I play in a country/rock cover band, 4 sets a night, 2-3 nights per week. Singers, Guitarists, & Drummer use in-ears monitors. Right now we're at the mercy of whatever sound tech is installed at the club we're playing......don't really have the budget for our own sound guy (and YES, the simplest suggestion might be to get our own sound guy so he can deal with these issues wherever we go.....)
Would like to go to put together some kind of system that splits the signals of (at least) all the vox and guitars, sends them to a mixer that we have on stage, and then out to the 4 different in-ears devices (between us, we have a Carvin, a Shure, an AT, and drummer uses wired). They had a system like this with the last guitarist, but it left when he did (and that's where I come in)
So do I need a dedicated (and very expensive) monitor mixer or can I get by with a regular smaller mixer that has enough aux sends on each channel to get to all our in-ears devices? And all of those sends need to be 'pre' fader, correct? Carvin has some small mixers that'll do this (4 aux sends,+ 2 post fader sends) and won't break the bank, I think Mackie might have something as well..... What else is available?
And in order to split the signal...... Do I just need the "1F to 2M" XLR splitter cables or a dedicated splitter unit like the ART 8 channel splitter?
and my last question.... Power. We play at different clubs every weekend and the power to the stage (as well as all the cabling) can be very questionable. Last weekend, had a wicked buzz in my ears, that we just couldn't get rid of...pretty sure it was bad power, as we're having issues with buzzing amps on this stage as well.....anyway, is there something I can put in this rack that will help with the places that we have bad power? Something a step up from a standard 1U power rack?
My goal is to eventually mount all this in one rack, maybe add some fx and a power amp so we could use it at smaller shows.......
any suggestions are greatly appreciated