In Ear Monitor...Inexpensive Solution

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Already In Use, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Already In Use

    Already In Use

    Jan 3, 2010
    Perhaps this is well known...I dont know...It's new to me so I thought I might share. For in home practice I am using a headphone amp with my bass and mix coming thru my PA mixer to I was messing around today. I have a long(20ft) headphone cable with a small mp3 player adapter...SOOoo...I got out my earbuds hooked it all up to an empty channel on my headphone amp and...Wa La! In ear monitors. I can control the sound level of the mix at the headphone amp. Just needing a mix feed from the mixer to the headphone amp and I believe I am good to go. Disregard this if it appears I have "discovered" the wheel or something like that! Ha! Sort of excited! Thanks...Peace!:bassist:
  2. TimmyP


    Nov 4, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    The problem: No protective limiter. Someone does something stupid and you get blasted. Use a pack or phones amp with a limiter built in.
  3. Already In Use

    Already In Use

    Jan 3, 2010
    Ahhh Ok..Ddidnt figure that all the way thru..Thats important...Thank you.

    Question...If I set the volume at my headphone amp...wouldnt that be as loud as it could ever get? That alone wouldnt eliminate a Doh moment at the mixer where somebody revs the mix gain up thru the roof...Am I understanding this correctly?
  4. Hactar


    Sep 25, 2011
    Boulder, CO
    In a word, no.

    Volume knobs act as multipliers (or dividers).
    Thus, even if you set the volume knob quite low, if an ungodly loud signal came along (relative to the normal signal level), it would still be very loud.
    For a sort of crude example, say the normal level of signal is 1. Your volume knob is set to make everything, say, half as loud, so the signal is usually .5. But then something sends a signal of 300. You will still get a signal of 150.
  5. Already In Use

    Already In Use

    Jan 3, 2010
    Thanks for clarifying. So much to learn! Peace! :bassist: