I just had the Anthem SL installed in my 14 Yr. Old Taylor 310 this weekend and WOW! I was so completely blown away! Especially after having used a Fishman Pro-Neo-D02 Humbucker (sound whole type)as an interim pickup while I was researching and figuring out what I wanted on a more permenant basis. And the kicker is that I've only just begun to dial things in since I had only time to plug and play for rehearsal yesterday. So I just set my T1 to flat with no eq. and still it was the best sound so far I've personally ever had and without any feed back issues!The sound was big and bold,natural and totally an inspirational experience! Ya'll know what I mean when you find that sound / tone and feel that inspires you to play even better and you can't stop from smiling ear to ear! I realize this is my own subjective opinion and may not have the same effect on others. Having said that, If your looking for a pickup that's unobtrusive for your main squeeze please do yourself a favor and check it out..I play in a duo through a classic L1,one B1 and a recently purchased T1. We perform Varities of Rock, R&B,few Old Blues tunes and Orignals. I mostly flat pick with a little finger pickin here and there but would like to expand and improve in this area. Anyway, just wanted to chime in and share since I've found this forum myself to be very freindly and informative in so many different ways which includes input I had read here about the Anthem system that also contributed to my ultimate buying decision. If things go as planned I should be able to post a live video of us by mid-november for your listening experience with my new sound.
Thank you to everyone helping me make better music!
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I've had an Anthem in my Seagull Artist Studio CW since they first came out in Germany. The sound is excellent. I recently had to try out another preset because the one I'd been using up to now (acoustic with cond) somehow didn't seem quite right. It seemed as if there was just something missing although I couldn't put my finger on it. As I had the preset saved as a scene anyway, and also had a bit of time I tried out one or two other presets and eventually landed on acoustic guitar direct with zEQ. I've tried it out in several different rooms since then, always comparing it to what I had used before. I followed my own advice of recording the sound and comparing afterwards. Both presets sound good, but the acoustic guitar direct with zEQ does have its nose in front.

 I have, however found that with other instruments I get better results using a dedicated acoustic guitar preamp.

Maybe this will be of help to guitarists who are still searching for their Anthem preset.

Tony

 

This is just a slight correction to what I wrote a few hours ago. With the new Forum software I apparently only have 30 minutes to edit after posting.

I wrote: "I have, however found that with other instruments I get better results using a dedicated acoustic guitar preamp."

The sentence should really read: "I have, however found that with SOME instruments I get better results using a dedicated acoustic guitar preamp."

Sorry about that.

Tony

 

I just installed an Anthem SL into my '02 Taylor 814c (Cocobolo/Sitka) to replaced a long-dead first generation ES that was installed in '03.  Haven't played through my L1 yet, but through studio monitors it sounds amazing!

Thanks for the tips on the T1 presets.  Hope to get it dialed in this weekend.

Hi Net Tek,

Congtulations on your Anthem.

"Haven't played through my L1 yet, but through studio monitors it sounds amazing!"

If that's the case, then fasten your seatbelt when playing through the L1. You should be very happy with the sound. I'd start with the Acoustic guitar direct with zEQ preset first. It's become "my go" to preset for use with the Anthem.

I'd be interested to know how you get on with using the Anthem through the L1.

Have a nice weekend,

Tony

 

Hi Everybody,

Just an update/correction here. I've been calling the preset Acoustic guitar direct zEQ. At present I would have to set up a complete L1 system to check this (I don't have the power supply for the T1 here at the moment). I have a feeling that it's called Acoustic Flat zEQ, but you'll find it under acoustic guitars (at the end of the list, if I remember correctly). There's no preset with a similar name so you can't really go wrong. Sorry I can't be absolutely specific at present. 

I hope this helps.

Tony

Hi ST,

that's the one. Thanks. I know that it's pretty much at the end of the list of presets for Acoustic guitars but for the life of me couldn't remember the exact name. I would think that the name I gave it would probably have sufficed for anyone scrolling through the list, but now with the correct name there should be no confusion.

My solo case with one T1 + power supply + microphone etc. isn't here at present so I would have had to have fired up my Model II to access my second T1. 

And I really do find that preset to work best for me with the Anthem. I should really have thought about it sooner as I don't really need much EQ for the Anthem in a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), but I had a preset which worked well for me after tweaking, and as the saying goes "never change a winning system". Now I'm grateful for the situation which caused me to think again.

Thanks again ST

Tony

@Net Tek "Thanks for the tips on the T1 presets.  Hope to get it dialed in this weekend"

Just out of interest, how did the "dialing in" go? It's always good to read about other people's experiences with EQ'ing instruments, especially for things which don't have a Bose preset.

