I have been gigging with the L1 Compact, T1 and my various Taylors with my duo, www.sarathompson.net mostly in bars for the past year or so etc.. We often find ourselves in "corners" for whatever reason, mostly because these bars want as much room as possible to sell beer! None of these places are built with us in mind, right? I have been pretty sucessful playing in these niche corners, sometimes I keep it to the side and a few times I have had it directly behind us, because that was the only option. The issue with having it by your side is, often times you have it at a 90 degree angle from you because there is no room to get it behind you to the side. There are obvious issues with that and obvious issues with having it directly behind you. What are your opinions about playing in "corners" and what have you folks found to be successfull? Needless to say, Bose is the best for these space constrained places. Opinions would be appreciated.
Bill McGoldrick - Guitar/Vocals
Bill McGoldrick Acoustic Duo
I PREFER corners at Restaurant & Bar gigs.
1.) As you say, they take up least amount of real estate.
2.) They're a focal point (esp. if you choose the best corner).
3.) Your equipment is least vulnerable / most easily protected from bar hazards.
4.) I think acoustically, you project more evenly at the entire room and have no one BEHIND you.
Iron Mountain, MI
I've recently been playing a duo/open mic with my Compact & T1, set up in a corner, and it's working out beautifully.
One night I took the Model II instead, and it was boom-y, muddier, than the Compact (although, still good).
I had moved the B1s out of the corner too, which helped.
All in all, I prefer the Compact for this gig, and corners are not an issue.
Here's a sketch of the layout.
I use 2 L1 B1 mod2's. I find corners troublesome not so much because I can't fit my 2 systems well but because of phase cancellation of the bass notes. Especially in small rooms (and low ceilings too).
So far, I've tried placing everything as close together as possible behind me and then off-setting the direction a little bit so not to be so straight out from the middle. This seems to be the best I can do until I find a better way, if there is one. I find myself turning up the volume to hear those bass notes that are attenuated. Ends up sounding a little nastier than usual :-)
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