I 'm fairly new to the compact. My keyboard is a Kurzweil PC3.
I was wondering if there is a "typical" EQ adjustment, for piano in particular, when using the Compact.
I have a T1 as well, and would be interested in both KB internal and T1 EQ tweeks that have worked for others in the Bose community working with the Compact.
Otis - I play jazz with a Roland FP-4. Because it doesn't have a good mono sample, I always run stereo not for the spaciousnous, but rather to get both channels out without summing (which sounds awful especially in the midrange). Indeed, I set both L1 Compacts tight together, fully extended next to my keyboard. I run the keyboard out through an Allen & Heath Zed10fx. The board adds clean preamp, has better fx than on-board keyboard (I like a mid-sized "hall" reverb), and EQ with sweepable mids.
I use two L1compacts. Pros: got 'em used, ez setup, small on bandstand, no tripods, great dispersion, and aesthically "invisible". Cons: grand piano on L1Compacts requires aggressive EQ to make grand piano patches tolerable. (I have a love-hate with these amps.)
My experience is that the L1Compacts express grand piano sounds best when I EQ "bass" pot WAY down. That eliminates the woofery boom and lets the string harmonics of the lower register come through. I also trim down the "treble" to eliminate a brittle crystaline quality of the L1Compacts with my keyboard. The fussiness is EQing the sweepable "mid" on each of the two channels. I boost the low mids (around 300hz) on one channel because that's a good, warm frequency for me. I cut the high mids (around 1-2khz) because that range sounds tinny.
I also confess that I like to turn on the on-board speaker on the piano, not for sound. But I like feeling the instrument vibrate like an acoustic when I play. If the Roland speaker could point up at me (rather than forward), I'd probably move the L1s farther away during performances.
This is what works for me.
Hey, Paul (pdmadison)! Thanks for posting your EQ tweaks!
I don't use the Compact much with a keyboard, but when I have done so I also find that I somewhat aggressively turn down the Low EQ.
Thanks for the response Paul. I'll play with your suggestions and fine tweek for my KB. The Compact is definitely a little different than most speakers in regards to EQ.
Otis - Another point on EQing acoustic piano samples. I read that turning down EQ bands can reduce the "fundamental" tone of the keyboard allowing the desirable harmonics to cut through more. (Perhaps a more knowledgeable individual can comment on whether is this is real, myth or hooey.) But my hours and hours of experimentation have confirmed that the piano patches do sound better, at least thru the L1Compacts. So I, as you see from my post above, I do trim the EQ down, but keep the overall preamped signal quite high. Hopefully your finding success. Please share what you learn. - Paul
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