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Looking to upgrade my 4 channel T1 Tone Match mixer to at least 8 channels. Is there a better way to go than the 8 channel Bose Tone Match?
Can one purchase a Bose 8 channel mixer used? $1,000 yikes!!
Can one trade in a Bose 4 channel for a Bose 8 channel?
Can I safely play an electric bass using the T1 and my L1 Compact?
May 10, 2018
I may get yelled at (sorry) but keeping your T1 for the 3 signal sources that may benefit from Tonematch, etc. and buy another mixer with its output going into Channels 4/5 (and use the reverb, etc in the T1) for other instruments, friends, etc. is a nice (MUCH cheaper) option.
That's what I did when I had a T1 into an L1/M2...although I used a 16 channel digital mixer/recorder that cost more than a Bose mixer.
You can get a LOT of mixer for under $500 now days...for instance 8 channel digital mixer with internal effects, compressors, limiters, EQ, etc. you can drive from a iPad.
Aug 8, 2019
Well, if the 8 channel is out of your price range, what I did is purchased a 4 channel and used my older T in conjunction with the new 4 channel. Works fine.
Many upgrades to the new model, especially the new preamps for vocals, they're great, Fx are better, and other features. Nice mixer.
Just use your older T for instruments, and use the new T4 for vocals.
As far as running a bass through the T1 and L1 compact, not sure. However we use 2 L1 model 2's. Bass player uses a separate amp on stage, then goes directly into the T1. Obviously, don't expect to crank the bass through your L1 compact. Balance it out with your amp.
And no, you cannot trade it into Bose, however Guitar Center, who sells Bose products, will only give you $***, if the T1 is in great shape. Try Ebay for getting a little more.
Hope this info helps!
Edit: Third-party price reference removed
Bose Pro Community Admin
Jun 4, 2018
These are all great suggestions. The other question to ask is do you want/need digital mixers? Absolutely nothing against Bose mixers as I know digital has a lot more potential, but I use a 12 channel Yamaha MG series mixer that has been great through our L1 M2 with 2 B1s. You won’t have some of the fancy digital capabilities like scenes, but it is reasonably priced and easy to use. If I need to tweak some EQ, I like to be able to reach over and simply twist a knob on a channel. I know, old school.
We put an acoustic upright through our setup, but ours is a bit more robust due to the 2 B1s than just a Compact might be.