DYI in-ear monitor

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by oldcatfish, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    I have been playing a lot of different venues lately, and the monitor situation ranges from high end fully in-ear systems, to mediocre (at best) wedge systems with to few monitors.

    So, I was thinking--I know that there are products made to tap a headphone into a PA system...and I know that some of you have done it. Any advice. I am on an extreme budget here, so just how cheap can I go (but still get something decent and reliable)? I should mention, I do already have heaphones that I use for full in-ear systems, just looking on advice for the rest of it.

  2. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    use a headphone amp feed from the aux send on the pa...
    You could get a headphone cord extension and then pair it with your bass cord with zip ties every foot or so and then leave the slack at each end.
  3. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    In the 90's, I found a Jensen wireless headphone setup that had a small receiver, designed to plug whatever headphones into. I plugged the transmitter into the headphone out on the mixer, and used my ear buds with the receiver (which was the size of a pager.) The transmit range wasn't great, so if we were using a snake, I'd run the headphone out into the snake (using adapters I made) using one of the mic lines, and keep the transmitter on my bass head. I paid around $50 for this unit, and I still use it today. Not state of the art, but great for cheapskate, broke guys like me.
  4. musicman7722

    musicman7722 Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    Hampton, NH US of A
    Tons of threads here on this subject.
  5. TimmyP


    Nov 4, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Radial has a speaker tap box, but I don't think it has a protective limiter ;-(
  6. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I take an aux out from the board into a Rolls PM50S personal headphone amp. It's wired but that's fine as I don't do any wireless any more. I just stand around. Works great.
  7. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    You might be thinking of Rock On Audio's Rockbox. It has a built-in limiter, it can be daisy-chained from a monitor, and it lets you blend in a more-me signal.

    This isn't a product I've used, but I'm just putting you on the trail.