Custom Ear Monitor System
SE Systems was recently a part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC. This was our 3rd year handling production for the awards show and weekend festival. The event also included the Wide Open Expo, which featured over 75 Exhibitors in the Convention Center. SE Systems was a sponsor and exhibitor for the IBMA week with a booth in the expo hall. For the second year we featured a Touring Ear Monitor package. This is a custom made, portable road case outfitted with a tour grade ear monitor system. Our owner and audio pro Cliff Miller helped design this package for the working band needing a portable ear monitor system.
Custom made Portable In Ear Monitor System
Cliff started with a SKB waterproof molded road case with handle and wheels. A floating set of rack rails was added to soften the bumps from the road. Three of our best selling Sennheiser EW 300-2 In Ear Monitor units were rack mounted. These units come with two body packs along with ear buds, which will give you 2 separate mono mixes each. Also added was a Sennheiser G3IMEDIRKIT4 Active Antenna Combiner. This unit comes with the antenna paddle and rack mounts. These 4 units only take up 2-rack spaces and delivers 6 separate mono monitor mixes. The next unit added was a Violet Audio DX16XT high performance 16 channel, 3-way audio signal splitter. This takes the split from the Main feed and distributes it to our rack-mounted mixer.
There are a number of rack mount style digital mixers available on today’s market. Our choice was to tap into the Behringer technology. The unit is the Behringer XR18 12-Bus Digital Mixer with 16 Programmable MIDAS Preamps, Integrated Wi-Fi Module and Multi-Channel USB Audio Interface. This Wi-Fi unit is design to be used with an ipad or Android tablet for hands on mixing anywhere on stage. The beauty of this unit is the 16 Midas preamps and the same technology used with the award winning X32 digital mixers. All of these units are wired together with a custom snake for easy set-up and tear down
While backstage Friday evening at the festival I got to see the Earls of Leicester set while Ricky Skaggs was setting up. Ricky’s monitor guy was getting their ear rig ready for the performance. To my surprise, he was using the same Sennheiser ear units and a Behringer X32 digital console. It was nice to see a top act using some of the same gear we have selected for our custom ear rig. These Sennheiser units run a little less than a grand an ear, this is an investment. But to see the Behringer technology paired with the Sennheiser units confirmed that our portable ear rack choices were truly ready for the big leagues.
SE Systems can customize an Ear Monitor rack to fit any level of touring band. From the weekend warriors to top touring professionals, these ear racks have become a must have for bands. It is your own mix that you can call up for every show. It is totally customized for your needs and rolls out at the end of the night. Give SE Systems a call for your wireless needs, we are the wireless professionals and use what we sell. We can customize with any brand, for any level of performance.
Bryan A. Smith
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