How to Get a Good In-Ear Monitor (IEM) MixVocal Tips, Worship Training | 13 comments Does your worship team use IEMs? Do you struggle to hear yourself properly? Know what to ask for in your mix? Jason gives tips on how to get the best mix so you can sing confidently! This webinar was recorded live in our private Facebook community exclusively for subscribers. To tune in live for upcoming webinars, click here. Upgrade to an Access Pass or sign in to watch locked videos, access lesson downloads, audio workouts, and community discussions. ← Next Previous → Comments (13) 13 Comments Rachluvjun on September 12, 2018 at 12:45 pm Thank you for this! I always feel dumb asking others to help adjust my mix! Our issue at our church is we have groups that share the same mix so we don’t get to mix it for each of us individually. A few share the same mix and some others share another mix if that makes sense. So I often have to listen to what the more experienced and senior singers want in their mix. I also always end up pulling one out because I just dont trust what Im hearing in them. Lol. Jason on September 14, 2018 at 11:19 am Totally – sharing a mix can be tricky, especially when you share with people in different roles (ie, leading vs harmony) or quite different voice types. And pulling one in-ear out is a better compromise for now than singing poorly because you can’t hear the right things! Just don’t underestimate the longer-term effects of that—keep encouraging your team to explore adding more in-ear monitor mixes! (And the tech for that keeps getting more and more affordable, hooray!) Micropuma on June 30, 2018 at 11:57 am This lesson is super helpful, thank you! I’m new to the IEM system, so this is a valuable info for me to learn as a singer and musician. It was very disorienting to me to hear my own voice in my ear, without hearing what’s going on in the room, so now I know what to ask our sound tech — to add ambient mix in the IEM. gretchenwood on January 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm I have a question… so we use IEMs at our church and I’ve got the shure 215… I bought the triple flange tips because I think my ears might be kind of small and would push everything else out… (I cut a good 1/3 off to shorten them)… BUT… I have to keep them not quite as “fitted” so that I can hear some of the room and not feel so isolated… do you think it would be better to just have our sound engineer add more house mix? Or is this fine? Because I’ve asked for more house mixed and it… it’s still pretty much like singing in a closet by myself. So I don’t know if it’s the IEM…. or if I need to be a bit more… assertive. (Also, rhinestones!! Genius!) Jason on September 14, 2018 at 12:13 pm Hey Gretchen, sorry I missed your question earlier about house mix! Have you had any improvement with your mix since? Did you try asking for more of the ambient “house” mix? I suspect that would make a big difference to being able to wear the ears “fully sealed” or needing to have them partly loose in your ear. Let me know! DeeNott on November 27, 2017 at 10:25 am LOL I used to sing with our local police band that used IEM and I never knew how to use it to it’s full potential.When they first brought them in I was so excited that I would finally be able to control my own sound. I remember just turning knobs and thinking I have no clue what the heck I’m doing! I also never had custom ear piece so it was frustrating keeping those things in my ears to begin with. I’ve recently auditioned with my churches worship team, when I got up on the stage there it was my old nemesis an IEM system. Now that I’ve watched this I have to giggle at the guy setting me up pointing to the box and telling me I can adjust the sound anyway I want. NO I CAN”T! I’m excited about going back for my first performance and testing out my new found knowledge. It made complete sense and I can’t wait to have a better idea of what I need to do this time. Thank you! Jason on November 28, 2017 at 11:51 am So awesome! What a difference a little bit of knowledge can make eh! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! jzinck on October 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm Hey boss. Good stuff here! Doing an IEM workshop with the team tomorrow night so this is great! Curious what your room mic setup looks like? Ours is terrible (terrible placement) and looking at putting a couple of mics in to up our room mic game. Whats worked well for you? Jason on October 2, 2017 at 1:47 pm So good, let me know how that goes! What else are you covering that might help round out the topic for teams in your context? We’ve done room mics in a few places… tried ’em from the back sound board, the placement was terrible there (picked up too much chatter and movement)… tried one or two on the floor at the front of the stage, and that worked pretty well, just careful what kind of mic you use there—we had shotguns with too narrow of a pickup pattern at first, so if there were particularly loud or off-key voices directly in front, that turned out poorly for the in-ear experience! A while back we suspended a couple tiny ones from the ceiling, and those worked ok I think—that was the longest ago and I wasn’t paying as much attention to how that worked back then, I’ll confess. Best results so far from the floor/front-of-stage position so far. Let me know what you guys discover—I’m always looking for better intel on that! jzinck on October 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm Do you remember what mics you used on the front of the stage? Ours are near the back (shotgun) but are way too pointed. Thinking some sort of cardioid on the front might work. Jason on October 3, 2017 at 1:56 pm It’s foggy in my memory, maybe AT4041s or SM57s… nothing fancy. Aviom had a post here (http://www.aviom.com/blog/adding-ambience-to-your-in-ear-mix-part-2/) that might help… an XY placement towards the middle might be an option rather than one on each side of the stage. Share what works! darlene.dolezal on September 26, 2017 at 7:13 am Thank you, Jason! This was so helpful! I use “one” IEM, and I am excited for Sunday to make the adjustments you suggested and then maybe I will be a “two” IEM user. 🙂 Jason on September 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm So glad to be of help! Let me know how things go on Sunday with the new adjustments! Submit a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.