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Bose S1 Pro

Designed for musicians, DJs and general PA use, the S1 Pro is the ultimate all-in-one PA, floor monitor and practice amplifier that's ready to be your go-anywhere Bluetooth music system for nearly any occasion. 

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Hello all. Just bought my first Bose L1 model 2 with B2 bass and T8s mixer. One question I have is what’s the best way (And best sound when playing out in bars) to hook up or connect 2 S1 Pros as monitors. I tried it last night on a practice run and the S1 pros had an almost “psychedelic” sound coming out of them which I don’t want. Shut them off and disconnected and the L1 sounded great by itself. The set up is 1 acoustic guitar, 1 mic, and 1 electric guitar. 

thank you 

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Hi Blues Man.

Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community.

@Blues Man posted:

Hello all. Just bought my first Bose L1 model 2 with B2 bass and T8s mixer.

Congratulations!

Please make sure your T8S is up to date. See

T8S Firmware Update Instructions


And here is a link to information that goes beyond the T8S Owner's Guide.

T8S ToneMatch Mixer


Here is some information about your L1.
L1® Model II



One question I have is what’s the best way (And best sound when playing out in bars) to hook up or connect 2 S1 Pros as monitors. I tried it last night on a practice run and the S1 pros had an almost “psychedelic” sound coming out of them which I don’t want. Shut them off and disconnected and the L1 sounded great by itself. The set up is 1 acoustic guitar, 1 mic, and 1 electric guitar. 

thank you 

Any time you have multiple loudspeakers playing the same content, with overlapping coverage, you can have issues with Multiple Source Interference (please follow the link for more information).



Usually, we use monitors when we can't hear ourselves through the front of house (FOH) system. If you can hear the FOH and  the monitors, things can sound strange as the overlapping sounds reach our ears.



How large was the room where you did your practice run?



Where was the L1 (behind you)?



How did you have the S1 Pro systems connected to the T8S? (Main outputs or Aux outputs). Were both S1 Pro systems connected directly to the T8S?



ST

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Ok I updated the T8s last night. The room was small. It was a corner of My basement as I was trying to just get the system set up and familiarize myself with Controls, functions etc...yes the L1 was behind me about 2-3 feet and to my right. So I connected the S1 pros to AUX output 3-4 and the Pros were roughly 6 feet in front of me against my basement wall. I had the T8 hooked up to the L1 via AUX 1 but in reading this morning I see that hooking the T8 up to the L1 via the main out R channel may be the way to go. I tried hooking the S1’s up via the mono out L and R  but couldn’t get any sound out of the S1’s. I may have not had the source on correctly or something.  Im not a good sound guy, or gold with technical stuff. Sorry. Lol 

 

thank you 

Hi, Blues Man.

@Blues Man posted:

Ok I updated the T8s last night.

Great.

The room was small.

That's the reason why things sound "psychedelic". You are hearing the sound from the L1 and the two S1 Pro systems, and likely - lots of reflections.

It was a corner

Corners can be problematic because of multiple reflections.

of My basement as I was trying to just get the system set up and familiarize myself with Controls, functions etc

Sure - it's smart to learn how everything works before you get to your gig. However, small rooms are sound different than gig-sized environments.



...yes the L1 was behind me about 2-3 feet and to my right. So I connected the S1 pros to AUX output 3-4

Sounds good.  Here are some notes about using the Aux Outputs.

T8S Aux Outputs

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Please click the picture for more details.

 



and the Pros were roughly 6 feet in front of me against my basement wall. I had the T8 hooked up to the L1 via AUX 1 but in reading this morning I see that hooking the T8 up to the L1 via the main out R channel may be the way to go.

Yes

I tried hooking the S1’s up via the mono out L and R  but couldn’t get any sound out of the S1’s.I may have not had the source on correctly or something.

Don't have enough information to diagnose that. Sorry

 Im not a good sound guy, or gold with technical stuff. Sorry. Lol 

thank you 

I don't think any of us got into music with a desire to learn about sound systems. 

You have a good plan, to figure out how everything works before you get to a gig. Unfortunately, the acoustics in small spaces are different than larger ones. There are some things you won't be able to do (e.g., figure out the balance of FOH and monitors) until you get into a gig sized space.

@Steve made a great point.  If you have the L1 behind you (as Bose engineered it to be used), in most situations you should be able to hear yourself without monitors.  Check out this video

The L1® Approach and the History of Amplification 

You can use the S1 Pro systems for small gigs, as remote speakers for areas you can't reach with the L1 (in irregularly shaped or large spaces), or for those situations where you can't hear yourself well enough with the L1 alone. These days, I'm using mine on battery power for outdoor shows.

ST

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My partner and I use 2 Bose S1 Pros for our Farmers Market gigs (filling a 1/4 acre outside) with 2 voices, 2 electric or 1 electric/1 acoustic guitars.

You'd be amazed at how well (and how often) you may use the S1s to fill the space for smaller gigs with quieter audiences and may find them your go-to system for easy transport, quick setup and great sound.

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