Yup. For $100, my rig is complete. I use a wired Behringer Powerplay P1 personal monitor that gets an XLR feed from the PA. And I use Shure SE 112’s. I usually only use one ear bud so I can get a sense of the room.Get a set of inexpensive in ears, like the Shures, and an inexpensive headphone amp and have the sound guy run a line to you.
I played on multi-band bills for a long time and one in-ear time saver for me was the UE Soundtap; I just unplug the cable going into the wedge and put that in the Soundtap, plug the headphones into it and your good to go. Even if you can't get the perfect mix the drums they are generally putting vox, guitars and bass through on a multi-band bill.I usually just take a little bit of everything, I listen for vocal cues, guitar lead-ins and I like to lock in with the bass. For drums, I usually just take kick and snare since I can usually hear everything else right on top of the kit. It's important that your wedge isn't as loud as it can go so you don't drown out your kit.
If you really are picky about your mix, it may not be a bad idea to build your own in-ear rig so that you can dial in your mix to your exact desires. I can honestly say that of all the shows I've played over the years, only a handful of times the sound guy actually knew what he was doing and having an in-ear rig takes the guess work and inconsistency out of the equation.
It's not a viable option for me because in the hardcore/metal world, there are usually short changeovers for bands and our sets are usually about 30 minutes at the absolute most. It would be a pain in the ass to run and dial in an in-ear rig for me personally, but if you're playing longer sets with minimal changeovers, I wouldn't expect it to be an issue.
I can attest to the truth of that. My ears are ringing right now and I haven’t played a gig since February of 2020. I can remember the exact gig where at the end of a set my ears were hurting from cranking my in-ear monitor amp.And be VERY careful of not damaging your hearing. Inexperienced people using inexpensive IEMs is a one way ticket to hearing loss or tinnitus.
I can also remember specific gigs that were bricks in my tinnitus wall.I can attest to the truth of that. My ears are ringing right now and I haven’t played a gig since February of 2020. I can remember the exact gig where at the end of a set my ears were hurting from cranking my in-ear monitor amp.
Once you have tinnitus it’s probably never going away.
Wear ear protection.
What he said. Modern wireless mixing is a bit new to me, but I've done it, and having control over your own mix settings is awesome.The last couple years I’ve found most sound men and even the rig we were running used a wireless system with front of house being mixed on a tablet. There are apps out there to tap into the PA WiFi and mix your own wedge or IEM on your own tablet. You don’t have to bother getting anyone’s attention. You get your mix the way you like it.
I was just getting ready to suggest this when I read your post first. In ears are the best! They are all I use anymore as does the whole band. It has reduced stage volume issues and eliminated feedback issues that microphone placement and floor wedges are prone to cause. I can hear my drums incredibly well and we all have our own individual monitor mix.Get a set of inexpensive in ears, like the Shures, and an inexpensive headphone amp and have the sound guy run a line to you.
And be VERY careful of not damaging your hearing. Inexperienced people using inexpensive IEMs is a one way ticket to hearing loss or tinnitus.