Buyer's Guides

The Personal Monitors Toolbox

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides

The stampede of artists moving from screaming wedges to “personal” monitors has changed many of the rules. (Before we go any further and in case you missed it the last 100 times we have explained: Yes, most of us refer to this kind of gear as “ears” or “in-ears” when we’re doing a gig or talking about gear. But both of those terms are trademarked and can only be used officially when referring to the products made by the company that holds the trademark. Hence our compromise term “personal monitors.”)

Our goal here is not to list every piece of gear used when mixing personal monitors. Rather, it is to look at some of the peripheral stuff that makes using them easier. So, you will find no info on earpieces — neither universal, custom-fit — or wireless rigs. Honestly, that is a fight I would rather stay out of, but here is a look at some of the other tools we have found valuable on the gig.

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Speakers-on-a-Stick

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This class of portable P.A. gear has gone through some weird twists over the past decade. Not so long ago, the kind of portable powered systems that sit on tripod speaker stands were the norm for smaller gigs, but as technology rocketed forward, the humble speaker-on-a-stick became an “an-klebiter only” tool and was widely dismissed by most in the middle-levels-and-up of the pro audio industry.


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Subcompact Line Arrays

Bill Evans
Buyer's Guides
Well, we have officially reached the point where everyone THINKS they need a line array, whether it is appropriate to the venue or not. That being said, the ability to control dispersion can make a small array perfect for house of worship applications. The problem comes in when the church wants a line array, and it actually is the right choice, but they want something small and inconspicuous. Which is where “subcompacts” come into the picture.


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