Distinguished Member, Forum Contributor 2015-2016
I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’ve tried everything to be able to hear myself clearly when playing with loud type r/b bands and wedding bands etc. I’ve tried soundback mirrors, wedge monitors, Jbl speakers on a stand ,hotspots you name it they all help but this is what I use and you guys might want to try it. Mic I use is a sennheiser 421 but if you got a Shure 57 that’s fine too . Run it into a personal small mixer like a mackie or Yamaha that has effects. Use wraparound headphones but not the expensive kind . I use Sony mdr g45 costing about 15-20 bucks. Eq it and add maybe a bit of verb to taste and go xlr out to main board the main board controls the volume out of main speakers.the reason the Sony’s work is I can hear the sax crystal clear and they are not in ear so I can hear the band fine too. This gives you the control of your monitoring and takes the well meaning hack sound man out of the equation. This has made my gigs fun for 25 years . I used to practice that way at home and one night I took it to a gig to test it out and never went back. Hope this helps any of you guys that struggle to hear yourself clearly on gigs.