L1 Model II

Let's talk about the L1® Portable Line Array Systems

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.

Brand new poster, here, though I've been killing quite a bit of time over the past few weeks in this forum reading the extremely informative discussions prior to taking the leap into L1 ownership.

Just ordered an L1 Compact and T1 unit (along with the power cord), and am looking forward to hooking it all up and giving it a test run. System arrives Monday.

Anyway, just wanted to drop in and thank everyone for all of the great work in these threads, and I look forward to making contributions of my own as I become a more seasoned L1 owner.
Thanks for moving this, though I'm not sure it's worthy of a thread of its own. So let me try to add a bit of substance. I've been giving a great deal of thought on how I might be able to structure my system for live performances (yes, I've been mapping this out in my head even prior to obtaining the equipment). I plan to use a little (very light amount) of reverb on my vocal when performing, but would like the option to kill even that little amount of reverb in between songs when speaking to the audience. Obviously, the FX mute button will accomplish this, but I saw an earlier thread about how to put together a foot switch work around. I'll be playing in a duo, so I don't want to use more than one channel on the T1 to accomplish this. Here's the solution I came up with for the L1 Compact (and no, it's nothing groundbreaking, but it is pretty simple). I'll plan to get an xlr A/B footswitch with A going to the T1 and B going directly into channel 1 of the Compact. I'll have channel 1 on the Compact set to a good level for speaking. Thus, I'll be able to toggle off the effects simply by using the A/B pedal to switch between the T1 (going into channel 2 of the Compact) and channel 1 of the Compact. Anyone see any problems with this solution that I haven't anticipated?

Once again, glad to be a part of the forum.
Hello ST. Thanks for the welcome. If you're question is about my avatar, the text is "Southern Slang," which is the name of my part-time band. You can check out our music at www.reverbnation.com/southernslangtexas or www.southernslangtexas.com. I'm the lead singer.

I bought the L1 system not for the band, but for solo and duo acoustic performances. This is more just for fun, casual performances (acoustic covers of popular tunes mostly). I play a 25th Anniversary Taylor 414rce and am using a TC Helicon Harmony G XT for occasional vocal harmonies.
Hi scottyd,

Thanks! Nice to get to know you.

edit - I started this post before you replied above, but I type so slowly, this didn't hit the forum until after your post. So I didn't see that you had the TC-Helicon Voicetone Harmony-G XT

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Originally posted by scottyd:
Thanks for moving this, though I'm not sure it's worthy of a thread of its own. So let me try to add a bit of substance. I've been giving a great deal of thought on how I might be able to structure my system for live performances (yes, I've been mapping this out in my head even prior to obtaining the equipment).

And you've do a lot of research too. It shows.
quote:

I plan to use a little (very light amount) of reverb on my vocal when performing, but would like the option to kill even that little amount of reverb in between songs when speaking to the audience. Obviously, the FX mute button will accomplish this, but I saw an earlier thread about how to put together a foot switch work around.

For anyone else looking for this here is a note: Footswitch to Mute Effects on T1® (workaround)

quote:

I'll be playing in a duo, so I don't want to use more than one channel on the T1 to accomplish this. Here's the solution I came up with for the L1 Compact (and no, it's nothing groundbreaking, but it is pretty simple).

I'll plan to get an xlr A/B footswitch with A going to the T1 and B going directly into channel 1 of the Compact. I'll have channel 1 on the Compact set to a good level for speaking.

Thus, I'll be able to toggle off the effects simply by using the A/B pedal to switch between the T1 (going into channel 2 of the Compact) and channel 1 of the Compact. Anyone see any problems with this solution that I haven't anticipated?

Let me encourage you to just try using the FX Mute button on the T1® for a few gigs.

Not problems but considerations:

  • That could add a few more minutes to your setup and involve testing the volume on Compact Channel 1 before you go live. Typically, I don't have to test the volume before I go on because I use the T1®. I have the T1® in front of me when I'm performing so I set the volume during the first few moments when I start speaking.

    This may seem trivial - but at the heart of it is the issue of whether or not you need to do a sound check before the audience arrives. With the Compact: It is so quick to set up, I don't have to show up at a gig ahead of time (before the audience is there) to set up. This is why I am acutely aware of the setup time and the desire for simplicity.

    With the T1® giving me control at my fingertips while I'm performing, I don't have to do a sound check before the audience is there. I just bring up the volume to the appropriate level while in the first few moments of the show.

  • When you switch to the direct line to the Compact Channel 1, you will not have the benefits of the T1® like zEQ or ParaEQ or Noise Gate, or a convenient way to change the volume. Those specific things: zEQ, ParaEQ, Noise Gate are not affected by the FX Mute button and these can be very effective for controlling microphone feedback.

  • Any noise that gets introduced by the having the switch inline between the microphone and the T1®/Compact will be amplified.

