Here are some hints for getting the most out of the presets.

Principles

You want to:

  • Simulate performance conditions. (room, volume, instrument, mind set) 
  • Keep everything constant except for the presets (volume, tone, instrument)
  • Make the switching between presets as fast and painless as possible. It is very difficult to compare two sounds if there is more than a second or two between hearing the sounds you are comparing.
  • Keep notes of what you did and did not like as you go through the process.
  • Only change one thing at a time between comparisons (in this case, the presets).

What follows is a suggestion about how you can go through the presets while honouring the principles above.

Ready

Get the newest presets. At time of writing (March 2005), the latest are the version 2.0 presets, and at this point, systems currently being shipped have version 1.0. This means that if you didn't install the new ones, you don't have them. You can

Once you have the new presets installed, for best results:

  • Get to someplace that is as big as places you normally perform.
  • Plan to run the system at full performance volume.
  • Bring a friend to change connections, push buttons and if you are lucky, take notes
  • Consider getting an A/B footswitch if you are testing a line-level instrument or guitar
  • Bring some extra cables (1/4" and XLR)
  • Plan to take some time with this, and bring some kind of compensation for your friend.

Set

Set up the Bose system the way you normally would, doing your best to simulate actual performance circumstances. This includes putting you and the Remote as far from the system as you would normallly be when playing live.

To keep things simple I'll use the example of testing for use with an Electric Guitar. You can adapt these ideas to work with your instrument or microphone. I would run a relatively clean sound with no effects (no reverb, chorus or delay). You are listening for tone. 

Connections:

Run the guitar into an A/B switch and connect 

  • Guitar + any tone crafting gear to the input of the A/B switch
  • Output A to Channel 1 on the Bose system
  • Output B to Channel 2 on the Bose system

Have your friend set presets for both Channels to 00

Set the gain staging so you are solidly in the green without peaking into the red on the trim lights when you are playing as loud as you normally would in performance

Remember to tune your Guitar then on the Remote set the tone controls and channel volumes set to 12:00 and bring up the master to performance volume. This is important because your perception of tone will vary with volume.

You are going to owe your friend - BIG TIME

Go

Using your A/B switch, flip back and forth between A and B and have your friend tweak the trims controls so that you are equally loud in both channels. This is important because you can't really compare sounds at different volumes.

Now this is where your friend gets to do most of the work.

  • Starting with the presets that are recommended for your instrument (in this case Electric Guitar) set one preset on Channel 1 and the next one in the sequence on Channel 2.
  • Play a familiar riff a couple of times and then switch channels with your A/B switch
  • Play the same riff again on the second channel
  • Decide which of the two you like the best - make a note of this
  • On the other channel, switch to the next preset on the list
  • Playing the same riff, switch between the two channels and decide which one you like
  • Keeping the one you like on one channel, try the next preset on the other channel.
  • Okay - you get the idea - repeat until you've been through all the recommended presets.

If you've found a couple that you really like, then your search is over. If not then try other presets that are not labelled "Electric Guitar"  

Once you find a couple of presets you like, start working with your gear and tone settings on the Remote.

Have fun!

Take your friend out to dinner.

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