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  • #2
    I have an in-ear system and have been using one for about 4 years now. I'm never going back to speakers!
    I personally don't use a bass shaker, but will soon, here's what I use:

    -V-Drum and Sampler outs into a Yamaha 01V digital mixer, individual outs to FOH
    -Stereo monitor (most times I get two mono signals instead of true stereo) signal into 01V mixer, to monitor outs
    -Monitor outs to inputs of a Shure PSM 600 in-ear system.

    Simple set-up, really, the simple set-ups work best, I think. What you should do is have the monitor signal EQ'd and sent through a limiter so your ears don't get blown out with and abundance of high and low frequencies, and/or sudden spikes.
    Also, have custom earpieces made. The whole principle of in-ear monitoring will only work if you have closed earphones and can't hear any outside noise. These custom earpieces may be expensive, but they're worth every penny, you can get them anywhere you can get hearing aids fitted. Don't rely on the cheap earbuds most brands include with their systems, they're not even worth plugging into a $10 K-Mart Walkman.

    Hope that helps,
    "Fry that sound effect, Moriarty, we're having it for breakfast"


    • #3
      Recently, I went with the Shure hardwired PSM400 with the E5 earpiece. I should have done it years ago! The TD-8 of my modified V-Custom kit goes stereo to a BBE482 then to my mixer. I send L and R outs to the main board and take a band mix and sequences back to my mixer, where I can set my own monitor levels. Don't judge the sound of the in-ear until you use it in a live situation. The ambient noise/stage volume beefs up the bottom end, even with custom ear molds. I run my bass shaker from the headphone output of the TD-8 to the bass shaker amplifier. A company called Tour Supply had the best price on the shaker and I got the monitor from Full Compass. A month or so after I bought the shaker, I saw a used one (with amp) for sale for about $100 less than I paid. Figures. I never thought I'd see one in a shop though. It's a fun toy to have, but certainly not a necessity.


      • #4
        Has anyone use any hearsafe equipment if so what was it like?



        • #5
          "Fry that sound effect, Moriarty, we're having it for breakfast"


          • #6
            Don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.


            • #7
              Thanks there is some great info hear, I will let you know how I get on