How Do You Setup Your Wireless In-Ear Monitors?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Smallmouth_Bass, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. So, I have taken the plunge after much research and questioning here to get a digital mixer. With that, I have also just picked up a wireless IEM system.

    My question to you folks, is how do you physically set it up? Do you just independently setup the transmitter somewhere on its own or do put it in a rack case with the mixer? And if so, does that interfere with the antenna mounting and/or transmission?
  2. TechZilla

    TechZilla Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Owensboro, KY
    We have a similar set up playing live. Our IEM transmitters are in a separate rack but it sits on top of the digital mixer rack. If we experience drop out it's usually because of something else in the room not the location of the transmitters (as far as we can tell). We have 2 transmitters in the same rack in consecutive spaces. The antennas are spaced on each side. All gear/brands are different so you may not see the same results but proximity of the transmitters to the mixer hasn't been an issue for us.
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  3. Thanks. I will likely get an external router as well and that is likely to be placed outside of the mixer case.
  4. hbabels


    Jul 26, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    IEMs in a rack with X32 rack digital Mixer. We have the external antenna paddle and distribution box so units can be anywhere in rack. The paddle antenna definitely added range and reliability.

    If you’re using the whip style antenna’s you’ll want them as high in rack as you can get them, leave a rack spade between and anything with a CPU if possible to reduce possible noise. Make sure antenna are vertical and NOT pointing straight out.

    If you place each tranmittter close to each player instead of a central location same general rule higher is better for longer range but if it’s really close to you this really
    Doesn’t matter much and on the floor will be ok as long as doesn’t get stepped on and unless stage is huge and you’re all over it.
  5. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    X32 Rack with IEM xmitters in same rack. External router - Archer C7 sits on top. 5G band only used.
    I recently posted this in another thread.

    Please read the following segment - I have posted on this many times. You need to understand the contents, so you can make an informed purchase decision.
    The following applies to ALL wireless IEM systems, but.. If you decide to go with one of those Audio 2000's units make SURE that you know which frequency range it operates under, as I found multiple Amazon feedback instances that said the product was in the 500mhz AND 600Mhz band and ZERO info on that in the product description.
    Why? Because in the US, those bands are SHARED with local TV station transmitters.. which are much more powerful than ANY IEM system you can buy.
    Why does this matter? Because IF you buy any IEM system in a band that is not suitable for your area (few open frequencies), you'll get dropouts, noise and interference. Think AM-radio like noise artifacts.
    The FCC publishes frequencies used in your zip code. Both Shure and Sennheiser have online tools that use that data to display open frequencies for a product and inform which it the best "band" to buy.
    You NEED to check which frequencies are open in your area and choose the IEM unit that operates in those ranges to minimize the interference.
    It's quite simple once you know how to to it.

    Both Senn/Shure have range labels for their products..
    Here's links to determine which "band" you should buy, based on the available frequencies in your zip code (US only). There ARE Euro versions too.. (not listed).
    Listed are available US bands, their associated frequency range and the vendors "label". You'll note in the list below there are no 600Mhz bands/frequency ranges.. those have been sold off by the FCC effective end of year (I believe).
    SHURE: Wireless Frequency Finder - Shure USA
    G20 - 488.150-511.850
    H20 - 518.200-541.500
    J13 - 566.175-598.850

    Senn: Wireless Frequency Finder - Sennheiser USA
    A1 = 470-516 MHz
    A = 516-558 MHz
    G = 556-608 Mhz

    Mipro 909:
    470-639 MHz (no "band" label) - not clear if Mipro will be changing the upper frequency ranges of this device. I found no info on it.. @Geri O might have some insight?

    Hope you find this useful! :)
  6. Yes, I will definitely look into it.
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  7. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    will you always and only be using your IEMs when you use the digital mixer? if so then sure, rack it all up together. the IEM transmitter can stay wired up to the mixer, making setup quite convenient.

    i'm in multiple bands with different soundguys, so now my IEMs stay with me.

    i have my system in a 2-space rack bag wired to an old shure P4M mixer as my input patch panel, along with a battery charger for the beltpack. i stuff my pack, the earbuds and an ipad mini (for tweaking my mix) in the back.
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  8. That's the plan for now, but we'll see.