaBadger Dave. Besides performing, I also do live sound engineering. Many vocalists bring their own microphones and effects, which sometimes can be an issue, vice a solution. I've seen solo acts where performers over use harmonizers and delay, to the point one can no longer hear the words being sung. Others use just a tasteful amount and sound nice.Read More...
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Tower bezel

Do you know if it's possible to get a replacement for the spare plastic bezel that fits between the 2 halves of the M2 tower?Read More...
Hi Limbo, Please call Bose Support. They can tell you if that part is available to be purchased. Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET Other regions Thank you. STRead More...
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t 1 and L1 compact

Is input 4 & 5 independent of each other or parallel inputs? I ask because of a buzz I am trouble shooting for a band I was in after the fact. The following would not be my choice of setup. 1,2 &3 shure sm58 and sm57, Yamaha MG102c balance input channel 4 and acoustic guitar onboard preamp unbalance in channel 5. I'm wondering if the shield on unbalance and the ring on the balanced is causing problem with the signal. Compact L1 sections of the tower is hard to seperate. Thanks BillRead More...
Hi Bill, Yes. Two balanced inputs that are immediately summed to mono before any processing is done. Can you connect the guitar to the Yamaha MG102C instead? That's hard to diagnose. That's not a common issue. Are the parts that joined together scratched or dirty. I'd clean them off, and see if that helps. If it doesn't call Bose Support to see if they have any suggestions. Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET...Read More...
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Boss GT-1 Master BPM

Hi I am new to this community and can’t find the correct forum to ask for help on my particular equipment! Sorry in advance if this is incorrect! I have a Bose GT1 guitar multi-FX pedal, I am having some difficulty with the set up! Can anyone tell me how I can change the Master BPM manually? - I am able to do this through the app on my computer but can’t see how to do it manually on the GT1.Read More...
Hi Tracey, You've joined the Bose Portable PA Community. Our focus is on Bose Portable PA equipment . I think you'll have better luck asking your question in the community linked below. Boss VGuitar - Boss GT-1 Forums Are you using Bose Portable PA gear? ST PS - while hunting around I found this guide to setting tap-tempo to the CTL pedal .Read More...
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L1 Model 1 advice/help

Hi All, I'm looking for a bit of advice/help with my Bose l1 model 1 First is, I have a Bose l1 Model 1 which I use for performing (solo singer/songwriter) but I haven't had a gig for a while (personal issues) which I'm working on gigging again this spring/summer! Seen as I haven't used it for a while, my question is, is there any specific way of storing it, and what I mean by storing it is should I set it up every so often and use it for a couple of hours to 'blow the cob webs off' or will...Read More...
Hi Jack, That's exciting! Sure, it's safe to store it this way. Although I like to store it, set up in a location that's inviting to play. Rehearsing/practicing through an L1 can be inspiring. And it's a good precursor to gigging again. I'm sorry, you'll have to talk to Bose Support for help with that. In the UK +44 1634 224 288 technical_support_uk@bose.com Mon - Fri: 09:00-18:30, Sat 09:00-17:00 GMT All the best Jack, STRead More...
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Phantom Power

ST
Hi Everybody, We have expanded our article on Phantom Power. Please reply here if you have questions. Thank you. STRead More...

RE: Connecting my L1 compact & Tonematch to an external PA

Hello, I’m a solo female singer & using my L1 compact & tonematch in its simplest form of my iPad connected to channel 4/5 of my tonematch & my radio mic in channel 1. I have gigs where I’m having to use their PA system because I need to use their speakers system because they have them for the back of room. Is there a way I can use my Bose PA & connect with the venues mixer & speaker system just to use the rear speakers and use my Bose for the main room? Hope this is...Read More...
Hi Everybody, We have expanded our article on Phantom Power If you've read through this discussion this far, then you'll be interested to know. Will phantom power provided by an external system damage the Line Outputs of a Bose Portable PA system? The outputs of Bose Portable PA equipment have circuitry to protect them in case phantom power is turned on in the external system. STRead More...
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Phantom Power for STAGG SCM200 microphones

All, My parents own a church and were given 4 brand new microphones that require 2 AA batteries. We are stuck. We cannot figure out how to get them working. We have a Tall Portable L1 I believe. Phantom power can be turned on and you'll find that on the back of it. As for the L1...I need to know if it has phantom power and DO THEY BOTH NEED TO BE ON? OFF? **Remember the microphones have 2 AA batteries in them** Thanks for your urgent feedback. Edit Subject: Previously "Phantom Power" Bose...Read More...
I am reminded of the old adage, don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Typically low impedance means less than 600 ohms, and high impedance means more than 10k ohms. Numbers in between are considered medium. At 1000 ohms, the SCM200 should work OK as far as impedance is concerned. The mics in question are XLR, balanced. If they are not defective they should work with the mentioned equipment when connected with proper cables and switches or batteries in proper position. Without knowing what...Read More...
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Powered Mixers

ST
We have a new article about using powered mixers with your Bose Portable PA equipment. Powered Mixers Please read the article before connecting a powered mixer to any Bose equipment. If you have follow-up questions, please reply to this post with A link to the owners manual for your powered mixer The model of Bose equipment you are connecting to the powered mixer Thank you. STRead More...

L1 MODEL II & 2 SUBS

Hi, wanted to ask some technical questions. My band is a vocal band (5) and we use an Allen and Heath wz3 12-2 we have 2 Yahama DXR 1100 w powered speakers, 1 DXS15mkII Subwoofer, 2 Line 6 Stagesource L2M powered speakers, we still need more monitors, I also own L1 11 Bose system with two subs. IS THERE A WAY TO INTERCONNECT THE L1 MODEL 2 WITH THE LINE 6 STAGE SOURCE AND USE THE L1 MODEL2 AND SUBS AS STAGE MONITORS TO COMPLIMENT THE SYSTEM? IF SO, CAN YOU SEND SPECIFY HOW I CAN INTEGRATE...Read More...
Thanks ST, yes of course you send out the general community for comments. Thanks for your input. Best, DRead More...
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How Do I Set-Up my BOSE T4S Tonematch to accept an LR Baggs Session DI.

Hi All. Can anyone advise on this please? I have attempted this using the XLR Out on the Baggs to the T4S and can't seem to use the Baggss control;s to adjust Tone for my Acoustic, any ideas/help appreciated. Ronnie. Edit Subject: Previously "How Do I Set-Up my BOSE TFS Tonematch to accept an LR Baggs Session DI." Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
Once you get your signal path straighten out, use an XLR and Phantom Power sw. I use my T1 Phantom sw on a K&K XLR Preamp and it works great.Read More...
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L1 Compact distorted

My L1 compact after about an hour or so gets distorted . When I turn off for a couple hours it works fine. This unit is probably 3 years old or so. I don'y use much. Suggestions on what part to replace. Maybe amp or power supply over heating. When it does it, it has sound, very low and distorted. Thank you in advance for your help!Read More...
Hi Dbuelle, Thanks for the added information. That will be helpful to Bose Support when you call them. Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET Thanks, STRead More...
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Static - L1 compact with T1, guitar & mic

I am experiencing frequent static when touching the strings of my guitar. If not touching strings there is no static. I was wondering if it could be static electricity from my body but other suggestions would be appreciated. The static sounds much the same as you hear from static electricity when touching something. Any suggestions for resolution (other than "don't touch the guitar")? ThanksRead More...
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Headphone to feed Bluetooth bluetooth

TURNERSTUDIO
Is there too much latency issue with using "Headphone Out" to bluetooth transmitter and some wireless IEM's? It seems this would be an obvious benefit for those that want to use this type of monitoring system, especially when the L1 Model 2 is out in front of the performer due to necessary physicality arrangement of the venue and you cannot hear yourself well at all. I am currently trying this. Has Bose not not considered this. It is right down their engineering demographic and I think they...Read More...
Hi TurnerStudio, Yes, there is too much latency. The issue is, the best you can expect from Low Latency Bluetooth is about 40 milliseconds. 40 milliseconds is intolerably long for live music monitoring (See link below). For those thinking about Bluetooth for monitoring, you'll find this interesting. The Effects of Latency on Live Sound Monitoring STRead More...
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Connecting a mixer to L 1 Classic

I just purchased a Yamaha MG12XUK Analog mixer. I need to know how to connect it to my Bose L 1 Classic PA.Read More...
That's why I suggested an unbalanced "guitar cord" type 1/4" cable to start. Less chance of overloading the input on your Bose than using an XLR-balanced cable from the output into a microphone input on the Bose...Read More...
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Bose L1 MII & DriveRack PX

Has anyone used in combination Bose L1 MII and DBX DriveRack PX? I heard that the DriveRack PX is built for power speakers and received great reviews for other types of speakers. I just want to know if it would and could be a valuable addition for the L1 lines of products. Thanks, KhucDuRead More...
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T1 Tone match

Tone match audio engine gone dead ie; won't turn on. Is there anything I can do to fix it or do I need to send it away. If so where do I send it to?Read More...
Hi Tima, Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community. I'm sorry your T1 won't turn on. If you are close to a Bose dealer, please take it there for help determining if the issue is the T1 or the Power Stand or T1 power supply (if you have one). Your Bose dealer should also be able to contact Bose Support for you. Here is the contact information for Bose Australia. I would phone rather than write. Australia Unit 3/2 Holker Street Newington NSW Australia Bose Pty Limited Tel: 61 2 8737 9999 Fax:...Read More...
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S1 Pro line out to 1/8" stereo input

Hello ST, is there a specific cable that would be best for this? I am planning to BlueTooth across a hallway to the S1 Pro, and then connect another non-BlueTooth speaker to the output of the S1 Pro. The non-Bluetooth Speaker has a 1/8" stereo input, the same as channel three on the S1 Pro inputs. Thanks in advance, KenRead More...
Thank you! I already have an L1 Compact, and a SoundLink III, in addition to the S1 Pro. Bose hasn't seen fit to update the Soundlink III firmware to let me use the Bose Connect app with it, so I am planning to use an older Bose Sound Dock 10 that my aunt already owns to supplement the S1 Pro. I can bring the S1 on the plane, but this will save me from shipping the L1 Compact, which is what I usually do, while still giving me more punch than the S1 Pro packs by itself.Read More...
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T8S to LI -- The Main Out Does Not Have A Mono Option -- Does it?

When I connect a single balanced 1/4 inch cable to the Right/Mono out from the T8S to the analogue input on the LI.... Inputs 2 and 3 are from Mainstage via my MacBook Pro via a 1/8th inch output from the Mac to 2 Quarter Inch in's to channel 2/3 of the T8S. If I PAN channel 2 to the LEFT, it goes away completely in the LI--If I pan it RIGHT, it gets louder. (Same is tru if I use either one of the XLR OUTS) Shouldn't there be a way to get a MONO sound from the T8S to the LI? Ok, yes, I can...Read More...
Man, thanks so much for the detailed replies! I really appreciate the feedback. I think I'm beginning to understand the T8S better. While the "Big Knob" is interesting--I would prefer not to add more gear into the mix. And I guess I could experiment with using one of the auxes for my mono out (and just get used to tweaking the Aux gain out "in the heat of the battle")---but it seems to make more sense to maybe just add another speaker to my set up if I'm going to run Stereo, and send a...Read More...
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