Bozeman, MT (May 1, 2017)—Doc Wiley and Jason Wickens, co-founders of the Live from the Divide radio broadcast, used a single Bose L1 Model II portable line array system for the initial shows, but have since added more Bose speakers.
Live from the Divide is a “A Celebration of the American Songwriter” and is broadcast from a 50-seat venue and recording facility in Bozeman, MT. The show has broadcast more than 275 shows in its four years of existence on several regional public radio stations and is distributed by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).
“One of the things I tell the artists, at times when it’s their first time working with Bose, is that it’s going to be a little unusual, because the sound is coming from behind them,” Wiley explains. “Unlike a conventional PA setup, the artist is hearing the same mix as the audience with the L1 system, which, in my experience, almost always results in a stronger performance.”
Wiley and Jason Wickens, supported by assistant engineer R.J. Hatton, soon added a second L1 system to create a true stereo system. Most recently, they installed a pair of Bose F1 Model 812 Flexible Array loudspeakers and F1 subwoofers.
F1 systems offer the ability to configure the array into four unique shapes, letting installers focus sound to target listening areas. Wiley chose to fly these systems from the rafters at the rear of the performance space. He then sends the vocals and effects though the F1 system, and the instruments through the L1 systems, creating an immersive mix that puts the concert-goers in the middle of the music while also putting the performers there with them.
“It’s a pretty incredible experience,” says Wiley, who mixes the shows on an iPad seated among the audience and records them directly to Pro Tools from the Bose systems.
Bose Professional Systems Division