I would echo what Oldghm has put on his "improvement list"
originally posted by Oldghm:
Lower bottom end, enough to be effective for the Porchboard or similar foot bass devices. This is what I miss the most when using the Compact. The same spectral range as the B1 would be great.
More on board eq capability. Possibly with a simple reverb or delay. I would like one more independent input and perhaps a more flexible design of the mixer section.
A few more dB. The Compact covers many gigs quite well but on many other occasions it is just a bit under powered."
Regarding my own personal use of the Compact I have 4 basic ways of using it:
1) My main way is in the so-called Singer/Songwriter set-up as a solo singer with acoustic guitar and sometimes also a hybrid guitar (Taylor T5, Godin Steel SA). In this set-up I normally use the set-up shown in this picture which I took at a living room concert at my house on Saturday.
I have a T1 mounted on my microphone stand. Near the window (on the other side of the Compact on the floor) is the T1 power supply which I always keep near the Compact as it means I don't need to have mains power at my feet. I connect the power supply to the T1 by means of the cable supplied with the T1 (I think it's about 18 feet long?) and use a Neutrik NE 8 FF ethernet coupler to make the connection between the cable and the power supply. The T1 is connected to channel 2 on the Compact set to line.
If I do house gigs with my acoustic trio and use more than 1 guitar I connect my guitar cable to the Kemper where I've got one or two profiles I've made of the T1 to save Channels on the T1 and also to save having to change the EQ on the T1 (as I've got everything programmed into the Kemper which I control with a footswitch).
My microphone stand is always completely cabled for this use, including the bracket part of the T1 mounting system which goes around the stand itself. The cables are coiled and held on the stand with velcro when not in use. This means that I can be ready to go at a gig in a very short time. The cables are also fixed to the stand itself using velcro which keeps everything tidy and acts as a safety net should someone knock the T1 off its arm.
For these gigs I have a small aluminium (english spelling) case where I keep a T1, power supply, Neutrik coupler, and a microphone + clip. In conjunction with the prepared microphone stand + Compact, I have everything at hand without having to search for it before a gig.
2) The second way I use the T1 is similar to ST as I also have a Kemper profiler and use the Compact as part of my rig. To just connect up the Kemper I can go directly into channel 2 on the Compact set to line.
3) The third way would be to use my TC-Helicon VoiceLive3 directly into Channel 2 of the Compact set to line.
4) For gigs where I might want to keep it really simple I'll just plug a microphone into Channel 1 on the Compact and an acoustic guitar into Channel 2 set to guitar.
There is a fifth way that I sometimes use the Compact, and that is for small gigs with my acoustic trio. I won't describe that here as this post is already pretty long, but I'll give you links to a couple of posts I've already made in the "at the gig and rehearsal" forum which you can read if you're interested.
I hope that this has been of interest and helpful Craig.
PS Just a word regarding the Compact Survey, I find that limiting the possibility of only being able to choose one configuration very restrictive. For this reason I haven't taken the survey as I do have multiple uses for the Compact.
(Edit was to replace limiting with restrictive. I do miss not being able to "cross out" words as you could with the old software.)