Thanks.

Tony

Hi Tony

It went well - I'm putting the Baggs through a TC Helicon Play Acoustic before the signal gets to the Bose, and there is some EQ'ing and other tricks going on in the TC Helicon that is colouring the signal (Body Rez for example) but using the Flat A Guitar, zEQ gives me a great sound. I have to roll off a little of the bottom end as it can get a bit "boomy", and I have to keep the B2 sub on its minimum setting for the same reason. Nevertheless, the sound is better than I hoped. And I haven't done any deep diving into either the T1 or the TC Helicon tweaks.

I would also add that the TC Helicon unit with the Bose is a killer combination. Somebody complimented me on my "backing tracks" the other day, and were amazed when I told them that I wasn't using any!

 

Cheers, Andy

Hi Andy,

thanks for the update. 

awclymm posted:

there is some EQ'ing and other tricks going on in the TC Helicon that is colouring the signal (Body Rez for example) but using the Flat A Guitar, zEQ gives me a great sound.

The Body Rez in the TC is an EQ setting meant to simulate an acoustic (live in the room sound) when playing amplified, so yes, there will be some "coloring" when using it. I have the same in my VoiceLive 3. If I were to put the VoiuceLive 3  through the T1 I probably would't use it. Using just the VoiceLive 3 (without T1) I might. I find that the Flat A Guitar + zEQ works best for me when using the T1.

I have to roll off a little of the bottom end as it can get a bit "boomy", and I have to keep the B2 sub on its minimum setting for the same reason.
 

The B2 is a monster when coupled with an acoustic guitar, so to keep it on it's minimum setting fits. The 3 way switch settings can be compared to:

minus: comparable to 1 B1

normal: comparable to 2 x B1

plus: comparable to 4 x B1

so the minus setting (similar to 1 x B1) is probably where I would be. I use 1 x B1 with my system and it's more than enough for an acoustic guitar in my opinion. It's actually enough for the bass guitar in my acoustic trio in the locations we tend to play.

Regarding the "boominess".  You might find this article interesting. It covers "Boominess" or "Bass colouration" and has a really good insight on how DrumrPete (one of our oldest members) has learned to combat this problem. It may be something for you. Here's a link.

https://www.bosepro.community/...62#25235174777560862

I would also add that the TC Helicon unit with the Bose is a killer combination. Somebody complimented me on my "backing tracks" the other day, and were amazed when I told them that I wasn't using any!

 

I don't use my VoiceLive 3 with the T1. Come to think of it, I'm not sure if I've ever actually tried my VoiceLive 3 through my T1. For guitar sounds I use a Kemper Profiler with profiles I've made. I profiled a few different T1 settings for different guitars and uses (e.g. strumming, fingerpicking) and call them up per footswitch (the T1 input is set to Utility Flat for this purpose). I can change guitars as I wish, and call up the profile for that particular instrument and playing technique. It sounds just the same as my T1 presets would and means that I can concentrate on my playing without having to call up presets when changing instruments.

In case you're interested, I've described the Kemper and it's use a bit more in this thread. There are also one or two photographs. Be careful, though. That's just how I got caught in the Kemper trap. 

https://www.bosepro.community/...-possible-with-an-l1

I'll have to try it out though, even just to satisfy my curiosity.

This post has turned out to be longer than I'd intended. 

Have a nice weekend, and please keep us informed of any further developments.

Tony

 

Hi Andy,

just out of interest.

Somebody complimented me on my "backing tracks" the other day, and were amazed when I told them that I wasn't using any!

Regarding the "backing tracks". Are you using a looper as well, or are the people referring to the use of the vocal harmonies generated by the TC Helicon Play Acoustic?

Thanks,

Tony

 

 

Seagullman posted:

Hi Andy,

just out of interest.

Somebody complimented me on my "backing tracks" the other day, and were amazed when I told them that I wasn't using any!

Regarding the "backing tracks". Are you using a looper as well, or are the people referring to the use of the vocal harmonies generated by the TC Helicon Play Acoustic?

Thanks,

Tony

 

 

Hi Tony

No, I wasn't using the looper - just the harmonies!

Cheers, Andy

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the info. Seems like you're decision with the Anthem was the right one. The decision to buy the TC-Helicon Play Acoustic seems to be paying dividends too. 

Keep playing, enjoying your gigs and surprising the audience.

I'm really happy with the Anthem/Bose combination too. I've been using them together for about 6 years now (ever since I bought my Compact back in 2011).

Just out of interest, are there any videos of you playing anywhere?

Thanks,

Tony

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