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Sep 19, 2021 - 1:47:23 AM
3243 posts since 10/17/2009

Just looking for some input from keyboard players experience. Our piano player is new to the digital piano world, has complained having difficulty hearing good balance with amp and/or floor wedges. Was curious about inexpensive wired IEM route. I've used inexpensive one driver models like Shure SE215, worked fine for me playing fiddle, but not sure if gives reasonable enough live experience, good full range response, lows for piano player POV? Good over-ear headphone is other possible, maybe some offer better bang for buck?

As well,  a bit of concern dry, lack of ambient/room sound. (one reason I don't like using them); any suggestions to improve that?

Should mention, we are not playing real loud metal band venue levels.

Sep 19, 2021 - 8:14:29 PM



1041 posts since 3/22/2017

That's a tough one (I'm a piano player too) since IEM fit is a very personal thing. I've had probably 15+ pairs over the years, i liked the Shure, Westone and alclair models i've had over the years. One variable is the tube that the tip fits on (in non customs) is different diameters, small er gives better isolation , bigger seems to give better presentation across the freq range. So I would try some 2 driver models from those brands, Sennheiser, audio Technica etc from a shop with some kind of try instore/returns policy (GC and sweetwater do not take returns).  So that might be tough

also reviews at head-fi e.g.

Edited by - gtani7 on 09/19/2021 20:23:34

Oct 10, 2021 - 7:04:35 AM

Kevin S


18 posts since 12/9/2018

I played my last keyboard gig about six years ago, just when everyone started moving to in-ears. I’ve never used them myself, but had just begun exploring the idea when the band split up. Regarding your situation, here’s something to consider. A keyboard player usually doesn’t do a lot of moving about the stage. Because of this he/she may be able to save a few bucks by using a hard-wired rig rather than wireless. By running the wire through a belt loop and up the back it’s inconspicuous and out of the way. Another advantage is the reliability of wired over wireless. Just my .02 cents. Good luck!

Oct 10, 2021 - 8:30:18 AM

3598 posts since 9/12/2016

seems to me we are talking about the monitor mix and it would actually vary from person to person.A timely topic for me--I realized as of late--that I like one mix when I playing and part of the band sound ,a mix where I can see the precision of me blending in--when I go back to listen I find that I turn my track down to fit in as the best mix. So IEM would be handy -----,but are they dangerous.

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