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IEMs - need to boost my bass

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by mortware, Dec 11, 2017.


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  1. mortware

    mortware

    Jan 15, 2014
    As the title suggests, I'm not getting enough volume from my balanced output from the amp, into my IEM amplifier.

    Im using MEE Audio M6 PRO IEM with a Behringer Powerplay P1. The idea being that one channel would come from the mixing desk (this works fine) and the other input from the balanced output of my amp. I've now discovered that this output is not enough to give me good volume to my ears (derp), so I probably need another piece of equipment.

    Ideally I'd like something to go on my pedal board - any suggestions?
     
  2. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    SEPA
    Had that exact problem, and I had an ART tube mic preamp sitting on a shelf from another project.
    Works great for me.
    There are undoubtedly other mic preamps out there that can take an XLR input. ART even makes several flavors (with several prices) with more expansive feature sets. Something with a limiter (or at least compressor) is probably a good idea, unless your IEM amp has one built in (mine does...).
    Since this is a 'monitoring' and not 'recording' application, it doesn't have to be a big-bucks mic pre (there is no upper bound on price in this category) so something inexpensive will probably do.
    https://www.amazon.com/ART-TubeMP-T...ords=art+preamp+tube&psc=1&smid=AJFLJ7J2AIXGD
     
  3. mortware

    mortware

    Jan 15, 2014
    Thanks for your help - I have a followup question if I may...

    I'm told that the balanced output of my amp, is not "line level" - which is why I'm getting this issue. Is this the case generally? What's the difference between balanced and line level?

    If the above is true - then it seems I only need to boost the output from my amp balanced output to a decent level, and feed that into my P1 IEM amp/thing
     
  4. mortware

    mortware

    Jan 15, 2014
    I should add that the simplest option would be to have a good mix (with my DI bass) from the desk to my ears - but I can only get the same mix as the singer or drummer - who don't want a lot of bass in their mix... Pfft.
     
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  5. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    SEPA
    Yes, but not exclusively... Often DI's are designed to feed mic-level preamps.
    Some are designed with line-level outputs.
    They are completely different things.
    'Balanced' is a transmission method - 'Differential.' One wire 'pushes' while the other 'pulls' and the actual signal is the difference of the two. (There are 3 wires because there is also a reference ground.) This makes the transmission relatively immune to 'common mode' (affects both signal wires) interference because adding a signal to both wires does not affect the difference of the two.

    'Line level' is a measure of how strong the signal is. 'Pro' equipment usually places 'Line Level at +4dB, while a lot of amateur gear uses a much lower -10dB peak.

    That is correct - like a mic preamp.
     
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  6. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    SEPA
    That's usually a good solution especially when relying on a mono mix. I've done it. With a stereo IEM mix, good luck getting two monitor mixes from the sound guy (unless it's me - I can be pretty easy to work with...) especially if there's a snake involved and the venue is already pre-wired. My IEM (wireless) is stereo, and I usually like it wired like the OP is describing: "everybody else" to one channel, 'just me' to the other.
     
  7. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    If as you say in post #3, you're working with a mic-level signal from your amp*, then consider a Rolls PM55 (or similar) on your pedalboard. That'll let you blend a stereo or mono monitor feed from the mixer w/ a mic-level feed from your amp.

    *Is the signal from your amp coming from a DI output or from a line out? If it's a DI out, then it's likely at mic level. But if it's a 1/4" out, it's probably not at mic level. The issue may be that you're losing half of the signal by running a balanced signal down a cable wired tip/sleeve.
     
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  8. mortware

    mortware

    Jan 15, 2014
    It's coming from the "Balanced Out" (XLR) of my Aguilar ToneHammer 500 - so based on what has been said above - I'm guessing this is mic-level.
     
  9. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    IIRC, on that Aguilar head the XLR out is at a tweener level (something like -20 dB nominal), but closer to line level than to mic level.

    Three things to check:
    • Disengage the Aggie's -10 dB pad. It acts on the DI output, so if that's engaged you'll lose even more signal from the balanced out.
    • Switch the Behringer P1 to mono
    • Check those MEE M6s. When I was testing them, I've found them a bit bass shy; so if the seal's not good, hearing your instrument can be a struggle. (If you're hearing enough low end from the kick-drum in your IEMs, though, you can rule this out as a contributing problem.)
     
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  10. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    isn't that output getting used for the FOH? how is your bass signal getting to the PA?
     
  11. Jamvan

    Jamvan The Bassist Formerly Known As Meh Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    Minnesota
    Depending on his IEM, it likely has a pass thru allowing it to go on to feed the mixer.
     
  12. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    Germany
    this.
     
  13. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
  14. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
    I do this exact thing from my pedal board. The signal goes through all the various pedals I use, then to a splitter. One signal from the splitter goes to my amp or FOH (depends on the gig), the other signal to an Eden WTDI preamp (also on the board), then on to my IEM transmitter. One input on the IEM transmitter from the monitor board (for everything else in the band), the second input from my Eden pedal so I have total control over what bass I get to hear. Love the setup.
     
  15. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Ft.Worth/Dallas
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    When I read the OP, looking at the specs on the devices (especially the 16-ohm impedance on the M6) I'm going uh?
    You should be able to blow your head off with the P1 volume controls.
    If the M6 are light on bass (as has been suggested), there's nothing you can do other than put a [bass-boost] EQ between your bass feed and the P1.
    Replacing the P1 with a Rolls PM unit is NOT going to fix anything if the M6's are light on bass.
     
  16. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    Right. The Rolls suggestion was working on the OP's statement that his head was delivering a mic-level signal. It's not.

    The right tips (better fit and seal) can *help* the M6's bass response, but only to the extent that the OP's fit now might be poor.
     
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  17. Red Planet

    Red Planet SUSPENDED

    May 29, 2005
    Atlanta

    Not to steal the thread but I'm looking for a similar solution. I'm looking to take a stereo mix from Aviom and mix this with my Bass signal thus giving me control over what Bass signal I hear. Of course removing my bass signal from the Avionm mix as well. Sometimes depending on where the sound guy has my DB at a start overdrtiving the singla coming from the console. It would be nice to bew able to control the Bass signal I hear. I'm thinking a small mixer to blend the stereo Aviom and my Bass.

    Is anyone aware of a small personal mixer that is compact that would take one either 1/4" (from pedal board) or XLR from Amp DI and also be able to mix a 1/4" stereo input (or two mono) then to a head phone out with volume control and most important a clean signal. ?????
     
  18. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Ft.Worth/Dallas
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    THAT is why I made the [expensive] move to customs about 6 yrs ago. I have never looked back.
     
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  19. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    SEPA
    Have a look at the Rolls PM351; it might do all you need.
    If not, I just bought a Yamaha MG06 for under $100 and something like that should do the trick.
    It's not as nice or quiet as my SoundCraft, but it's small, light, and inexpensive.
     
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  20. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    Yes, although I'd bet fat stacks that even if you were able to reshell the M6s for a custom fit, they'd still be lacking clear bass. It's why I've moved some spending-allergic bandmates from M6s to KZ ZS5s and 6s. If I could talk them into 64 audio's A3s or InEarz P450s I would.

    The MEE M6s are workable for vocalists or guitarists who don't want to deal with monitors, who won't spend for customs, whose ears fit the M6s, who can get a decent seal with universal tips, and who don't want to hear lows in their IEM mix. I don't count them as workable for drummers or bassists; and in the basement-budget range, they're not at all in the same ballpark as the ZS5 and 6.
     
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