Learn how you get set up In-ear monitors for your entire band without breaking the bank!
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First off, thanks for this site and the effort you put into all of this. I’ve been lurking for a while but feel the need to respond for a bit. I realize that this is a low-cost solution to IEM but I’m not sure I would throw the Aviom systems “under the bus” so quickly. Yes, they cost more. Yes, there are more dials, bells and whistles. And, yes, they do take up space on stage… but the control that comes from such a system is stellar.
One concern you note is that musicians fiddle with the knobs during their time live on-stage. This really shouldn’t be the case. Levels for the 16 channels of inputs should be set during practice and can be recalled as groups for each song as needed. It is rare that dials are moved once sound-check/practice is over.
I do appreciate your ideas on organizing earbud tips. We use a large fishing tackle box to hold our tips, but I can see an issue if someone happens to mash into it in an eager attempt at getting to practice on-time!
In the end, we all want to control stage sound spill, but I would be slow to discount the advantages of the Aviom system for those that can afford it.
Thanks for coming out of the shadows and posting
I think your points are spot on, and you ar correct that musicians shouldn't mess with their mix during a set but that doesn't mean everyone listens to that reasoning
However, You can have the kind of control your talking about without spending that kind of money. Like I said in the video our X32 has an ios app that allows us individual control of all 32 channels on our board plus, auxes, and effects. Not all of our musicians have an ios device (over half do) so, we have an ipad that we pass around during practice to people who don't so they can make adjustments along the way.
Presonus has had this feature for awhile now and other companies like mackie are starting to add these kinds of apps as well.
I will say one large plus of aviom's, hear systems and even the P-16 system that we could buy for our board is stereo. The system I detailed can work in stereo but you cut your monitor send in half when you do this. Which will not happen with avioms.
Brad, first of all, thanks for the great tips. I just wanted to double check on some things. Everyone will need one of the Rolls Amp Systems, correct? And then for the headphone amp the number will depend on our number of musicians? My worship leader and I both watched this and are pricing things out for purchase. Thanks again!
Yes, 1 headphone amp per person, and cabling and headphones for each person. So for a 6 person band you will need 6 rolls amps, 6 headphone extensions, and 6 headphones.
If your audio console only has 4 monitor sends you would need to split the single for 2 of those sends and send them to 2 different people that way 6 people can use 4 sends.
Let me know if i can do any other clarification!
any suggestions what I should use to split the monitor sends? do y cables work or should we be an 8 channel splitter?
We used Y cables to split our 4 aux sends allowing us to go to 8 people. if you are splitting 1 source to more then 2 people I would look into something different than Y cables.
awesome video! thanks for sharing this. I'm one of the worship leaders at my church and I've been browsing around the internet on how to setup in-ear monitors for my church. As far as I've seen, the wired option with a headphone amp is by far the most economical option. I really don't know that much about setting up a sound system.
Our current worship team setup on any given Sunday is as follows:
1 – lead vocals
2-4 – additional vocals
1 – acoustic guitar
1 – electric guitar
1 – piano
1 – bass
1 – drummer
I'm not exactly sure how are sound system is setup either than we have 2 mixes for our stage monitors. Front and rear of the stage. I'm told that we have 4 auxes on the board, but for some reason a dvd player is hooked up to aux 3. As I stated before, I don't really know how to setup a sound system, but it seems to me that the dvd player should be hooked up to one of the channels? And if we use all 4 auxes we can have 4 different mixes?
Anyways, one of of the drummers used to tour back in his college days and has a Behringer – Xenyx (8 Inputs and 2 Bus Mixer) that he will use a long with his click track. From what I understand is that he just takes the line that feeds the wedge beside the drums and plugs it into his mixer.
We have an old board similar to a Soundcraft – EFX12 – 12X2 Channel Mixer with Lexicon Effects. (I'm not 100% sure that's the board) and we have a Yorkville Sound – Micromix 800-Watt Stereo 10 Channel Powered Mixer that the youth don't use anymore.
