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                                                                                                                       of-house mix – this is particularly useful
                                                                                                                       for drummers, enabling them to connect
                                                                                                                       a click track to the aux input and
                                                                                                                       monitor the full mix as well as the click
                                                                                                                       track in their earphones.
                                                                                                                           The earphones connect to the
                                                                                                                       receiver via a standard 1/8-inch jack
                                                                                                                       that has an additional locking ring to
                                                                                                                       ensure it doesn’t come loose during a
                                                                                                                       performance. You can use any standard
                                                                                                                       earphones if you have a preferred
                                                                                                                       model, but we were happy with the
                                                                                                                       sound quality of Audio-Technica’s
                                                                                                                       EP3s. The earphones are fitted with
                                                                                                                       rubber ear-pieces that don’t provide as
                                                                                                                       much isolation as some others we’ve
                                                                                                                       tested, but they do a good enough job

Audio-Technica                                                                                                         for most purposes, and in a live
                                                                                                                       context, having some sound leaking in

                                                                                                                       from the audience is arguably in your
                                                                                                                       best interests.

                                                                                                                       At first glance, the M3 system can look

                                                                                                                       a little overwhelming, but getting up and
                                                                                                                       running is actually quite easy and we
                                                                                                                       didn’t encounter any problems finding a
                                                                                                                       clear channel to transmit on (the M3 has

In-ear monitors can make life easier for everyone – and AT’s                                                           an automatic frequency scanning
                                                                                                                       system). The signal to the receiver was
M3 hopes to set new standards. Mike Hillier plugs in.                                                                  very clean and remained so throughout
                                                                                                                       our test venue.
                           M3                                            more than 21,000 systems to be used                Depending on the number of aux
                           Manufacturer Audio Technica                   simultaneously in any one area. This is,      outputs your mixing desk has, you can
 * Wireless
   transmitter with                                                      of course, far more than you would ever       use as many M3 systems as you need
                           Contact Audio Technica 0113 277 1441
   1,321 selectable                                                      have need for, but it enables you to find      to provide each musician with their own
   frequencies             Web
                                                                         a clear frequency to transmit on without      personal monitor mix. Alternatively, if
 * 16 systems per                                                        having to worry about interference from       you have only a small number of
   frequency band

                                                                         other sources such as local radio or          outputs, you could add additional M3
 * Wireless
                                        chieving a good stage            television stations.                          receivers to the system, all working from
   receiver with
   aux input                            sound for a band without             The transmitter has two Neutrik           a single M3 transmitter. This setup will
 * EP3 stereo                           creating feedback loops can      combo inputs, so you can connect it to        provide each musician with the same
   earphones                            be a difficult task, especially   your desk in stereo using either XLR or       monitor mix without requiring individual
                                        when the singer insists on       1/4-inch cables. It also has loop             foldback monitors, which will massively
                           getting ‘more me’ in the monitors while       outputs, which send the input signal          simplify the job of live mixing. MTM
                           moving around the stage. Wireless in-         back out for connection to another
                           ear monitors are a godsend for dealing        transmitter, other monitoring facilities or    SUMMARY
                           with this problem – not only do they          even straight to a recording console.
                           provide the artist with a monitor sound
                                                                                                                        WHY BUY
MEASURING UP                                                                                                            *   Automatic frequency scanning
                           wherever they are onstage, they make          Belt up                                        *   Can send on hundreds of channels
Shure manufactures         preventing feedback far easier as you         The belt receiver has two concentric           *   Easy to use
four different wireless    don’t need to place foldback monitors         stacked knobs, one for volume (this            *   Eliminates feedback issues
monitoring systems,        around the performers.                        turns the receiver off when set to the
starting with the PSM
                                                                         minimum position) and one for panning          WALK ON BY
200 System (£550) and                                                                                                   * Additional frequency bands are overkill
going up to the PSM 700    Ear to the ground                             between the left and right signals. For
                                                                                                                          in most areas
System (from £2,396).      Audio-Technica is currently making two        monitoring purposes it can be useful to        * Eliminating foldback is possible only
You also get a choice of   models of wireless in-ear monitors for        send the entire mix to one channel,              if each musician is equipped with
different earphones.                                                                                                      in-ear monitors
                           stage use: the entry-level M2 (£499),         while sending the performer’s signal to
Sennheiser also
                           offering up to 100 selectable UHF             the other, thereby enabling the musician
makes personal
monitoring systems,        frequencies with up to ten systems per        to quickly dial in more of their own           VERDICT
using a modular            frequency band, and the M3 system             signal whenever they need it.                  If you perform live frequently, Audio-
approach that enables      (reviewed here), which boasts 1,321              The M3 receiver also has an                 Technica’s M3 system will make life far
you to mix and match
                           selectable UHF frequencies and can            additional 1/8-inch aux input that can be      easier for you and the sound engineer.
the transmitters,
receivers and earphones    handle up to 16 systems per band,             used to send a signal direct to the
as you require.            which, if you do the maths, will cater for    earphones without going via the front-                                                                                                        MusicTech MAGAZINE September 2008 73

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