OKay, a few things to know.,
But you may face all sorts of expenses related to this, depending upon what type of venues you play. In other words, if the system at Joes Bar has one monitor mix, and you need five, then you have to split all the mics and go to your own monitor mixer to get your mixes. So now you need a mic splitter and a monitor console.
Totally agree with you Bill. I just want to share my experience. I have very positive experience with JamHub, check it on www.jamhub.com
It is great for rehearsals, and it could maybe work for live performance, but with wireless monitor system. This is really low budget solution, and you don't need to use expensive in-ear plugs, Seenheiser Cx300 or UE200 work just fine, or any other plugs as long they isolate you from outside noise.
We are death metal band, play on high gain tube amps, have loud drummer (2 basses, 6 toms, 2 snares, 14 cymbals) and had problem hearing each other. Isolating rehearsal room and wearing earplugs just isn't enough for that type of loud music. It is very noisy, fast and technical music, so naturally we wanted to actually hear every note, every mistake we make in order to sound tighter.
Since we play with jamhub things totally changed for us. We play better, arranging new song is much easier and faster, overall communication between us is better, it is easy to get a good rehearsals recording.
Now next step is to buy some decent wireless system to try it on shows. I like the fact that we control our own mixes, because most of the clubs have crappy equipment or lousy tone guy (or both
Man, when I read what I just wrote, it sounds like advertising for jamhub :))
Belive me it is not, we are just semi-pro metalheads fighting for our space on metalscene. Check out my band at www.myspace.com/aviculariaband