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Re: OT: how to get ambient sound in IEM?

I would suggest that you try an approach used by numerous tour crews
around the world:

Buy two cheap condenser mics and ask your sound engineer to set them
up on the two ends of the stage, left and right. The angles of the
mics will have to be determined by the PA setup and throw.

Then have this stereo signal mixed with your IEM feed. You can have a
small cheap mixer next to you, to decide how loud you want the ambient
mics compared to the IEM feed.

This is very easy for a professional sound engineer and it takes
around ten minutes to setup.

On 1/12/10, George Ludwig <georgeludwigmusic@gmail.com> wrote:
> I recently played my first gig where I was playing with an ensemble, and 
> using my looping rig with wireless IEM. I had  a heck of a time not only
> hearing other people, but also trying to judge my stage volume...and if 
> amp was even making noise!
> So now I'm thinking about how to get ambient sound in to the system. I am
> using Shure earbuds, and they make a device to let in some ambient noise
> ("push to hear"). And I even have one, but 1. it's a piece of crap, and 
> ambient volume control failed within the first few minutes of use and 2.
> when you engage the ambient mic, it lowers the volume of the main source,
> which causes various problems.
> I thought about putting a mini mic in my audio interface, and that would
> give me a lot of control, except for which direction the mic is pointing.
> How has everyone else solved this problem?
> --
> -George
> http://www.myspace.com/georgeludwigmusic