Hey folks, I'm a solo acoustic guy who plays pop covers in bars and restaurants. I have used a model 1 with a t1 and 2 b1's with pleasure for the last 7 yrs. I recently upgraded to model 2 and I'm having trouble getting that warm sound I've become accustomed to. I'm running the exact settings on the tone match that I've always used but I've lost a lot of low end that I was getting before. The sound is much clearer but has no richness. Am I missing something? I'm toying with the idea of running the tone match analog through the master output like I was doing with the model 1 but there has to be a better way to get my sound back. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Congratulations on getting your Model II.
How far from the L1® are you when you are performing? Are you in front of it or beside it?
The reasons I ask:
The Model II crossover (from Cylindrical Radiator® to B1s) is at 180 Hz. In the Classic / Model I, that crossover was at 200 Hz. So if you are fairly close to the Cylindrical Radiator® you are probably not hearing the sound in the 180-200 Hz range in the same way as before, because they are coming out of the B1s instead of the Cylindrical Radiator®. That is neither bad nor good, but if you are close to the Cylindrical Radiator® you may not be hearing the frequencies all blended together as you might if you were even a foot or two farther away.
Also, if you are standing to the side of the Cylindrical Radiator® the Model II is going to be a LOT clearer than you are used to, and that is going to sound brighter.
If you run some recorded music through the L1®, how does that sound out in the room?
I am sure that ST can help you out with all the technical aspects of your question - but FWIW - I prefer the sound from a Model 1 myself over the Model 2. I would agree with your notion that it is a kind of warmth - for lack of a better term.
I like carrying around the Model 2 better, though. I have two Model 1s and one Model 2. The 2 gets more use.
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Thank you both for your insight. Sundog, I hope I can tweak the model 2 to my liking because I didn't have the option to hold onto my model 1.
Your analysis seems to fit what im hearing. Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, I dont have the luxury of standing in front of my L1 at gigs except for the occasional private function. I am usually about 4 or 5 ft. the left and about 4 or 5 ft. in front. I keep the b1s on the opposite side of the tower. When I played my break music it did sound fine. When I did step out in front of the L1 a couple of times to listen to the guitar and thought it wasn't sounding as full as I had been used to. Maybe I didnt get out far enough? I tried tapping my low strings but I don't get the same thud out of the B1s that I used to. I'll have to find some time to practice with my gear set up stand the appropriate distance in front to get a better idea I guess. I do still wonder why the b1s don't seem to be pumping out as much air though.
Any ideas about that? Thanks for your help by the way.
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