L1 Model II

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Using proprietary Bose® technology, L1 systems combine  PA and monitors into a single, highly portable unit. The  loudspeaker can be positioned behind or to the side —and you hear what the audience hears.

Highly portable PA and monitor combined for solo performers, DJs and general-purpose use. Fixed vertical control with 180° horizontal coverage Reduced vulnerability to feedback.

Three systems to choose from (Compact, Model 1S, Model II)
Two passive bass module options (B1 or B2)
Consistent coverage and tonal balance, portability and easy setup.

Built-in effects vs External dedicated units

We all have heard/listened/lived the shortfalls of mixers with everything in it. Such as powered mixers never push a speaker cabinet like a dedicated power amp at the same or less wattage. Same has always held true for builit in effects. The effects don't ever match those of dedicated signal processors.

I read somewhere on bose.com the T1 effects described as "studio-class" effects. Can this be true??? Can we truly dump the rack full of dead weight called compressors, reverb/delay processors, and power amps?

Wise men say if it's too good to be true, it probably is. But I soooo want to believe in the Bose engineers.

It would probably be hard for someone at Bose to be entirely objective about this, but I'd listen anyway!
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In the end you have to be the judge whether the effects are sufficient for your application or not. There is a large variety of effect processors out there with many different types, qualities, and prices and unfortunately there isn't a one-size-fits approach. Not the least factor is that a lot depends on personal taste and preference.

Our intention with the T1 was not necessarily to build the "world's best effects" but solid useable tools that the musician can deploy in a live situation as the situation requires. We've evaluated effect processors that are popular for live performance and used that to guide our own development. We've also tried to limit the complexity of the user interface, i.e. we provide only the most useful parameters for a certain effect and have pre-tuned the more esoteric ones.

This being said, the T1 has a couple of things that are different from most effects processors: The processing power devoted to this is substantial. The processing chip we use operates in 32-bit floating point and has a peak performance of about 2 billion operations per second (2 GFlops). That is a lot more than can be found in typical processors of this type.

This enables us also to run individual effects on all 4 channels. You can use different combination of compressor/limiter, chorus/flanger, delay, parametric EQ, etc. on each channel. The only thing that is shared is reverb. This is equivalent of having pretty much 4 multi-effects processors at the same time. This enables the user to fine tune and tweak the effects settings for each individual instruments without having to compromise between channels.

There is also some fairly unique processing such as kick-gate (for drums), zEQ and ToneMatch, that is not available from any other device I'm aware of.

Again, in the end each user will have to decide whether we have found the "sweet spot" or not, but I'm confident that these effects will work well for many users.

Hope that helps

Most around here were using small inconspicuous processors too, things like the Alesis Nano and Pico. Hardly high end gear. The T1 will no doubt be superior to those types of cheapo reverbs.

In my studio we have been using my onboard Alesis effects in my FW-16 mixer. Just a touch sounds fine to us. Out live we have never used anything and only wished we had a bit of reverb in one particular small, dead venue.
I have used Alesis, TC, Ursa Major, and Lexicon reverbs in my studio, and these days, lesser priced reverbs compete favorably with the high priced gear. I'm betting the T1 will be awesome.

We asked for it...we got it.

BTW...as a drummer, I'd think you'll agree that the inclusion of the Kick Gate alone on the T1 will make it worth the purchase price.

to echo Hilmar - we put a lot of effort into making really good sounding useable effects that have a wide array of musical possibilities.

My biased opinion: I think they sound really good. I wouldn't say that if I didn't think they compared very well with effects I used for studio engineering work.

I think a lot folks will find them really useful. But, of course not everyone will...that's why there are indeed as many effects processors as there are snowflakes in a blizzard.

Thanks for listening!
i have a standing order with my guy at G.C. to buy a T1 when ( if??? j/k! ) it comes out. i am really looking forward to the kick gate, no doubt. and i know it will be a matter of listening preference.

just the mere fact this is an engineered system gives it a pretty big leg up on a component based configuration.
MikeZ - How would you say they compare to the low to mid price range Lexicon reverbs?

I think they compare very well, but don't listen to me. Everyone will have to decide for themselves when it comes out. I know that may sound like a bit of a cop out but it's the truth.

Reverb is a funny thing to musically evaluate Ive found. The real test is how it sounds in a musical situation as opposed to just kind of hitting a quick note to listen to the reverb. Ive been really surprised setting reverbs in the past - I get something that sounds great in the mix but when you hear it on it's own soloed it doesn't sound so good. The reverse of this situation has happened a lot too. Studios Ive worked at have always had more reverb boxes than all other effects combined - from $50 8-bit reverbs to $4000 plug in suites. And they all get used. So it's all about the context.


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