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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Carvin IEM's...any users? Or alternates??

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Suburban MD.

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Mar 7th, 2019 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

The drummer in my newish metal band is getting a little tired of "too loud" guitars. We thought it was solved when the lead player changed from going thru the PA to his small Mesa combo, but he's still running a bit louder than everyone else!

It looks like you can buy one "set" and then add on receivers as long as everyone uses the same Monitor mix? There are 4 of us...can the system handle 4?

Are the earbuds OK or should we think about getting molded ones?

Does anyone else make a similarly priced unit?

Carvin unit

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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 7th, 2019 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

IEMs for a bar band that doesn't play big stages? I think you're treating a symptom and not addressing the cure.

See the thread below about volume creep and players that are too loud.

Spending money and dragging around more gear--when a little bit of *free* discipline is all that's required--is not a good solution to the problem.

Marc, I know I didn't answer your question, but that's how I approach these situations.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 09:11 AM, Mar 7th, 2019)

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Suburban MD.

You DESERVE an Ibanez Iceman!
Mar 7th, 2019 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, if you carry around a bag with the transmitter and 4 belt packs, and don't have to haul 3 Mackie powered PA monitors it DOES lighten the load quite a bit!!
Or just leave one in the car in case one of the receivers fails!
But I see your point...



Say what one more time!
Mar 7th, 2019 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

That looks a lot like this Galaxy system.

We use IEMs partly due to so many people in the band and the venues we play. We love keeping stage volume as low as possible. I have found that for value and sound quality you really need to get decent earbuds, preferably custom molded units to get the best benefit.

As for the actual transmitters and receivers we have Shure PSM 400s but I have changed to a JTS system and I bought another lower priced system from a former forum sponsor that works amazingly well. The key componenet to the whole thing is quality earbuds IMO.

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Panama City, FL

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Mar 8th, 2019 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

All the IEM's we use at church are hardwired so I don't have a lot of experience with the wireless versions of these. I do know that cheap ear buds are a waste of time and I would imagine that wireless systems would suffer from the same bugs that wireless mics and instrument rigs do. If you get a cheap system expect drop outs during your gig.

I think you may be asking for trouble trying to run multiple receivers off of one transmitter. It kind of defeats the purpose of using IEM's if you can only use one mix for the whole band IMO.

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Mar 8th, 2019 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you Guitar player is too loud in a set of floor wedges, he will be too loud in a shared IEM mix.

He really needs his own IEM mix. That way he gets what he wants and doesn’t blow everyone else away.

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Mar 8th, 2019 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

we went to powered monitors using AUX sends.
This does require the guitars to be in the mix (which I prefer). Then i can give the guitar player more of "them" in their mix only and the FOH is mixed properly.

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Columbia, SC

Mar 28th, 2019 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used Carvin's older version for many years. Two of us used them instead of heavy monitors, and they worked great. However, 15 years on my belt pack receivers no longer work, and are incompatible with their newer model. Occasionally I'll look on eBay for some used ones, but so far no luck. They're out there somewhere!

The standard earbuds sucked, big time, so I bought some Shure's and they worked fine. I only wore one though, so I could hear other band mates, audience, etc. One band mate wouldn't do without his wedge, but even with one monitor mix from my Mackie 808 we did fine.

Ultimately I bought a Bose L1 and did away with the need for monitors. Band mate has one too and we run a Mackie mixer to run both. Sounds great! (Carvin unit for sale if interested.)

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Suburban MD.

You DESERVE an Ibanez Iceman!
Apr 1st, 2019 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought one from the Carvin store on Reverb.
Testing without the band in my basement was fine just running a mic and MP3 player. Plus I kept the tunes running when I went upstairs and never lost signal! I got the Shure 215's and the Concur earbud foam tips. Like them both!
Don't have band practice 'til next week...told the guys to bring earbuds so they can test it themselves!

Ebay had some older units but the frequencies are on the FCC no-no list. And looks like they got bought because they're not currently on Ebay!



Say what one more time!
Apr 1st, 2019 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

We use one of these, our female singer uses it and she has not complained about it working. A pair of batteries lasts at least 3 shows.

The receiver actually has a metal casing and seems very durable.

Audio 2000

(This message was last edited by Gaukdawg at 12:41 PM, Apr 1st, 2019)



Say what one more time!
Apr 1st, 2019 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is the one I use. The sound is great, has a limiter with a soft reset, so it's about a second of silence if something peaks the input. I do use good Westone custom fitted earbuds. I dropped the my receiver once and it broke. I sent it to their stateside distributed and they replaced it at no cost.

These are not currently available.


(This message was last edited by Gaukdawg at 12:40 PM, Apr 1st, 2019)



Say what one more time!
Apr 1st, 2019 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm thinking of buying one of these to try and get our bass player to get some good earbuds.


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