bloodyMary Posted August 21, 2013 Share Posted August 21, 2013 hi guys. This topic about mains vs. monitors got me thinking, how can I improve my monitoring on stage? Well, when I do a posh gig, with 2 hours to do soundcheck and twenty aux sends to stage, then no problem, just be a bit more pain in the @ss to the soundguy and make him tune my mix alright. But the real problem is those gigs when the venue is so-so, stage space is tight, and we ain't got no time to set up. I figured, I gotta bring my own monitoring. Now, powered speaker could be nice, but I don't want that weight, and sometimes the stage is very, very loud, so I'd need to crank that speaker AND use earplugs. stupid.. So I figured, why not use IEMs? Now, a proper IEM mix just isn't going to happen. I also don't trust a random sound guy a direct access to my ears so he can push a horrible feedbacking squeal in there and make me deaf. I tried simply plugging a Shure earset into headphone out of my KB, and it did do wonders - make stage noise tolerable, and put some more keys into my ears. But it also kinda cancels out much of the stage sound - including the crowd, the vocalist, etc. Read about these ambient mics that allow some of the stage noise into the earphones. However, I have zero experience with those, and have no idea how to set this up properly. I could try a homebrew setup just to see how it works - use my decent condencer mic as an ambient, plug it into the mixer, plug the KB out in there also, and see if it works. Bute surely, there are more elegant, fine-tuned solutions that won't take an hour to set up.. ah, also my decent mic isn't omnidirectional, just cardioid, so I guess it won't work that well. So, any advice guys? Stage: MOX6, V-machine, and Roland AX7 Rolls PM351 for IEMs. Home/recording: Roland FP4, a few guitars Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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