Why do you need them?
When you are on stage, unless you are
playing at the lowest levels, it is almost impossible to hear
your vocals coming out of the main PA system speakers or get an
overall impression of how they sit in the mix from an audience
perspective. The consequence of this is that you will tend to
over-compensate and sing louder and ultimately start
The problem gets worse if you are
putting a keyboard or electric guitar directly through the PA.
Monitors should not really be used for
your back-line instruments. You should be able to adjust your
on-stage volumes if you can't hear properly.
Monitors take a separate output from
your mixer (either Monitor Out or you can use an
Each channel on your mixer will have
a knob to control how much of that channels signal is passed
to the Monitor Out. This means that you can control the
balance in the monitors between different microphones or
The Monitor Out from the mixer
is connected to either a separate monitor amplifier with
passive speakers or directly to powered (active) monitor
Should I get passive or active (powered)
would recommend the use of powered monitor speakers because they
are simple to use, and band members can control the level coming
out of their monitors directly on stage.
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We don't have a Monitor Out
or Effect Send on our mixer!
You can use the main mixer output (use a splitter if you only
have one main out). But, this will put the whole mix through the
monitors and you will not be able to control individual levels.
This may not be a problem. If it is, upgrade your mixer.
Reverb in my monitor?
Unless you have a sophisticated mixer with separate effect sends
for the monitor mix, the monitors will not have reverb or any
other effects applied to them. (You could put the monitor out
through a separate reverb unit to add reverb to the monitors).
What size monitors?
If you are only using the monitors for vocals or acoustic
guitar, then 10 inch speakers should be fine. Otherwise go for
12 inch. In terms of wattage then 80W to 200W should be ample.