I am new to the forum having just joined today, but I have been lurking for a week or so, gleaning all of the information I could find on this site. I must say that I have learned a lot from all of you about the L1/B1 and also microphones and other items and I really appreciate what I have learned. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately, you have all caused me to spend a lot of money this week. I expect delivery on my Bose unit tomorrow. I also bought a 945e mike this week and ordered the new Vocalist Live 2. As I said, it's been an expensive week, but I can't wait to get it all together. I first heard the Bose system a week and a half ago. A good friend of mine started using one in his act and I couldn't believe the sound improvement over his previous setup. After I heard his, I started checking out the unit and found this message board. The comments that I read here convinced me to pull the trigger on the purchase.
A little back ground on myself, I have played guitar for 40 years and played in bands during high school of course, and again at age 35 or so played in a 6 piece band in the Chicago area for 10 years. I have been doing the solo gig now for about a year and a half and I am having a great time. I love entertaining people and doing the solo gig is about as close as you can get to an audience. I am really looking forward to exchanging information with all of you in the future.
Welcome to the forums. As you probably know already there is a small learning curve to this system. You have come to the right place, this community is here to help, so don't be shy and ask away.
It's a pleasure to have you here. We look forward to getting to know you and sharing your experiences as you begin using your L1/B1 combo.
Thanks for the welcome. I had hoped to have my system earlier in the week but some problems kept that from happening. Wouldn't you know it, I got a last minute call to go play a gig Friday night. I had thought I would never have to carry all of my PA system and amp to a job any more. Oh well, best made plans. Knowing UPS as I do I hope to have my system in my greedy little hands at 4 pm tomorrow. I can't wait to get it and play with it.
Good to have you here. This forum is an amazing resource of really nice guys who know their stuff. Use us as you get to know your new gear.
Also check out the Bose Wiki if you haven't yet. That's where we post the best of what we've accumulated about the L1 system & music in general.
I have the same mic. Maybe you bought it because of my swooning over it? I use no presets "00" and no effects. I love the sound of that mic. It is soooo smooth throughout the entire range.
I'd be careful with the effects though. I recently bought a mixer with effects. Mostly to put the drummers e kit in. But, I tried it with my voice for the chorus effect, which I like for recording. I found however that the effects made me a worse singer. After not using them and going straight in again, because I wanted to be able to adjust my own channel from the remote, I found that my vocal skill had been degraded because of using the chorus effect as a crutch. I also noticed that my clarity in the vocal was much better with no effects.
However I can see that need for effects for harmonies and certain cover songs where an effect is part of the hook.
Singing through an L1 at first can be intimidating. At first it feels like singing naked. But, what others here have said is very true. Singing with no effecs through it can very quickly improve your singing voice.
I'd like to suggest that before firing up your vocal unit you first try the L1 on it's own and get the vocal gain stage right, straight in. Some people have had problems with adding extras into the chain all at once. It's best to familiarize with one piece of equipment at a time.
Have fun. Let me know what you think of that mic after you get it set up to your liking.
Glad you joined us.
This was fun on your website:
If you have some time check out the Wiki (links below).
Here is a short article to get you started:
How not to hear what you've got.
I used the new mike on friday night. I loved the sound and can't wait to use it with the Bose setup. I'm not a big user of effects on vocals anyways. I'm mostly interested in the harmonizing effects on the Vocal Live 2.
Thank you. A photographer friend of mine did that for me and I thiought it would make a nice addition to my site. I have spent hours going through all of the different postings in here and have learned a lot. Thanks to everyone who has made it a lot easier for us newbies to get set up and going much quicker.
Sorry to hear you had to drag out the old stuff one more time. It'll make you appreciate the L1 even more.
Welcome to the forums and to the "best seat in the house". It will be good to have you hear.
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