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Full F1 Live sound review!

I have owned and used the F1 system for about six months now and I feel it is time to share my experiences with the group.

A little history on me first...

I have been in the music business for most of my life, but before that I was a musician, in fact I was singing and playing instruments as a toddler... I have alway been huge into music and sound.

As a teenager I descovered electronic bass music and fell in love with the genre... A little before that I stared DJing... After a while of listening to bass music (Bass 305, Bass Boy, DJ Magic Mike - just to name a few of my favorites) I decided to make my own. My brother and I made two tapes (one in 1995 and one in 1996). Our group name was Bass Translator, but our artist names were Andraulics and JD Bass. My brother went on to do other things and I continued to make bass music as JD Bass. I released 6 CDs through the years (two of which you can find online).

As my interest in producing music grew so did my talents as a DJ. I used my artist name for my DJ name and it stuck.

In my mid 20s I audition for a rap metal band (sort of like Linkin Park, but I did all the vocal parts) as the lead singer... I was surprised when I got the job and was event more surprised when I was told I would have to buy a PA to sing through. At this time I did my little DJ shows with home stereo equipment. I looked around and got a Peavey PA system. Soon after being in the band we were invited to play in a local concert with multiple band and guess what... my band was the only band to have a professional PA, so... guess who got a crash coarse in sound reinforcement???

We had punk and metal shows over the next two years 2002-2004) where I ran sound... Shortly after our band broke up I stopped running sound though.

That being said, I now had pro gear for my DJ business which was beginning to take off. I used the Peavy system for a little while, but soon switched to JBL Eons and then MRX/SRX and QSC amps...

The search for the ultimate DJ system was on...
At one time I worked my way up to a 10,000 watt set-up which I was excited to use for the first time at a school dance... It took 3 hours to set up along with my light show... Pressed play and I can tell you in that high school gym it sound horrible! Very echoey, hard to understand the vocals and the bass was muddy...

A couple months later I found my self in a Bose retail store, it only took me one verse of a song played through an L1 and I was sold! I bought my first Bose L1 system in 2009 (double L1 Mod. 1 and four B1s). I loved it! A year later I used my new system in the same room as the 10,000 watt JBL system and it sounded amazing!

Shortly after that I set my sights on doing live sound again, but this time armed with the Bose L1s! I wanted to bring that level of clarity and quality in sound to the area using the L1s for FOH!

So I did, many local musicians thought I was crazy, but soon changed their minds after hearing the results... I did however have some issues with feedback mostly because of the clarity behind the L1s and also because the 180 degrees of dispersion...

Turned out that some of the things that were great about the L1 system in the DJ gig world weren't always good in the sound reinforcement world...

So last year I decided to give a JBL system a chance with my new knowledge of mixing live hoping to have less feedback issues... This time I had a 15,000 system with Crown Amps... I tried so hard to like it... But no matter how much I worked the Eq I could not get the clarity and rich sound like my L1s had, although I did have less issues with feedback...

While I was using the JBL set-up Bose came out with the F1 series. I was a bit sceptical, but eventually warmed up to the idea after lugging those big boxes around and not getting the sound a wanted.

The key to my experiences being important for you all to hear is I had a chance to use all three systems (L1, JBL, F1) in the same venues over the years... I got to experience the differences and boy there were a lot!

***So here is my review of the F1 system. The picture below is of a seven piece band that I ran sound for at a local casino. I have run sound with the L1s (for the same band) for FOH in this room in which they did well, but at times had a hard time with feedback and getting the vocals up over the stage volume, when I used the JBL system in this room it sounded the the worst out of the three being very loud and harsh up front and not very clear in the back... BTW the room sits 500 people. The ceiling are fairly low at about 10-12' high (these low ceiling have helped make the stage volume an issue with a loud bands).

The F1 system (two stacks) performed flawlessly. I can honesty say I have never heard a live show sound so in that room! I got may compliment and the crazy thing was I didn't have to do half as much work on Eqing or Chanel leveling as before!!!

I am totally amazed by this compact little powered system and am looking forward to using it at my shows in the future! The F1 system was so clear and the bass sounded so good plus it was so easy to set up... By the middle of the show I had a smile from ear to ear! BTW no feedback issues and I had extra headroom for the vocals which were very easy to get over the stage volume of the 7pc band with a trumpet and a sax!!!

*BTW the band raved over the sound as well.

Hats off to Bose for improving my musical journey yet again! Smile

BTW I will be doing a F1 DJ system review soon.
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Re: Full F1 Live sound review!

Hi jdbassentertainment.com

Great post. Nice to get to know you better. Thanks for taking the time to tell us more about you. After all, we've been talking here for nearly eight years.

How do you want to be addressed here in the forum?
JD
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About your review.
Thanks for the comparison of the L1®s to the F1s for this kind of application.

Out of curiosity, what did you use for monitors in that room (in the picture)?


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DJ JD BASS
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Re: Full F1 Live sound review!

JD is fine...
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Re: Full F1 Live sound review!

So you NEED monitors/wedges with the F1?

You can't use it like the L1 System?
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Re: Full F1 Live sound review!

That is correct, although as a solo artist or duo, you might be able to have it off to the side of you and be able to hear enough to perform... Depending on the room and your musical style.

I used it like this at a karaoke show and it worked good (one full stack top and sub). As I do recall the mic was positioned just slightly behind the face of the 812 speaker.
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Re: Full F1 Live sound review!

Hi JD. Thanks for posting this great review. It was especially good to hear your full story & experience with other gear to put everything in context. I agree with your findings. I've been using Bose gear for over 20 years now both as a church sound tech & also the last 6 years in my production business. I do use other speakers from EV, RCF, Mackie & Yamaha on various jobs. It's all good gear but for me I generally only get the sound I'm looking for when I use the Bose gear whether that be 802's, L1's or now the F1's. The other big difference is that more people come up after the show & say how nice it sounds when you have a Bose system & having happy customers is so important. I agree about the L1's wide dispersion sometimes being a curse with live sound (though great for DJ music). I also use the L1's in a FOH configuration for bands. I can get away with it if I keep them well forward of the stage & I do use a DBX AFS224 for feedback control (yes they do work despite what people say). I'm finding the F1's are far more feedback resistant though.
Thanks again.
Lee
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