  • Depending on how the switch is wired, it may introduce noise to whichever system you are NOT using.
    For example: When you are using the T1® there may be noise heard from the Compact Channel 1. When you are using the Compact, there may be noise heard from the T1® Channel you were using for the microphone.


I don't recall anyone mentioning anything like this before and it might work fine especially in low-volume settings where you are not fine-tuning for maximum gain-before-feedback.

Please try using the FX Mute button on the T1® for a few gigs before going to the time, effort, and expense of footswitch approach.
quote:

Once again, glad to be a part of the forum.


Glad you joined us.
Hi again scottyd,

I have a TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX and it looks like the front-end vocal processing is very similar to the TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G XT
From the TC-Helicon website:
quote:

Don’t let that simple-looking Tone button fool you. Beneath is a professional signal chain including:
Adaptive Shape – a unique boom reduction and brightness enhancer
Compression – smoothing peaks and gently raising low level detail
De-ess – reduces harsh consonant sounds
Adaptive gate – which can help reduce feedback while reducing harmonized chattering of instruments when you’re not singing.
Once Tone is activated, it remains in effect when harmonies are on and off and even in Bypass so you can chat with your audience using the same great tone as when you sing.


It looks like the Bypass mode is similar to the T1® FX Mute.
quote:
Let me encourage you to just try using the FX Mute button on the T1® for a few gigs.

Not problems but considerations:


That could add a few more minutes to your setup and involve testing the volume on Compact Channel 1 before you go live. Typically, I don't have to test the volume before I go on because I use the T1®. I have the T1® in front of me when I'm performing so I set the volume during the first few moments when I start speaking.

This may seem trivial - but at the heart of it is the issue of whether or not you need to do a sound check before the audience arrives. With the Compact: It is so quick to set up, I don't have to show up at a gig ahead of time (before the audience is there) to set up. This is why I am acutely aware of the setup time and the desire for simplicity.

With the T1® giving me control at my fingertips while I'm performing, I don't have to do a sound check before the audience is there. I just bring up the volume to the appropriate level while in the first few moments of the show.


When you switch to the direct line to the Compact Channel 1, you will not have the benefits of the T1® like zEQ or ParaEQ or Noise Gate, or a convenient way to change the volume. Those specific things: zEQ, ParaEQ, Noise Gate are not affected by the FX Mute button and these can be very effective for controlling microphone feedback.


Any noise that gets introduced by the having the switch inline between the microphone and the T1®/Compact will be amplified.


Depending on how the switch is wired, it may introduce noise to whichever system you are NOT using.
For example: When you are using the T1® there may be noise heard from the Compact Channel 1. When you are using the Compact, there may be noise heard from the T1® Channel you were using for the microphone.



I don't recall anyone mentioning anything like this before and it might work fine especially in low-volume settings where you are not fine-tuning for maximum gain-before-feedback.

Please try using the FX Mute button on the T1® for a few gigs before going to the time, effort, and expense of footswitch approach.


Thanks ST for the very informative reply. I will definitely try using the fx mute button to see if it is workable during performances. I did purchase the microphone stand mount, so there's an option to have the T1 close by. Still, I'm a footswitcgh guy, and old habits die hard.

As for the potential issues to consider you raise, they are definitely worth some attention and consideration. Not being able to adjust the volume when going through channel 1 could be an issue if the crowd noise ends up being louder than anticipated during set up.

As for the eq issue, I'm less concerned about that since I don't have as much of a preference about tone when I'm simply talking to the audience. And with the tonematch automatically applied to channel 1, I would imagine that it would be acceptable (again, this is all theoretical as I don't receive the system until Monday).

Given the design of the L1, I would hope that there wouldn't be any feedback issues that I need to correct simply from running a dry mic into channel 1.

As for potential line noise, that's an issue. Will just have to see how things sound. But, per your advice, I'll see how nimble I am reaching up to the mixer to mute the FX during the performance. I always try to be natural and fluid with my performances and audience interactions. If I can get comfortable with that, and am happy with the T1 living on my mic stand, that's of course the easiest solution.

As for the Harmony G XT, it does indeed have a FX/reverb kill switch on the pedal. But I don't plan to use the Harmony for FX as they are more limited than the T1, and I want to have uniform consistency across all the T1 channels for the other performer.
Hi scottyd,

Thanks for the links.
quote:
Originally posted by scottyd:
Hello ST. Thanks for the welcome. If you're question is about my avatar, the text is "Southern Slang," which is the name of my part-time band. You can check out our music at www.reverbnation.com/southernslangtexas or www.southernslangtexas.com. I'm the lead singer.

I enjoyed the music.

quote:


I bought the L1 system not for the band, but for solo and duo acoustic performances. This is more just for fun, casual performances (acoustic covers of popular tunes mostly).


And it should be fun, shouldn't it.

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