Welcome to 2011!!!
Today I would write a short article about the stage monitors we use at GodFirst.
Although there may be some variations at some of the battalions, the monitor of choice for us is the Wharfedale EVP-X12PM
It is a powered 12″300W wedge monitor, and there are 3 reasons that we choose this monitor:
- Its Cheap!
To my knowledge there is no other monitor with these specifications available for the price that these go for. I generally live by a rule that cheap=nasty and its better to go for something better quality, but on our restricted budget, I generally decide to put money into the FOH and other parts of the system, rather than the monitors, and these things are the best compromise… i.e. most “bang for buck”
- Easy to setup
Powered monitors are slightly easier for most volunteers to setup as the amplifier is built into the loudspeaker cabinet, it does mean that you have to run mains power to the monitor, but its still 1 less connection to be made compared to a separate amp/speaker setup
Although these monitor are not great at minimising feedback, they have 1 feature that you do not find on a lot of floor monitors, a 5-band graphic EQ:
The EQ gives at least a little bit of control over the tone of the monitor to reduce the chance of feedback.
If you are having trouble with feedback in the monitors, try figuring out which is the offending frequency by pushing one of the bands of the EQ on the monitor up all the way, then back to 0. If it causes feedback when you boost that frequency, then take it below zero by a few dB’s when you bring it down.
Dave Rat (Engineer for Chili Peppers) has done a good video, if you have the patience for it… its quite long, on IM distortion in monitors, and for that reason, and to try and reduce the amount of low frequency ‘noise’ coming from the stage, I generally always have the 100Hz band all the way down, except maybe on the drummers monitor, or if a musician specifically asks for more low-end (bass) in the tone of their monitor. (But in my 14 years of live sound, I can only remember this happening once)
Give it a try and drop me some comments…
Here is the Dave Rat video BTW: