My trio played a 60th birthday party for friends yesterday using just a Compact + T1 (+ a small 30w Bass Combo for monitoring + a bit of help with the low end). The Set up was as follows:
The Band consists of:
Main guitar + lead vocals
Cajon/small percussion instruments(shaker, Tambourine etc)/Flute/soprano sax/Backing vocals
Bass Guitar/(sometimes acoustic guitar, but not yesterday)/small percussion instruments(claves, shaker etc/)/Backing vocals
Main acoustic guitar
Bass or Acoustic guitar
At any one time 6 inputs
Compact + T1
T1 into Channel 2 whereby The T1 is used as follows:
T1 channels 1-3 Vocals
T1 channel 4/5 Seagull or T5 (using the Mike stand bracket makes it easy to change the presets on the fly. The T5 preset works extremely well and for the Seagull I use the Steel String with Condenser).
T1 into Compact channel 2 set to Line.
Bass/Guitar into a Line6 POD with 1 output to Compact channel 2 RCA connector (the other output to Bass combo). Using the POD means that I can split the signal and control the volume which is important if you're "sharing" Channel 2 on the Compact. The Signal level to the Compact is set to fit in with the T1. The Bass combo volume is adjusted on the amp itself.
Cajon Microphone into Compact Channel 1 with the highs rolled off (preference).
There was also a Dynacord PA with Hughes + Kettner Loudspeakers which was used by a couple of other "acts" and for general purpose, but we didn't connect up to it. I'm saying that because quite a few people came and complimented us regarding the sound and were really surprised when they heard that it only came from the Compact. In fact, they were gobsmacked by the quality of the sound and the coverage. The sound was the same everywhere. We used no monitors, and because we play sitting down and used both extensions, the highs weren't quite as brilliant as if we'd only used 1 extension. Our sound was still really good, but the audience got the full benefit of the system.
When all's said and done, 6 inputs into a Compact is a compromise, but the sound was really good. For us (I bought the Compact for myself) playing sitting down, a Model 1S would probably be just right (we'd then have loudspeakers at roughly ear level), and could then use a B2 for the Bass guitar, but I can't see that happening. Our bassman is old school, and we have an HK Audio Impact system which actually does sound pretty good. I'd be prepared to trade it in against an L1S + B2, but I only own 1/3 of that system. He was, however, surprised at the sound and coverage that we had yesterday.
I hope that this was of interest for one or two of you out there. I've no pics of yesterday myself, but I do have hopes that we'll be getting a few when the guests let the hosts have the pics that they took. Should this happen, I'll post something.
If you have a good sound, you generally play better as a result. Yesterday we played a really good gig.
Have a nice day everybody.