Is there a way to setup our old board, or the power mixer to have a wired in-ear system without having to purchase a headphone amp? The other worship leaders are hesitant to move to an in-ear system. They all agree that the stage sound needs to be minimized, and if I can show them that we already have the necessary equipment, they maybe more open to the idea.
any help would be much appreciated.
You've put some great ideas in my head. May I ask what your church uses for guitar amps? Do you have a simulator? Hide an amp in a closet? Thanks!
Whoops, rewatched the video and see that you mentioned putting them in a closet. Do you know of any good alternatives to live amps? Thanks.
if you going to try doing amp simulation i would look at the line 6 stuff. That's what Lincoln Brewster uses and swears by.
Thanks so much for this! I'm a bit confused on how to split the signal from the DI box. One goes out of the DI Box to the Snake and the other goes from the DI Box to the Rolls? Do you need a DI box that has 2 xlr outs?
Also, it looks like the Rolls has a 1/4" monitor input. We would need that input to be an xlr input. Do they make Rolls with that option?
Brad, Really cool video. I've been a Worship Pastor for five years now, and we have been fortunate enough to use digital consoles. I'm getting ready to start a new contemporary service at the church I serve at. If you had the funds available to you, what would you recommend for a church that is going to be setting up each week? It's in a GYM…but the church own's the property so we have flexability for design that some churches might not have.
My biggest fear is that we go cheap and end up creating extra work for Audio guys and the worship team. We will have a full band so I understand some of the challenges that presents. Thanks so much for your time.
Good video on IEM.
We use the Rolls PM351, it give you more options. (Microphone input, Instrument Input & Monitor Feed input.)
Also the roll's boxes are DI's so you do not need a DI
I posted about his on my Facebook group Church Sound Media Tech's back in 2011
We first use Bose headhones with the rolls now we use ear buds from sony and ultimate ears
First of all, awesome video!
I did want to pick your brain about something. But first a little background .
We're a portable church and have been using wired in ears pretty much since we started. I think our setup is practically identical to what yours was except we went even cheaper and got a Behringer headphone amp so we didn't really have any individualized control. Now having said that, we're at the point of making the leap to digital, and in the same way we won't have to split/share monitor sends anymore, but we will be staying wired. So I saw this video and really liked what you guys have going on.
So having said all that:
Would you recommend switching from a centralized headphone amp to rolls headphone amps even with the switch to a digital board and all the control that those features provide to the musician? Or do you think the control the new board provided you was all you needed?
A new console like the X32 (which I highly recommend) will give you all the options you need, so the headphone amp is just there as a converter. So it really just depends on how you are wiring everything and if it makes more sense to have a central box or multiple individual ones. I like the individual boxes because we can make the "Mega Cables" to reduce clutter and if something goes really wrong your have a physical volume nob you and grab by each person.
Hope that helps!
With they way this would be set up, the person on stage would be control the volume of their mix only? Still having to have to sound guy set the levels of different channels before hand is this correct?
Yes and No
If you go with the rolls set up you actually get 2 channels, one for the normal monitor mix(that the sound guy would set), then another that you can loop a mic thru to have control of 1 one specific mic to that person.
Brad, I love your idea with the in-ear storage. I'm going to buy one tomorrow!
We've been loving our Studio Live console and run headphone amps as well. It's been working out very nicely. I'm going to look into eliminating our bass amp with that Sansamp as well. Thanks bud!
Brad, can you write it down step by step to set up a keyboard with the in ear setup
i just received my Rolls 50 and the earphones you put on your video and i am ready to set it up
plug your monitor feed into the "monitor input", then for the mic then take the xlr out from your keyboards di box and run that into the "mic input" on the rolls, then take another xlr and put that in the "mic thru" on one end then the other end go to your sound board via your snake floor pockets etc. Basically that goes into where ever you normally plug your keybaords di box into.
That will give you a normal monitor feed control by soundboard plus individual control over the keyboard.
Hey Brad. Wicked video man. So im guessing you guys are using wired in ears? Thought about going wireless? Any ideas what brand is good for wireless?
I would love to go wireless if we could afford it, but right now that's not an option. I have not done much research so I don't have any suggestions on brands.
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