Bose Corporation has added to its line of portable line array systems with the release of the new L1™ Model II system and T1 ToneMatch™ audio engine. These new products build on the unique approach to live music amplification the company introduced in 2003 with its Cylindrical Radiator® loudspeaker. Together, they deliver a combination of tone quality, sound coverage and portability previously unavailable from conventional live sound amplification systems.
The design of the new L1 Model II system is inspired by the original Bose® Cylindrical Radiator® loudspeaker, with a long, vertical row of small, closely spaced drivers mounted in a tall, slim enclosure. A new Articulated Array® speaker system makes it possible for the L1 Model II system to deliver more uniform sound coverage across the stage and into the audience. This allows performers and listeners to hear full, detailed, tonally balanced sound — whether they are in front of the speaker or off to the side.
The T1 ToneMatch audio engine is a multi-channel audio device available with the L1 Model II system. It gives musicians access to new tone-shaping technologies, providing a complete suite of studio-class effects and processing, as well as additional channels for instruments or microphones. ToneMatch audio engine presets are custom-engineered Bose® L1™ Model II system and T1 ToneMatch™ audio engine for specific instruments and microphones when used with Bose® L1™ portable line array systems. These presets are designed to bring musicians closer to the true sound of their voice or instrument at the touch of a button.
Proprietary zEQ tone controls allow for further adjustments once a musician has selected their ToneMatch™ audio engine preset. While conventional controls are generic by design, with “high,” “mid” and “low” controls spread out across the entire musical spectrum, Bose zEQ automatically shifts the range of these controls so they correspond directly to the range of the performer's voice or instrument. This innovative technology gives musicians more precise control over their tone, making it easier to fine-tune their sound.
The L1 Model II system incorporates a completely redesigned power stand that supports the loudspeaker, and houses the amplification and additional electronics. It occupies only a small footprint on stage and features mechanically retracting support legs, allowing it to be more compact for transport and storage. The L1 Model II power stand also includes a simple, direct interface for use with external audio sources such as laptops, MP3 players and DJ mixers. A ToneMatch audio engine port allows for a single cable digital connection to the T1 ToneMatch audio engine.
The L1 Model II system and T1 ToneMatch audio engine are the latest in an expanding line of portable line array systems from Bose. The L1 product family also includes the L1 Model I system, the B1 bass module and the A1 PackLite® power amplifier.
Bose® L1™ systems eliminate the need for PA speakers, monitors and mixing consoles, so they take only a few minutes to set up and require minimal cargo space. Designed for small- to medium-sized venues, they provide a viable alternative for musicians who use amplification to perform.
Each performer can use their own L1 system, or some can share. With the system placed behind them, musicians can play with the knowledge that the same sound they hear on stage is what is projected into the audience.
The L1 Model II system and T1 ToneMatch™ audio engine will be available in June 2007. The complete line of Bose L1 portable line array products can be purchased direct from Bose and through Guitar Center retail stores nationwide.