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O.A.R. Keyboardist Gigs with Bose PPA

MP put Bose S1 Pro to the test with American Idol and O.A.R. gigs

Framingham, MA (February 5, 2018)—While officially introduced in late January at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, the new Bose Professional S1 Pro multi-position PA system has been gaining a few insider converts in recent months—and a case in point is MikelParis™ (MP). Best-known as keyboardist for O.A.R., he has been using an S1 Pro multi-position PA system for additional side work.

“When I first heard the S1, I immediately said that it’s a shrunken-down version of the L1 and F1 that you can actually pick up and carry with you,” said MP. “I was totally impressed how the S1 filled the room, which was quite large by the way, with clean, clear sound and how intuitive it was to use to operate. I was stunned at the ‘spread’ of the sound coming out. I walked the entire room, in front, to the side and behind, and I could hear everything almost equally wherever I was standing. That was amazing. I immediately thought about how I can use the S1 for rehearsing, or as an on-stage monitor with O.A.R., or performing at my intimate, immersive TuneTrek events. It’s a very versatile product.”

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The first gig that MP tried the S1 on was at the World Café in Philadelphia, where he performed with American Idol winner Nick Fradiani. “I’ve been doing some shows with Nick during downtime when O.A.R. is not on the road, and I set up the S1 as the monitor for my keyboards, which were going direct to the mains; I sent a line back to the S1, and it sounded great,” stated MP.

Fradiani and MP also used the S1 in New York at a Sofar gig, which is an intimate show held in a unique venue that typically features three artists playing four songs each. Every lineup is specially curated to give audiences a very diverse show. “At this Sofar event, in addition to Nick and I, three artists actually wound up using the S1 as their monitor,” said MP. “The fact that it has the built-in reverb is also really great, especially when you want to be monitoring vocals.”

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MP then took his S1 system and brought it to Washington, D.C., for an O.A.R. show with noted singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg at the venue The Anthem. “I had the S1 on stage during rehearsals with O.A.R., as they didn’t have any stage monitors set up, because we were using in-ears,” stated MP. “But I needed to hear my keyboard while listening and learning a cover song, so I just ran the headphone line out from the keyboard into the S1, and it sounded great, so I thought I may as well just leave it up for the show, and it became my monitor for my keyboard. I had the volume set low on the S1, at like 3 or 4, yet it was sufficiently loud with plenty of headroom left. The bass was also incredible when I was playing my piano with lots of low register stuff, and there was no distortion at all – it sounded great.”

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