North Carolina-based bandleader owns three complete Bose® L1® sound systems, each with its own T1 ToneMatch® audio engine and two B2 bass modules, but he often finds that one is enough to cover many of the gigs he plays
Framingham, Massachusetts, May 28, 2013 – By day, Rocky Guarriello owns Ultimate Textile, a successful family-operated custom textile dyeing operation in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, but at night, he can be found leading a five-piece combo that regularly plays weddings and other events in the area. Rocky Guarriello is no hobbyist – he started playing keyboards when he was nine years old and spent a year on tour with GRAMMY® and CMA® Award winner Freddie Hart – and he’s as particular about his musical technology as he is about the machines in his textile plant. As a result, all of his performances are powered by one of his three L1® live sound systems and T1 ToneMatch® audio engines from Bose Professional Systems Division, purchased through retailer Sweetwater.
Guarriello got his first Bose L1 system in a trade for the PA and mixer he had been using. His best friend, a music store owner in Mystic, Connecticut, thought he might be interested in the Bose, and contacted him about the trade. The speakers and mixer from other manufacturers that he’d been working with on gigs up to that point were fine, he says, but required the mixer to be mounted in a cumbersome portable rack, and it lacked Bose’s ToneMatch features. On top of that, the coverage from the small PA could not match the L1. After setting up the Bose L1 system with a single B1 bass module at a wedding gig, things immediately fell into place, thanks to Bose’s DSP that resists feedback loops and allows the system to be set up behind the band, thus eliminating the need for monitors. Guests of the outdoor wedding let him know that they were easily able to hear every note and lyric that Guarriello played and sang with extreme clarity. After that experience, Guarriello bought two more L1 systems both with B2 dual bass modules, which he uses on gigs, and added a second B2 dual bass module to his original system, while his original unit remains at home in his personal rehearsal studio.
“The L1 sounds amazing,” says Guarriello. “The sound is great, and it fills the rooms we work in, no matter what the shape. The band has not had to use monitors to the amazement of the other four members. Even the drummer could hear well behind his kit. The ToneMatch mixer perfectly complements the L1 system, and I believe it’s the best mixer of any kind I’ve ever had – the reverbs, the DSP, the construction and ease-of-use are all top notch. And people notice – the owner of a large restaurant we played in recently asked if she could buy the system from me! She said it was the best sounding system, and least obtrusive to the customers ears, because the sound was everywhere. Everyone who hears the Bose sound is amazed. I know I am. It’s awesome.”