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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 2:58 pm    Post subject: personal monitors? Reply with quote

Anybody ever use them? We're considering them for the band, since we're starting to get a few gigs. they supposedly minimize feedback, which has been an issue for us. They make sense in theory, and are cheap enough that each bandmember could buy their own with just a little coin.

Here's one at MF: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Galaxy-Hot-Spot-VC-with-Volume-Control-and-Stand-Adapter?sku=601481

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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used them ...... ummmmm, they CAN work very well. They have a definate 'sweet spot' so if you move your head by even a couple of feet you won't hear them (which is sorta the point so they don't feedback) and they don't do things like kick drum or bass very well.
They're mainly for vox only.
I, personally, still prefer a good sized wedge because it'll do anything ...... including be a small PA when you don't need the big one.

But they were really big back when they came out and I had a lot of friends that swore by them.
One telling fact though, you don't see them around too much anymore. I see them in churches and such but rarely in a band setting.

As for the feedback issues. A key thing to remember is that the main thing a monitor should do is allow you to hear your vox ....... it doesn't matter much if the sound is somewhat dull or lacking in some freq. The audience doesn't hear them. So if you can get past the desire to have your monitors sound "hi-hi" ...... then you can start pulling out freqs that feedback. You don't need those crisp highs on the monitors so pull them back as much as it takes to get rid of the feedback. Another freq that causes problems is around 2-3 k. I'll end up with my monitors sounding a bit 'middy' but they're loud as hell.

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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great insights, Lt. I was really hoping you would see this post and respond. That makes perfect sense cutting the offending frequencies as much as neccesary to deal with the feedback issue. That's the voice of experience, and I really appreciate all that you contribute to this forum.

Our drummer mentioned them, and while they sounded like a good idea, instinct told me there's a good reason why wedges are still "de rigeur". Thanks again, Lt.

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found that the trick with wedge monitors is to use a graphic eq and a compressor / limiter with an auto setting - it keeps them behaving. I use a BBE Maxcom on the final signal out - one channel for the mono mains signal and one channel for the monitor mix. Set it as an automatic limiter and you're good to go.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes alot of sense, Treeline. Thanks!
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