Personal Stage Monitor

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Not too sure if this is the right sub forum so mods please move if not appropriate.

Anyone use a compact personal stage monitor along with a stage wedge for live shows? Sometime our sound engineer has issues with the stage monitor and my guitar mix in the wedge.

Was thinking of something like this:

https://www.galaxyaudio.com/products/PA6BT
 

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Should work. I've used a cheap active wedge in the past with an SM57 dangled over my amp feeding the wedge. Very cheap, works, and when not required the wedge can function as a low power PA thing, so handy for "outdoor down the village green" type events.
 

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All depends on how loud everything is. If it's a cocktail lounge gig in the corner of the room then yeah....
 

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All depends on how loud everything is. If it's a cocktail lounge gig in the corner of the room then yeah....

He'd hardly need the monitor then, surely? I used a 100w active monitor in addition to the PA foldback for the same reason the OP (I think) needs - to ensure he can hear his guitar irrespective of what the PA guy fancies giving him. It does work.
 

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I switched to in ear monitors and I love them. I can control the volume in my ears and I can hear everything I want to. I could never hear my backing vocals until I got in ears so I have been able to improve my vocals. This week my bass player called me the King of Backing Vocals. My ears are not ringing afterward since I control the volume and they also block out sound like earplugs.
 

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OK then but my point is 100 solid state watts is very very slim for an electric band.
 

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You’ll get a lot more mileage out of if you put it on a stand and get it as close to your head as possible.
 

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Make the plunge to IEMs. Sooooo much better and you get to control the 'more me' part very easily.
 

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Tried them about 10 years ago.....never could get use to it....but yea maybe it's time for another try.
They've come so far in just the last five years. Don't skimp...if you get the 2.4GHz Xvive ones you get what you pay for. Get a good transmitter/receiver set and then invest in a good set of ears. You don't need to go the custom molded right away. I have the Westone AM Pro 30s and they are awesome...really give you the full range of sound and the porting allows you to talk on stage without having to pull one out.

The first few times you use them you're going to hate them. You need to give them time. But if your sound engineer has a digital board and you can download the app and mix your own stereo mix on stage I promise you will never go back.
 

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I don't stick shit in my ears. I get it, I do. I ran stage monitors for awhile. Learned to like 15" wedge. Today, Using either JBL PRX715 or 815's.
Ring the room, I don't see a problem.
Then again, I grew up before stage monitors were even a thing.
Gigged in a 9 pc band, a few years without any type of monitor what so ever. Had never seen anything like it.
I first brought in a 100 watt pwr amp. With 2 15" wedges with piezo tweeters. No EQ's.
Whole band was amazed. Hauled that stuff around for a long time.
At one point got a headset mic/earphone for drummer. I think he's still deaf in his left ear.
Give me a live wedge, or I'll bring one with me.
That said, My amps have enough power. everybody on stage can hear em. If not, I'll turn it up for you.
No need to put in the wedge, unless outside, on open stage.
 

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I agree with the point about putting it on a stand and within arm's reach. If you don't, it's not worth the trouble, IMO.

I think these are most helpful for a vocalist to hear themselves in medium to small gigs. But I'm sure it could work for a guitarist in the same settings.

Honestly, in small gigs (the kind many weekend warriors play) it could be just the right mix of convenience and function. But for larger stages, PAs and crowds it would start to lose functionality. IMO
 

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I can't use wedges anymore. After using IEM's for 7 years in my band, there's no going back. I played with another group - subbing for a guy last year and it was all wedges. I couldn't hear a damn thing all night- vocals buried, guitars too loud on stage, feedback- sound guys HATE this. We show up with our IEM system, hand the tech a whip off the splitter box and he focuses on the FOH. We get TONS of compliments on our sound- clear, accurate, great vocals and stage volume is super low. I've been gigging for 36 years and my hearing is still in great shape- wanna keep it that way.
 

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They've come so far in just the last five years. Don't skimp...if you get the 2.4GHz Xvive ones you get what you pay for. Get a good transmitter/receiver set and then invest in a good set of ears. You don't need to go the custom molded right away. I have the Westone AM Pro 30s and they are awesome...really give you the full range of sound and the porting allows you to talk on stage without having to pull one out.

The first few times you use them you're going to hate them. You need to give them time. But if your sound engineer has a digital board and you can download the app and mix your own stereo mix on stage I promise you will never go back.


Another bump for the Westone AM pro 30's - I was using the UM 30's and switched to these are they are WAY better- ambient sound from the crowd and you can hear the others on stage.
 

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I've been using an older Carvin BX1500 after the Helix. It's technically a bass amp, but it's got a 1500W *stereo* power amp. I have a three-way 15" cabinet facing the audience and a similar 12" cabinet that has a wedge cutout facing me. I can set the volume independently, and the Helix can also separately send to the house. Honestly, I'm not using all that much of the power amp's available volume in either speaker, but if the house system can't deliver, the amp can.

And while technically designed for bass, the fEARless cabinets are very lightweight and absolutely full-range. Here's the 12" version: https://www.guitarworld.com/reviews/greenboy-audio-fearless-f112-cabinet.
 

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