Sennheiser XSW-D Instrument Base Set Digital Wireless Guitar System

February 6, 2019

After a few attempts at a small portable gig rig with easy in and out and quick set up I think I found it. It’s the Sennheiser XSW-D Transmitter & Receiver Instrument Base Set, Córdoba45 FP with LR Baggs Lyric Classical Pickup, and Bose S1 Pro. No AC needed to Power this system.

It’s easy to charge. The initial charge takes about 2hrs to get to 100%(note you will need an additional USB A- USB-C) Cable if you want to charge both at the same time as well as the wall plug. I can say after getting a full charge the system worked perfectly for my 30 min test. I will be putting the system through it’s paces this week. For my test I used a Cordoba 45FP with LR Baggs Lyric Pickup to a Bose S1Pro Speaker.

Complete system

Transmitter plugged into LR Baggs Lyric Classical endpin jack

Plugged into Bose S1 Pro

System in a small case

All packed up.

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Travel Gig Rig

January 15, 2019

For Train, Plane, Walking I have a two pack System Rig. One Guitar Case (BAM) and (1-2) Bose S1 Pro Bag’s with all Cables and Boss Wireless. Easy set up for wedding ceremony , cocktail hr, reception, small wineries, indoor outdoor venues. No ac needed.

*** Update***

The Boss Wireless was sent back after repeated drop outs while performing.

The Complete Set Up.

Can easily fill this room with great guitar sound and no drop out with Boss Wireless.

Boss Wireless

Eq setting to use with Lr Baggs Dual Source and Boss Wireless

All packed up

Boss WL-20L Wireless ***See Update NOTE ***

January 12, 2019

*********UPDATE NOTE ***********

Due to constant dropout and glitches the system was not professional gig worthy and was sent back.

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The Boss WL-20L works great. Especially with small systems where no ac is available like outdoor weddings, parties, just plug in the black transmitter and the gray receiver into the mixer/amp like a Bose S1Pro and your all set. I primarily use this on nylon string flamenco guitars with a LR Baggs Dual Source (Element & Mic) or Lr Baggs Lyric Classical. I’ve used the WL-20L into a Lr Baggs Venue DI, Bugera AC60 all with great results. There can be at times a high frequency ring at 17/18k. The ease of use, no batteries, cables and easy sync make it a easy to gig solution. It’s also a very small footprint. Can easy fit in a guitar case accessory pocket.

Earthworks SR 20 Microphones

December 15, 2018

The Earthworks SR 20 has been the best microphone I’ve used while playing nylon string flamenco guitar’s live. Amazing mic never used my pickup tonight. No feedback and very little eq needed. Love the Earthworks SR 20. The mic performed beyond my wildest expectations. This was a joy and so fun to use and hear. So many compliments on my sound tonight too. To my ears much more transparent than the DPA 4099 more open and natural sound no boominiess. Going to use it the rest of the year. Then make final conclusions.

From Earthworks:

“These microphone reproduce an incredibly transparent sonic character due to their flat, extended frequency response, faithfully capturing every detail along the way. With a lighting fast transient response, SR microphones handle sharp attacks with ease, while still capture all of the subtle nuances and softest dynamics of your playing.

The SR Series have an incredible transparent sound quality, offering near-perfect polar response and high rejection of sounds at the rear of the microphone—ideal for sound reinforcement. Earthworks directional microphones have patented near-perfect cardioid and hypercardioid patterns. The sound across the entire front hemisphere is remarkably uniform and is flatter at 90 degrees than most microphones are on-axis. The result? Simplified mic placement, less leakage and more gain before feedback. With 32dB of off-axis rejection, these microphones are ideally suited for capturing audio in highly ambient environments and near monitor speakers.

The Earthworks SR20 is a multi-purpose vocal & instrument microphone designed for live performance and studio recording environments.

Performance

The ultimate workhorse microphone, the SR20 is designed to seamlessly transition from tracking vocals in the studio to miking acoustic guitar onstage and everything in between.

The SR20’s near-perfect cardioid polar pattern is consistent across all frequencies, simplifying mic placement, ensuring more gain before feedback and virtually eliminating phasing issues when using multiple microphones.

It handles transients with ease, reproducing every detail no matter how sharp or subtle. Capable of handling sound pressure levels of up to 139dB without distortion, the SR20 can handle nearly any instrument.

