Floor Monitors, In Ear Monitors and Tips on Stage Monitors for Your Band Setup (Video Podcast)

Today we are going to talk about monitors:

  • 2 Ways to get the MIX to your monitors!   Aux Mixes and Aviom (personal mixers)
  • 3 ways to deliver the sound to your ears!  Floor monitors, Small Personal Monitors, In Ear Monitors

If you can’t hear yourself you are sunk. WHY?

You have to be able to hear other people too.  WHY?

2 Ways to get the MIX to your monitors and 3 ways to listen/hear the monitors

#1 Wedge Monitors (Old School)


-non powered

About $200-250 – Behring Eurolive B210D https://amzn.to/2TaSdSr

How to use them

  • Keep them close to you
  • Keep the volume low
  • Use them as side fills for whole band

Ways I hook them up

  • From an Aux Mix from the main mixing board (standard old school)
  • Out from an Aviom unit (personal monitor mixer) – Make your own mix – use speaker instead of in ears

Small guitar amp for personal monitor

  • Put a small amp on stage right under you and point it at your face
  • It’s good for you to hear and won’t bother anyone else
  • Can be a small amp – even a small practice amp ( I used to come out of the output of my floor pod)

#2 – MINI MONITORS (Great for Vocalists)


BUY – https://amzn.to/363lljL

The Eurolive B205D is an active 150W PA/monitor speaker that is ideal for vocal or keyboard monitoring, multi-media presentations, and home recording studio applications.

Thanks to its Class-D amplifier technology and internal switchmode power supplies, the B205D speaker not only sounds great, it weighs considerably less than most competing active speakers. It pumps out 150 of the cleanest, punchiest watts you’ve ever heard from a compact loudspeaker, and you can link additional systems via a handy Thru socket. A built-in mixer provides 3 input channels, including a switchable instrument-ready input (no DI required), and also features a dedicated 3-band EQ (bass/mid/treble) for simple, yet effective tonal control.


  • Multi-purpose, 150W, active speaker for vocal and keyboard monitoring, multimedia, press conferences and home recording studio applications
  • Class-D amplifier technology
  • 5-1/4″ premium-quality, full-range neodymium driver
  • Ultra-low noise 3-channel mixer with 3-band EQ
  • 2 “Invisible” Mic Preamps with phantom power for condenser microphones and one instrument-ready input (no DI required)
  • Dedicated stereo input for keyboards, MP3, CD, etc.
  • XLR ”through” connector with mic/line switch for linking more B205Ds
  • Mic stand integration system for use with stand and boom
  • Integrated limiter for system control and speaker protection
  • Internal switch-mode power supply for noise-free audio, superior transient response and very low power consumption
  • Super-tough, impact-resistant enclosure with integrated top carry handle
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction

Behiringer B105D – $109

BUY – https://amzn.to/3byEsmR

2 xlr/mic inputs

The Behringer Eurolive B105D 50W Powered Monitor is a multi-purpose, active monitor that vocalists will love. This ultra-compact speaker can be used for a wide variety of applications, including vocal performance, keyboard monitoring, and small-scale public addresses. The B105D was built with a Class D power section that gives the driver tons of power without losing any definition. It’s loaded with two preamps for condenser microphones and one instrument-ready input. Complete with a built-in MP3 player and Bluetooth audio streaming, you can keep the party going even when you need to slip away from the stage. Whether you’re belting out tunes or reading a public address, the Behringer B105D Powered Monitor has you covered.

#3 In Ear Monitors

Why I Love Them

  • You can get your own awesome mix (if you are using an app or avian units)
  • You can save your hearing (turn stuff way down)
  • You can get rid of the loud stage volume

ADDED BENEFIT – YOU CAN RUN A CLICK AND TRACKS – In ears are required for this type of setup

Why I Hate Them

  • Can make you feel disconnected from the performance/audience
  • If the mix isn’t perfect, it is very distracting
  • You can damage your hearing (wearing only one or listening too loud)
  • You lose the feel of the band/music

TIP:  To make them really work, you need your OWN mix you can tweak yourself + YOU NEED A ROOM MIC to mix in.