HI I am new to this site, my daughter has the Bose L1 compact, she is a solo artist with MP3 backing tracks plugged into channel 2 and using a Sennheiser microphone plugged into channel 1. We both have a difference opinion on her microphone setup; she sets her treble at 0 and bass at 2oclock, I think she needs some treble for the system to produce mid and high end sounds? Am I right and what would be the best vocal settings for her? Here is her YouTube song to give you an Idea of her voice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGII0L406OE or look under Sarah Frances Johnston.
Your daughter has a beautiful voice.
Both mics, and sound systems sometimes color voices a bit. It seems each maker has an idea of what their product should do to the users voice.
Bose has used their good judgement to set the system EQ on Channel 1 to be flat or natural when the Controls are at the 12:00 position. The #1 channel on the Compact has a Tonematch preset built in that is optimized for an Audix OM3 mic. I find that it works well with several other makes and models, although I haven't tried it with a Sennheiser, I feel certain that it performs quite well.
The system will reproduce whatever is input, with the tone control on 0. Adjustments either add to or take away from that input signal. If there are mid and high frequencies in her voice the system will reproduce them at a natural level when set to 0. The addition of some low tones might make the sound a bit warmer and could possibly sound duller to you, but it can give a singer a feeling of strength in the lower registers, and the small amount added should not adversely affect the sound of her voice when she is not singing those very low tones. I don't know your age, but it might be well to remind you, as we get older we don't hear the higher range as well as our kids do.
I would defer judgement to your daughter, on how to set the eq. It is important that she hears what makes her feel comfortable while singing.
If you are comparing her natural voice to the studio recorded voice, it is possible that some sizzle has been added in the studio that she is not comfortable with live, if added it might also increase the chance for feedback.
No need to worry about the audience, they will not be making the same judgements as a father. She's going to do just fine with the eq set the way she likes it.
Oldghm has hit every point that come to mind as I listened to your daughter's recordings. Every point, and several more.
Do you have any recordings of your daughter performing with her Sennheiser microphone through the Compact?
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