Featuring a screw-on metal mesh windscreen, the SR20 is a world-class vocal microphone that captures the subtle details of your performance. Its clean on-axis response provides maximum intelligibility of vocals up to 90 degrees off-axis, while rejecting off-axis noise and feedback from ambiance, surrounding instruments and nearby stage monitors thanks to its massive rear rejection.

This performance also makes the SR20 a stellar choice for presentations, press conferences, meeting halls and more. When every word counts, the SR20 will deliver.

Unscrewing the SR20’s windscreen reveals an instrument microphone that is equally at home miking acoustic guitar, brass, woodwinds, drums, guitar amp, and more.”

For 2019 Gear to be used.

December 6, 2018

Ez set up 1000w QSC CP8 & TouchMix 8 and it Bose TM4, Sennheiser G3 Wireless, DPA 4099G, and Culpepper w Dogal strings. And AudioTechnica Wireless. My personal preference was with QSC TouchMix8 for eq. The eq is very easy to program and get great sound. This will be the system I start using for restaurant gigs this 2019 and for a few other projects with other musicians. We’re trying to just Mic our instruments. I’ll be using QSC and EV for most gigs in 2019 and Bose S1Pros for outdoor weddings.

L.R Baggs Venue DI

October 11, 2018

I have been so happy with my Córdoba 45FP guitar that has the L.R. Baggs Lyric Classical Tru-Mic installed. I am also using the L.R. Baggs Venue DI to eq the system. I have put this all into full time gig rotation now. I don’t leave the house without it.

After a few gigs with the L.R. Baggs Venue I decidedly was time to have it on a Pedaltrain Metro 24 Board. I am able to go direct to a powered speaker of mixer with this system.

The board is a Line 6 G30 Receiver to the L.R. Baggs Venue DI, Boss RV-500, Digitech Jam Man Stereo, BBE Sonic Stomp back to L.R. Baggs Venue then out via XLR.

Córdoba 45FP w/ L.R. Baggs Lyric Classical

September 30, 2018

So as the years have gone by and I have some real experience under my fingers I enjoy a easy load in and quick set up. I also don’t want to take my prized hand made guitars such as my 2008 Devoe or 2017 Culpepper Flamenco guitars out at times. Sometimes it hot sunny and humid outside too. Then there’s the tight under the air conditioning vent type gigs. So I like to roll in with one trip from car to stage of performance area. I want a reliable gig worthy day in and out flamenco travel guitar, internal pickup system, mixer, pedals & wireless and speaker or speakers. What I’ve landed on is the Córdoba 45FP with L.R. Baggs Lyric Classical mic.

From the output of the L.R. Baggs Lyric Classical I go to the L.R. Baggs Align Series with two TC Electronic pedals the “Spark & Ditto” theres also a Line 6 G30 Wireless Receiver underneath the pedalboard.

or Direct to the Bose T4S Mixer

From the pedalboard or Bose T4S the speakers are either the Bose S1 Pro Speakers or EV Evolve 50.

I also like to go direct to the EV Evolve 50 direct or from Bose T4S Mixer.

Bose S1 Pro

Pedalboard

Bose S1 Pro in Hospital Lobby

Line 6 G30 Wireless & Pedaltrain Volto 2 battery Power.

EV Evolve 50 Speaker System.

Radial Engineering AC-Driver Tonebone

July 17, 2018

The Radial Engineering AC-Driver Tonebone is on the pedal board for the Godin Grand Concert SA. It Sounds very clean and transparent took out the 200k mud it’s the last pedal on the board and after the Fishman Aura. It allows me to use XLR to the board or to the Bose S1 Pro’s for smaller gigs. It’s perfect. I can clean up the low end with the Low Cut, notch out feedback with Notch, control volume. Well thought out and easy to use. Thanks Radial. Great Tonebone

Beat Buddy

July 12, 2018

I originally purchased one of the Beat Buddies b/4 they came out and was disappointed with the original release. However I’ve been hearing good things on the Beat Buddy on FB and You Tube and thought I should give it another try. Man am I glad I did. The sounds, functionality, ease of use/navigation, color tempo screen, additional content (Cajon & Flamenco) are wonderful. Thanks Singular Sound. It worked for 30min now it’s not working right. It looks like if you run two Tip Ring Left and right out to a TRS Cable for a stereo input the pedal dose not work right causing the cymbals to latch to tempo. The fix was just run two TR cables separate out to the mixer. Back up and running. Looking forward to trying it out this weekend.

DÁDDARÍO Strap Lock

July 12, 2018

DÁddario’s new Strap Lock designed by Ned Steinberg. Easy to install and look great. Easy to use as well. #Daddario