Hi all -
I'm taking delivery on a Bose L1 Model 1 Double Bass system at the end of the week and am really excited to start cultivating a better performance sound.
My main instrument is the Appalachian mountain dulcimer and I also play Native American flute. My stage plot includes:
Digitech Vocalist Live 4
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
Danalectro Daddy-O Distortion
Boss OC-3 Super Octave
Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
My previous system was a Fender Deluxe Passport PD150.
Depending on the venue, I play solo acoustic mountain dulcimer and Native American flute at the very minimum. At the maximum, I'm running drum loops with lots of kick, looped octave bass and layers of dulcimer plus harmonies or backing tracks. The Passport began to buckle under some of the heavier loads. Maybe the L1 is overcompensating, but I just didn't want to lay out a bunch of cash for a system and still drool over the real deal. Friday can't come soon enough.
I am hitting the ground running, however, and will be breaking the system's cherry next week at the Key West Dulcimer Fest for two nights of instructor concerts. I've been poring over these forums looking for tidbits, so if there are any folkies out there who may be able to advise on what to anticipate? I'm getting stage plots from all the performers and letting them know that they'll have two mics and two inputs to work with.
Is it safe to say that two mics and perhaps two L.R. Baggs Para-Acoustic D/I boxes would be good enough?
Thanks for any help,
Hi, Bing! Welcome to your first post on this Forum.
I'm sure you'll be able to get your L1 'tuned in' to get the sounds you're seeking.
Tidbit: If you're running the system fairly loud (e.g. at an outdoor festival), place the L1 about 10-12 to the side of the performer(s) and about only 3-4 feet back behind them. That way they'll be able hear themselves, but as long as you're careful to keep the mics so they are not pointing at the L1, you ought to be able to get a decent amount of volume w/o feedback.
2nd tidbit: If using vocal mics (e.g. for singing) be sure to use a "vocal mic" Preset on Channel 1 or 2 (whichever the vocal mic is connected to) -- that essentially "tunes" the EQ for the mic on that channel ... and makes it sound great (if the performer sings/speaks CLOSE to the mic).
Future tidbit: At some point you might want to consider adding a T1 mixer to your arsenal; it might be able to replace the EQ and Digital Delay units (with per-channel customization of EQ and other effects). With the external power supply, the T1 works very nicely to expand the range of effects and custom EQ of the Model I L1.
Thanks for the info. Will definitely be going with the T1 at some point in the near future.
My system arrived today and I'm just chuffed. Getting ready to plug in as I sign off.
Hi Bing. Welcome to the world of Bose. I have had my LII for about 3 years. I use them every where I go. I have the T1 and just love it. The natural sound honestly makes you a better singer. You hear what you really sound like.
www.michaelshull.com Mountain dulcimer recording artist
I also use the LII with the T1. I will be using it for the sound at my festival this year. It takes a while to get used to the difference in sound and setup but it is working well for us. Still experminting with what mic and settings to use. Very clear and natural sound for dulcimers.
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