I sometimes have the impression that some users think that buying a T1 will immediately solve all problems. Connect microphone or guitar select a preset and someone waves a magic wand and everything's perfect. After nearly 50 years of gigging experience I know that this just can't work.
Each person sees things differently. Tastes and preferences aren't (thankfully) identical. Therefore the way that e.g. a particular Taylor guitar should sound (and, please note, this is only an example) might be OK for guitarist Nr.1 but not quite right for guitarist Nr.2 etc. The same goes for microphones. let's take 2 vocalists who both use a Shure Beta 58A. Singer Nr. 1 finds the preset to be just what he needs. Singer Nr.2 isn't quite happy with the sound and has to tweak it until he's happy. He may even try out other presets e.g. a Shure SM 58 and be happier with that.
The way I see the list of Bose T1 Presets is this:
The first Bose Presets were incorporated into the first L1 (now known as the Classic) when it first appeared . The idea with the original L1 was to work together with certain manufacturers to EQ their instruments/mics to sound the way they envisaged the way they should sound when played through an L1 and thus making things easier for the musician. This worked pretty well and these EQ settings were saved and named presets which could be called up by selecting them. You could select a preset by number from a list. That was it. This in itself was a big step towards helping musicians to be responsible for their own sound on stage. The idea at the beginning was one L1 per musician and for the first time musicians had the chance to sound really good in small to medium settings. The first L1's had a remote control (the R1) connected via cable to the power stand. This meant that the musician had more control over his sound without having to bend down to the power stand and didn't need to stand next to his L1 on stage.
We were still basically in the analog world of connections.
The L1's were improved and there came the innovation of having a small mixer which could be attached to the Loudspeaker column. The mixer was called the T1 and was connected to what is now called the Model II via the Tonematch connection which is digital and also supplies the T1 with Power.
The T1 is a really good, small, handy digital mixer designed to work well with the L1 family of PA systems.
The idea behind this was a good one and designed to help musicians who had little or no experience with being responsible for their own live sound when gigging, giving them as much help as possible to find a sound that they could work with. The number of presets grew as the idea was expanded to take in more manufacturers.
As with all companies, Bose is not exempt from it's employees needing a change and moving on to other companies. Apparently this is what happened on the Preset side of the story. The man responsible for this moved on. I say apparently because no one has told me this and it's my assumption. I'm only a user and not a Bose employee.
This could well be the reason that there have been no new presets in the last 8 or 9 years or so. I don't know exactly how long it's been. It's not really all that important. This means that anything which has appeared on the market since then (e.g. the LR-Baggs Anthem Pick-up which I use myself) has no official Preset to call it's own).
With the T1 Bose gave the user the possibility of selecting a Preset and then by means of tone controls which operated in the frequency spectrum of the instruments they were made for. Even in the beginning there weren't presets for everything on the market. This would be an impossible task. They selected a few well known companies and worked with them to create EQ-Presets for certain instruments in their range of products (a microphone is also an instrument in my books).
As there were so many different instruments available back then, they could really only cover a small selection. Since then even more things have become available. Just no more new presets. However, nothing has really changed in the basic idea as far as I'm concerned.
OK I'm not completely inexperienced in the use of mixing desks etc., but the general idea with the T1 is to make it easier for the less experienced of us to get a decent sound. This is still the case.
Here are a couple of examples:
Preset Taylor Guitars: G. Concert Strum for a Taylor Grand Concert with strum style playing. This is how a person at Taylor would expect this particular model should sound. Many people will be extremely happy with the preset just as it is. Others will tweak the sound with the Tone Controls available on the T1 (these controls are designed with each preset to work in the frequency range of the instrument depicted by the type of preset. With this example it would be an acoustic guitar.
There will be other guitarists who may prefer to try another preset altogether and find that one more to their liking. This is perfectly OK. The Preset gives you a starting point which you can then refine. If you're not used to being responsible for your own sound such a starting point can be worth it's weight in gold.
Microphone Presets were created together with the manufacturers (generally in a close micing situation where the proximity effect was apparent and compensated). This is why some singers who've chosen the preset for their microphone but sing 12 inches away from it find their voice to sound really thin. They're not singing in close proximity but the preset is compensating for close proximity. In such a case they may need to increase the lows a bit. Better would be to sing really close to the microphone, but some people either can't or don't want to.
These are just 2 examples.
What I am trying to say here is:
Presets give you somewhere to start with tone controls which operate in the frequency spectrum of the designated instrument to be used to "flavor" the sound as required. There is nothing to prevent you from trying out a preset different to the one designated for your instrument if you're not happy with the sound.
People who have instruments/microphones for which there are no presets have to try out what's on offer in the preset banks.
My advice for anyone just starting out with a T1 is as follows:
Connect your instrument/microphone to the T1. Select the input channel that you've connected up to and try out the different presets for the instrument TYPE that you're using. Don't tweak at this time. Just go through the presets and see which one or which ones you prefer the sound of. Then start to tweak the sound. It doesn't matter what the given name of the preset is. Whichever preset works best for you is the right one because there's nothing more subjective than personal taste. Once you've found a preset which works and have tweaked it, save it and give it a name.
I generally find that it's reducing the level of a certain frequency spectrum that works best for me rather than increasing. Especially in the mids. Not always though.
Try out different settings. You can't make any real mistakes here. Whatever you tweak and like is OK. Don't be afraid to try out different things.
I hope that this has been of help to some of you who feel a bit overwhelmed when starting out with the T1. I love the unit for its simplicity in comparison to most mixing consoles on the market, although I'm experienced enough to use them (and do use them). The size of the T1 and the fact that I can even have it on my microphone stand when playing have made it my go to mixer for most things. For other things where the T1 is too small I have to use something larger.
The effects section in the T1 is also a collection of high quality effects. E.g. Reverb, Delay, Chorus, also a single channel parametric equalizer which can be used to dial in on a problem frequency (e.g. where feedback occurs) and then lower the level of it to decrease the chance of feedback.
There are several good Videos explaining how to make use of the various aspects of the T1 so I'm not going to cover anything along those lines. The idea behind this article is to try to help people who may be a bit apprehensive about "fiddling" around with the T1 in the search of a decent sound. I hope that what I've written here will inspire these people to try out their hand at acquiring a good live sound.
It's all well and good asking questions here on the forum. That's what the forum's here for. At the gig it's a completely different ball game. The better you've learned what the T1 can do, the less you're going to be afraid of what happens if something goes wrong. Ask your questions here on the forum. Try things out with the T1 and you'll have more confidence when you're out there gigging with it.