Some of us have been here awhile and some of us are relatively new. In the early days there were some ideas, principles if you like, that seemed to define the L1® Approach.
Here are some of the principles.
- Every performer has his/her own L1®.
- The audience can hear the individual performers.
- The volume and the mix are in the control of the performers.
- The performers share the same sound field as the audience.
This was accomplished because there was only a single amplified signal for each sound source. That is: Each sound source was heard through only one L1®. The L1® replaced backline amplifier, monitor speakers for the individual performers, and served to provide the sound for the whole audience as well.
- Lower stage volume because with the Model I and Model II, the drop off of sound over distance was less than conventional point-sources, so you didn't need to be as loud up front to be heard at the back.
Here is the original L1® Benefits Statement.
There may be more points to the original L1® Approach and if anyone out the remembers something please post here.
Over the past six years
- Some performers adopted the L1® and adapted to the L1® Approach. The main feature of this seemed to be that each performer would have his/her own L1® and the rest would fall into place. After the introduction of the Model II and T1®, another variation was for each performer to have his/her own T1® and it was possible to share a Model I or Model II Power Stand.
- Other performers have adopted the L1® and plugged it into their way of doing things. So this could look like one or two L1®s replacing the main front of house system and other things remained unchanged.
- There have been all kinds of variations in the way performers used the L1®s. The DJs had many needs that were different from the musicians (please: nobody take no offence here) and so the ways they found to use the L1® were innovative and different from the original L1® Approach.
- Other forms of performance (bluegrass, choirs, theatre, worship services) needed different thinking to use the L1®s effectively.
- Over the years we have seen many innovative ways of using the L1® that go beyond or in some cases apparently contrary to the L1® Approach.
- The L1® Compact was introduced earlier this year and it is quite different from the other L1® products both in the portability, affordability, and the way it projects sound into a space.
- There have been some interesting discussions lately where we have pondered the direction of the L1® Approach (although they were not worded exactly that way). Examples:
Momma get a hammer...
Stereo vs. Mono & Breaking the Rules & ?s
Does this mean that the original vision for the L1® needs to be re-examined?
What do you think?