Considering T4S/T8S Stereo Options
Hi there !
Not been on the Bose forum for quite some time but I have just noticed there are some new Tonematch mixers.
i have a blues acoustic duo, and we bought one Bose L1mkII, two B1 bass modules, and each use a T1 Tonematch mixer, about 8yrs ago - and love using them. In some pub gigs, with a small PA system already set up, and no room to set up the L1 additionally, we have often used just our Tonematch mixers with the in-house PA and still got great results. Our Tonematch mixers are awesome !! We would plug one directly with the digital input, and the 2 Tonematch would go into the analogue input. I could never tell who was going through the digital/analogue channel, to be honest.
We play a wide variety of instruments (mostly acoustic guitars, some with piezo, some with magnetic pickups, a 12-string whose output is much lower than the others. I mic up (SM57) a Fender Blues Jnr for some e.guitar tunes, plus some vocal mics AND a full 88’s e.piano. We both swap around instruments a lot - especially me, between piano, acoustic guitars and mic’d up electric guitars.
With the one L1mkII, my 88’s e.piano never sounded great in mono (as the Bose’s crystal clear sound shows up the phasing issues of digitally sampled e.pianos that summing L&R outputs together causes (not Bose’s fault).
Now, we have a new 3rd member of the band, who also sings, plays acoustic guitar, piano, mandolin, and through the vocal mic, any of harmonica, washboard or jug !
We need more channels and possibly another L1.
The possibility of running my e.piano (now a Roland RD800) in stereo is very enticing.
I play piano and Hammond (clone) organ in another band, so invested in a pair of powered PA speakers (Yamaha DXR-12’s) to run my keyboard in stereo. I should consider using these with a stereo Tonematch, imstead of the L1 perhaps.
Last point - many years ago, for the “future Tonematch request thread”, I requested (with my acoustic duo band in mind) the possibilty of having one of the Tonematch channels to have user-defined/saved presets. Handy for a musician who swaps between different instruments, and using my own saved presets for ideal EQ etc for each of my instruments), all set up to chose between, on the same channel.
I’m not sure how stereo inpits work on these new Tonematch mixers.
Is there just ONE stereo, input channel ? If so, can I pair channels together for more stereo instruments ? (Obviously, that would eat up more channels and I’d have to have all parameters the same on both channels !) ???
In an ideal world, I would have channels :
1. Vocal mic 1 (SM58)
2. Stereo piano channel
3. Mic’d up electric guitar (SM57 on Fender amp)
4. Acoustic instrument channel, with say six user presets, saved for instant recall, depending on which of my six instruments I might want to play through this channel. (Some have piezo, some have magnetic pickups, some louder output than others, so EQ and relative volume settings are different for each instrument). The original “Scenes” type set-up, for me, is no good, as it’s only really one channel I want to toggle between user presets,
5. Vocal mic 2 (SM58)
6. Acoustic instrument channel (set-up like Ch4, with user defined/saved presets for each instument)
7. Vocal mic 3 (SM57) - and for “acoustic” harmonica
8. Acoustic instrument channel (set-up like Ch4, with user defined/saved presets for each instument)
I could use a TRS jack Output socket to our L1mkII analogue input, AND use both XLR outputs to my pair of powered PA speakers, to use L1 (perhaps as our monitor) AND powered PA speakers (perhaps as FOH) all at the same time, yes ???
The ability to have a channel dedicated to having my own instrument presets (user-defined & pre saved) would be a game changer for me, and I would Most likely buy the new 8-channel Tonematch, if it could be set up like this.
is there just one stereo input channel ??
Sorry for the long reply !