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Nov 06

IT PAYS TO USE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB.

IT PAYS TO USE THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB

A product review of the Bose T1 ToneMatch audio engine (mixer.)

The Bose T1 ToneMatch audio engine.

The Bose T1 ToneMatch audio engine.

I recently bought  the Bose T1 ToneMatch mixer. When you are in love you want to tell everybody. (By the way today the 6th November is my 11th wedding anniversary, and I did hit jackpot with my wife) If you have a new piece of kit, and you are happy with it, you want to tell everybody about it. What better way than writing a product review.

Those of you who have followed my blog from the beginning know that I an a massive fan of the Bose P.A. systems.SOUND SYSTEMS BUILT FOR MUSICIAN, BY MUSICIANS. I have used the Bose compact L1 for the last two and a half years. There is not a gig goes by that I do not appreciate the sheer awesome quality, and portability. I have written a previous post 10 REASONS WHY THE BOSE COMPACT LI IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BEAD.

For me as a SOLO MULTI INSTRUMENTALIST, constantly moving between hotels, it is absolutely the RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB.

In the two and a half years that I have been using this P.A. I haven’t had one person complaining about the volume. Remember that most of my audiences fall into the 70 plus age group.

WHY I DIDN’T USE THE BOSE T1 TONEMATCH MIXER FROM THE START.

I have always used my DYNACORD POWERMATE 600 mixer with the Bose compact L1 system. I would run the speaker cable out of the MAIN OUT and therefore bypass the power amp. This has always worked well for me.There were 2 reasons why I didn’t get the Bose T1 ToneMatch mixer to use with the Bose Compact L1 from the start:

1) The quality of the DYNACORD POWERMATE 600 mixer is so good, especially the on board effects. I did not want to lose the effects. (This has been my most faithful piece of kit for the last 12 years)

2) I use 5 inputs..vocals, sax mike,acoustic guitar, electric guitar and ipod for backing tracks. With the  Bose T1 ToneMatch mixer, this leaves me one short, as it only has 4 inputs.

WHY AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS DID I CHANGE MY MIND

The older you get the heavier your gear seems to become. By bypassing the power amp on the DYNACORD, it meant that I was carrying dead weight of an amplifier I wasn’t using. The last few months this mixer just seemed to get heavier by the night.

Also traveling between Austria and Spain, the less space I take up with gear, the more space there is for my children’s toys.

The Bose mixer is about a quarter of the size and about a tenth of the weight of the Dynacord.

THE TONEMATCH CONCEPT.

In a nutshell the ToneMatch concept takes the guess work out of getting a good sound. The mixer has on board presets for microphone types, guitar amps, types of guitars, types of pickups, types of keyboards etc. If you don’t find your instrument or mike on board, you can download via usb from the Bose website.

So here would be an example of a set up.

Channel 1. My vocals.

On the Tone Match select Hand held mike. Sure SM58. Then select reverb types, effects like compression etc.

Channel 2. My saxes with condenser mike.

On ToneMatch select Mike High gain normal. Then set reverb and affects.

Channel 3. My acoustic guitar.

Select Martin D28 then set reverb and effects.

Channel 4. My ipod for backing tracks.

Bypass ToneMatch and set as flat.

Then give the mix a NAME and SAVE THE SCENE.

HOW DID I OVERCOME THE PROBLEM OF BEING A CHANNEL SHORT?

Because of the SAVE SCENE option I have shared channel 3 for the guitars. One scene is set for my acoustic guitar, and another scene is set for the electric guitar. For 25 euros I have bought a 2 into 1 foot switch. So I plug both guitars into the foot switch, and I come out with 1 cable into channel 3.

HOW DOES THE BOSE REVERB COMPARE TO THE DYNACORD REVERB.

The DYNACORD reverb takes a lot of beating, however with a bit of experimentation I have got the Bose reverb pretty close. I would say that the Bose reverb is far better than most on board reverbs I have heard on other mixers.

HOW HAVE I FOUND THE BOSE T1 TONEMATCH ON THE JOB.

It did take me a little time to get used to, and iron out a few things.

It must be said the ToneMatch presets are astounding. The acoustic guitar with the factory Tonematch setting is incredible. The SM58 mike setting amazes me every time I sing.

I would not suggest anybody try to set the mixer up for the first time at the gig. It does take a bit of time to tweek the settings. But once you are happy and have SAVED THE SCENE, it is absolutely consistent every gig. It saves so much time on a sound check.

I think my overall sound has improved by using the T1 mixer with the Compact L1 P.A.

PRICE?

The Bose equipment is not the cheapest gear on the market. Is it worth spending the money? I think absolutely YES. When I started using the Bose sound system it was an EPIPHANY SOUND EXPERIENCE for me. Excellent sound, better performance. No complaints about volume from audiences. This all adds up to more repeat bookings. Very soon the investment will pay for itself.

IT PAYS TO USE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB.

 

 

 

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  1. Pianomarc

    That’s a great write-up Patrick, and invaluable for first time users, especially about not using it first time at a gig…….sounds like you will have to go to the Gym now to lift weights as you gear can float in and set it’s self up!!

    1. saxaxeman@gmail.com

      Hi Marc. Thanks for the comment. Just waiting for my children to be a little older, then they can set up for me.

  2. Sandra

    Thanks for the info on the Bose T1 ToneMatch audio engine.

    1. saxaxeman@gmail.com

      Hi Sandra. thank you for your ongoing support of the blog.

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