4 Tips For Building Your Own In-Ear Monitoring Rig

One of the coolest things about working at JamHub is the conversations we have with artists. We love chatting about the best way to get a rehearsal setup on a bus or getting quality monitoring in a home studio, but by far the most asked question is about in-ear rigs.

We draw lots of signal path diagrams to help bands get a great rig that will serve them night after night, and we’re happy to help you too! Just his us up via info@JamHub.com

So, what goes into a stage kit for in-ears? You’ll need in-ears, a JamHub studio, a splitter, and a good bit of cable, but before we get there, let’s talk signal path.

Signal path is the flow of electricity from you to your audience, and all its various spirals along the way. If you’re a guitar player, you can think of your signal path as moving sound from your fingertips to the guitar, down a cable, through your pedals, over to your amp, from the amp to a microphone, down another cable to the stage box, where everything is sent to the FOH. Then the FOH splits your guitar, sending it to both your monitor on stage and the PA system, where it finally hits the audience.

To control your own monitoring experience on stage, you’ve got to take that split, the one that happened at the mixing desk, and move it up in the path.

You need to split your sound on stage so that the FOH gets everything they need, while you send signal to your JamHub studio to control your in-ear monitors.

Why a JamHub studio and not just any regular mixer? JamHub studios have up to 11 headphone amplifiers, which you need to power your in-ear monitors, and each headphone output gets its own unique mix. You can absolutely get the job done by patching bits and pieces of other gear together, but JamHub studios are the only product that will power and mix your in-ears right out of the box.

The easiest thing to do is to put a little cabinet together, either using a regular stage rack, or building a box yourself. I’m no carpenter, and mine took me about a day’s worth of labor to get ready.

If you look at this example, you can see the splitter mounted on top. The whole band plugs in there. That splitter sends sound to the JamHub studio, and to a snake, which comes out through a door on the side. The snake is color coordinated and labeled for easy connection to the stage’s breakout box.

That’s the heart of this project. Get a protective housing for your splitter, the JamHub studio, and the FOH snake. If you can put that together, everything else is just bells and whistles.

Again from my own kit, every wire my band needs is housed underneath, and we have an 8 outlet power strip mounted for everyone to plug into. All just in the name of streamlining setup.

If you questions about building your in-ear rig, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We love drawing diagrams and figuring out how best to get your band up and running with in-ears using JamHub studios.