After reading your post here, I had to do some more work with the PB and Compact.
Many have said the Porchboard is "passable" with the Compact, it's a thud, not a boom, I agree, but still want that boom.
So first, I reviewed the 3-position contour switch on my version of the Porchboard.
The other two positions available though, are both bass roll-offs from the basic, lowest thump.
It didn't help.
But this got me thinking about hooking up my Roland drum module, direct in, as well as in-line between the Porchboard and the Compact.
The ability to add a bass drum sample to the blend with the porchboard was good in theory, but not in practice.
The results were okay, but sounded like a thin version of a digital sampled kick, which is what it was.
EQ, muffling, and tuning tweaks did little to improve it much (but did a little bit).
When blended with the Porchboard, the Roland was not complimentary to acoustic music, too fabricated, less real.
The Porchboard alone still sounded better by itself, more ambiguous, less of a kick drum, more of a pulse.
If it had sounded better, I would include the Roland in my acoustic setup, but with this result, it's not really worth the extra gear.
I wonder what the crew at Porchboard think about this, and if there might in fact be something they could do?
Has anyone been in contact with them about the Compact?
I will drop them a line.
Continuing on, I hooked up a Packlite and a B1 to the output of the Compact, no improvement really.
But after that, I just ran the Porchboard direct into the Packlite with the B1, and it sounded great!
I've been afraid to try this as there is no volume control between the PB and the A1, but it was fine.
Really slamming on the Porchboard did cause the Red LED to come on, but that was extreme, and more than I'd normally do.
A Packlite and a B1 is not that that much more gear to take to an acoustic session.
Adding a T1 to the setup is more gear than I wanted to get into, but rethinking it all makes quite a bit of sense now.
The T1 could go Main Out to the Compact for extra inputs, and the Porchboard could go Aux out to the Packlite & B1(s).
Problem solved without too much gear.
Only thing for me is, If I'm taking the T1, A1, and B1s, and running the sound...why not just take the Model II?
This reminds me of what Oldghm said a while back about thinking that the Model II is "too much trouble" after experiencing the Compact.
Are we spoiled or what?