Stokely Posted August 12, 2013 Share Posted August 12, 2013 After the last few gigs, laying in bed with my ears ringing, I think I'm ready to give in-ears a try. I was thinking to do so from a "I want to hear things more clearly" perspective but now I'm looking to reduce overall volume. I'm typically very close to the drummer on the stages we play...we are a 6-piece and it gets tight sometimes. Also one of two guitar amps is usually too close for comfort. I was considering a new powered monitor as it was--been using some cheapie 12s that especially can't handle piano well--and for a good bit less than most of the "good' ones I can get into a wired bodypack and some earbuds. I get my own monitor send from a line6 soundscape (which incidentally will allow me to control my own mix via ipad once I'm up to speed on it). I was thinking I might be able to get away with just earbuds and my Rolls line mixer, which I'm not using as a submixer at the present, but it doesn't have a limiter. Our bass player, who owns the mixer, says there is a limiter on the output of the send but I'm not sure that is as safe as having one in the headphone amp itself. fwiw I don't need wireless, a wired bodypack would be fine. One downside is that most of the band uses wedges and wants me to have an "amp" on stage. This is mainly due to the fact that our monitors are not the best and they try to keep them mostly vocals. (We play small/medium clubs). So I wouldn't really be saving any shlep or hassle as I'd still be setting up a keys speaker until the monitors are upgraded (which is on the table). Not a huge deal and it would be a set-and-forget as I wouldn't be listening to it! A few people have strongly recommended multi-driver earbuds. I've also had a few people say single-driver buds like the Shure E215 will be fine. I gather it may depend on whether you need clear bass in there...I'd like to say I wouldn't but if they cut say 35db perhaps I'd want some bass in there. Our singer uses those Shures and she's pretty happy with them. I'm leaning in that direction, and one reason is that if I decide to go back to wedges I won't feel *too* bad with $99 earphones to block my coworker's chatter Anyway, lots of blather, interested in anyone's perspective on going in this direction. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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