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NPAD Bose L1 Compact

Discussion in 'Recording and PA Lounge' started by Chito, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

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    Well seeing that my brand spanking new duo already have 3 gigs starting January, I decided to take advantage of the sale at L&M and got a Bose L1 Compact. It's great for cafe and restaurant gigs and house concerts. Small footprint and great sound. Excited to try it out tomorrow at our rehearsal.

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  2. Kerry Brown

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    Rented one when our trio started. It was great but couldn’t afford to buy it. Went with a small mixing board and some old active Fender PA speakers. They don’t sound near as good as the Bose. If we keep the trio going a Bose system may be in my future.
     
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  3. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

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    If you get enough gigs you might be able to afford one pretty quickly.
     
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  4. zdogma

    zdogma Gold Member

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    They were a really good deal at L&M, I was tempted as well. The little battery one was quite cheap as well.
     
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  5. marcos

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    Great little kit for small venues buddy.You will be very pleased with them
     
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  6. Chito

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    I'm looking at getting a mixer but based on what I have been reading, the best one to get is the Bose Tonematch. But it's another $700 for a new one. Can't even find any used ones.
    So for those who have a Bose L1, how does a different branded mixer work with the L1? Is the Tonematch really that much better?
     
  7. sambonee

    sambonee Gold Member

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    I’d say that the mice has less to Do with the tone that that system Does. That system takes you 80-90% of the way to tone paradise for live sound. And surround feel.

    I went to an open Jam once, and commented on how great the monitor system sounded so good. He told me that there are no monitors on the stage and I couldn’t believe it. It was the same system
     
  8. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

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    I was just thinking of adding a bit of reverb on the vocals and possibly mic the sax too, that's why I wanted to add the mixer.

    I'm actually not going to use it for my guitar. I'm using an electric and bringing an amp with me. The L1 would only be used by my singer and possibly her saxophone. She plays loud with that thing though LOL Probably doesn't need the amplification.

    In any case, I have jammed with someone who was playing another guitar and because there were no monitors, I felt like I couldn't hear myself and had to stop playing. Or maybe my guitar volume was just turned down too low. I just hopped in during one of the songs and replaced the other guitar player, who now thinking about it, didn't really do much with his guitar and that;s probably he was turned down. LOL
     
  9. marcos

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    I used one for about a month (rental) at our practice Chito and used my little mixer for keys (Moe) sequenced tracks and vocals. It makes it easier to blend everything. You could actually plug your LP into it also to balance every thing out. Less stuff to carry around. I dont think you need to mic Anj in small rooms but its good to know that you could if need be. You can probably pick up a small used Mackie with reverb and it will be fine. I saw some at Spaceman this week in the back store. Worth a look.
    Also forgot to mention that i have also jammed a few times with live drummer, bass player vocals etc. with the bigger Bose system and the sound was well rounded and loud. Nice to be able to use them for FOH and monitors all at once. The bigger system is expensive (about 5,000.00 for two units)
     
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  10. Chito

    Chito Gold Member

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    So you plugged in your electric to the mixer too? And did you pan it out to one channel (left I would think) before connecting it to the L1?
    I'll take a peek at Spaceman to see about that Mackie mixer. I have been eyeing one of those.
    Thanks!
     
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  11. marcos

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    I actually used my Gibson acoustic in it. Plug your LP in it and listen for yourself if its what you like.
     
  12. marcos

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    Check out their website. They seem to have a few.
     
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  13. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    I cranked one up at L&M Winnipeg about twelve years ago. At forty feet away the sound was falling short. Still a good thing, I think. Those that want to listen can come close and those that want to chat can move back.

    Congrats on your purchase! So much handier than the archaic technology I have to lug around. Big speaker cabs and vacuum tube amps with boat anchor transformers.

    And of course, your audio quality is stellar. You can't take it away from Bose -- they deserve the rep.

    I also envy your band situation: nice quiet act with everyone actually listening to each other.
     
  14. greco

    greco Gold Member

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    I listened to a guitarist playing an acoustic through one of these at a local L&M.
    VERY IMPRESSIVE! Crystal clear and detailed.

    ENJOY!
     
  15. Lord-Humongous

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    I've been tempted a few times by the S1 - it's the smallest Bose PA and it fits in a knapsack. The L1 looks amazing too; I'd be very interested in your comments and findings after using it for a while!
     

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