Bose Professional has introduced the Bose L1 Pro portable line array systems, ushering in a new era of on-the-go audio for singer-songwriters, mobile DJs and bands. The three new systems – the L1 Pro8, the L1 Pro16, and L1 Pro32 with its choice of two subwoofers – offer 180-degree horizontal coverage along with clarity and tonal balance.
A unique RaceTrack woofer design integrated into the L1 Pro8, L1 Pro16 and the Bose Sub1 and Sub2 modular subwoofers provides extended base response and less bulk, making the subwoofers much easier to transport, carry and fit onstage.
Built-in multi-channel mixers offer EQ, reverb and phantom power, while Bluetooth streaming capabilities and access to the complete library of ToneMatch custom EQ presets, allows performers to play with recording-studio tonal quality.
These three new portable PA systems are designed to give artists choices, suit different styles and audiences, and provide a solution for creators reintroducing live music and sound experiences into venues and online platforms across the world today.
The ultra-portable L1 Pro8 provides a solution for intimate spaces, the portable L1 Pro16 performs in small-to-medium spaces, while the peak-performance L1 Pro32 is well suited for entertaining large audiences.
“The new L1 Pro family gives users an ideal balance of performance and control on stage and portability everywhere else,” said Craig Jackson, portable PA category manager for Bose Professional. “We took what our customers loved about the original L1 systems and focused on making improvements in almost every dimension. The L1 Pro family delivers more output and bass extension than ever before and doesn’t compromise on portability. We’ve expanded the I/O and integrated ToneMatch technology allowing users to quickly optimize the sound of their instruments and microphones. And with our new L1 Mix app complete control of all mixing functionality is available from your mobile device. We are excited bring the L1 Pro family to market and can’t wait for our customers to experience them.”
The Bose L1 Pro portable systems are complimented by the L1 Mix app, placing complete wireless control in the hands of users for on-the-fly tweaks via controls that are both intuitive and instant. Performers can adjust mixer settings via phone or tablet from the stage, or even walk the room, hear how the mix sounds, and fine-tune on-the-go. Volume and tone settings can be changed in the app as well, with users able to watch the LED encoder move to match — the mixer and app are always in sync, in real-time.
The L1 Pro8 is portable, weighing in at only 38.9 pounds (17.7 kilograms). An ideal companion for shows in small venues such as coffee shops and cafes, the slim design allows performers to benefit from setup simplicity and clarity. As the most portable L1 Pro system, the L1 Pro8 makes it easy to get from vehicle to venue in one trip.
The L1 Pro16 balances power and portability, offering a streamlined system with high output and extended low frequency. At a weight of only 53.7 pounds (24.4 kilograms), it is a good fit for DJs, singer-songwriters, and small groups performing in small-to-medium sized venues clubs and bars, with users benefitting from a portable system that offers extra room in a vehicle and on stage, alongside expanded bandwidth.
The peak of portable PA, the L1 Pro32 weighs just 28.8 pounds (13.0 kilograms). The Sub1 and Sub2 modular subwoofers weigh 35.5 pounds (16.1 kilograms) and 51.7 pounds (23.4 kilograms) respectively. The L1 Pro32 gives DJs, singer-songwriters and bands a portable PA system with a l bass for medium-to-large-sized venues and events such as weddings and festivals.
Each L1 Pro system features a built-in mixer, allowing creators to connect various instruments, microphones and other sources with ease. Two combo XLR-1/4in phantom-powered inputs,1/4in and 1/8in (3.5mm) aux inputs are included. Illuminated rotary encoders provide instant access to volume, tone and reverb settings per channel too.
There is even the option to add in additional instruments and other audio sources via a dedicated ToneMatch port — one cable provides both power and digital audio between the system and an optional Bose T4S or T8S mixer (sold separately).
The L1 Pro portable line array systems will be available starting October 2020.